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Review of Lanier Mansion

Lanier Mansion
Ranked #2 of 27 things to do in Madison
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 30 September 2017

Didn't know anything about this "Lanier" person and why he was so important to Indiana. Now I do! Tours each hour on the hour (except at noon) - only takes about 20 minutes. 3 floors and the spiral staircase is very unique. Tour guide did a nice job of explanations and answering questions. Worth the time.

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Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

Beautifully preserved by the State of Indiana, the grand home of wealthy and generous James F.D. Lanier, is well worth a tour. The Docents are very knowledgeable and willing to share the story of Mr. Lanier and his rise to prominence. There are a few "family " pieces of furniture, but is very nicely appointed with period furnishings from the extensive Indiana State Museum collections. Lanier lured Maryland architect, Francis Costigan, to Madison to design his beautiful home. Costigan's hallmark is the detailed woodwork , curved doors and the inspiring spiral staircase. Plan on a full hour here for your guided tour...time well spent.

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Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

Our tour guide was interesting, very knowledgeable, he was able to answer any question that was asked. It was interesting to see how the wealthy people lived back in the day and the way they decorated.

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Reviewed 30 August 2017 via mobile

We have visited a lot of historic homes and each one has something unique. Interesting tour and info about the family

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Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I was looking online for an historic house to visit on the way home from Louisville. I googled historic house, southern Indiana and the Lanier Mansion came up so my sister and I stopped. We got there around 12 noon and were told the tour guide was at lunch and the next tour was at 1:00. We were driving to Chicago and didn't really have time to wait. The receptionist spoke to the site manager and he agreed to give us the tour. Wow! The house is shown as it would have been in the 1850's. The site manager obviously knew the house and the history of it's owner very well. Great tour! The town of Madison is quaint and I would revisit it.

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