Have you ever wondered what’s behind the scenes at the historic Barker Mansion? Brand new this summer, the Nuts and Bolts Tour will journey into the nooks and crannies of the building which are normally off-limits. Guests will discover remnants of the past such as the central vacuum system, the furnace, and intricate electrical panels. The tour will take participants on back stairways and into the basement.
The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Barker took advantage of the mansion’s location right next to the Haskell and Barker Car Company, bringing many of the factory’s advanced mechanical amenities to the home.
Advance registration and payment of $10 per person is required for the Nuts and Bolts Tour which takes place on Wednesday, June 10 at 7 pm. A special Barker Mansion flashlight will be included with the tour fee, which will allow for up-close investigation. Nuts and Bolts Tours will be offered on July 8 and August 12 at 7 pm as well. Call (219) 873-1520 to reserve your space.
Aside from the Nuts and Bolts Tour, general tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm beginning in June. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.
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Michigan City’s historic Barker Mansion will hold their annual Pink Teas on Wednesday, June 24 and Sunday, June 28 at 3:30 pm. An annual tradition, the teas are held in the mansion’s elegant outdoor gardens and will feature food and drink from Classic Catering and Events. Following the tea service, an engaging lecture will be provided by Curt Burnette of Limberlost State Historic Site in Geneva, IN.
Burnette will provide a captivating look at author Gene Stratton Porter. Porter lived from 1863-1924 and is arguably Indiana’s most famous female author. It is quite likely that young heiress Catherine Barker would have read Porter’s books, especially A Girl of the Limberlost which was published in 1909 when Catherine was 13.
Advance registration and payment of $25 per person is required for the Pink Teas. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Call (219) 873-1520 early to reserve your space.
The Barker Mansion is located at 631 Washington Street in Michigan City, IN. The 38-room mansion was built by freight car industrialist and philanthropist John H. Barker in 1905. Aside from the Pink Teas, guided tours of the mansion are offered Monday through Friday at 10 am, 11:30 am, and 1 pm. Additionally, tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays at 12 pm and 2 pm beginning in June. Cost for a tour is $5 per adult and $2 per child. Reservations are not necessary for regular tours.
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A visit to Michigan City’s Barker Mansion enriches students’ knowledge of Indiana’s industrial heritage, the early history of Michigan City and surrounding area, and the role of the Barker family. Barker Mansion features exceptional programs that meet our state educational standards, as well as students’
requirements for fun!
We offer programs in Victorian lifestyles, early 1900’s school life, and clue problem solving skills. These individual tour topics can be designed to fit the Indiana Standards or individual curriculum needs. Because of time limitations, only one topic is offered per tour. If a large group wants to visit, arrangements can be made with other local museums or the Washington Park Zoo to alternate our program with their programs so your students have many opportunities to learn during their trip.
The Historic Mansion Tourbegins with an introductory video about the history of Michigan City and the Barker family. A tour of the mansion and gardens (weather permitting) follows, highlighting the Barker furnishings and the lifestyle of a well- to-do Victorian family. This tour is suitable for kindergarten through high school and is offered from February through October.
The Early 1900’s Schoolroom Touris a hands-on turn-of-the-century classroom program presented in Catherine Barker’s third- floor schoolroom. A slate board is provided for each child to complete classroom activities. Games, singing, and reciting exercises are also included. This tour is suitable for grades 3-5 and is limited to thirty students; it is offered from February through October.
The Clue Gameis a lesson in following directions as students complete a word search puzzle. They solve the mystery of the theft of Barker silver by recording clues found throughout the Mansion in a “detective log booklet.” This game is suitable for grades 3-6, is limited to thirty students, and is offered from February through October.
631 Washington Street, Michigan City, Indiana 46360
Reservations are required for all tours. A special school admission rate is $1 for students and
$2 for aides and accompanying adults;
one teacher per class is admitted at no charge.
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