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Historic House Museums and Public Spaces

Welcome to our archive of old house museums and historic places you can visit, often for free!

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Connecticut

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Mark Twain House
Hartford, Connecticut

Step back to the Gilded Age during guided tours of the 19 room, Tiffany decorated mansion where Mark Twain raised his family and worked from 1874 to 1891. During this incredibly productive period, Twain created such classics as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court.

Web Site: www.marktwainhouse.org

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Alabama

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Weeden House Museum and Garden
Huntsville, Alabama

Built in 1819, the house at 300 Gates Avenue is now open to the public as the Weeden House Museum and Garden. Dr. William Weeden bought the house in 1845 and his descendants owned it until 1956. Now owned by the City of Huntsville, it is leased by the Twickenham Historic Preservation District Association and maintained as a 19th century house museum.

Web Site: https://weedenhousemuseum.com/Home_Page.html

Phone: 256-536-7718

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Alaska

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Dolly Kindle's House
Ketchikan, Alaska

Dolly's House Museum
No. 24 Creek Street, Ketchikan, was the residence of Dolly Arthur. Dolly worked on Creek Street where fishermen, miners, and some more genteel characters, found entertainment and feminine companionship. Creek Street and its red light district prospered form the 1920s to the 1950s. Dolly's House Museum is locally owned and operated by life long Ketchikan resident who takes great pride in being able to offer this unique and historic video narrated tour that looks back into Ketchikan's infamous past. To learn more about Dolly, read her biography on your Kindle or visit her museum in Ketchikan, Alaska.

Web Site: dollyshouse.com

Phone: (907) 225-6329

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Arizona

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Rosson House Museum
Phoenix, Arizona

This 2,800 square foot beautiful Eastlake architectural style Victorian home built in 1895 features ten rooms and five fireplaces. View what life was like for Rosson House residents of Block 14, owners and tenants both, in early Phoenix during Arizona's late territorial times all in its original location. Docent guided tours are held on the hour and last approx. 45-60 minutes. Open to the Public.

Web Site: www.heritagesquarephx.org

Phone: 602.262.5070

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Arkansas

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Peel Mansion and Heritage Gardens
Bentonville, Arkansas

In 1875, Colonel Samuel West Peel built a marvelous villa tower Italianate mansion on the outskirts of Bentonville, Arkansas. It was a working farmstead surrounded by 180 acres of apple trees. The Peel Mansion is an outdoor museum of heritage roses, perennials, and native plants. Various vignette gardens are interlaced among curvilinear walks and large shade trees creating a most appropriate setting for this northwest Arkansas landmark that is also on the Historical Register.

Also on the site is the pre-Civil War Andy Lynch log cabin which serves as a gatehouse and gift shop at the entrance to the grounds. The cabin was moved to the Peel Mansion property from Brightwater, Arkansas, east of Rogers.

Tours of the Peel Mansion are available March-December

Web Site: http://www.peelcompton.org/peel/index.htm

Phone: 479-254-3870

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California

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Scotty's Castle
Death Valley, California

Scotty's Castle was built between 1922 and 1931 by millionaires from Chicago as a Death Valley vacation home. Albert and Bessie Johnson came to love Death Valley after investing in a non-existant gold mine with conman Walter "Scotty" Scott. Today, nearly all the clothing, curtains, carpets and furniture are original to the Johnsons and Scotty, which makes it easy to connect to their experiences here.

Web Site: www.nps.gov/deva

Phone: 760-786-2392

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Knox House Museum
El Cajon, California

Built in 1876, the Knox House is the oldest commercial building in El Cajon and was originally a two-story, seven-room structure serving as a residence/hotel and known then as the Knox Hotel.The interior has accurate period colors along with period furniture and artifacts.

Web Site: elcajonhistory.org

Phone: 619-444-3800

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Lake County Stone House
Hidden Valley Lake, California

Stone House is the oldest building in Lake County, CA., built over the winter of 1853-54. Stone House Historical Society is dedicated to its restoration and preservation.

Web Site: www.lakecountystonehouse.com

Phone: 707-987-2349

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Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
Long Beach, California

The 7.5 acre site includes the ranch house constructed over the period 1804-1933, four acres of nationally significant gardens, and a barns area with livestock.

