Step back in time to explore the Dole Mansion and its colorful history. The mansion was built during the Civil War and was purchased in the 1920s by Mrs. Lou Ringling, the widow of the circus family’s eldest brother. Today it is an Arts Park and features art galleries and performing arts to delight visitors. Spend a day at the Dole to experience its history, art, and music.

Do you have a group that would like to experience The Dole?

We tailor your experience with history, the arts, and music. You choose the options that best suited your group, such as:

  • Roaring 20’s
  • Civil War Era History and Tour
  • Local History/Politics
  • Christmas Traditions/Victorian era
  • Concert in ‘the Listening Room’ of any style of music

This 4-hour program is designed for groups of 10 – 75 and includes:

  • Dole Mansion Tour
  • Lunch in our gallery
  • Your choice of musical performance or historical presentation

To schedule your custom group experience. Please contact Janet Kay, Co-Executive Directors, at or by calling 815.455.8000 ext. 108