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Address: 631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
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Description: Learn more about the mansion built by one of the founding fathers of the...
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.
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Beautiful mansion

We felt like we had taken a time travel trip to the past! The furnishing were just as the family left them many years ago!

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
Kadie O
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Michigan City, Indiana
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Michigan City, Indiana
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

We felt like we had taken a time travel trip to the past! The furnishing were just as the family left them many years ago!

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2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Great way to spend a few hours learning about regional history. The guides were two wonderful older women - both warm and engaging as well as full of knowledge. The house is beautiful and so well preserved and filled with the original furniture. I would go back again.

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Michigan City, Indiana
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

I enjoyed the wedding I attended. The atmosphere was lovely. The lighting is very low. Because of this pics are not easy to take. The lady behind the desk was overwhelmingly starchy, to say the least. She -never- cracked a smile even when I took her pic. I told her she was part of the days memories.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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126 reviews 126 reviews
17 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you visit because someone in your group wants you to go and your not crazy about it you will be pleasantly surprised! Its very interesting to learn the history of this town and Mr. Barker and his family. They made a great contribution to our society and you will enjoy learning about it. Im sure some of it depends... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The Barker Mansion provides a engaging and interesting historical tour of the home and the city itself. As far as mansions go, the Barker packs a lot history and interest in its relatively short existance (as far as mansions and castles go). It was interesting to hear about how Barker and his daughter influenced the city as well as the... More 

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Springfield, Illinois
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93 reviews 93 reviews
41 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

The younger gal that gave us our tour was both very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about both the mansion and her role there. Didn't get her name, but can't say enough good things about both her and the mansion. We were in a very small group and asked questions about several random items throughout the home that she didn't mention... More 

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Owensboro, Kentucky
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151 reviews 151 reviews
12 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We took the tour on a Saturday. There was a decently sized group for the tour. The first thing you are taken to is an 11ish minute video in the basement of the home. The docent set the video up, turned off the lights and left. The video ended, and we sat in the dark. Some people began to laugh... More 

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Oak Lawn, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you love 19th century architecture and Victorian opulence, touring this home is for you, The 38 room mansion was built in 1857, one block from the family business, the Haskell & Barker Railroad Car Company, ( now the site of Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets). Much of the furnishings consist of authentic Barker family artifacts, including furniture and art objects,... More 

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cleveland
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
14 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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