Took the Behind The Scenes Tour, offered monthly. What an interesting house - it's all the antebellum grandeur and jaw dropping decor you'd expect from a mansion of 15K square feet. Was impressed at the technology introduced into the house when new, like running hot and cold water (and indoor bathrooms) and the central heating/ventilation system, and an elevator - amazing considering it was built between 1855-1859. This tour literally takes you all through the house, looking into the ceiling above the dining room and ending all the way on top of the cupola. Quite a difference when you go from the fully restored first floor to the upper levels, gives you an appreciation for how much has to be done to restore these fine homes from another era. No indoor photography allowed, but we were able to take pics from the cupola.
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