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.
Exquisite mansion on the inside... renovation is now started on the exterior. Admission goes partly to the ongoing restoration of this amazing piece of architecture and original furnishings from Hannibal's early history. Original owner was a regional lumber tycoon of the Midwest, bringing in wood from further north via the Mississippi. Fantastic tour guide! Five Stars all the way!!!
The challenging, but short, front drive and the 1890's "rain bath" were just a couple of the unique features of this B&B/museum. It was obvious that restoring this grand lady to her former glory has been a labor of love for a number of people. Magnificent!
Beautiful mansion with s great story. The mansion it's in disrepair and it's currently being renovated. If you are in Hannibal, stop by for the view. Take tour of you have time.