Passport Mankato: Betsy Tacy Homes

Posted at: 08/03/2011 7:39 AM

(ABC 6 News) - Imagine being able to go to where your favorite book actually happened. That's the case for many people in Mankato. The Betsy Tacy homes are 2 of the 3 literary landmarks in Minnesota, located right across the street from each other.
"Not many stories that we read can we actually stand where they took place," says Betsy-Tacy Society President Susan Brown.

The Betsy Tacy books were written by Maud Hart Lovelace and tell the story of her childhood in Mankato in the early 1900's. In the books, Mankato is called "Deep Valley". Betsy is the character based on Maud herself. Tacy was her best friend. "People come from all over the world to see where Betsy lived," Brown says.

The two homes are open to walk through Saturday from 12PM-3PM from March through December. Private tours are also available.

For those who've read the books, it brings many of the stories alive. If you've never read the books, there just might be a good lesson to learn for you and your kids. "It's a wonderful way to see how children used to live too. These stories are about what children did before things plugged in or things needed to be charged up," says Brown.

For more information click here: http://www.betsy-tacysociety.org/home