Have never paid this much for two of us to tour anything, but opted for the extended tour as we didn't want to miss anything! VERY glad we did! As we waited for our tour guide, I visited the porta potty outside! When you pay $50 to tour, I was surprised there were no public restrooms! The tour was wonderful! You can take photographs now of everything but one room, and we assumed that was where the murder took place, however they don't talk about that. Beautiful does not do it justice! They were very futuristic as they built this mansion, as the men had showers with up to 17 shower heads if I remember right! In those days they felt women were too delicate to be pelted with water!!! The sitz bath for women was something to see! They said the women sat in this porcelain 'thing' with there feet hanging over the edge! The guide said that they only washed the 'important parts' from their shoulders to their knees! They also had flushing toilets and electricity which was very unusual in the early 1900's. These type of facts made the tour very interesting. Since we had the deluxe tour, we got to go in the basement which was really interesting! The laundry area was very impressive! The linen closet room had glass doors over the shelves and each was numbered with to match the linens with the bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. We also walked around outside and the grounds were beautiful. Flowers in bloom everywhere and the tiered vegetable garden was very impressive and doing very well--about every kind of vegetable you can imagine as well as pumpkins and squash. The Congdons grew all their own produce and now they donate it to a local food bank. There wasn't a weed in that garden anywhere! Could go on and on, but definitely recommend this. You do have to climb stairs and walk at inclines, which was a bit of a challenge for some in our tour group. Even though they do not talk about the murders, you can purchase some good books in the gift shop. Take this tour! It is well worth the couple hours you'll spend!
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