Mansion, Museum and House of Fun!
Come celebrate the spookiest time of year in America's spookiest old mansion!
NOTE: This is a FREE event (although a $1 donation can be placed in the mailbox, if you like).
Special thanks to the generosity and participation of local businesses for
making this event possible! I will be posting their information here soon.
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The mansion is also sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving Contest for Abileme Middle School!
Prizes include gift certificates to local businesses such as:
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.
The Lebold Mansion is thrilled to return to the Abilene neighborhood Halloween trick-or-treaters route as the grand finale to any trick-or-treating in the area. Family fun is appropriate for all ages. 3rd Street NW will be blocked off from automobile traffic, as usual. After trick-or-treating on 3rd, kids and their families can walk down Vine Street (where more houses will be giving out candy) and arrive at the Lebold Mansion at the end of the street, only two short blocks away. From 6 to 10pm, the majestic old house will open it's gate. Those who dare to visit the mansion will be greeted by Gomez Addams and get to meet other members of his creepy/cooky family. First floor rooms will be decorated in different Halloween themes, with special effects and surprises along the way. The Tatmobile will also be on display outside, along with a haunted graveyard and the event's official ambassador: The Headless Horseman.
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.
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.
09/05/2021: The Dickinson County Economic Development Corporation will partner with the mansion to create a spectacular Halloween event for 2021! More than 1,000 children are expected to visit Abilene on Halloween night. Local groups and businesses can join the fun by sponsoring and decorating a ground floor room or the front lawn area. In return for an amazing marketing opportunity to reach over 1,000 families and free publicity, final design must be approved by Mr. Tatner, the group must provide at least 1,000 bags of candy, toys, or other goodies (only need one to four pieces of candy due to the number of other sponsors passing out candy on the same evening), plus one or two volunteers to pass out candy and move the crowd safely through the sponsored area. Sponsors can include a business card, promotional discount coupon, or small promotional item in each bag. Details to be arranged with and approved by Mr. Tatner. Opportunities to support Halloween for 2021 are extremely limited, so contact Joseph Tatner as soon as possible.
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.