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Barker Mansion

631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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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.

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Michigan City, Indiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

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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16 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
8 helpful votes 8 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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83 reviews 83 reviews
41 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
12 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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37 reviews 37 reviews
12 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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123 reviews 123 reviews
80 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
4 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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