America’s Castles. That might bring to mind the Biltmore, or Hearst Castle, but Hannibal, MO boasts its own grand home overlooking the Mississippi River.
Mark Twain may have put Hannibal on the map, and may have even coined the term ‘the Gilded Age’ to describe the new wealth of the late 1800s and early 1900s, but for a real taste of Gilded Age Splendor, we suggest seeing this wealth first-hand Rockcliffe Mansion in Hannibal, MO.
This mansion, located, aptly enough, on a rock cliff, was completed in 1900. Built by lumber baron John J. Cruikshank, this 13,500 square foot home is as impressive now as the day it was built. For architectural buffs, it will be obvious that is was built in the Georgian Revival style.
A True Original
Unlike so many house museums, which are decorated in period style, Rockcliffe Mansion enjoys almost all original furnishings, including lighting fixtures, clothing, plumbing and original furnishings. Considering it was abandoned and sat vacant for 43 years, that is something of a miracle. (You’ll have to take the tour to get the whole tale, however.) With original marble fireplaces, Tiffany windows and lighting, and decadent furnishings from Europe, this home is an experience more so than a simple tour.
A Mark Twain Connection
Like most things in Hannibal, even Rockcliffe Mansion has a Mark Twain connection. When coming to Hannibal for the last time, Twain spoke to a crowd from the grand staircase inside Rockcliffe Mansion. What was meant to be a brief few words turned in to a much longer speech….but that is a story for another day.
Make sure to make the Rockcliffe Mansion tour part of your next adventure in Hannibal, MO!
Tours Daily March 15th – November 15th
First Tour begins at 10 AM Last Tour begins at 4 PM
Can’t get enough of this beautiful home? Why not stay the night?