Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours)

Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours), Hannibal: Hours, Address, Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours) Reviews: 5/5

Rockcliffe Mansion (Tours)
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Rockcliffe Mansion is an amazing Thirteen Thousand Five Hundred SF, Thirty room, Grand Residence built to overlook the Mighty Mississippi between 1898 and 1900 by Lumber Baron John J Cruikshank, Jr. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Most of the original antique furnishings and fixtures are preserved. The Mansion is filled with rich Mahogany, Oak and Walnut appointments, magnificent Palladian windows and the finest interior decorations from Europe and America. Guided Tours are available daily. In addition to Guided Tours, the Mansion offers 4 Bed & Breakfast accommodations. Open March 15th through November 15th. Please visit our Website for Tour hours and further information.
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Oksana W
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This was our first ever visit to Hannibal, Missouri, and we absolutely loved it! Our trip's itinerary was targeting "Mark Twain's attractions", and Rockcliffe Mansion ended up being "a last minute addition", turning, surprisingly, into the highlight of our trip. First of all, I was truly impressed by the team of people taking care of this beautiful gem. Not only were they very knowledgeable and conducted the tour on a very personal level, you could feel how deeply they cared about past, present, and future of this remarkable historical building. Secondly, I was very surprised by how much this mansion altered my view and feel of Hannibal. It plunged me into the past in a most authentic way, something you don't get while touring most historical buildings. Thirdly, I felt very confused by the fact that such a beautiful gem was hiding in the plain view, not getting the attention it truly deserved. And, finally, it hurts me to see how little (if any) support our historical buildings get from the government, how little we, as a nation, do to preserve our history. What the group of people taking care of this mansion is doing to help preserve and restore it, is absolutely remarkable! Your visit, and especially, your overnight stay (which we were unable to organize as my daughter was a little younger than the minimum age required for that purpose), will not only provide you with a memorable experience, it will also help fund restoration of this very unique historical building!
Written July 4, 2022
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Oksana W, thank you so much for taking the time to write this "over the top" review. We are very flattered that you consider Rockcliffe to be the "highlight" of your trip to Hannibal. Rockcliffe has been a project under restoration since being saved from demolition in 1967 by three prominent families here in Hannibal. During our mere twelve years of stewardship, we have focused most heavily to date on the restoration of the elegant interior. Now that the interior restoration is all but complete (including the acquisition of many, many original furnishings, photographs, and documents from the descendants of the Cruikshank family), we are redirecting our focus on the lavish and stately exterior. This past winter, the West Porch was almost completely rebuilt, and is now being painstakingly painted with expensive Linseed Oil Paint (from Sweden), a product the manufacture claims will NEVER peal! Visitors will notice that pealing paint is a big issue that we are confronting. This coming Winter, we will be rebuilding the rear Kitchen Porch, and, the year after that, the Porte Cochere. Finally, thereafter, we hope to rebuild the Front Porches (which partially burned off in 1959). Many of our restoration projects to date have been documented in videos posted on YouTube, which we encourage our visitors to watch There you can see many before and after photos, and the progression of restoration in great detail. And, yes, this is all being accomplished without any government funding, assistance or grants whatsoever. Our total source of funding for the restoration is revenue generated from historic guided tours of the Mansion and guesting staying the night in the B&B. Every penny generated (except, of course, for the State Sales Tax and City Room Tax we must collect), goes right back into the restoration of this building. Accordingly, we hope that TripAdvisor readers visiting Hannibal, will take a break from Main Street for an hour to come up and see this incredible slice of American history (not to mention the stunning views!). Don't worry, Rockcliffe also has a connection to Mark Twain. During his last visit to Hannibal in 1902, Samuel Clemens gave a speech at Rockcliffe to 300 of Hannibal society on a platform built out from the 3rd step of the Grand Staircase, a story we would love to share with you. Thank you again. Warren & Juan (owners)
Written July 4, 2022
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David C
Edmond, United States53 contributions
Couples
The house and its owner/guide tell a good story of what was happening on the site and in the family that built it. Juan is working hard to restore the outside; apparently all the inside has been restored. A surprising amount of the furniture is original to the house. In a city where so many once fine structures have fallen into disrepair it is beautiful to see this one coming back. Take a moment to view the panorama of the city from the front lawn. The St Louis paper ran pictures of Rockcliffe at is opening and called it the state’s
finest country home. I can see why. My wife and I, as well as the other 3 who took the tour all agreed it was well worth our while.
Written June 16, 2022
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Bonnie C
Kansas City7 contributions
Couples
This is an awesome house tour! Over 90 percent of the furnishings and decorative pieces are original to this architectural treasure. Our guide made us feel welcome and, as a current owner, was able to share important details and history with us. We will return to stay as a B and B guest. This is truly extraordinary.
