High atop a rocky knoll in Hannibal, Missouri, sits an enormous house; a house constructed solely to fulfill a man's dream. That man, lumber baron, John J. Cruikshank, Jr., wanted a house to richly display the finest woods and furnishings money could buy, yet one that would emanate warmth and a feeling of quiet dignity.
In 1900, after two years of construction, his dream became a reality. He and his family moved into the Mansion and resided there until his death in 1924.
After his passing, the Mansion was vacated and remained unoccupied for 43 years. Left to time and the elements, at the prompting of municipal authorities, the Mansion was scheduled for demolition. Two weeks before the once lovely home was to be razed, threatening to leave nothing but memories amid the rubble, it was saved by three local families, and the process of restoration began.
I feel like I will never be satisfied staying at another bed and breakfast after staying here. The house was gorgeous! It felt like an honor being able to stay here. The owners were inviting, accommodating, and were lovely to be around. I stayed here six months ago and still cannot get over how much I loved the experience.
This place is spectacular. My wife and I have stayed in a number of B&Bs over the years, but never anything quite like this. Built around 1900, virtually everything inside is original to the home - from Tiffany chandeliers and windows to furniture, rugs, books - even original hybrid electric/gas fixtures and original plumbing that works. Ever taken a shower with plumbing from 1900? It’s like being in a time machine. The tour was fascinating. This was a unique experience.
Debbie gave us a tour of the mansion. (Well, we bought a tour from Debbie.) It was definitely one of the best home tours we have done. The mansion has a remarkable history and unique, incredible features. Debbie was knowledgeable and informative. We did not stay at the mansion' s bed & breakfast, but wish we had.
Really cool historic home. Currently being renovated. You can stay overnight as well. They have a bed and breakfast. Our tour guide was great.
Very lovely! They did a great job restoring this mansion. Our tour guide Debbie was very knowledgeable and friendly! I hope someday we can afford to go back and stay at the b&b.