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“Historical Site”
Review of Barker Mansion

Barker Mansion
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
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.

1  Thank BEETOO
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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.

1  Thank Alice T
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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.

Thank debbwym
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Reviewed September 3, 2013

This attraction is a nice diversion from shopping. The guided tour is kicked off by an 11 minute video in the basement. After the video you start the 1 hour and 15 minutes tour on the first floor and tour each room and see the original furnishings. There are a total of 3 floors which you do get to see and the top floor (ballroom) has many of the daughter's momentos including her Steinway piano.
The backyard has a formal European style garden. The flowers were dying off when we were there, but was still lovely.

3  Thank polartrill
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Reviewed August 24, 2013

This is an amazing relic of the past. The tour guides are elderly but enthusiastic. And, they have some very interesting stories to tell. The little gift shop has some nice things at a fair price.

Thank Skip1951
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