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“Pleasant surprise”
Review of Douglas Mansion

Douglas Mansion
Ranked #2 of 38 things to do in Jerome
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: This former home of a mining baron became a state park and a museum in 1965.
Norwalk, Connecticut
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Pleasant surprise”
Reviewed May 10, 2013

After a typical but informative movie, we enjoyed browsing the Douglas Mansion which houses exhibits from Jerome's mining past. Make sure you see the outdoor exhibits, accessed through a side door in the museum. From the outdoor exhibit, you will also see the structures of the old drills and amazing views of the surrounding area. I was impressed with the drawings set up outside to identify buildings and structures. This attraction is not for everyone, but I enjoyed learning about this slice of American history.

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Sue R
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Marysville, Ohio, United States
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23 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“very cool and educational!”
Reviewed May 7, 2013

this was a nice place to visit and get history of Jerome. very neat to see the views and tour the house. looking down the mine shaft is unreal

Visited May 2013
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“They did WHAT to the building?”
Reviewed April 23, 2013

There are some interesting exhibits in the Douglas Mansion, and they should be congratulated on their IWW display. We were though horrified to read (at the Mansion) that original walls had been removed to make way for some of the exhibits!

Visited April 2013
1 Thank Drummersmoll
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1,630 reviews
1,093 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,309 helpful votes
“Find out why Jerome is the town that wouldn't die”
Reviewed March 24, 2013

A great movie narrated by a ghost. The home of the owner mirrors a hard nosed miner. It is built well with wide stairs and function over form. I felt like I was in an industrial building rather than a private home, but it reflected the practical side of the owner. There is a great deal of history here for those who have the patience to read the narratives with each display. These coupled with the movie tell a stark story of a town riddled with fires, land slides, and petered out mines and how they have recovered to make Jerome a major attraction (If you don't believe me try finding a parking space after 11:00 am in March). There is a mine shaft that you can look down to get an idea f what it might have been like to work your butt off under ground. the mansion is part of the State park system so there is a small fee, but well worth it. After this tour you are pretty well prepared for the downtown and small museum located in the center. For those interested in machinery and turn of the century systems you will enjoy the experience. plan an hour and a half. Parents with young children who plan to view the movie, they do spend a fair amount of time discussing the ladies of the night, so be ready for questions. Hint: Drive past Jerome for a few miles to get a great view of snow covered San Francisco Peaks.

Visited March 2013
1 Thank James H
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NW Arkansas
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79 reviews
32 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“A good start to our trip to Jerome.”
Reviewed February 12, 2013 via mobile

The mansion is part of the Jerome State Historic Park. The video provides an overview of the town's history and is a good investment of time. The admission fee is $5. There are lots of informational and interesting exhibits inside and out. The views of the town on the hillside and of the valley below are beautiful!

1 Thank bbsnwa
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