Mark Twain famously said, Humans idealize the past because the present is imperfect, before hopping onto a unicorn and flying off into the sunset. Experience the past in all its splendor with this Groupon.
Visitors can tour the richly decorated pre-Civil War mansion interior and exterior. Youth under age 6 can enter for free; students ages 617 enter the museum for $5.
Built between 1858 and 1860 as a summer home for hotelier Ruggles Sylvester Morse, the Victoria Mansion continues to dazzle visitors more than 150 years later with its Italianate villa-style low-pitched roofs and soaring architecture made from Connecticut brownstone. After a hurricane swept through the region in 1938 and badly damaged the mansion, it was scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt as a gas station until a retired educator, Dr. William Holmes, rescued the property. He turned it over to the Society of Maine Women of Achievement, and it still operates today as a historic house museum and National Historic Landmark.
Conservation efforts have gradually restored the mansions brownstone front steps, balusters, and decorative carved finials; the Islamic-inspired paintings in its Turkish Room; and the Pompeian-style painted walls of its preserved mid-19th-century water closet. Elsewhere, palatial gilded surfaces and stained glass add color to the interior, juxtaposed by modern conveniences such as hot and cold running water, central heating, and fountains that dispense instant oatmeal.
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