Web Site: www.rancholosalamitos.org

Phone: 562-431-3541

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Heritage Square Museum
Los Angeles, California

The eight historic structures located at the museum, constructed during the Victorian Era, were saved from demolition and serve as a perfect background to educate the public about Southern California's early development. From the simplicity of the Octagon House to the opulence of the Perry Mansion, the Museum provides a unique look at the lifestyles of the people who contributed so much to the development of modern Los Angeles.

Web Site: http://www.heritagesquare.org/

Phone: 323-225-2700

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William S. Hart Park and Museum
Newhall, California

The William S. Hart Park and Museum is the former retirement home of the famed silent film actor and director who produced a series of hit Western movies in the early 1900s. His beautiful Spanish Colonial Revival Style Mansion, now the Museum, exhibits an impressive collection of Western artwork by noted artists Charles M. Russell, Frederic Remington, and Joe de Yong, as well as mementos from early Hollywood, personal furnishings and effects, and artifacts representing multiple Native American cultures. The Museum also includes an historic 1910 Ranch House that exhibits Hart's tack and saddle collection, personal furnishings, and additional Hollywood mementos. Both the Mansion and the Ranch House are located in scenic William S. Hart Park, where guests may enjoy visiting a live collection of farm animals, a herd of American bison, a vast picnic area, a series of hiking trails, and a charming Western-themed Gift Store.

The Museum's Mansion is open for free guided tours Wednesday - Sunday. Public Tours

Web Site: www.hartmuseum.org

Phone: 661-254-4584

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Lott Home in Sank Park
Oroville, California

Besides the original house which is open for tours three days a week, the property (encompassing a city block) features beautiful lawns and landscaping, a carriage house and gazebo, and a long wisteria covered arbor that reaches from just in front of the house to the sidewalk in front of the property.

Portions of the grounds can be rented for weddings and other events.

Today, the house is best known for the romantic story that unfolded on its grounds--read the rest of the description for the details!

Web Site: http://www.cityoforoville.org/index.aspx?page=128

Phone: (530) 538-2497

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Gamble House
Pasadena, California

The Gamble House in Pasadena, California, is an outstanding example of American Arts and Crafts style architecture. The house and furnishings were designed by Charles and Henry Greene in 1908 for David and Mary Gamble of the Procter and Gamble Company. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is owned by the City of Pasadena and operated by the University of Southern California and is open for public tours.

Web Site: http://www.gamblehouse.org

Phone: 626-793-3334

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Dutra Museum of Dredging
Rio Vista, California

The Dutra Museum of Dredging is a private collection of materials representing the history of sidedraft clamshell dredging in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and the role the Dutra family and Dutra companies have played in building the Delta infrastructure.
The collection is housed in a craftsman style mansion built in 1907 and located in Rio Vista, California. The museums content includes many photographs, log books, ledgers, dredge models, original engineer drawings on linen, mammoth bone extracted from a Delta island and a family history mural that details the Dutra family's beginnings as Portuguese whalers. Noted Delta artist and family friend, Marty Stanley, painted the mural. The home is currently owned by the Dutra Museum Foundation.

Web Site: www.dutramuseum.com

Phone: 415-258-4796

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Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
San Diego, California

The Davis-Horton House was shipped from Portland Maine, and was built by William Heath Davis in 1850. It is the oldest building still standing in Downtown San Diego, and has been the residence of Civil War Generals, Alonzo Horton - San Diego's founding father, and was the first county hospital.

Web Site: http://gaslampfoundation.org/

Phone: 6192334692

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Hearst Castle
San Simeon, California

Hearst Castle is California's premiere House Museum. Originally owned by Publisher, Politician and Movie Producer William Randolph Hearst. Julia Morgan spent 28 years- to design, build, furnish and never finish this country home for Client W.R. Hearst. Professionally guided interpretive tours are available 362 days per year.

Web Site: hearstcastle.com/

Phone: (800) 444-4445

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Heritage Museum of Orange County
Santa Ana, California

Visit the Kellogg House and the John Maag Farmhouse. We are in a capital campaign to restore this 1898 Victorian beauty!

