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Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, Madison

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The Lanier Mansion is the 1844 Greek Revival home of James F. D. Lanier, located at 601 West First Street in the Madison Historic District of Madison, Indiana. The home was designed by architect Francis Costigan of Madison.The mansion was built in strict accordance with the Greek Revival style of architecture. Testimony to this is that the right door on a pair of doors opens only into a wall; the right door was necessary so that the left door would have a match.Lanier only lived at the property for seven years, afterward he moved to New York. In 1861 his son Alexander moved into the home, and lived there until 1895. It would remain with the family until 1917 when James' youngest son Charles gave it as the Lanier Memorial Museum to Jefferson County Historical Society. In 1925 the society, with the family's blessing, gave control of it to the state, which promptly opened it publicly as a historic house museum.
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  • We really enjoyed our tour of the Lanier Mansion with knowledge and accessible guide, Mike. It is truly a beautiful and well preserved home. And it was interesting to hear of Lanier's influence in 19t...  read more »
  • Great tour deep in history of the area, people and life style. Can do daily no matter what day you go on. Has special events on the premises. Check the visitors center for more info. 
  • My mother took me there sixty years ago. have been in love with the town an the Lanier home for many years , Me Mom an my Brownie Hawkeye Camera,,,,always the same an the grounds of the home is wonder...  read more »
  • This place is fantastic. We made our first visit over the weekend and fell in love. The cost is $5 per adult to get in, and its worth the price. You are lead through the home by a tour guide that is knowledgeable about the history of the home and the family that built it. When you walk in the front door its like taking a step back in time. The home is restored like it may have looked in the mid 1800s. We weren't able to see the east wing because they are restoring it, but even not seeing the servants quarters and kitchen it was still amazing. The tour guide walks you through room by room on all 3 floors of the home. There is a basement to the home, and it is opened to the public during certain events mainly during Halloween. When you're in the Madison area this is definitely worth the stop and hour of your time
  • A beautiful and well preserved house. The tour guide was knowledgeable and it was an interesting tour. However, it only lasted half an hour - for $9 I would have liked something more. The grounds are free and open.
  • Very cool Mansion to take a tour at if you are in Historic Madison.
  • Walking the lawn is a trip back in time!
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