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Mackay Mansion, Virginia City

(4.4/5 based on 80 reviews on the web)
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  • We loved the docent's descriptions of the past owners and occupants of the house in the nineteenth century and their lives. The house is well set up with an impressive amount of genuine period furnitu...  more »
  • Mackay was one of the richest mine owners during Virginia City's boom times. The tour of his mansion is short but worth the time and money (it's not that much--I think it was about $5 per person). It'...  more »
  • The lady, oh gosh I feel bad I forgot her nam, but was just a sweet heart!!!!! We came the day Zak and his crew from ghost adventures filmed their episode that aired in the fall. This house is so cute...  more »
  • 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
  • Great tour and tour guide.
  • 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.