Seelye Mansion and Gardens

 1105 N Buckeye Avenue
Abilene, KS 67410
(785) 263-1084

Monday - Saturday: 10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday: 1 - 4PM
Extended hours in summer

Adults: $10     Ages 6-16: $5

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Seelye Mansion - Abilene, Kansas
Seelye Mansion
Seelye Mansion - Abilene, Kansas

The Georgian style Seelye Mansion in Abilene, Kansas is like a time capsule.  Most of the home's furnishings were purchased at the 1904 St Louis World's Fair. The furnishings cost more than the $55,000 that was spent building the 11,000 square feet home.

The 25 room Seelye Mansion was built in 1905 for Dr. A. B. Seelye who made his fortune in patent medicine with the A.B. Seelye Medical Company. The Patent Medicine Museum occupies a former Seelye laboratory which has been moved to the rear of the mansion.

Dr. Seelye's daughters, Helen and Marion, were little girls when the home was built. They never married and lived in the home into their 90s - leaving almost everything right where their mother had placed it. The current owner purchased the mansion in 1981 while they were still alive and shared the Seelye Mansion with them for several years. 

The electrical fixtures & appliances and most of the furniture & decorative elements are still original. Other items are only 80 years old, added when Frank Lloyd Wright remodeled the Seelye Mansion's interior in the 1920s. I love the original Edison light fixtures and old Edison music machines that fill the house, but my favorite thing is the lever operated bowling alley which was also purchased at the World's Fair.
 

The Seelye Mansion on TV

The Seelye Mansion was one of the homes featured in the History Channel's Mysteries at the Mansion. The episode Book Thief, Bigamist Duchess, Patent-ly Absurd premiered on February 20, 2015 and one of the three segments is about "the owner of an opulent Kansas mansion concocts a supposed wonder drug."

Edison light fixture in Seelye Mansion
Edison light fixture in the main hallway - even the wiring and light switches are original.
Although no longer used, the Seelye mansion has 70 original Edison light bulbs - some are still functional.


Tiffany cut mosaic tile fireplace.


Seelye Mansion library


Original Edison light fixture in the library


Terry Tietjens displaying some of the original china. The Seelye Mansion has hundreds of pieces of
Haviland China that are used when dinners are served at the mansion.

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