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Mackay Mansion, Virginia City

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4.3/5 based on 75 reviews on the web
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  • Toured with Dawn who gave us a comprehensive history of the house that was owned by the richest people in the late 1800's and 1900s in the town. The house is filled with the actual furniture or period...  read more »
  • Thank you so much Dawn for a fabulous day and informational history. The tour was self guided to take as long as you wanted. Pictures were encouraged, a d a bit of helpful info...take them in  read more »
  • This mansion is very beautiful. We took the tour and it was very informative. We saw the place where Mark Twain and General Grant had dinner. Oh did I tell you it is Haunted?? 
  • Having the family name Mackay (or depending on which family member one asked, McKay), visiting the Silver City, NV's MACKAY MANSION, was high on my " Bucket List ". March 31st, while driving my 'snowbird' mother from my Phoenix home to her winter home in Seattle, I was able check it off the list! Arriving late afternoon, we had hoped to make the last tour of the day, but found it locked up tight. I apologized to my ancestors for being so late, asking their forgiveness. Joking about the possibility of seeing ghost, we turned to leave, and were QUITE STARTLED to find a VERY PLEASANT & young woman standing right behind us. After we composed ourselves, quieting our nervous giggles, she assured us she was very much alive. We took her up on the offer of a private tour, though felt guilty, as she had just come 'home' after a long day at work. Being disabled and not able to continue upstairs, Mom asked to wait on the main floor, to which the young woman offered a chair. Assured she was comfortable, the tour continued up the stairs. Relaying my gratitude, but our need to be on our way, we decended the stairs. No sooner had we finished, 'rounding the corner downstairs, back into the main room, my now my quite confused mother, questioned: "Where would you make the tea?". Standing up, Mom continued: "I just don't remember seeing a kitchen", which increase my growing concern. Our polite guide, taken a back, replied: "I'm so sorry, would you like some tea?...I can run downstairs to make you some!" Pointing into the room we thru which we had origionally entered the mansion, Mom again spoke: "Oh NO dear, but THANK YOU so very much! As I had informed the woman in the other room, we really must be going, and you BOTH must be very hungery by now...didn't you say you had just come from work?" "Yes, but...I live downstairs alone...who ", she abruptly stopped, and looking at me, our guide gave a nervous laugh. My arm around my mother, and as I guided/helping her outside, once again I thanked our guide for her kindness. Sitting in our car, it took us a few minutes to buckle up, head out of town. It wasn't until we had reached Reno, that either Mom or spoke. I said that I couldn't wait to go back! Looking around, Mom nerviously asked: "Tonight?" :)
  • The Rich History surrounding Virginia City is awe inspiring. The Mackay Mansion is by far the most beautiful location in the entire city! Do yourself a favor and take the guided tour!
  • Owner is a good man , prides himself on quality has a collection of handmade rugs , a must see , great wedding venue
  • The Mackay Mansion is a great place to go back in time and revisit Virginia City's past glory. With the visit there is a hospitality which is brought to a personal level of service bridging ones experience between two centuries- all in a days time. This transcends most Nevada visitor experiences where Mackay's true story may be heard and realized while visiting the mansion. A silver legacy brought to one through table side service, as though Tiffany was a guest studying the manners to design his next silver tea- spoons and service.
  • Did a great tour of the property in July 2010. Also got a great picture of a ghost on the front porch in the evening while walking by.
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