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The Vaile Victorian Society

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The Vaile Victorian Society was established in 1983. Charter memberships began with a pre-gala sponsored by the City of Independence and the Independence Pioneers Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution of which Mrs. DeWitt was a member. Following this event the mansion was opened to the public for two days and society memberships were taken that weekend.  The newly formed Vaile Victorian Society accepted the responsibility to furnish the mansion in the splendor and style of the Victorian Era. The Society has been able to secure an outstanding collection of furnishings and accessories from generous individual donations and the following Society sponsored public events:


  • Strawberry Festival - 1st Saturday in June.

  • Christmas Open House - Special theme Christmas decoration 

  • Spring Tea - Saturday in March - March 23, 2024!

  • Champagne & Chandeliers - 1st Saturday in December


Refurnishing is an on-going responsibility as furniture and appointments can be found that are more authentic and replacing those damaged by deterioration. It is the desire of the Vaile Victorian Society that all who tour the mansion will experience the style and spirit of Victorian Times.


Download a membership application here

or apply on our website: Membership Application

As a member you will receive quarterly newsletters, electronic updates and event information, free admission to the Mansion for regular tours (excludes special events) and 10% off merchandise in our gift shop.  




The Victorian Society of the Vaile Mansion-DeWitt Museum and Arboretum is a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve, maintain and present a culturally significant Victorian-era property in Independence, Missouri. The Society seeks to provide a comprehensive interpretation of the architecture, interiors,

landscape and cultural history of the Vaile Mansion, ensuring the enjoyment of this unique local

landmark for generations to come.

Board of Directors

Newsletter - see all the news from the Vaile

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