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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 older children, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed August 29, 2014

The younger gal that gave us our tour was both very knowledgeable and very enthusiastic about both the mansion and her role there. Didn't get her name, but can't say enough good things about both her and the mansion. We were in a very small group and asked questions about several random items throughout the home that she didn't mention as part of her presentation (there is so much you can't possibly comment on all of it) and she gave very detailed information about each item. This was one of the first mansion tours that took you into both the kitchen and bathrooms. Almost everything was original...that is a rarity indeed. This ended up being the highlight of our visit. Even my husband was impressed, ans usually these types of places are more geared for the women.

Thank KittyandFelix
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Reviewed July 27, 2014

We took the tour on a Saturday. There was a decently sized group for the tour. The first thing you are taken to is an 11ish minute video in the basement of the home. The docent set the video up, turned off the lights and left. The video ended, and we sat in the dark. Some people began to laugh nervously. The docent had left us and never returned. We all finally got up, turned on the lights and went upstairs. (She never told us to come upstairs after the video so no one really knew what to do.)

The second docent was a nice little lady who took us on the tour of the house. She was knowledgeable about the house but any time she explained a fact about an item in the house, she faced the item rather than the group and talked to the item. This made it extremely difficult to hear her if you were in the back of the group.

The house is attractive and we enjoyed learning the history, but the tour is lacking. The docents are nice, they just need training in addressing group tours.

2  Thank BudNLily
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Reviewed July 22, 2014

If you love 19th century architecture and Victorian opulence, touring this home is for you, The 38 room mansion was built in 1857, one block from the family business, the Haskell & Barker Railroad Car Company, ( now the site of Lighthouse Place Premium Outlets). Much of the furnishings consist of authentic Barker family artifacts, including furniture and art objects, family portraits, library collections, and personal belongings. The drawing room contains a hand carved marble fireplace and ceiling in baroque design. Other rooms are equally fascinating.
We were fortunate to arrive early on a weekday, and managed to have a private tour with a knowledgeable and personable docent who cued us into many of the homes lesser known secrets.

We loved the house and the tour, which also includes a video history. And when you're finished touring, stop half a block away at the McGinness Pub for lunch, then walk another half block to shop the huge selection of upscale outlet stores at Lighthouse Place!

2  Thank StevenLaurie S
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

we had seen the reviews here on Tripadvisor...we got there on Tuesday for a 1:00 tour - total time about 90 minutes. The young tour guide was VERY knowledgeable - answered every question - so interesting to see the original rooms from the 1800's...would highly recommend

3  Thank jpatt
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Reviewed June 8, 2014

Was there June 2 supposed to be open June 1st, not open. Looks like great spot to tour, large to say the least. Unable to load picture, TA says doesn't take these kind on pix.

Thank dROG
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