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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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  • Went on a beautiful 65 Feb Sat. The price is good at $10 per adult, only 4 of us on tour so easy to see. Tour only takes 30 minutes to cover all 3 stories, kinda quick. Tour guide was informative insi...  more »
  • Pay for your tour across the street at the visitor center. They offer tours on the hour starting at 9 on week days. Saturday and Sunday they start a little later. They don't have a tour at 12 noon so ...  more »
  • This historic home has been lovingly restored and furnished to reflect life along the Ohio River in the 1840s. My guide was extremely knowledgeable, not only regarding the mansion and grounds but the ...  more »
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  • 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
  • The tour is very interesting and personalized. Make sure to drop some money in their box for preservation.
  • 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!