Though the Daly Mansion is closed due to COVID-19 state regulations, the staff has opened the acres of lawn to the public. The gates will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. three days a week - Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. There is a $5 parking fee, which helps offset the loss of income from the suspended mansion tours. When possible, the tours of the stately mansion will resume. Until then, enjoy the arboretum of the wide varieties of trees and plants.

Many activities have been cancelled at the mansion, including the Celtic Festival in August. However, preparations are ongoing for possible fundraisers including the Haunted Hayride and the Mansion Murder Mystery in October. Check the mansion's website often for updates. The mansion was the Montana home of Marcus and Margaret Daly. Over 100 volunteers help preserve the building and the grounds in western Montana.

The large elm tree in the mansion's front lawn. (KLYQ File Photo, Townsquare Media)