Open for tours and special events! Contact info below.
TOURS ARE OPEN AGAIN!
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.
Find Love at the Lebold!
Cupid visits the mansion on Valentine's Weekend. Valentine's Day is actually on Monday, so events for couples and singles will be held the weekend before, including rides in the Tatmobile. Horse-drawn carriage rides will be offered by Rocking B Carriage. See details below!
VALENTINE'S WEEKEND EVENTS!
(email Joseph directly to make reservations)
FRIDAY, FEB 11, 6 PM: COUPLES DINNER. Limited to 4 couples, due to space. Share a home-cooked Italian dinner, drinks and special dessert with your loved one, served in the formal dining room. Try the Hot Apple Cider or the mansion's own Cupid Colada (virgin or with alcohol), soda, coffee, or other adult beverages). Includes a private chauffeured ride in the back of the Tatmobile (the owner's Zimmer Golden Spirit) around Abilene for each couple. Reservations required. Suggested donation: $50 per couple.
SATURDAY, FEB 12, 10 AM: MANSION TOURS. Tours will be available starting from 10 am until around 5 pm. Each tour lasts about 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Tour guests should arrive at the front door. Reservations suggested. Suggested donation: $10 per person.
SATURDAY, FEB 12, 1 PM: HORSE-DRAWN CARRIAGE RIDES. Kevin Brown of Rocking B Carriage will offer carriage rides leaving from and returning to the mansion beginning at around 1pm. Kevin runs this independently and is offering rides at $30 per trip. Each trip lasts approximately 15 minutes and the carriage can hold multiple people. Reservations not required. Price: $30 per ride.
SATURDAY, FEB 12, 7 PM: SINGLES/COUPLES MIXER/DANCE. Meet some new friends and maybe fall in love at the Lebold Mansion! Ice breaker games will help you meet new people, even if you're shy. Appetizers, buffet-style food, and drinks will be available, including the mansion's famous Hot Apple Cider (spiked or virgin). Play pool or cards in the game room. Play chess or dance in the library. Reservations suggested. Suggested donation: $10 per person.
SUNDAY, FEB 13, NOON TO 3PM: ICE CREAM SOCIAL. Come alone or bring the family and kids for ice cream and various toppings. Coffee and other beverages will be available. Reservations suggested. Suggested donation: $5 per person.
New Year's Eve Party!
Party like it's 1899! Thanks to everyone who showed up for the final event of 2021! Nearly 40 people showed up throughout the evening, and we toasted the New Year with party poppers, confetti, champagne and sparkling cider. Pictures and videos are on the 2021 Events page
On to 2022!!!
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.
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. Donors who give $100 or more will be designated as a "Friend of the Lebold." Those who donate $500 or more will be designated as a "Distinguished Friend of the Lebold." Appropriate tier benefits are under development.
07/28/2021: Furniture finally arrived after 34 days instead of 3, and much of my furniture was broken or damaged! The moving company that promised me it had its own trucks, my stuff would not be mixed in with other people's belongings, and the truck would head directly to my destination farmed my order out to a 2-star company that had my shipment in storage in New Jersey for more than 30 days, waiting for "another shipment going to Kansas. After three weeks of calling, I finally got a manager and explained to him that any shipment headed to California, New Mexico, Nevada or Colorado had to literally go right past my house since I'm a mile from I-70. He was surprised, and apparently never even bothered to look at a map! My insurance claim is currently pending and I can expect a monetary settlement in 1 to 3 months if all goes smoothly.
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.
07/13/21: Restoration work has begun! Tom McGivney is patching the outer stonework, while Dale Beal and Don Ladd are attending to a wide range of plumbing and woodworking needs. Tim Shaffer provides lawn-keeping services and is helping to restore the one-acre of landscaping. All such work is expected to be ongoing for some time.