Submitted by Stephen Lehman
Michigan City’s Barker Mansion is now offering self-guided tours of the building only lit by Christmas lights. As this is written there are only two more nights available for this special event (Dec. 16th, 30th). The cost for adults is $8 and $5 for children and runs from 4PM-6PM. As soon as we entered, we knew we were in for a treat. The glow given off by the rooms within eyesight was mesmerizing. We decided that we would make our way to the third floor and then make our way back down. We found an interactive trains set on the third floor.
“This would be a great place to bring children” I thought to myself. The train set had buttons along the side of the train set that would trigger different events as the train whistled around the tracks. The room, lit by Christmas lights, seemed to help the train set feel even more alive.
After playing with the train set, we moved on to the second floor. Yet again, we were met with quite the amazing sight. Room after room with beautifully decorated trees. Upon closer inspection, we found that the trees were decorated by various non-profits from the Michigan City area. Each one was carefully designed with a clear theme in mind.
We were both incredibly impressed with every room. We felt like we had traveled through time. It was as if we would walk into a room and see Mrs. Barker sitting in her chair next to a fire. The whole place came alive as we walked through each room, reading about its history.
We finally made it to the ground floor (the basement was not open) and our surprise continued. Every room seemed to carry so much character. We stopped to read every bit of information that we could. The Barker Mansion is filled with stories and mystery! The staff was very helpful during our time. They were very knowledgeable and we could tell they loved their jobs. This is something we plan to do yearly. I would highly recommend this for families, couples, or even for the solo adventurer. Don’t forget that they are only opening for this event two more times before the end of the year.