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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.


FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22, 6:00pm: Why sing outside where you might freeze to death? Come sing inside the Lebold Mansion. Mini Christmas concert and Christmas carols singalong. Food and drink provided, but feel free to bring something to share. Open house Christmas party. Tis the season to be jolly! Park in front on Vine and walk up to ring the doorbell by the big front doors. Doors open at 6pm. Dress up in your Christmas finest, wear an ugly Christmas sweater, or come in pajamas, but come and have FUN!



Come enjoy a FREE movie with popcorn, hot dogs, sodas, and candy in the 23-seat Jack Tatner Memorial Theatre in the Lebold Mansion basement. Donations accepted. Click below to sign up for the following dates:

Friday, 12/15, 7:00 PM: Home Alone
Saturday, 12/16, 7:00 PM: It's a Wonderful Life

Sunday, 12/17, 1:00 PM: Going My Way
Saturday, 12/23, 2:00 PM: Santa Claus Conquers the Martians

Saturday, 12/23, 7:00 PM: The Nightmare Before Christmas

NOTE: The cartoon before each movie will be the original 26-minute 1966 "How the Grinch Stole Christmas," narrated by Boris Karloff.

The first-ever Kansas


at the historic, haunted Brookvile Hotel in Abilene, Kansas!












Saturday, October 28, 6:30pm: Grab your cape and bare your fangs for a Gothic evening of dinner, dancing, dessert & cash bar! Costume contests for best single and best couple. Special room rates available at the Holiday Inn across the street! $55 per person includes Kansas state tax, dinner & dessert.


Sink your fangs into Fried Vulture (tastes like chicken) or Werewolf Meat (howling good Munson beef), plus Eye Scream Sundae (it's watching you), coffin cake, and Lebold Leeches. Celebrity entertainer and Lebold Mansion owner Joseph Tatner will DJ and host the event.


FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:00PM: (doors open at 6:30pm): Haunted Knights Paranormal and celebrity television ghost hunter KD Stafford return for another ghost hunt at the Lebold Mansion. Join us for the last ghost hunt of the year, including a hot buffet and snacks.




Thanks to everyone who attended the grand opening of the Jack Tatner Memorial Theatre in the basement of the Lebold Mansion! The first movie was The Greatest Showman, an amazing musical about the life of PT Barnum starring Hugh Jackman. Hot dogs, water, sodas, and real theatre popcorn is all available for free (donations are encouraged). October movies will include double features of movies such as the original Dracula, Frankenstein, Mummy, Wolf Man, Invisible Man, etc.

Check the Calendar Page and scroll down for dates, times and reservations!

NOTE: Seating is limited. 23 historical theater seats were donated by the Folly Theater in Kansas City and carpet was donated by the Brookville Hotel.

NOTE ALSO: Children are welcome, but this is not a babysitting service, so a responsible adult guardian must be with them.



JULY 29, 2023, 5:00PM: Outdoor Event

​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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106 N Vine Street, Abilene, KS 67410

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