Included with our Dressing Downton exhibit tickets was a tour of the Oliver Mansion called Copshaholm. The 38 room stately home sits on West Washington street just up the road a block from the Oliver Inn B & B and the Tippicanoe Place Restaurant. In a previous visit we stayed at the Oliver Inn and dined at Tippicanoe, it makes for a fabulous weekend visit.
Here is a link to the Oliver Inn visit we took for a girls weekend. https://stretchingittotravel.wordpress.com/2015/04/26/oliver-inn-south-bend-girls-weekend/
Your tour of the mansion begins in the History Museum. Sign up for the tour at the front desk of the museum. House tours are offered Monday – Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Our tour with the short movie took about an hour and forty five minutes total.
The mansion was completed and the family moved in January of 1897. The family owned the house until it was donated so all the original furnishing are inside. It was amazing to see the family photographs and personal effects.
The house did have electric and indoor plumbing when it was built. Quite advanced for the time to have indoor plumbing.
This is a Tiffany dome that sits above the staircase in the rear of the home.
While Dressing Downton is on exhibit in the museum they are showcasing the family clothing inside the mansion.
Even though its fall the gardens are still pretty. I bet they are beautiful in the summer.
We were told the house is lavishly decorated for Christmas so we are considering making the trip again in the winter to see the Christmas decor.
More information can be found here: http://historymuseumsb.org/see-do/historic-house/