Step back in time, and stay in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Lead, South Dakota. At the time of its founding, the neighborhood was primarily occupied by English miners. The Konola family emigrated from Finland and moved to this neighborhood soon after gold was discovered in the Black Hills. Next door to the cottage where you’ll be staying, is the original Konola homestead.
This historic cottage, purchased by Claudette Konola's grandfather in 1932, is filled with family art and antiques. Near the top of a hill, at the edge of town, it is a quiet place to celebrate with family. There is little street traffic, and where city meets wilderness is less than a block away.
Morning coffee can be enjoyed on a deck overlooking the historic Homestake Mine, once one of the largest gold mines in the world. Visitors for that coffee might include camp robbers, deer and turkeys. Sunset can be enjoyed in a front yard landscaped with wild roses and bluebells, with an occasional finch splashing in the bird bath.
Day trips into the surrounding Black Hills will bring you to museums celebrating the Wild West and gold rush days. Historic Deadwood is only three miles away. Now a gambling city, it has lots of good eating and excitement for everyone. If an outdoor adventure is more your style, there are hiking/biking trails throughout the Black Hills, as well as excellent fishing in streams and lakes with swimming holes and water skiing.
Mt. Rushmore is about 50 miles away, as is Crazy Horse. The beautiful drive to these destinations will take you past beautiful lakes and through lush pine forests.
This cottage is the perfect place for a couple's romantic get away or for a small family. There are three beds, all new and comfortable--2 are double beds, one is a twin bed. There are enough dishes, glasses and silverware to host a sit-down dinner party for 8. Commonly used spices are in the cupboard for your use. You might even find cans of soup or spaghetti sauce just in case you arrive late and are hungry.
The bath contains an old fashioned claw foot tub, which is fantastic after a day of hiking the hills. If a shower is more your style that's available too.
The basement bedroom (double bed) has its own external access through a back door. There is a washer and dryer available in the basement also.
Cable connections and TV monitors are in the Living Room, Upstairs bedroom (twin bed) and Laundry room. High speed internet connections are located in the upstairs Office.
We welcome our guests as family. Please enjoy your stay!
I am the third generation of Konola to own this property. I currently live in western Colorado with a very spoiled shelter dog, where I garden and work on keeping air, soil, and water safe and clean for future generations..
My grandfather bought this property during the great depression. While most of America was unemployed, the mine was busy producing gold for sale to the federal government. He installed the first indoor plumbing in 1932, and it is still there!
This is truly a home filled with generations of family memories. It is perfect for a quiet get away for two or for a family with young children. My grandparents raised three children in this house, so it is used to the hustle and bustle of kids.