On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, we decided to drive to Little Falls, Minnesota to see the historic site and boyhood home of aviator Charles Lindbergh, Jr.
On May 20 – 21, 1927, Charles was the first man to fly solo across the Atlantic in a single engine plane. As a result of this flight Lindbergh was the first person in history to be in New York one day and Paris the next. Lindbergh’s feat gained him immediate, international fame. The press named him “Lucky Lindy” and the “Lone Eagle.”
Gavin: We enjoyed the Lindbergh Museum where we had the opportunity to watch a film on Charles and learn more about his life. It was interesting to watch the original footage of his historic solo flight and the crowd of thousands of people cheering his safe arrival. Americans and Europeans idolized him and showered him with honors.
The life of an aviator seemed to me ideal. It involved skill. It brought adventure. It made use of the latest developments of science. Mechanical engineers were fettered to factories and drafting boards while pilots have the freedom of wind with the expanse of sky. There were times in an aeroplane when it seemed I had escaped mortality to look down on earth like a God.
– Charles A. Lindbergh, 1927
Rosie: Walking along the path of whistling pine trees with the majestic view of the Mississippi River we felt one with nature. We started our guided tour of the Lindbergh home. Upon entering the kitchen of the childhood home of Charles we were greeted by a lady dressed in vintage attire, posing to be his mother. She gave us a tour of the home telling us her fond memories of when Charles was a young boy growing up on the farm.
Gavin: I thought it amazing that we got to see his home, go inside, see the marks on the wooden floor that he made, where he slept and played. It almost made us feel a part of his life.
Viewing the Family Car
Gavin & Rosie: We highly recommend this tour. The family worked with the Minnesota Historical Society to restore the home, and donated many original furnishings. In 1969 the house and its grounds were transferred to the Minnesota Historical Society. In what was to be his final public address, Charles spoke from the porch of his boyhood home at the 1973 grand opening of an adjacent interpretive center. He died the following year.
Until next time with more Sweet Conclusions,
Gavin & Rosie