Thorstein Veblen Farmstead
The farmhouse in 2014
|Location||16538 Goodhue Avenue|
|Area||10 acres (4.0 ha)|
|Architectural style||Greek Revival|
|NRHP reference #||75001024|
|Added to NRHP||June 30, 1975|
|Designated NHL||December 21, 1981|
The Thorstein Veblen Farmstead is a National Historic Landmark near Nerstrand in rural Rice County, Minnesota, United States. The property is nationally significant as the childhood home of Thorstein B. Veblen (1857-1929), an economist, social scientist, and critic of American culture probably best known for The Theory of the Leisure Class , published in 1899.
A National Historic Landmark (NHL) is a building, district, object, site, or structure that is officially recognized by the United States government for its outstanding historical significance. Only some 2,500 (~3%) of over 90,000 places listed on the country's National Register of Historic Places are recognized as National Historic Landmarks.
Nerstrand is a city in Rice County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 295 at the 2010 census.
Rice County is a county in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 64,142. Its county seat is Faribault.
The Veblen farmstead stands east of Nerstrand in far eastern Rice County, off Goodhue Avenue north of Minnesota State Highway 246. Now reduced to 10 acres (4.0 ha), the property includes a house, chicken coop, granary, and barn with attached milking shed. The house, granary, and barn, were all built by Thomas Veblen, in the 1870s and 1880s. The house is a two-story frame structure, with a side gable roof, two chimneys, and clapboard siding. A single-story porch extends across the front, supported by square posts, with a balcony above. The granary is a small two-story clapboarded frame building, measuring about 25 by 30 feet (7.6 m × 9.1 m). The barn is two stories, and has a gabled roof.
Minnesota State Highway 246 (MN 246) is a highway in southeast Minnesota, which runs from its intersection with State Highway 3 in the city of Northfield and continues south and east to its eastern terminus at its intersection with State Highway 56 in Holden Township near Kenyon.
Thorstein Veblen, born in Wisconsin in 1857, lived on this farm (homesteaded by his parents) as a youth and returned often as an adult, due in part to his inability to land a job, despite college degrees. The product of an austere agrarian upbringing, Veblen has often been called one of America's most creative and original thinkers.He coined the term "conspicuous consumption." The property's simple vernacular styling illustrates early influences on Veblen's life as the son of immigrants, growing up in a tightly knit Norwegian-American community. His book, Theory of the Leisure Class is distinguished by economic, social, and literary scholars.
Conspicuous consumption is the spending of money on and the acquiring of luxury goods and services to publicly display economic power—of the income or of the accumulated wealth of the buyer. To the conspicuous consumer, such a public display of discretionary economic power is a means of either attaining or maintaining a given social status.
The Veblens sold the property in 1893 and it continued to be an active farm until 1970, when the buildings fell into disrepair. The house has now been meticulously restored and the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota holds a preservation easement on the property.
This is a list of the National Register of Historic Places listings in Rice County, Minnesota. It is intended to be a complete list of the properties and districts on the National Register of Historic Places in Rice County, Minnesota, United States. The locations of National Register properties and districts for which the latitude and longitude coordinates are included below, may be seen in an online map.
The John Scott Farm is a historic farmstead near the community of Shandon, Ohio, United States. Established in the nineteenth century and still in operation in the twenty-first, the farmstead has been named a historic site because of its traditionally built agricultural structures.
Valley Grove refers to two religious buildings situated near the community of Nerstrand in rural Rice County, Minnesota. The Valley Grove church buildings are located south of Northfield, Minnesota near Big Woods State Park at 9999 155th St E, part of Valley Grove Road.
The Sam Rayburn House Museum is a historic house museum at 890 West Texas State Highway 56 in Bonham, Fannin, Texas. Built in 1916, it was home to Sam Rayburn (1882-1961), a famously effective Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Since 1972, it has been operated as a museum and state historic site by the Texas Historical Commission.
The Curtis—Shipley Farmstead is a historic home located at Ellicott City, Howard County, Maryland, United States. It is located on the first land grant in modern Howard County, then Anne Arundel County, to the English settler Adam Shipley in 1688 who settled properties in Maryland as early as 1675. The 500 acre estate was called "Adam the First".
Slack Farmstead is a historic farm complex and national historic district located at Mexico in Oswego County, New York. The district includes four contributing structures; the farmhouse, a dairy barn (1870), granary and a hen house. Also on the property are a contributing stone wall, hand-dug well, and farm pond. The farmhouse is a five-bay, 1 1⁄2-story frame building with a gable roof built about 1838.
