‪Barker Mansion‬

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Donna K
75 مساهمة
الأصدقاء • ديسمبر 2021
‪If you want to see what it was like at the turn of the last century when this house was considered a technology Wonder and then you see all the incredible inlaid woodworking the beautiful artwork the house itself the history the people that have since continued to support our community all these decades later and what they did and how they got there and the tragedy also it is a incredible experience that you should not miss go there take your whole family take your time and drink it all in you won't be sorry it's incredible and the Barker family was incredible and still is into 2022 and beyond what a legacy!‬
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Travelingw6
‪Wauseon‬, ‪Ohio‬260 مساهمة
العائلة • نوفمبر 2020
‪It is a self guided tour at this time. They have a movie explaining the family that you start with in the basement. They give you a card explaining the different rooms as you explore. The younger kids sped thru the tour. The older kids appreciated the rooms better. It was worth stopping. ‬
كُتب بتاريخ 10 نوفمبر 2020
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Isaac A
‪Glen Ellyn‬, إلينويمساهمة
نوفمبر 2019
‪My wife and I had a wonderful time at the Barker Mansion and the staff was incredible! TJ and Anthony were so knowledgable and were so gracious with us throughout the entire tour. They had definitely done their homework and research about this historic landmark! There is so much to see and so much to learn about the great stories within the Barker family history. This mansion tour will not disappoint!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 نوفمبر 2019
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interceptpubs
‪Columbus‬, ‪Indiana‬1,011 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2019
‪The Barker family played a major role in the development of industry in the Michigan City area in the 19th and early 20th centuries. John H. Barker, Sr., moved to Indiana in 1836 from Massachusetts searching for economic opportunities in the fast closing pioneer state of Indiana. Initially a general merchant, he branched into grain brokerage before opening a commission house to handle merchandise being shipped on the Great Lakes. In 1855, he bought an interest in a railroad car manufacturing business that was relocating to Michigan City. It was an opportune investment as the coming of the Civil War just a few years later resulted in a huge demand for railroad cars.

When he retired in 1869, his son, John H. Barker, Jr., joined the firm and eventually became the company's president. By 1910, the family fortune was estimated to be $60 millions dollars (the equivalent of $1.6 billion today).

As befitting the wealthiest family in town, the Barker's had the most impressive home in Michigan City. Originally built in 1857, the house underwent an extensive expansion in the early 20th century. When completed in 1909, it had 38 rooms, ten bathrooms, and seven fireplaces. Built in the style of an English manor house, its two-and-a-half stories are clad in dark red brick with limestone trim.

Unfortunately, Barker's wife died of a sudden illness in May 1910, with Barker himself dying of pneumonia in December. This left their only child, 14-year-old Catherine, an orphan and also one of the wealthiest women in the world. She completed her education in New York where she made her home after graduation - the mansion in Michigan City stayed in the family, but was seldom visited by the young heiress.

In 1915, she sold the family's interest in the railroad car factory (it eventually became part of the Pullman Company and continued to operate until the decline of the railroad industry led to its closure in 1970). She subsequently embarked on several philanthropic enterprises that aided the people of Michigan City and eventually gave the mansion to Purdue University, which used it as a temporary regional campus from 1948 to 1968.

After Purdue University vacated the structure, the house is gifted to Michigan City. Before Catherine's death in 1970, she provided money for the mansion's restoration and arranged to have its original furnishings returned.

The result is that today, the mansion looks very much like it did in its heyday, both inside and out. We visited it recently and took the guided tour (offered Tuesdays through Saturdays at 1 p.m. - self-guided tours are also available on Saturday afternoons). This lasts a little more than an hour and takes visitors through the public rooms on the first floor, the family quarters on the second floor, and even the servants quarters. Rooms look pretty much as they did in the day - with proof in most rooms provided by period insurance photos. We actually got here a little after 1, so joined the tour shortly after they finished a short video on the family - we watched the video after the tour ended, but it is definitely good to watch (and probably more helpful if seen first).

Overall, we really enjoyed the tour and thought it was very well done.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 4 نوفمبر 2019
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Stanley K
‪Tinley Park‬, إلينوي12 مساهمة
أكتوبر 2019
‪This fabulous tour was amazing. Visiting an older, well keep mansion with over
90% of the original artifacts. The tour guide was very good and even requested
any questions.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 أكتوبر 2019
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j0ywp
Rolling Prairie, United States19 مساهمة
زوجان • يونيو 2019
‪This is special because you learn so much Michigan City history. You tour many of the rooms and some of them are set up with period furniture. The garden is lovely as well.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 8 أكتوبر 2019
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charlesc285
177 مساهمة
سبتمبر 2019
‪We were interested in touring the Barker Mansion. The hours of operation are posted on the front door. The door was locked but signage indicated to ring the bell for admittance. We rang the bell and waited . . . then we rang the bell again. We could hear it ringing loud and clear. Two cars were parked out front. Possible employees? Needless to say, we did not tour the mansion. We did look over the grounds outside which were nice and well maintained. You may want to call to double check they are actually open if you wish to tour the Barker Mansion.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 26 سبتمبر 2019
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Hi, thank you for stopping by. We are currently operating on our off-season hours, which are posted on the door as well as our website (barkermansion.com) and on our phone greeting (219-873-1520). When you visit during those hours, we will answer the bell for admittance on a tour. On a side note, our staff does not park out front. Thank you for the kind words about our grounds, and we hope you can visit again soon. Jessica Rosier Interim Director
كُتب بتاريخ 27 سبتمبر 2019
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Christian
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أغسطس 2019
‪We stopped by the mansion to get one of their most exclusive tour experiences. TJ was such a nice and heartwarming tour guide, he gave us such an in-depth tour of the whole house. It was such an awesome learning experience, he really knows his information. Definitely would recommend to all my friends!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 17 سبتمبر 2019
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Velvet M
‪Navarre‬, فلوريدا7 مساهمات
سبتمبر 2019
‪We stopped in to check out the First Fridays Art Walk and was impressed with the wonderful artwork. We got to meet the artist too! TJ gave us a fun tour of the Mansion. The whole evening was memorable!‬
كُتب بتاريخ 12 سبتمبر 2019
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Regionaires
‪Valparaiso‬, ‪Indiana‬مساهمتيْن
يوليو 2019
‪Finally visited this historic building. It's absolutely beautiful and the staff was so friendly and helpful. TJ gave a fact-filled and interesting tour with knowledge and enthusiasm. The mansion also hosts a Halloween Tours by candlelight and events like History on Tap (with beer!). It's also somewhere to have a wedding or shower and the outdoor garden area is serene and very big. Don't miss Barker Mansion if you're in the area.‬
كُتب بتاريخ 11 سبتمبر 2019
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