Web Site: www.heritagemuseumoc.org

Phone: 714-540-0404

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Filoli
Woodside, California

Recognized as one of the finest remaining country estates of the early 20th century, Filoli welcomes the public to this remarkable 654 acre property, including the 36,000 square foot Georgian country house and spectacular 16 acre English Renaissance garden. Virtual Tour

Web Site: http://www.filoli.org/plan-your-visit/

Phone: (650) 364-8300, ext. 509

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Colorado

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McAllister House Museum
Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs' oldest substantial home completed in 1873 for Major Henry McAllister, one of the founding fathers of Colorado Springs.

Web Site: www.mcallisterhouse.org/

Phone: 719-635-7925

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Molly Brown House Museum
Denver, Colorado

Experience the 1889 home of the unsinkable heroine of the Titanic, Margaret "Molly" Tobin Brown.

Web Site: www.mollybrown.org

Phone: 303-832-4092

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Byers-Evans House Museum
Denver, Colorado

Built in 1883 for Rocky Mountain News founder William Byers, the home was occupied for 92 years by the Evans family, who were instrumental in founding civic and cultural institutions in Denver. The home has been beautifully restored to the 1912-1924 period and retains 90% of its original furnishings.

Web Site: www.byersevanshousemuseum.org

Phone: 3036204933

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Connecticut

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Hyland House Museum
Guilford, Connecticut

A living museum of 17th and 18th century life. The House is open for guided tours from June through September.

Web Site: www.hylandhouse.org

Phone: 203-453-9477

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White-Overton-Callander House
Portland, Connecticut

The White-Overton-Callander House, located in Portland, Connecticut, is significant because of the notable role the initial owner of the property played in Connecticut and American history (Criterion B). Captain Nathaniel White II (1685-1743), was among the 29 families who established the Third Society of Middletown- comprised of the present towns of Portland and East Hampton, Connecticut- and it was White who built the house in question, this between 1711 and 1714. White remained in the house until his death in 1743, whereupon it then passed down through several branches of the White family up until1907. Currently occupied by the Portland Historical Society, the White-Overton-Callander House represents a fine example of Colonial architecture which, despite being over 300 years old, retains a notable degree of its early historical character and details.

Web Site: www.portlandhistsoc.com

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The Glebe House & The Gertrude Jeckyll Garden
Woodbury, Connecticut

Mid 18th century house, home of John Rutgers Marshall family from 1771-1786; site of the election of first Episcopal bishop, in 1783. Gertrude Jekyll-designed garden only extant garden in North America by England's most influential garden designer of the late 19th early 20th century.

Web Site: www.theglebehouse.org/

Phone: 203-263-2855

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Delaware

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Hale Byrnes House
Newark, Delaware

The Historic Hale-Byrnes House was the site of a Council of War on September 6, 1777, five days before the Battle of the Brandywine. The house was built during the eighteenth century. The oldest section dates back to c.1750; the service wing was built in 1773.

Web Site: http://www.halebyrnes.org/

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Fonthill
Wilmington, Delaware

Built between 1908-1912, Fonthill was the home of Henry Chapman Mercer (1856-1930). Archaeologist, anthropologist, ceramist, scholar and antiquarian, Mercer built Fonthill both as his home and as a showplace for his collection of tiles and prints. The first of three Mercer buildings in Doylestown, Fonthill served as a showplace for Mercer's famed Moravian tiles that were produced during the American Arts & Crafts Movement. Designed by Mercer, the building is an eclectic mix of Medieval, Gothic, and Byzantine architectural styles, and is significant as an early example of poured reinforced concrete.

Web Site: https://www.mercermuseum.org/

Phone: (215) 345-0210

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Winterthur
Winterthur, Delaware

Be inspired and learn more about America's heritage on any of several guided tours of the 175-room former home of Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969). An avid collector of decorative and fine arts made or used in America as well as American architecture from 1640 to 1860, du Pont lived among his collection until it opened as a museum in 1951.

H. F. and his father, Henry Algernon du Pont, designed Winterthur in the spirit of 18th and 19th century European country estates. A skilled horticulturist, H. F. du Pont was inspired by Winterthur's rolling hills and farmland and often referred to himself as the "head gardener." Today, stroll through the 60-acre naturalistic Garden or enjoy a narrated Garden tram tour. Be sure also to enjoy the award-winning Enchanted Woods, created for children of all ages.
Visit Winterthur often to experience revised and newly created tours, many of them with a seasonal flavor.

