Remembering the Archer House
Do you have a story, favorite memory, or a photo you’d like to share about the Archer House
(or any of the businesses that have been part of the hotel over the years?)
Send us an email and we’ll create a community memory page!
Contact us at northfieldhistory.community @gmail.com.
From the Community
From Barb Budd:
H.T. (misprint in this article ) and Nellie (Ellen, given name) were my Great-Grandparents.
From Kathie Westlund:
A simple ‘Thank you’ seems to pale in comparison for the heroic efforts of all involved however a heartfelt THANK YOU for your dedication and very hard work!
From Dan Shellfree:
Your community is lucky to have such dedicated people serving the fire service for all these years. Dan Freeman former member!!!
From Carolyn Pierson:
I just felt compelled to snap this photo outside the Archer House during sunset on Wednesday – the evening before the fire. I was downtown for a chiropractor appointment across the street and when I saw the flags there with the sun setting I couldn’t resist taking a quick picture…. it’s more meaningful knowing the day it was taken.
From Kathy Ness:
Early 1970s or late 1960s above. Early fall 2019 below.
From Michele Rae Thompson:
Was deeply saddened to awake this morning to the news about the Archer House fire. Although I haven’t lived in Northfield for over 40 years, I grew up there from the age of 11-until I went away to college at age 18. My mother still lives in the house we moved into back in 1969 – and where I actually moved back to for a year after college-so we have been back there MANY TIMES!! After 143 years as a strong presence in “downtown Northfield”, it is a GREAT LOSS — for the community and all those who “passed through” and ate/shopped/stayed there!!
The last two years, my cousin and her husband have been driving their daughter back/forth to Macalester College, and always stopped by Northfield to visit my mom – and they always stayed at the Archer House. When I wrote her today about the fire my cousin Chandra was also deeply saddened….she sent me these two pics of her visit there in May 2019….one of her husband Jeff in front of the Archer House, and the other of my mother-her great aunt Peg in front of the porch…..
From Ellyn Erickson: (Blaine resident and Northfield fan! )
Picture from 2 weeks ago! We stayed there Oct. 30-Nov. 1! We enjoyed it – very comfortable, cozy and quiet! We always like staying places where we can walk to dinner or shops!
From Kelly (Fast) Gasner:
A few years back (ok, many years ago) when the hotel was then named the Stewart Hotel, I was able to help out and work the old hotel switchboard which was a great experience.
From Makayla Seeley Korbel:
I’ve attached my favorite photo of the Archer House! I captured this on small business Saturday in 2017.
From Jen Rothmeyer:
In early 2013 when my husband and I were searching for a town to live in, we scoured the metro area. His job was in Bloomington and we wanted to have a 30 minute or less commute that avoided any of the I-35 interchanges. Months went by and we couldn’t find a place that would feel like home. Meanwhile he was working in Bloomington and staying with family while I was living back in Iowa with our then-three children (one of whom was mere months old), going to graduate school full-time, and working as well. I begged him to find a place because I needed help raising our children.
Local History Resources
Northfield-Rice County Digital History Collection – www.nrcdighistory.org
Rice County Historical Society – www.rchistory.org
Dakota County Historical Society – www.dakotahistory.org
Goodhue County Historical Society – www.goodhuecountyhistory.org
Minnesota Historical Society – www.mnhs.org
Minnesota Digital Library – www.mndigital.org
Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub – http://newspapers.mnhs.org
Ancestry – http://home.ancestry.com