Room with a View

Tours available to the public
at southern Indiana mansion

Veraestau Historic Site
offers new touring calendar

Staff Report

AURORA, Ind. (July 2011) – Veraestau Historic Site has opened for the 2011 season, offering tours of the historic mansion overlooking the Ohio River.
Tours of the manor are available from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., every weekend through November.


Photo provided

Veraestau Historic Site sits
majestically on a bluff overlooking
the Ohio River Valley in Aurora, Ind.

More than 200 years ago Judge Jesse Holman cleverly joined the three Latin words for “spring,” “summer” and “fall” to name the home he established when Indiana yet remained a territory. He declared that there would be no winter at Veraestau. Yet, site director Kent Abraham admits that spring arrives a little later up on the blustery hill.
“We always opened on April 1 but decided to wait a while longer in the
season so that visitors can enjoy the site as it greens up and fills out.”
Veraestau is one of two extraordinary historic sites offered by the town of Auvrora.
Veraestau sits just around the corner and up the street from Hillforest, the National Historic Landmark Victorian-era mansion. Both sites offer the same touring hours and make for a great duo experience on any weekend afternoon.
Veraestau was already a ripe 45 years old when the lavish Hillforest mansion was built overlooking the dense urban streets of bustling Aurora in 1855. In contrast, Veraestau sprawls out on 116 country acres and across 130 year of architectural history.
The mansion house itself is actually three houses, built in three distinct periods, before the Cornelius O’Brien Family made it into a country retreat in the late 1930s, finishing the property in the style seen today.
American and European original art, early American furniture and regional memorabilia intermingle casually with personal family belongings and pictures.
The luckiest visitors experience unforgettable fresh breezes while standing on the porches overlooking the river.
Veraestau is located at 4606 Veraestau Lane. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for youngsters. Children 6 and under are free guests. Veraestau is about 45 minutes from downtown Cincinnati and about one hour, 45 minutes from the cities of Indianapolis and Louisville.

• For more information, call Veraestau at (812) 926-0983 or visit the Historic Sites section at: www.IndianaLandmarks.org

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