The Joyce Estate is located in the northeast corner of the Chippewa National Forest near Marcell, MN. It is a national historic site, which includes the remanents of an isolated 4,500 acre resort with forty buildings including its own golf course, private telephone line and airplane hanger.
You can still enjoy the features of the unique Adirondack style architecture in the tea house or follow the numbered posts with this guide to experience the expanse of the estate. The Estate is accessible by foot or by boat.
Heir to the Joyce Family fortune originating in part from lumber taken from northern Minnesota via the Itasca Lumber Company, David Joyce of Chicago built the estate from 1917-1935. Logging in Itasca County peaked about 1910. Due to excellent railway connections from Minneapolis and Chicago, and its scenic beauty, the Grand Rapids area became nationally known as a major resort area. The Joyce Family used it until 1972. Through its heritage and interpretive programs the US Forest Service manages this site which is eligible for the National Register of Historic Places.