I really enjoyed the Farnsworth House tours when I had visited twice in 2009. On this trip that I took in September this year I decided to do two of the tours again. I did the hospital tour and the mature tour. The hospital tour is as I remembered. It was enjoyable and our guide Sean was knowledgeable but didn't tell as many stories as the guide I had in 2009 and we didn't make nearly as many stops in the same tour time period as my previous experience. Still that isn't what disappointed me. I was really disappointed with the mature tour.
My first tour in 2009 Mike was the guide and he told countless stories about the house and surrounding area and even threw in a couple jokes. I had a blast. I went back a couple months later with some friends and Cliff and Mike were the guides for the mature tour and again much the same thing countless stories about the house and area and a couple jokes. This trip Mike and Cliff were the guides again and they told more "jokes" and irrelevant stories then they talked about the house. Cliff made this spiel that they do that kind of thing on all their other tours so on this one they should get to talk about whatever they want. That isn't what I paid for though. There were only a couple stories about the house and the rest of the stories were about past guests and whatnot. That isn't why I came back. I came back because I enjoyed the stories and experience. That is what they are getting paid to do. I think that management needs to consider the quality of this tour and if it is not going to be what it is advertised as then change the description. I would hate to send someone to Gettysburg and have them take this tour and not enjoy it because of how it is presented now. It used to be great.
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