Capt. D.S. Lee Mansion in Independence Celebrating 150 Years

The Captain D.S. Lee Mansion in Independence is celebrating 150 years tonight.

Captain D.S. Lee was the first mayor of Independence. He had this two-story brick home built for his wife Fannie and himself in 1867. That same year, the Wapsipinicon Mill was built and the Mental Health Institute building got its start.

100 years ago, this building became home to Buchanan County’s first hospital – now known as the Buchanan County Health Center.

To celebrate 150 years, a party will be held tonight from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Lee Mansion grounds. You can stroll through the Victorian Garden (which is maintained by the Buchanan County Master Gardeners) and listen to music furnished by the Ladies’ Musical Society. There will be Victorian games for children, including croquet, hopscotch and ring toss. And they’ll have treats, such as pie and ice cream, popcorn and lemonade. The Lee Mansion will also be open for tours.

Everyone is invited to stop out and bring your lawn chairs to enjoy the evening.

A free will donation will be accepted for the Lee Mansion Project.


(photo courtesy of Buchanan County Health Center)