CHRISTMAS CAROLING Friday Dec 16, 7:00pm: Doug Engle leads open singing from the 1905 piano. Come sing your heart out in the warmth of the mansion. Coffee, hot apple cider and other refreshments will be available. Feel free to bring food or beverages to share. Share the joy of Christmas with your family and make new friends!
CHRISTMAS CONCERT Thursday Dec 22, 7:00pm: Kristin Fleming will play piano and harp, Joseph Tatner will sing, and other musicians will join in providing a special evening of Christmas music, to include a few carol sing-a-longs. No fee for this event, but any donations will be divided up among the performers. Refreshments will be provided as well. Come, bring family, make new friends, and share the true Spirit of Christmas with your neighbors!
CHRISTMAS DINNER Dec 25, 3:00pm: Joseph Tatner will cook a full turkey feast, open to everyone. This will not be a sit-down served meal, but the table will be set for family style eating. The first floor of the mansion will be open, as well. Merry Christmas!
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.
Thanks to everyone who helped make this Thanksgiving so special!
Thanks to everyone who helped make this Halloween such an outstanding success! And thanks to everyone who visited. There would be no point without you! Pictures and video will be added soon.
Check out the newspaper & press articles at the bottom of this page.
Thanks to Salina Septic Service for this wonderful video!
Once again, they donated porta-potties to accomodate the
1,000+ visitors and decorated two of them just for fun!
LEFT: Abilene High School Science teacher Mitchell Burkett and student Gabriela Guillen (Project Coordinator for the National Honor Society) help set up the Mad Scientist Lab in the Lebold Library.
RIGHT: Lisa from Rivendell Bookstore in Abilene sets up the spooky dining room. Rivendell won last year's Dickinson County storefront Halloween decorating contest.
Abilene Middle School Pumpkin-Carving Contest
Joseph Tatner presents awards and candy to contest winners and participants.
Mr. Tatner sponsors a pumpkin-carving contest each year for middle school students.
Special thanks to local businesses who donated gift coupons as additional prizes to the students: Tossed n Sauced, Original Grande, McDonald's, Arby’s, and Sips.
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.
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.