Murder Mystery Dinner Drama

Murder Mystery Dinner Drama

Now in their 31st season, The Kirby-Hill House presents their semi-annual Murder Mystery Dinner Drama — 11 Million Dollar Murder. Dates for the show are March 17-18 and 24-25 at 8 p.m. 

Written by Michael J. McKay and Julia McDowell, Dwight and Mamie Van der Hogan, convinced they’ve won the $11 Million Dollar Pigeon Publishing Sweepstakes because the envelope said “You are Guaranteed to be a Winner,” sell everything in Wisconsin and come to your town with their crazy entourage, buy a yacht on credit (the check hasn’t arrived yet??) and invite you to the going away party for their ‘Round the World Cheese Tour. Of course, since they know no one in your town to invite to their party, you have graciously offered to share your event with the Van der Hogans for a fabulous combo bash!

Tickets are $64 and can be purchased by calling (409) 246-8000. Price also includes a delicious menu of lemon chicken, herb roasted potatoes, green beans, Tuscan tomatoes, deviled eggs with salmon and crab, spring salad, rolls and cheesecake. 

Located at 210 E. Main Street in Kountze, the Kirby-Hill House was built in 1902 by James L. Kirby, older brother and business partner of the more famous John Henry Kirby. The Kirby family established a lumber empire, which dominated the economy of this region for almost 100 years. The Kirby-Hill House Educational Foundation, established in 1992, raised the money locally to purchase the property and renovate the home.  Inside renovation is planned room-by-room and funding comes from grants, donations, and admissions.  

The house features wrap-around porches with forty-eight columns, four fireplaces, and eight rooms that all open onto the porch through eight-foot, double-sash windows. The most outstanding architectural features include the curved walls and oval grand staircase. Much of the furniture and china is original to the house.  

The foundation also has many of the pictures, papers, and artifacts belonging to the family dating back to 1832. On the grounds to the right of the mansion is a state champion Crepe Myrtle tree that is over 100 years old. On the left side of the property is a relocated church building that is the home of the Hardin County Genealogical Society.

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