Historic McDonald House
500 E. Jackson St.
Attica, Indiana 47918
Built in 1855, Attica's Historic McDonald House is a Greek Revival showstopper enjoys a spot on the National Historic Landmark Registry and continues to provide serene beauty for the community and travelers from all over. In 2014, the house was placed on Indiana’s 10 Most Endangered Landmarks list and remained listed until 2016. No other house in the Attica area has made the list.
James D. McDonald, who built the three-story, 4800 square foot brick mansion, was an enterprising landowner, farmer and businessman in Fountain and Warren counties. Being community minded, Mr. McDonald donated the land for Attica's McDonald Park, and built a water delivery system from hollowed logs to provide Attica’s first city water access from the estate’s natural springs for the townspeople. In later years, Attica would name McDonald Street, just south of the estate, after Mr. McDonald.
Once part of a working farm, the house boasts a grand walnut staircase that reaches up from the first floor all the way to the roof, where for many years, the mansion’s widow’s walk offered breathtaking top-of-the-world views of Attica, the Wabash River Valley and surrounding areas. One can just imagine the amazing stargazing from the top of the world!
Still standing on nearly an acre nestled up to the beautifully wooded Ravine Park to the north, the McDonald house has been lovingly restored by local history enthusiast and businesswoman, Katy Kays, alongside her dedicated crew of professionals. Kays says reviving this historic gem and its two staircases, six fireplaces and Greek Revival windows, doors and casings is a true labor of love. Kays’ feels blessed to bring this marvelous house into the 21st century so the community and those traveling through can enjoy the beauty, tranquility and rich history for another 200 years.
Having now entered phase 3 of the restoration, we are excited to see the improvements to the exterior and the finishing touches all around come together in a truly magical setting. We hope you enjoy your stay with us and keep a little piece of Attica with you in your heart wherever life’s roads may take you!
Each of our beautifully appointed rooms has been decorated to reflect its unique character and charm.
24 Hr. Kitchen Access
As our guests, you are welcome to store, prepare and eat in our kitchen and dining room, but we do ask that you respect other guests by enjoying the facility quietly and clean up after yourselves.
Your wifi login and password will be issued upon check-in and can be found in your room.
Nestled just a short walk from the access point along the middle segment of Ravine Park Walking trails, guests can enjoy a a peaceful walk, or relax and enjoy the scenic view from the back yard. A great photo opportunity awaits you!
Your room may be freshened up by our staff if requested prior to check-in. Additional clean towels and linens provided upon request.
All rooms are thoroughly cleaned when checkout is complete.
Our complementary business center with a laptop computer and printer/scanner is available during your stay.
Free off street parking is available for all our guests located at the rear of the property. Please refer to our policies page for guidance if you are traveling with a trailer.
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THINGS TO DO
Wineries & Distilleries
The Old 55 Distillery is located just 10 miles to the East in Newtown, IN. There are several wineries within a 30-40 minute drive of Attica that offer tastings.
Historic District Walking Tour
Schedule your private or group tour of downtown areas in Attica and learn the history of this area.
The local farmers market is conveniently located right across the street in the parking lot of the Elementary School and is open every Saturday from 7:30AM to Noon.
The Badlands is an outdoor off road park for ourdoor fun, open year round! And also enjoy a movie at the Historic Devon Theatre a few blocks away or enjoy a round at the Harrison Hills Golf Course.
Schedule your private or group tour of downtown area, Ravine Park and Williamsport Tallest Waterfall in Indiana, and Mudlavia remains. Discover the history of the area.
Turkey Run State Park located about 30 minutes south of Attica, offers horseback riding!
“A beautifully renovated and restored historic feel that greets you with class and grandeur. Perfect located and private feel in the heart of town. Clean and nicely decorated with modern amenities. The staff are friendly and helpful! I plan to return often as I visit the area.” -Chad Gibson