Written August 6, 2022
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Kristi L
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Definitely worth the visit! I thought I had visited here before but quickly realized when inside I had not. We toured with Warren and he was very friendly, knowledgable and thorough. The house is very well preserved on the inside and hearing the stories of what has transpired over time, it was surprising to me there was not more damage. It was interesting to look at old photos in the home and compare them to the here and now. Also a great view of Hannibal from outside.
Written August 24, 2021
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Boston W
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Family
I've toured Rockcliff Mansion multiple times and I make a point of seeing it whenever I'm in Hannibal. Both Warren and Juan give amazing tours, not only to view the house but to learn it's history. Much of the furnishings are original to the house with pictures from that era to validate. It's like stepping back in time.
Written June 25, 2022
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L D
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Informative, surprising, and impressive home, grounds and tour. Mansion full of original furnishings, art, architectural elements. Warren was very knowledgeable, fun to listen to, shared so many interesting historical facts. He really knows and loves this place!
Written May 21, 2022
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Marian
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Exceptional house built by a very wealthy lumber baron for his wife and daughters to live in and to entertain in. Entering the house through the front door your eyes travel up the sweeping staircase framed by the original Tiffany stained glass windows . Each room contains original furniture as well as numerous antiques that the family collected on their numerous travels. Our host and guide related numerous stories of the family and the history of building the house. Much work has been done both inside and out to restore the house to its original beauty.
Anyone who has an interest in the era and in architecture will enjoy visiting this house.
Written May 28, 2022
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SArcher95
Signal Mountain, TN24 contributions
Family
This was a truly amazing tour. Our guide and owner, Warren, was a vast source of information about this magnificent residence. The outside of Rockcliff is under renovation, but the inside is a collection of items original to the home. It is almost like a geode! You will see so many items original to the home, proof of which is in photos that are over 100 years old. It blew my mind that so much survived! Even our 15-year old son enjoyed the tour because the home was filled with so many innovations for the time it was built. Our tour lasted about 90 minutes and was well worth the $15 for adults and $7 for kids through 12th grade. If you are a fan of the Gilded Age you will over this tour.
Written May 28, 2022
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nclovestotravel
Winterset, IA15 contributions
The tour guide stopped several times to allow new people to come in and join the tour. When he did he would also catch them up on things he had already told us. I think this would be a great tour for someone who has patience and is interested in antiques. We got more information on the items in the house rather than the family which is what I enjoy. I did have my 11 and 15 year old with me and they were very bored. I def do not recommend for children. We ended up being there for about 90 minutes and that was just to long for us. Again not bad for someone older just not for kids at all.
Written August 16, 2022
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Nicole, thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your tour of Rockcliffe. We feel that your critical "opinions" about the tour should not go without a response. We're very sorry to hear that your teenage children were "bored" with the tour. However, although your children may have been disinterested, we must disagree with your broad statement that the tour is "not for kids at all"; indeed, we have many school groups that come to the Mansion year-after-year, some with children even younger than yours, just because of how interesting this showcase of turn-of-the-century history is for the students - the history and technological advances on display at the Mansion are simply astonishing! Also, your comment about not getting enough information about the family is puzzling to say the least; there is a great deal of information given during the tour about the family, including many stories that are recounted. Had you had any particular question about the family, you certainly had the opportunity to ask. Indeed, many questions were asked during your tour, which would account for its length. Once again, thank you for your review. Warren, Tour Guide
Written August 19, 2022
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carl f
ashland, mo.44 contributions
Completed in 1902, this remarkable mansion is an extraordinary combination of site, design, construction, finish and furnish. Designed by the same architects that did the St. Louis Cathedral and the Governor's Mansion, finished with the finest stone, marble, wood, art class, all impeccably installed, Tiffany glass in many places and forms. Furnishings from around the world. All in almost totally original condition. The patriarch lumber baron passed away, his widow moved next door to her daughter's, and almost nothing was touched for the following 4 decades. The St. Louis Globe Democrat featured it as the "Most beautiful country home in Mo." It is a special step back in time to the summit of opulence for the place and times. On top of that, the current owner and restoration driver gives the tours, and his knowledge and love for the materials and craftsmen, and history, and his quiet enthusiasm and good humor raise it about the average tour. And you can always book a BnB stay there if you wish. It was the best view in the City.
Written April 16, 2022
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Carl, Thank you for your lovely review. So glad you enjoyed your tour. Just a couple corrections: (a) the Mansion was completed in 1900, and (b) it was the St. Louis Post Dispatch that featured the Mansion on the cover of a Sunday Magazine published in July of 1901. Otherwise, you're recollection of details is spot on. Thank you again.
Written May 6, 2022
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