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Contact Joseph Tatner by email or phone (see contact information below) to arrange a tour, private dinner, event for your group, or to join an upcoming event.


On May 25 at 7pm, Geral Hersey (great great grandson of Timothy and Elizabeth Hersey, founders of Abilene) married Kay Campton in a private ceremony on the front porch of Abilene’s historic Lebold Mansion, where the Hersey log cabin once stood. The original 1856 dugout dwelling that later became the cabin basement was preserved by Conrad H. Lebold as part of the basement when he built the mansion in 1880. The Honorable John E. Barker officiated the ceremony with two witnesses from the Abilene Convention and Visitors Bureau and mansion owner Joseph Tatner in attendance. The couple then visited the original room dug out by Timothy Hersey.






















May 18, 2023, Darkly Obscured Paranormal Investigations held a public ghost hunt in the mansion. Celebrity weatherman Ryan Motoush from KSNT (NBC) Television News in Topeka Kansas reported the event on air.

Click here for Ryan's website.

Click on the image below to view the video.

May 13, 2023, 6:00pm: Join K.D. and Katy Stafford from TV shows, “Fright Club”, “Lights Out”, and “Ghost Brothers.” K.D. also Co-Stars on his TV Show, “Ghosts of Devils Perch” with Dave Schrader and Cindy Kaza. $50 per person includes a presentation by K.D., snacks, and public ghost hunt hosted by Afterlife Paranormal Research Society. This event is managed by Afterlife Paranormal Research Society. Contact Joseph directly for any overnight accommodation requirements.

FOR TICKETS, click here.


​Abilene Started Here!

This amazing property is the private home of professional writer, actor, singer, dancer,  musician, choreographer, 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.

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

Rooms & Rates


Rooms currently include a traditional Victorian Splendor room, Maids Quarters, and Vampire room, each keeping in character with the property. Rooms are available upon request at the owner's discretion. Appropriate donations are requested.

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