The Terwilliger–Smith Farm is located on Cherrytown Road near the hamlet of Kerhonkson in the Town of Rochester in Ulster County, New York, United States. It was established in the mid-19th century.
Nerstrand City Hall is a historic city hall building in Nerstrand, Minnesota, United States, constructed in 1908. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on April 6, 1982, for having local significance in the theme of politics/government. It was nominated for being representative of Nerstrand's early growth, and for being Rice County's best example of municipal buildings of the early 20th century.
The Osmund Osmundson House is a historic house in Nerstrand, Minnesota, United States. The private home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on April 6, 1982. The house is significant for its association with a prominent Rice County pioneer and town founder.
The Bonde Farmhouse is a historic farmhouse located in Wheeling Township in Rice County, Minnesota, United States, approximately 1 mile (1.6 km) from Nerstrand. The private home was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on April 6, 1982. The farmhouse is significant both for its association with a prominent Norwegian immigrant family as well as its local limestone construction and outstanding integrity.
Bauserman Farm, also known as Kagey-Bauserman Farm, is a historic farmstead located near Mount Jackson, Shenandoah County, Virginia. The main house was built about 1860, and is a two-story, three-bay, gable-roofed, balloon-framed “I-house.” It has an integral rear ell, wide front porch and handsome late-Victorian scroll-sawn wood decoration. Also on the property are the contributing chicken house, a privy, a two-story summer kitchen, a frame granary, a large bank barn, a chicken house, the foundation of the former circular icehouse and the foundation of a former one-room log cabin.
The Crows Nest is a historic farmstead property at 35 Sturgis Drive in Wilmington, Vermont. The 75-acre (30 ha) property includes rolling woods and a hay meadow, and a small cluster of farm outbuildings near the main house, a c. 1803 Cape style building. The property typifies early Vermont farmsteads, and is now protected by a preservation easement. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.
The Charles Spangenberg Farmstead is a historic farm in Woodbury, Minnesota, United States, established in 1869. The three oldest buildings, including an 1871 farmhouse, were listed together on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 for having local significance in the theme of agriculture. The property was nominated for being one of Washington County's few remaining 19th-century farmsteads.
The Peabody-Fitch House, also known as Narramissic Farm, is a historic farm property on Ingalls Road in Bridgton, Maine. It is a well-preserved late 18th to early 19th century farmstead, now owned and operated by the local historical society as a museum property. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
The David Hanaford Farmstead is a historic farm in Monticello Township, Minnesota, United States. It was first settled in 1855 and features a farmhouse built in 1870 and a barn from around the same time. The farmstead was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for having local significance in the themes of agriculture and exploration/settlement. It was nominated for being "an excellent example of an early Wright County farmstead developed by a pioneer family from New England."
Stone's Trace is a historic site located in Sparta Township, Noble County, Indiana. The site includes four contributing buildings. Stone's Tavern was built in 1839, and is a two-story, five bay, Federal style heavy timber frame dwelling. It is sheathed in clapboard and has a side gable roof. It was moved to its present site about 1860, and restored in 1964-1966. The Cyrus Kimmel house was built in 1875, and is a two-story, "L"-shaped, Italianate style brick dwelling. Also on the property are the contributing granary and barn. The property is operated by the Stone's Trace Historical Society and Stone's Trace Regulators.
Dr. John Arnold Farm is a historic home and farm and national historic district located in Union Township, Rush County, Indiana. The farmhouse was built in 1853, and is two-story, Gothic Revival style frame dwelling. It is sheathed in clapboard and has a five-gabled roof forming a double crossed "T"-plan. It features a wraparound front porch added about 1900, and a decorative vergeboard. Also on the property are the contributing remains of an early settlement established in the 1820s, including the remains of the original John Arnold cabin, tomb, and cemetery. Other contributing buildings and structures include a smokehouse, milk house]], privy, tool shed, buggy shed / garage, chicken house, granary, corn crib / shed, cattle barn, calf shed, and two additional corn cribs.
The William Noyes Farmstead is a historic farm property at 340 Gallup Hill Road in Ledyard, Connecticut. Dating to about 1735, it is a well-preserved example of a rural farmstead. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.
The Langford and Lydia McMichael Sutherland Farmstead is a farm located at 797 Textile Road in Pittsfield Charter Township, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. It is now the Sutherland-Wilson Farm Historic Site.
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