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“Needs a better web site” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Barker Mansion

Barker Mansion
631 Washington Street, Michigan City, IN
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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.
Austin, Texas
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“Needs a better web site”
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.

Visited April 2014
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LaPorte, Indiana
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“This is a MUST SEE!”
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!

Visited March 2014
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Michigan City, Indiana
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“Historical Site”
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.

Visited November 2013
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Warren, Michigan, United States
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“"Step Back Into History"”
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 last stages of their bloom time, but still nice enough to enjoy. Sitting in the garden was relaxing--both the rooms and the garden were a step back in time. There were many personal items of the family to see as well. The craftsmanship of the ceilings, woodwork etc. is awesome--very hard to duplicate today, if at all. A beautiful home.

Visited October 2013
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Goshen, Indiana
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“Informative and Interesting”
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 worth over 60 million dollars in the end.

Visited October 2013
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