Childhood Home of Maud Hart Lovelace
333 Center Street in Mankato, MN
Maud Palmer Hart, daughter of Thomas and Stella Hart, was born on April 25, 1892, in Mankato, Minnesota. The Hart family lived in this house at 333 Center Street in Mankato, MN from 1892 to 1906. It was here that Maud met her best friend, Frances “Bick” Kenney, who moved into the house across the street in 1898. Maud and Bick were lifelong friends. The tales of their childhood in Mankato (Deep Valley) later became the Betsy-Tacy book series.
The childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace (Betsy) and her best friend Frances ‘Bick’ Kenney (Tacy) are owned by the Betsy-Tacy Society. Over the past several years these houses have gone through major restoration with the help of the PBS home improvement show, Hometime, many volunteers and sponsors, and hundreds of hours of labor.
Betsy’s house is furnished as a museum to look just as it did when the Hart family lived here from 1892-1906. Visitors entering this house will feel as if they’ve gone back in time and stepped into the pages of the Betsy-Tacy books. See the kitchen where Betsy, Tacy and Tib made “everything pudding” and look out the window where Betsy watched the Kelly family move in across the street.
Betsy’s House is restored as a museum, to look just as it did when Maud (Betsy) lived there from 1892-1906. Some of the Lovelace artifacts on display are Thomas Hart’s rocking chair and footstool, a corner cupboard and drop leaf table.
In 2010, the childhood homes of Maud Hart Lovelace and Frances “Bick” Kenney were designated National Literary Landmarks by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association.