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Vaile Mansion

1500 N Liberty St Independence, MO 64050, Independence, Missouri 64050 USA

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“Victorian style mansion”

Built by Colonel and Mrs. Harvey Vaile in 1881. The 31 room mansion includes 9 marble fireplaces, spectacular painted ceilings, flushing toilets, a built-in 6,000 gallon water tank, and a 48,000 gallon wine cellar. This mansion is one of the best examples of Second Empire style architecture in the United States. David McCullough, author of TRUMAN was awarded the 1993 Pulitzer Prize in Biography for his book. On page 51, McCullough describes the Vaile: "The Vaile house on North Liberty, the showiest house in Independence, was a towering stone-trimmed, red brick Victorian wedding cake, with thirty-one rooms and Carrara marble fireplaces. The Vaile stable had mahogany paneled stalls. There was a greenhouse and four full time gardeners. If Harvey Vaile, who made his money in "pure water" and contract mail delivery, was not the richest man in town, he certainly lived as though he were."

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April 15, 2019
Rated 5.0

$6/ person gets you a personal tour from either Ursula the maid, Collins the Butler, or Mrs Vail. They will take you through the house and explain about the many rooms and how they came to be at the home in the 1800s.

Very enjoyable, the staff did a great job of being in character and were very knowledgeable about the home. It was a beautiful home and the property is very well maintained. Well for the price for a quick stop to view a historic home.

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April 06, 2017
Rated 4.0

Beautiful mansion, enjoyed the tour and the history.

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June 08, 2015
Rated 5.0

Beautiful must see, great tour

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Vaile Mansion

1500 N Liberty St Independence, MO 64050
Independence, Missouri
64050 USA
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