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Barker Mansion

631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
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Type: Historic Sites
Owner description: Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for... more » Owner description: Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the rail car industry, John H. Barker. This house, while actually lived in for only a very short time, has brought many years of enjoyment to the Barker family, and to the residents of the City of Michigan City. From educational guided tours to special seasonal functions, the Barker Mansion and Civic Center is a true jewel in the crown of Michigan City. « less
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cleveland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

we had seen the reviews here on Tripadvisor...we got there on Tuesday for a 1:00 tour - total time about 90 minutes. The young tour guide was VERY knowledgeable - answered every question - so interesting to see the original rooms from the 1800's...would highly recommend

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LONDON ONT
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36 reviews 36 reviews
12 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

Was there June 2 supposed to be open June 1st, not open. Looks like great spot to tour, large to say the least. Unable to load picture, TA says doesn't take these kind on pix.

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Austin, Texas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
78 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I saw the front hall after ringing the doorbell. Hard to find the hours for this place. The website is confused and the information hard to find. The place is not open weekends, a fact that even the people at the lighthouse up the street were not aware of.

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LaPorte, Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We loved the tour of the mansion. I have been here many times before and always learn something new!

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Michigan City, Indiana
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37 reviews 37 reviews
10 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

This is a fun site to visit if you are into history. This is a local landmark and the exhibits tell a story.

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Warren, Michigan, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
9 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

A well preserved home. A taste of gracious living. We saw a short video before our tour began. Our tour guide BJ was wonderful--her narration was informative and she added a bit of humor as well, as some of the family history was a bit tragic. As we were here in October the flowers in the gardens were in the... More

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Goshen, Indiana
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

This tour is well done and the history of the family is interesting although somewhat sad. The teenage girl of 14 was one of the richest on the planet when both of her parents died. Fantastic house and gardens. Story of people who came to the area to do one thing and saw opportunities for other things. Mr. Barker was... More

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columbus
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

This attraction is a nice diversion from shopping. The guided tour is kicked off by an 11 minute video in the basement. After the video you start the 1 hour and 15 minutes tour on the first floor and tour each room and see the original furnishings. There are a total of 3 floors which you do get to see... More

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Chicago, Il, USA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is an amazing relic of the past. The tour guides are elderly but enthusiastic. And, they have some very interesting stories to tell. The little gift shop has some nice things at a fair price.

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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
28 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013 via mobile

Wonderful historical site. Very well kept. Great furnishings. Nice garden. Educational tour. A slice of yesterday.

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