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Rockcliffe Mansion

1000 Bird Street


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.


Mark Randall

Friday, May 11, 2018
Our second stay was as delightful as the first. The preservation of this grand house is simply astonishing. The interior is all original with stunning features and furnishings. The hosts are delightful, and have a great story to tell. We've stayed in two rooms now, the Governess quarters and Anne Louise chamber, both grand and comfortable. By far the best B&B experience we've ever had.

Kevin Glasscock

Sunday, May 27, 2018
This is an amazing home with a great history. The current owner is working on exterior renovations to restore the original balconies that we're destroyed by local kids during the homes vacancy period. If you love beautiful historic homes this is a must see. The tour fees help pay for the needed renovations so please go see it to help restore this beautiful mansion.

Kim R

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
Rockcliffe Mansion was a beautiful home with a great deal of history. The tour was thorough. The guide had a sense of humor and knew the home and its history very well. I would recommend this tour for anyone who is a history nerd out just loves old homes that have been restored to greatness.

Jan Davenport

Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Great visit and loved the history. So glad it was preserved. Recommend a visit. Or a stay in one of the rooms if you can afford it.

Gastón Sierra

Sunday, April 22, 2018
If you're searching for a loving time capsule to the year 1900... Look no further! The Rockliffe mansion is replete with beauty, elegance, impeccable craftsmanship, and most of all, deeply rich in history. The two hosts are absolutely wonderful and accommodating, and the entire experience of being able to stay in this museum of a mansion makes for an unforgettable experience!

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