Web Site: http://www.winterthur.org/?p=603

Phone: 800.448.3883

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Dist. of Col.

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Dumbarton House
Georgetown, Washington, Dist. of Col.

The mission of the Dumbarton House museum, a Federal Period historic house, ca. 1800, is to preserve the historic structure and its collections and to educate the public about life in Washington, DC, during the early years of the Republic. Emphasis is placed on Joseph Nourse, first Register of the Treasury, and his family, and their occupation of the property from 1804 through 1813.

Web Site: http://www.dumbartonhouse.org/index.htm

Phone: 202-337-2288

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Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Washington, Dist. of Col.

Located in Georgetown's Historic District, this National Historic Landmark is a house museum distinguished for its neoclassical architecture, decorative arts collection, and five-and-a-half acre garden. Built in 1816, it was home to Thomas Peter and his wife, Martha Custis Peter, granddaughter of Martha Washington. It housed six generations of the Peter family over the course of 180 years. Now, open to the public, the historic home is one of our nation's hidden gems.

Web Site: www.tudorplace.org/

Phone: 202-965-0400

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Meridian House
Washington, Dist. of Col.

Meridian House, built in 1921, is among the finest examples of French 18th-century urban architecture in the United States. Two stories high, the foyer is dominated by a curving double stairway leading up to the grand reception area. The principal rooms retain their architectural detail as well as many original decorative features. The drawing room, library, and dining room are stately, yet intimate. Walls shelter a formal garden, well-known for its grove of European linden trees that shade a pebbled courtyard, which combines with a rambling side garden to make Meridian House one of Washington's finest settings for outdoor events.

Web Site: http://www.meridian.org/campus

Phone: (202) 939-5592

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White-Meyer House
Washington, Dist. of Col.

The White-Meyer House, a red brick mansion adjacent to Meridian House, was built in 1911 by Ambassador Henry White and later purchased by Eugene Meyer, the owner of the Washington Post. The large rooms of this splendid building have been renovated and restored to their original glory. The main floor includes a spacious entry hall, sitting room, drawing room, library, and dining room, all of which are interconnected. The large drawing room overlooks the side garden. A majestic, columned terrace, accessible from the library and dining room, has a lovely view of Washington, particularly at night.

Web Site: www.meridian.org/

Phone: (202) 939-5592

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The White House
Washington, Dist. of Col.

The White House is the official residence and principal workplace of the President of the United States, located at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. It has been the residence of every U.S. president since John Adams in 1800.

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Pentagon
Washington, Dist. of Col.

The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 23,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defense of our country. These people arrive daily from Washington, D.C. and its suburbs over approximately 30 miles of access highways, including express bus lanes and one of the newest subway systems in our country. They ride past 200 acres of lawn to park approximately 8,770 cars in 16 parking lots; climb 131 stairways or ride 19 escalators to reach offices that occupy 3,705,793 square feet. While in the building, they tell time by 4,200 clocks, drink from 691 water fountains, utilize 284 rest rooms, consume 4,500 cups of coffee, 1,700 pints of milk and 6,800 soft drinks prepared or served by a restaurant staff of 230 persons and dispensed in 1 dining room, 2 cafeterias, 6 snack bars, and an outdoor snack bar. The restaurant service is a privately run civilian operation under contract to the Pentagon.

Web Site: http://pentagontours.osd.mil/

Phone: (703) 697-1776

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Washington Cathedral
Washington, Dist. of Col.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, operated under the more familiar name of Washington National Cathedral, is a cathedral of the Episcopal Church located in Washington, D.C., the capital of the United States. Of Neo-Gothic design closely modeled on English Gothic style of the late fourteenth century, it is the sixth-largest cathedral in the world, the second-largest in the United States, and the highest as well as the fourth-tallest structure in Washington, D.C. The cathedral is the seat of both the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Bruce Curry, and the Bishop of the Diocese of Washington, Mariann Edgar Budde. In 2009, nearly 400,000 visitors toured the structure. Average attendance at Sunday services in 2009 was 1,667, the highest of all domestic parishes in the Episcopal Church that year.

