Contact Joseph Tatner by email or phone (see contact information below) to arrange a tour, private dinner, event for your group, or join an upcoming event.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!
September 16, 2022, 7pm to ???: Come celebrate with the Master of the House Joseph Tatner on his birthday! Bring food or a beverage to share, if you wish. No presents required, just your presence. Drop in and out, or stay a while. Meet new friends. Play pool or cards in the game room. Dance in the library. Just have FUN!
HALLOWEEN 2022 GHOST TOURS!
Last year, more than 2,000 people visited on Halloween night, and many others left disappointed rather than wait in the long line. Most of these were adults, so to give more people a chance to see the mansion in all its Halloween splendor, and to focus more on trick-or-treaters on Halloween night, this year Joseph Tatner will host special Ghost Tours from October 28 to 30. Each tour lasts up to 2 hours, beginning at 6pm and 8pm, and is limited to 15 people. More tours may be added, depending upon demand. Suggested donation is $15 per person and reservations are strongly encouraged. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a reservation.
Come hear the ghost stories and paranormal experiences related to the mansion and tour the rooms decorated early for Halloween. Whether you believe in ghosts or not, the house and stories make for a unique, FUN evening. Paranormal investigator Chris Blundell and his team will explain ghost hunting equipment, previous findings, and how investigations are conducted (the tour does not include an actual ghost hunt). While Halloween night visitors will be limited to the first floor, tour guests will be guided through the other floors, including the original Hersey dugout and Fallout Room in the basement. The tour includes behind the scenes magic, such as how the second floor is lit on fire.
DO YOU BELIEVE?
Abilene Started Here!
This amazing property is the private home of professional writer, actor, singer, dancer, and event producer Joseph Tatner. However, Mr. Tatner is happy to share his home, offering tours and various events to the community and visitors. Respectful behavior toward all guests is expected and required of any visitor. A $10 donation is requested per person for tours, which last from 1 1/2 to 2 hours, and donations may be requested for other events. However, no one is turned away simply because they can't afford a donation.
Come relax, enjoy, and step back in time!
Built in 1880, the Lebold Mansion is rich with history and bears a striking resemblance to the Addams Family home. The mansion is located in Abilene, KS, the boyhood home of President Eisenhower. Built over the "dugout" dwelling of Abilene founders Timothy and Elizabeth Hersey, the first settler child in the area was born on the property. The original dugout can be seen by tour visitors. Building upon its rich history and unique architecture, various events are held on the property throughout the year. These include scheduled tours, live murder mystery dinner theater, themed Victorian dinners, Saturday Teas, Sunday Sundaes, etc. In addition to renting an upstairs bedroom for the night, downstairs rooms are available for meetings. The property is also available to rent for photo shoots, special occasions, group meetings, and movie productions.
Abilene was built to accommodate Texas cowboys driving their cattle to board train cars at the end of the old Chisholm Trail. Notable Old West heroes and colorful characters include Wild Bill Hickok, who was the town sheriff for a while. Click the Fun Stuff link to see popular attractions in the local area.
The GoFundMe page is now live, for those who would like to donate to the restoration and upkeep of this amazing property.
07/16/2021: Abilene Reflector-Chronicle represents about a dozen recent press articles on the new owner and plans for the mansion.
07/06/2021: Salina Post represents about a dozen recent press articles on the new owner and plans for the mansion.