This is a fun site to visit if you are into history. This is a local landmark and the exhibits tell a story.
A well preserved home. A taste of gracious living. We saw a short video before our tour began. Our tour guide BJ was wonderful--her narration was informative and she added a bit of humor as well, as some of the family history was a bit tragic. As we were here in October the flowers in the gardens were in the... More
This tour is well done and the history of the family is interesting although somewhat sad. The teenage girl of 14 was one of the richest on the planet when both of her parents died. Fantastic house and gardens. Story of people who came to the area to do one thing and saw opportunities for other things. Mr. Barker was... More
This attraction is a nice diversion from shopping. The guided tour is kicked off by an 11 minute video in the basement. After the video you start the 1 hour and 15 minutes tour on the first floor and tour each room and see the original furnishings. There are a total of 3 floors which you do get to see... More
This is an amazing relic of the past. The tour guides are elderly but enthusiastic. And, they have some very interesting stories to tell. The little gift shop has some nice things at a fair price.
Wonderful historical site. Very well kept. Great furnishings. Nice garden. Educational tour. A slice of yesterday.
Great tour, would highly recommend!! Every room is filled with hand carved wood, hand carved marble, and lots of little intracacies, very fascinating. Tour guide was great, very knowledgable and she was very much into the house and it's history! Go on the tour, it's worth the 5 bucks, AND here you get 90 minutes worth of entertainment for your... More
I would have never thought to visit the mansion but went there for a wedding. It is a cool place and amazing that such a place still exists in Michigan City. It takes you to a time / place that makes you wonder what Michigan City was like back then. Back when there were jobs and factories!
Barker Mansion has come to Michigan City by way of one of the owners of the Haskell and Barker Car Plant. They made cars for the early railroads. Later the business was bought by the Pullman Company. The company is no longer in Michigan City, but the family mansion remains with all it's stories. The Barker daughter, Catherine, became the... More
What a wonderful experience. The mansion and furnishings are beautiful. Tour guide was very knowledgeable. Thoroughly enjoyed this treasured piece of local history.
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