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Phone: (202) 537-6200

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Anderson House
Washington, Dist. of Col.

Experience the history and splendor of Gilded Age Washington at Anderson House, a 1905 Beaux Arts mansion built as the winter home of American ambassador Larz Anderson and his wife, Isabel. Anderson House, the headquarters of The Society of the Cincinnati since 1938, offers guided tours of the historic museum rooms, changing exhibitions, a research library, and public programs devoted to the history of Anderson House, the American Revolution, and the Society.

Web Site: www.societyofthecincinnati.org

Phone: (202) 785-2040

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Florida

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STETSON MANSION
Deland, Florida

Florida's first luxury home and the grandest home ever built in Florida during the 19th century! Built in 1886 by famed hat maker and philanthropist John B. Stetson, his winter retreat was the only "Gilded Age" estate built in Florida.

Web Site: www.stetsonmansion.com/

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Historic Stranahan House Museum
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Stranahan House is a wood-frame vernacular structure with wide porches, Virginia English gardens and a stunning view of the New River in Fort Lauderdale.

Web Site: www.stranahanhouse.org

Phone: 954-524-4736

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Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Caribbean Plantation style home of two American artists on 35 tropical acres on Fort Lauderdale Beach.

Web Site: www.bonnethouse.org

Phone: 954-563-5393

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Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Key West, Florida

The house was built in 1851 by Asa Tift, a marine architect and salvage wrecker, and became Ernest Hemingway's home in 1931. The house still contains the furniture that he and his family used. The cats about the home and grounds are descendants of the cats he kept while he lived in the house, including many extra-toed (polydactyls), like the one Papa Hemingway loved.

Phone: (305) 294-1136

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Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Miami, Florida

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens is a National Historic Landmark that preserves the Miami estate of agricultural industrialist James Deering to engage our community and its visitors in learning through the arts, history and the environment. Built between 1914 and 1922 Vizcaya features a Main House, 10 acres of formal gardens, a rockland hammock (native forest), mangrove shore, the Vizcaya Cafe and Shop presented by A Joy Wallace Catering, Design and Special Events, and a historic village that will be restored for additional venues for programs and community outreach.

Web Site: www.vizcaya.org

Phone: 305-250-9133

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Historic Palm Cottage
Naples, Florida

Under the preservation of the Naples Historical Society, the Palm Cottage(trademark) house museum is the oldest house in Naples (built 1895)and the only historic home in Naples open for tours. It features a fine example of Tabbie Mortar construction, a hand-made concrete consisting of sand, shells and water.The 3,500 square foot house museum is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Event rentals,and walking tours of the neighborhood are also offered.

Web Site: http://www.napleshistoricalsociety.org/historical.htm

Phone: 239-261-8164

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The Ringling Museum of Art
Sarasota, Florida

Web Site: http://www.ringling.org/

Phone: 941-359-5700

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Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
St Augustine, Florida

Built as a merchant's home and place of business in 1798, the coquina stone Ximenez House later became "Miss Fatio's," St. Augustine's most fashionable boarding house. Today, it is a historic house museum, carefully researched and authentically restored to reflect its heyday during Florida's first tourism boom from the 1830s through the 1850s. Every room tells a unique story about early visitors and how they experienced the Oldest City. Hear them all on an unforgettable guided tour.
History comes alive

The Ximenez-Fatio House Museum has fascinating stories to tell about a little-known period in Florida history. Each room is meticulously interpreted to bring the past to life in a visual and entertaining way. Best of all, through ongoing research and archaeological discoveries, House stories continue to unfold.

Web Site: http://ximenezfatiohouse.org

Phone: 904-829-3575

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The Jake Gaither House
Tallahassee, Florida

The Gaither House was the home of Jake Gaither from 1954 until his death in 1994; he shared the home with his wife, Sadie Gaither who was long-time FAMU English professor. Jake Gaither had a simple coaching philosophy, one which has become the most-quoted recruiting theory in football. He wanted his players "mo-bile, a-gile and hos-tile". He found enough players of that caliber, and taught them well enough, that he will never be forgotten whenever the conversation settles upon the names of football's great coaches. Gaither was an All-Conference end at Knoxville College. He coached at the academy level, Henderson Institute and St. Paul's, 1927-36. He moved to Florida A&M as assistant coach in 1937 and was Florida A&M head coach 1945-69. His 25- year record was 203-36-4, a percentage of .844. His teams won their conference 18 times and were black college national champions six times.

