About this trip idea
Allow 2-3 days.
Experience Victorian luxury and grandeur in some of Southern Indiana's historic mansions and hotels.
Tour historic homes
Visit the Culbertson Mansion in New Albany. With its hand-painted ceilings, carved rosewood staircase, marble fireplaces and crystal chandeliers, the mansion reflects the affluence of a man once considered to be the wealthiest in Indiana. In 1867, William S. Culbertson spent about $120,000 to build this home. The three-story mansion encompasses more than 20,000 square feet and contains 25 rooms.
While in New Albany, visit the Scribner House . Built in 1814, the home was the first frame house in the river town and is the oldest surviving building in New Albany. While the modest New England Federal style abode can hardly be considered a mansion, it's high pitched roof and double porches looking over the river are luxurious.
Stay in French Lick, home to the famous French Lick Springs Hotel . Established in 1845, this classic hotel originally attracted guests from around the world to experience the "miracle waters" of its nearby sulfur springs. Now restored to its famed charm and grandeur, the hotel offers championship golf, a full service spa and a casino.
The nearby West Baden Springs Hotel , often called the "Eighth Wonder of the World," was built in 1902 with a one-of-a-kind domed atrium spanning 200 feet. The hotel offers restaurants, shopping, golfing, swimming pools, stables and a spa.
In Evansville, peek into the Reitz Home Museum . Built in 1871, the house is a stunning example of the grandeur and elegance of the Victorian period. Silk damask-covered walls, hand-painted ceilings, French gilt chandeliers and other period standards of luxury can be seen on a tour of this historic mansion.
Next, take a tour of Grouseland . The home of William Henry Harrison, then governor of the Indiana territory and a major figure in the War of 1812. Later Harrison became the ninth president of the United States.