CAIRO, IL (KFVS) - The Magnolia Manor in Cairo welcomed people from across the Heartland to a Mardi Gras event.
Inside, the manor was decorated with Mardi Gras attire such as beads, masks and more.
The mansion, built in 1869, is a 14-room red brick structure which features double walls intended to keep
out the city's famous dampness with their ten inch air-spaces. Inside the home are many original, 19th century furnishings.
Charles A. Galigher was a prominent citizen of Cairo and a milling merchant, who accumulated a fortune by
selling flour to the government during the Civil War. Through business transactions, he became a friend of General Ulysses S. gr ant.
Because of Galigher's friendship with gr ant the mansion was the site of a lavish celebration when gr ant retired
after two terms as U.S. President.
Money raised from this event on Sunday goes back into preserving the mansion.