Web Site: jakegaitherhouse.com

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Georgia

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Rhodes Hall
Atlanta, Georgia

Built in 1904, Rhodes Hall has been an Atlanta landmark for generations. While it was originally the residence of Rhodes Furniture founder Amos Rhodes, today it is a house museum and one of the most unique venues in Atlanta for social and corporate events. The upper floors of the "castle on Peachtree" are also headquarters for The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation. Take a tour of the house and learn more about its history, get information about the many events at Rhodes Hall, or learn how you can host your next event at Atlanta's "Castle on Peachtree."

Web Site: http://www.georgiatrust.org/historic_sites/rhodeshall/

Phone: 404-885-7800

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Herndon Home Museum
Atlanta, Georgia

The Herndon Home, or Herndon Mansion as it is called locally, was built for one of the country's wealthiest black men and stands as one of Atlanta's most significant architectural successes.

Web Site: www.theherndonhome.org

Phone: 404-581-9813

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The Hills & Dales Estate
LaGrange, Georgia

A beautiful Italian villa designed by Hentz and Reid for textile magnate Fuller E. Callaway Sr. Completed in 1916, the home blends with the formal boxwood gardens planted in the mid-19th century by Sarah Coleman Ferrell.

Web Site: www.hillsanddalesestate.org/

Phone: 706 882-3242

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Hay House
Macon, Georgia

One of Georgia's most distinguished structures, the Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. It was built from 1855 to 1859 in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, a marked contrast to the more restrained Greek Revival architecture of the antebellum period.

Web Site: www.hayhouse.org/

Phone: 478-742-8155

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Jimmy Carter's boyhood Farm
Plains, Georgia

"The early years of my life on the farm were full and enjoyable, isolated but not lonely. We always had enough to eat, no economic hardship, but no money to waste. We felt close to nature, close to members of our family, and close to God." - Jimmy Carter
Whether you are a Carter enthusiast, a researcher, or just curious how a small town influenced a young boy who would become the president of the most powerful nation in the world, odds are you will find a visit to the Jimmy Carter National Historic Site interesting. The history and culture of this rural community can provide a look into why the Carters' ties to Plains, Georgia, have endured the stresses of public life, yet remain as strong as they were decades ago.

A visit to the site provides an opportunity to explore the historic resources and rural southern culture that had an influence in molding the character and political policies of Jimmy Carter.

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/jica/index.htm

Phone: 229-824-4104

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Old Pink House/ James Habersham House
Savannah, Georgia

This Georgian mansion was built in 1771 for James Habersham Jr., one of Savannah's most important early cotton factors and founding-family members. The lot was originally a land grant from the British Crown. The building is a fine example of colonial architecture, and one of the few buildings to survive the fire of 1796.

Phone: (912) 232-4286

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Harper Fowlkes House
Savannah, Georgia

This Greek Revival mansion located in Savannah's historic district was built in 1842, and graciously opens their doors for tours. The house is beautifully furnished with antiques, yet continues to retain the feel of a warm and inviting home.

The Harper-Fowlkes House has served as the headquarters for the Society of the Cincinnati in the State of Georgia since Alida Harper-Fowlkes bequeathed the house to the Society in 1985.

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Phone: 912 234 2180

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Owens-Thomas House
Savannah, Georgia

The Owens-Thomas House was the first "house museum" in Savannah, GA, opened to the public in 1954. Architectural historians have deemed it the best example of "English Regency" style architecture in the US.

Web Site: www.telfair.org

Phone: 912-790-8824

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Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (The Wayne Gordon House)
Savannah, Georgia

Juliette Gordon Low, founder of Girl Scouts of the USA, was born on October 31, 1860, in Savannah, Georgia and was affectionately known as "Daisy." The building is owned by the Girl Scouts of the USA, and is a popular historic house museum for the general public and for Girl Scouts. It is commonly known as "The Birthplace".

in 1912, Low founded the Girl Scouts. She telephoned her cousin, saying "Come right over! I've got something for the girls of Savannah, and all America, and all the world, and we're going to start it tonight." She recruited girls all over town, on the steps of churches and the synagogue, and the daughters of friends and acquaintances.

