As rain poured down, we stood sheltered underneath the portico of this fabulous mansion waiting for 10 a.m. to arrive. Directly at 10 a.m., the grand doors swung open and Juan, one of the owners, greeted us with a smile. From then on we were in the early 1900s with a gracious host who is so excited about the beauty of the mansion that it is obvious to see why the mansion is being so lovingly restored. I half expected to see the original owners appear (and they probably do, if you believe in ghosts) as their furniture and possessions remain in the house. The story of how the mansion was built and subsequently fell into disrepair is fascinating, as are the beautiful architectural details. The original owners spared no expense in creating this showplace. As it is a renovation in process, don't dismiss the outside where time has peeled away paint and wood. The views from the mansion are also beautiful, even in the rain. If you are in Hannibal for any reason, come on up to the mansion because you will not want to miss this tour. I would love to spend the evening here as well. It is worth a trip just to meet Juan and immerse yourself in his enthusiasm.
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