Independence, MO has a number of wonderful mansions built in the 1800’s and early 1900’s. In fact, Hawthorn B&B occupies one of those stately structures. During the holiday season several mansions in Independence “deck the halls” and open their doors to share the wonder of the season.
The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is situated on almost 20 acres near the Truman Presidential Library. This home sits along what became the Santa Fe Trail – a major route to the west. George Caleb Bingham, one of the most notable residents of this home, was a famous 19th century artist whose paintings of American life in the frontier lands along the Missouri River exemplify the Luminist style. He became quite the politician of his day as well and was elected to the Missouri House of Representatives.
The Waggoner family had the longest period of residency in this home. William Waggoner came to Independence in 1865 and the family purchased the “old City mill” in 1867. The mill became well-known for producing some of the finest baking and cake flours in the Midwest. In the 1890’s, the Waggoners had extensive renovations done to the home as the family grew. The Waggoner family continued to live in the house until 1976.
“I’ll Be Home for Christmas” is the theme for The Bingham-Waggoner Estate’s tour. The open house runs now through December 30, 2017, but closed on December 23, 24, and 25 for the holidays. Hours are:Monday through Saturday, 10:00am to 4:00pm and on Sundays, 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Cost is $6 for adults, $3 for age 6 to 10.
The Vaile Victorian Mansion is also offering holiday house tours where you can experience Victorian Holiday Elegance. The home, built in 1881, 1881, was reported to be “the most princely house and the most comfortable home in the entire west,” by the Kansas City Times in 1882. The Second Empire structure has 31 rooms with 9 marble fireplaces and all the most modern amenities of the time. Colonel Harvey Vaile was born in Vermont in 1831 and moved to Kansas City after earning a law degree from the University of Louisville. He was a shrewd businessman and earned much of his wealth from investing in the Erie Canal and the Star Mail routes. After Harvey Vaile died, his estate was contested by his heirs for many years. The home eventually became a sanatorium, a nursing home, and the offices of a water bottling company. In 1983, the city of Independence acquired the property and the Vaile Victorian Society was established to manage the long-tern restoration and continued maintenance.
You can experience Victorian Holiday Elegance from now until December 30, 2017. The open hours are Monday through Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sundays from 1pm to 4pm. Admission price is $6.00 for adults and $3.00 for children.
Hawthorn B&B has a wonderful history of its own. Stay at Hawthorn B&B – a two-and-a-half-story stone mansion – when you come to visit the other mansions in Independence, MO. If you live in the Independence area, reserve our mansion for your Holiday Luncheon or party by calling 816-252-