In 2014, The Mad Hatter relocated to the Historic Woodbury House on the Rum River in Anoka, Minnesota. The Woodbury House is the 2nd oldest house in Anoka County, and filled with a rich history! The house was built in 1857 by New York doctor Samuel Shaw, and was sold shortly after to The Woodbury Family transplanting from Massachusetts in 1860. In the Woodbury’s possession, the house became a beacon of social events in the burgeoning Anoka, leaving a large impression on the Woodbury’s youngest daughter, Mary Woodbury. Mary wrote extensively in her journals about the joys of growing up in the home and surrounding property along the riverfront.
The Woodbury’s home was not immune to the tragedies at the time, however. During the Dakota-Indian War in 1862, the Woodbury’s opened their home as a safe haven to injured soldiers, where they housed around 20 men seeking care and relief during that time.
Mary Woodbury became the lady of the house after her parents passed. She married, had children and raised her family in the home she too grew up in. The Woodbury Home remained the destination for socializing in Anoka well into the 1900’s.
The house went through several renovations and changed many hands during the middle part of the 20th century, becoming less of a social destination, and settling into a family home for various Anoka families.