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Lanier Mansion

Address: Madison, IN
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Ranked #1 of 22 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Type: Historic sites, Sights & Landmarks
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Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I took a tour of Lanier Mansion right after Thanksgiving, and it was so charming with the old fashioned Christmas tree decorated in the "family" room just as it would have been back in the day. The entrance is magnificent with the spiral staircase in the center. Lovely Greek Revival architecture and furnishings throughout. The main rooms were beautifully decorated.... More 

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Rising Sun
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is one the most architecturally significant homes in Indiana. The Costigan staircase is worth the admission. Unsupported spiral staircase......Holy Cow!!!

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Indiana
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

If you are visiting Madison, you can't skip a visit to this historic mansion. It is a wonderful experience to take a tour and you will be impressed with the history, as well as with how beautifully the home has been furnished and decorated. The decorations, furniture and wall paper reflect the age of the home and it reminds of... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
17 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

I had a private tour of the mansion since I was visiting on New Year's Eve. The house, constructed in 1844 is a beautiful example of Greek Revival architecture. Mr. Lanier, a lawyer and financier was very well-to-do and his home was a jewel in early Madison, with a beautiful view of the river. The tour guide was well-informed and... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I took a tour of the mansion with my family, who had mostly been. I was surprised they wanted to return until I got to go for myself. While waiting for the tour to begin we visited the gift shop which offered free snacks and drinks and decent priced items. On the tour I was surprised by how little history... More 

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Lafayette, Indiana
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57 reviews 57 reviews
23 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Loved seeing the furnishings from early Madison, would have liked to see the kitchen and bathrooms. Tour guide was great, told us how Lanier saved the finances of the state of Indiana more than once. Very knowledgeable guide, sometimes started talking before everyone was in the room though.

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Top Contributor
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Ive never had someone make me want to go learn more about a historical figure just because of his brief description,bravo! Wish we could have seen the kitchen and servant areas that were under renovations.

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Brooklyn, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014 via mobile

This house exemplifies Madison's high point in the 1840s. With it, you learn Indiana history, see gorgeous Greek Revival architecture, beautiful furnishings and gardens, and hear one family's story. Beautifully proportioned and maintained, this house is a treasure.

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Henryville, Indiana, United States
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31 reviews 31 reviews
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We started our visit to Madison with the Lanier Mansion. Hard to miss it as it towers over the river. We found the tour guide to be very informative and obviously loved being there. The home is in very good condition with a few original family pieces still there. It was a good start to a very pleasant day. We... More 

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Madison, Indiana
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47 reviews 47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

What a treat to take my family and friends who come to town on a tour of the Lanier Mansion, the rooms are beautiful and the stairway is unbelievable. It is relaxing to walk along the grounds, admiring the mansion from outside and of course the majestic Ohio River.

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