Open for tours and special events! Contact info below.

Mansion, Museum and House of Fun!

​Abilene Started Here!

 

Built in 1880, this amazing property 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, movie nights in the basement theater, etc. In addition to renting upstairs bedrooms for the night, downstairs rooms are available for meetings. The property is also available to rent for special occasions and movie productions.

Thanksgiving 2021

Thanks to everyone who helped to make our Thanksgiving dinners such a success. We were able to freeze and distribute around 30 full dinners to those in need with the leftovers.

Hallowe'en Was a BLAST!!!

 

More than 2,000 people visited America's spookiest old mansion!

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Addams Family, left to right: Uncle Fester (Duff Richter), Wednesday (Kathryn Tatner),

Cousin Itt (Gene Twiggs), Gomez Addams (Joseph Tatner), and Grandmama (Connie Twiggs).

Click here for additional PHOTOS and VIDEOS.

Our Property

 

Built by Abilene banker C. H. Lebold in 1880, this beautiful Victorian mansion has many unique architectural features, such as inlaid wood parquet floors. More recent renovations have added unique carpeting from Europe and more than $750,000 of custom wallpaper.

Local Attractions

 

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 Hickock, who was the town sheriff for a while. Click the Fun Stuff link to see popular attractions in the local area.

Rooms & Rates

 

Rooms are currently under renovation Motifs will feature Gothic, Steampunk, or traditional Victorian decorations in individual rooms, keeping in character with the property. Currently, the Victorian Splendor room is available upon request and is used as a guest room.

News

​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.

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​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.

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