History of Bean’s Greenwood Marina

The History of Bean’s Greenwood Marina

2010-01-26 (7) 0003Owners Jim Bean and Linda Britzius (maiden name) both grew up around the Lake Minnetonka area, and their family ties to the area date back to the 1880’s. Owner and Manager, Aaron Bean, grew up on the premises, and has always had a close connection to the business. Aaron married Angie Pehle, now the office manager, in 2011. Potential future owner and operator, Lillian Bean, was born in 2012. Justin Ryan, our assistant manager, has been working with us since 2004. Jim Bean passed away in 2010, leaving behind a legacy of passion for the lake and many quality attributes to family and friends.

Jim and Linda Bean purchased the marina property from Bud Jensen in 1974, which was a parcel from the much larger land of Solberg’s point. Bud had purchased the property from Don Newcomb, who owned the property from 1944 to 1965. Mr. Neucomb built the foundation for what would become Bean’s Greenwood Marina, with a small number of slips for rent, a bait shop, sandwich shop and a modest house where he resided. The property had been used for farmland up until the 1920’s, and was owned by the Goodman’s.

A Brief History of St. Alban’s Bay

St. Alban’s Bay was named by Enos Day, in the 1880’s, after his hometown in Vermont. In 1856 a small hotel, Episcopal church, and a mill was developed by Charles Morris, and the premises was dubbed his Garden of Eden. Grasshoppers brought the mill to it’s demise, and it burned down in 1859, leaving the bay less populated. Ginseng roots were being harvested at the time, and being sent to Wayzata for drying, before being purchased by China for 9 cents a pound. In 1912, the St. Alban’s Hotel and Health Resort was erected on a 14 acre parcel that offered 2,000 feet of shoreline.

Present Day Bean’s Greenwood Marina

Below you will find photos of present day Bean’s Greenwood Marina.