1000 Bird Street
Dates & Hours: Guided Tours Daily March 15th – Nov. 15th 10AM – 4PM
Rockcliffe Mansion provides a unique lodging option in Hannibal as well as a grand tour through the “Turn-of-the-Century” Gilded-Age Mansion.
This 13,500 sq. ft. grand residence is built on 4 acres and situated on a limestone bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and historic Hannibal.
The History of Rockcliffe Mansion
Rockcliffe Mansion was built between 1898 and 1900 by lumber baron John J. Cruikshank Jr. for his wife and four daughters. The family lived in Rockcliffe until Mr. Cruikshank passed in 1924.
Decorated in the Art Nouveau style, popular from 1890-1910, most of the original antique furnishings and gas/electric combination fixtures were preserved and are on display. Rockcliffe Mansion is filled with rich mahogany, oak and walnut appointments, magnificent L.C. Tiffany and Palladian windows and the finest interior decorations from America and Europe.
Many of the unique architectural features of Rockcliffe Mansion can never be duplicated.
The Rockcliffe Mansion was scheduled for demolition after being abandoned for 43 years, but just days before, its 30 rooms were saved and are now open to the public for guided tours.
Staying at Rockcliffe Mansion
While this historic home is open for public tours during the day, it also serves as a magnificent bed and breakfast in the hours tours are not offered.
This historic lodging option takes visitors back in time, offering two suites each with their own bathroom while sharing the original master bath, three second floor chambers all including a private bath as well as a third floor chamber which was originally the servant’s quarters.
Amenities at this bed and breakfast, which is available between March and November, include a complimentary tour of the mansion, a happy hour including complimentary wine and cheese as well as a home-cooked breakfast served in the elegant formal dining room.
Check out time is no later than 10:30 a.m., as public tours of the mansion begin at 10 a.m., with check in time no earlier than 4 p.m. as the final tour of Rockcliffe Mansion departs at that time. As such, while this bed and breakfast is a popular destination for the general public, those lodging here still maintain privacy and minimal interaction with those touring the mansion during the day.
Touring Rockcliffe Mansion
If you’re not staying at Rockcliffe Mansion, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to tour its unique and timeless character. Each day between March and November, Rockcliffe Mansion is open to the general public for guided tours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Adult tour rates are $15 and allow one to explore the history of this home room-by-room.
Not Wheelchair Accessible