Electrifying Barker Mansion
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In 1905 the Barker Mansion became one of the first homes in LaPorte County to have electricity. Guests are able to see the inner workings of original electrical outlets in the floors and walls as well as the original switchboard, hidden call buttons in the walls, Tiffany lamps, nickel-plated telephones, and many more details normally hidden to the public. Follow the construction and installation of the telephone, lighting, and servant call system through the original work orders and contracts the electricians used in 1905. Experience the impact of electric lighting on American culture in the late nineteenth century.