The Birthplace is open for tours for the general public year 'round.

Web Site: http://www.juliettegordonlowbirthplace.org/

Phone: (912) 233-4501

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Isaiah Davenport House Museum
Savannah, Georgia

The Isaiah Davenport House is an example of Federal architecture amongst Georgian architecture in downtown Savannah, GA. It was built around 1820 by master builder Isaiah Davenport and shows some of his trade. It also contains an interesting history as a nineteenth century rooming house and twentieth century tenement. The building was almost demolished in 1955 but was saved by a group later to be known as the Historic Savannah Foundation.

Web Site: www.davenporthousemuseum.org/

Phone: (912) 236-8097

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Plum Orchard
St Marys, Georgia

Built for George Carnegie and his wife Margaret Thaw by George's mother Lucy. It was then later inhabited by the Johnston family, who were to the Carnegies. It is now a part of the NPS.

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/cuis/planyourvisit/placestogo.htm

Phone: (912) 882-1872

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Pebble Hill Plantation
Thomasville, Georgia

This winter residence of the Hanna family of Cleveland, Ohio houses one of the nation's most extensive collections of sporting art, bronzes, 19th century furniture, porcelain, silver, crystal, glassware, 33 Audubon lithographs, etc. The treasures of the Main House are the result of two generations of collecting. Architect Abram Garfield designed the Main House and numerous outbuildings, including a magnificent stable complex. The 3,000-acre estate includes lush grounds and gardens. House guests included many distinguished artists such as Ogden Pleissner and Richard Bishop; Gina Bachauer, international concert pianist; presidents Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter; ambassadors, and the Duke and Duchess of Windsor; 1930's writer, actress and dramatist, Cornelia Otis Skinner. The overall impression one receives from this remarkable plantation is more felt than defined. Integrity, warmth, tradition, and beauty are here in equal measure to be savored by all.

Recently, Margo Bindhardt, Chairman of the Pebble Hill Board of Trustees, received an Award of Stewardship presented by Thomasville Landmarks for the care and preservations of Pebble Hill's buildings and landscape.

The house museum is open to the public.

Web Site: www.pebblehill.com/

Phone: 229-226-7781

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Tybee Post Theater
Tybee Island, Georgia

The historic Tybee Post Theater, set in the heart of the Fort Screven Historic District, was constructed in 1930 as a movie house for the soldiers stationed at the Army base. After going dark in the mid-1960s, the curtain was raised for the first time in 50 years in September 2015, reborn as a performing arts and movie venue for Tybee residents and visitors alike.

Web Site: http://tybeeposttheater.org

Phone: (912) 472-4790

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Hawaii

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Lyman Mission House
Hilo, Hawaii

In 1832, missionaries David and Sarah Lyman traveled by ship from New England to Hawai`i. They had been married for all of 24 days before leaving on the six-month voyage. In the late 1830s they built the Lyman House as a family home. The Hilo Boarding School, a school for young Hawaiian men founded by the Lymans, was built nearby. Over the years, the house became a place to raise their seven children and host guests, including many of the Hawaiian ali`i (royalty) and other notables such as Mark Twain and Isabella Bird. The Lymans never returned to their native New England, but lived out their long lives in Hilo. The Lyman Mission House is the oldest standing wood structure on the Island of Hawai`i and one of the oldest in the State. It features furniture, tools, household items and artifacts used by the Lymans and other early missionary families. The house is on the State and National Registers of Historic Places and is an important artifact of the Lyman Museum.

Web Site: http://www.lymanmuseum.org/

Phone: 808-935-5021

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Idaho

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Old Idaho Penitentiary
Boise, Idaho

The Old Idaho Penitentiary opened its doors in 1872 to some of the West's most desperate criminals. Today, visitors can experience over 100 years of Idaho's unique prison history with a visit to Solitary Confinement, cell blocks, and the Gallows.

