According to the Washington County Historical Society (WCHS), Dellwood is one of the smaller communities of Washington County, consisting of approximatley 1,800 acres with a 2010 Census Report population of 1,063. Dellwood is situatued along the Northeast shore of White Bear Lake, quietly nested into a rolling rural landscape. The area began to be settled in the early 1850's, mostly by people moving out from St. Paul. The population increased after 1870, when the Stillwater and St. Paul Railroad was completed around the North end of White Bear Lake and across what is now Grant Township. The WCHS reports that the Village of Dellwood, when platted in 1882, was made up mainly of summer homes conveniently located on the Stillwater and White Bear railroad line, many "with large, architect-designed cottages of often palatial portions". Part of the area's lore, it is said, is that F. Scott Fitzgerald celebrated summers in a Dellwood cottage when he wrote The Beautiful and the Damned and The Great Gatsby.
Dellwood was reorganized into a City in 1992. Though it houses farms, its populatiuon lives in a suburban setting. The City is commonly recognized for The Pine Tree Apple Orchard, a 300-acre farm in Dellwood that grows apples, strawberries, pumpkins, and corn and offers wagon rides and other activities, as well as running its own bakery. On another farm parcel, plans are underway for a vineyard and destination winery on a historic 180-acre estate formerly owned by the family of railroad magnate James J Hill.
Dellwood has a City Council, Planning Commission, and active private homeowners groups. There is no municipal water system, as each parcel has its own well and septic system.
A majority of documentation can be found online. If you have any questions, or require additional information, please contact the City Office at 651-429-1356 or DellwoodCityHall@comcast.net