Experience the style and spirit of Victorian Times with a tour of this splendid 1881 Midwestern mansion.


Hours

April - October: Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m.
November 1 - Thanksgiving: closed for decorating
November 25 - December 30 (Holiday Hours): Mon - Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Sun 1 - 4 p.m., closed December 23-25.

Admission:
Adult $6
Children/students $3
Seniors/groups $5

No senior d

Contact Information

1500 N Liberty Street
Independence, MO 64050
Phone: 816-325-7430
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Location Type

Historic Home
Museum
Walking Tours

Site Info

Parking
Restroom
Wheelchair
Giftshop
Parking
Restrooms
Staffed
Wheel Chair Accessible

Built by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile in 1881, it was "the most princely house and the most comfortable home in the entire west," the Kansas City Times reported in 1882. Situated on North Liberty Street, a mile north of the historic Independence Square, the three-story Gothic-like structure today sits in solitary splendor, an architectural anomaly among the surrounding Midwestern homes.

The 31 room mansion includes 9 marble fireplaces, spectacular painted ceilings, flushing toilets, a built-in 6,000 gallon water tank, and a 48,000 gallon wine cellar. This mansion is one of the best examples of Second Empire style architecture in the United States.

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