|THE HARNEY MANSION HISTORY
|The Harney Mansion - A Step Back In Time
|This historic building listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings was first erected in 1856 by
Dr. A. Leffingwell. This portion is now the South Wing as in 1872 General William S. Harney duplicated
the same material and design to further add to the existing building in 1872. The General used this
building as his Summer Home until 1884 when he moved to Florida.
In 1896 the building was purchased by Theodore Hinchcliff and it stayed in the Hinchcliff Family until
1960 when his daughter Lucy Hinchcliff Riggans sold it to Leo Hollander and his wife. After sitting
vacant for a number of years, the Hollander family gave it to the William S. Harney Historical Society in
the early 1980's. In April of 1984 is was placed on the national Register of Historic Places as the Major
General William S. Harney Summer Home.
After this Historical Society disbanded in the early 1990's, the building was given to the City of
Sullivan. In one final effort to save it, the city then deeded the property to "The Friends of General
Harney House, Inc." which in 1998 changed their name to the "Harney Mansion Foundation".
Since owning this historical building the "Harney Mansion Foundation" has been moving forward with
the overdue preservation and repairs this building has needed for decades through grants and
private contributions. Since their ownership, a new temporary roof has been erected along with the
completion of a very large percentage of the exterior tuck pointing and other work. Their work has
thus far stabilized the building while awaiting further needed funds to initiate the many projects
required to fully renovate and fully preserve it.
Your help is needed and would be greatly appreciated. A contribution of any amount can be sent
directly and payable to:
The Harney Mansion Foundation
P.O. Box 398
Sullivan, MO 63080
Also any donations of needed supplies and/or general to skilled labor to aid in the restoration would
also be greatly appreciated. If interested in assisting then please email MPR at:
for further details and information for direct contact with the Foundation.
The main building sits in the center of approximately 5 acres of ground with a lot of old oak trees.
The brown stone 2-story building sits facing west. On the east (rear) there are the rubble remains of
what was a large kitchen. There was found an old stone. With the engraving of Gauel- Greenlee
And a date of 1721-18 the rest was not readable.
A full detailed history with pictures will be coming to this area of the website soon.
If you have any old pictures, drawings or history of this building that you would like to see here then
please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|The above is a picture of a rare 1911 post
card featuring the Harney Mansion.
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Halstead and his band Shock Session.
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