Lanier's immense wealth came in handy for the State on Indiana -- Lanier gave $500,000 for troops to be fitted out for (I think) the Civil War and also bankrolled the State when they were going under with debt.
The house is in a beautiful setting, right off the banks of the Ohio River. In its heyday a pig farm was just up the street as well as iron works, so perhaps it was not once so idyllic.
The dining room was beautiful albeit a bit busy with all the decorations on the wallpaper.
A lovely view from the upstairs windows out to the river.
A view from the side.
The Lanier House has done a good job of trying to maintain historical integrity. I just love learning about history, especially how people lived. I think it would be so fun to go back in time just for a day and be a guest at a home like this! I'm sure life was too hard back then to make it enjoyable long-term, but it would be fun for a day! :)