Gaar Mansion and Farm Museum

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Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Gaar Mansion was built in 1876 for Abram and Agnes Gaar. 

Original cost to build the mansion was $20,000. It was completed in 8 months.  Complete interior/exterior restoration of this Victorian style mansion boasts hand-painted ceilings, parquet wood floors, and features many original furnishings with their actual bills of sale.

Advanced for its day, the home has many unique features, including central heating, indoor plumbing, gas, electricity, and an intercom system throughout the residence.

Jonas Gaar and his sons, Abram and John Milton Gaar, and Jonas' son-in-law, William G. Scott were founders of Gaar-Scott and Company, the leading manufacturer of threshing machines and steam engines from 1842 to 1911.

This Second Empire style mansion is open for tours of 10 or more by appointment.

The GAAR House & Farm Museum brochure

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Our Mission

In the 1970s, Joanna Hill Mikesell (CLICK here), Great-granddaughter of the builder and his wife Agnes, restored the home which had remained in her family since it was built. She established the non-profit Agnes and Abram Gaar Foundation tax code: 501(c)3  to assume ownership of the house, its contents and a few outbuildings. The Foundation has operated the house as a historic house and museum.

Hours of Operations  (Event Calendar click here)

Fees

  • Adults - $5.00
  • 18 years and under - $2.00
  •  Bus Tours Welcome  Travel Bus Clip Art

Contact Information

Telephone
US-Indiana 1-765-966-1262  Ringing Phone Clip Art
 
Postal address
2593 Pleasant View Rd. Richmond, IN 47374 - Click here for MAP
Electronic E-mail

General Information: Assistant to the Director
Webmaster: webmaster@thegaarhouse.com

 

 

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