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Landon House Mansion
After purchasing the antebellum Landon Mansion in 1999, Kevin Dolan realized he had a problem: How does one person maintain a 12,000-square-foot, 268-year-old estate? He realized he would need to make other people care about the property as much as he did. That’s when Dolan transformed himself into Johnny Reb—a singing, dancing, orating farmer and Confederate soldier struggling to square the horrors of battle with the romantic notions of war held by his idol, General J.E.B. Stuart. Today, audiences crowd into the Landon Mansion as Johnny Reb hosts ghost tours, re-creates General Stuart’s 1862 Roses and Sabers Ball, or stars in his own Civil War rock opera. Built in 1754, the mansion played a pivotal role in the war as a base for both Confederate and Union soldiers. Despite the sometimes campy trappings, every event aims to educate guests about the history and significance of the estate’s role in the war. The proceeds of Dolan’s creative ventures go toward keeping the historic landmark from falling into disrepair, and his role as the Haunted Landon tour guide landed him on an episode of A&E’s Psychic Kids. ####Landon House Weddings and Events As the team behind the antebellum refinement of the Landon House, the party planners at Landon House Weddings and Events take their bygone charms on the road with catered parties, receptions, and rehearsal dinners held at sites around Urbana and the surrounding region. With more than 150 receptions of all sizes and styles under their collective belt, the team pairs their specialized brand of sophistication with attention to small, event-defining details ranging from authentic china plates to a bartender versed in the art of celebratory mixology.