Munster Mansion Recreated in Waxahachie Offers Adventures
Photos by Marshall Hinsley
On September 24, 1964, The Munsters TV show aired their first episode. The show depicted the home life of a family of funny “monsters” with a goofy Frankenstein-looking father, Herman; his vampire wife, Lily; her old, complaining vampire father, Grandpa; a half-werewolf son, Eddie; and Marilyn the “beauty” that makes her the family outcast. The show was a satire of both traditional monster movies and the wholesome family fare of the era. Although no more episodes were made after 1966, the family that lives at 1313 Mockingbird Lane in the fictional suburb of Mockingbird Heights in California is still entertaining fans in reruns.
For those that want a more interactive view of the “Munsters” they might consider checking out Munster Mansion in Waxahachie.
Owners Sandra and Charles McKee decided in 2002 to recreate a Victorian mansion into an almost-perfect replica of the Munster home. Trouble was, no floor plan was ever released by the producers of the show. So the McKees rewatched all 70 episodes observing carefully to create their own floor plan one room at a time.
In building out the rooms, they added every minute detail all the way down to the cobwebs, the family car, and even Spot, the pet dragon under the grand staircase. Many of the pieces in the house came from the TV show they say or are exact matches.
Munster Mansion tours are available by appointment only and during ticketed special events like a murder mystery dinner taking place once a month. Each tour lasts about an hour.
Information on their website is a bit out of date but still useful: www.munstermansion.com. Call (469) 305-0033 to book a tour and get directions, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.