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“The Lilly Estate”

Oldfields-Lilly House and Gardens
Ranked #35 of 173 things to do in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
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Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 3 Contributor
8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“The Lilly Estate”
Reviewed December 25, 2012

Nice house and grounds but not on par with other estate in America. Expectations are that you would see a far more opulent house and furniture with graciously designed grounds and gardens. Not so.

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English first
Indianapolis, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“A beautiful piece of history worth exploring”
Reviewed November 26, 2012

The property is beautiful, both the home and the gardens around it. It offers several options including a group tour at designated times or the ability to just explore the house on your own. That's what we opted for. It was filled with beautiful, authentic pieces and decorated for the holidays. Each room had pictures of the evolution of the space throughout the years and there were a lot of interesting historical details about the people who lived there and what life was like in the Indianapolis area during those days. Plus, it was free admission which made it even better!

Visited November 2012
Thank Lisa M
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Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“FREE! Lovely gardens.”
Reviewed November 19, 2012

This was so easy to get to from downtown. And and interesting little drive there. This is on the same grounds as the Art Museum which can be a bit confusing at first. We stopped by the greenhouse first. They had many interesting plants fort purchase and a little gift shop with unique items. We then moved on to the house and were pleasantly surprised to find it was free. They talked about a special holiday shop in the house but it was not much to speak of. A few ornaments and such but nothing special or distinctive. You can do a self guided tour or use a docent. Our time constraints dictacted we do the self guided tour. I love olf houses and this was a good one. Furnishing were a bit tired but I could mostly look past that and imagine the home in it's heyday. They often had photos of what it looked lie "when". The docent in the front hall was a mean crusty old woman. Why she was there I'll never know.

They already had holiday decorations up and there were unfortunate. I realize this was a free tour but they were sad pieces that were just pieced together. A bit tacky.

I did love seeing this old house and am so glad we made the drive out.

Visited November 2012
Thank 4franks
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Savannah, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“I love this place”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

This home is especially beautiful to visit during the holiday season.Highly recommend going on the tour. Worth learning more about the history of this beautiful home and the grounds. A photographers paradise with the lush landscape.

Visited November 2012
Thank BirdGirl_1970
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Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Beautiful home and gardens - must see”
Reviewed November 1, 2012

I loved strolling the gardens. The sculpture is wonderful. For the garden lovers you can pick up a map that will help you locate trees and evergreens throughout the garden. Tour the house too. It is incredible. Many people using the gardens for a back drop for the professional pictures. Great experience. I would go again and again just to see the changing blooms of the garden.

Visited October 2012
Thank Twovets
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