Web Site: http://history.idaho.gov/old-penitentiary-hours-location

Phone: (208) 334-2844

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Illinois

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Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
Bement, Illinois

Bryant Cottage was built in 1856 by Francis E. Bryant (1818-1889), a friend and political ally of Senator Stephen A. Douglas. According to Bryant family tradition, on the evening of July 29, 1858, Douglas and Abraham Lincoln conferred in the parlor of this house to plan the famous Lincoln-Douglas Debates. The picturesque one-story, four-room wood frame cottage has been "restored" and is interpreted as an example of a middle-class life in mid-nineteenth-century Illinois. The furniture on display is of the Renaissance Revival style, appropriate for a small-town family of the mid-nineteenth century.

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Phone: 217-678-8184

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The David Davis Mansion
Bloomington, Illinois

On a flat stretch of Illinois prairie, where Yankee pioneers forged their frontier fortunes and Route 66 later carved a path across the rural landscape, stands an elegant Victorian mansion and garden, completed in 1872 for David Davis and his wife, Sarah. The beautifully restored, nineteenth-century estate tells the story of Judge David Davis, whose influence on Abraham Lincoln's legal and political career was crucial to President Lincoln's success.

Inside the Mansion, visitors will find a remarkable collection of mid-nineteenth-century decorative arts and technological conveniences, illustrating the life of a prosperous Victorian family. Outside, the garden features an unusual amount of original plant material, as well as the same design, pathways, and beds that Sarah Davis first gazed upon when the garden was created in 1872. It was a world where Mr. Lincoln moved comfortably, and the Davis Mansion is one of the best places to hear that part of the Lincoln story.

Web Site: http://daviddavismansion.org/

Phone: (309) 828-1084

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Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Chicago, Illinois

The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum serves as a dynamic memorial to social reformer Jane Addams, the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, and her colleagues whose work changed the lives of their immigrant neighbors as well as national and international public policy. The Museum preserves and develops the original Hull-House site for the interpretation and continuation of the historic settlement house vision, linking research, education, and social engagement.

Web Site: http://www.hullhousemuseum.org

Phone: 312 413-5353

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Glessner House Museum
Chicago, Illinois

Henry Hobson Richardson's Glessner House was completed in 1887, a year after the architect's untimely death. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped reform domestic architecture.

Web Site: www.glessnerhouse.org

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The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Chicago, Illinois

The Driehaus Museum is housed in the historic Samuel Mayo Nickerson Mansion. Built from 1879 to 1883, the Marble Palace, as the house became known, was one of the grandest residential buildings of 19th-Century Chicago. Steeped in history, the Nickerson House survives today as one of Chicago's most extraordinary historic homes.

Described as a "splendid survivor amongst the hulking high-rises of River North," the Museum is a fascinating showcase for late nineteenth and early twentieth century art and design, displayed against the magnificent backdrop of the newly restored Nickerson Mansion. The Driehaus Museum is a must-see attraction for those interested in American architecture, decorative arts, historic preservation, and the history of Chicago.


www.driehausmuseum.org

Phone: 312.482.8933, ext. 21.

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Ellwood House
DeKalb, Illinois

The mission of the Ellwood House Association in operating the Ellwood House Museum is to educate people about American ingenuity, styles and values at the dawn of the 20th century and to connect them with the life and times of DeKalb barbed wire entrepreneur Isaac Ellwood and his family.

Web Site: http://www.ellwoodhouse.org/

Phone: 815-756-4609

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Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site
Ellis Grove, Illinois

Pierre Menard (1766-1844), a successful French Canadian businessman and fur trader, was presiding officer of the Illinois Territorial Legislature and from 1818 to 1822 served as the first lieutenant governor.

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Phone: 618-859-3031

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Charles Gates Dawes House
Evanston , Illinois

Historic home owned by Charles Gates Dawes, Vice President under Calvin Coolidge.

History is alive at the Dawes House. Each year, thousands come to explore the questions history provokes, feel the excitement of discovery, and experience the thrill of examining artifacts and reading directly from original documents.

Web Site: http://evanstonhistorycenter.org/visit/

Phone: (847) 475-3410

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Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
Galena, Illinois

The Italianate structure known as the U. S. Grant Home was built in 1859-60 as a residence by Alexander J. Jackson of Galena. When Ulysses S. Grant returned to the city in 1865 as a Civil War hero, he was presented the house, purchased by a group of prominent local Republicans, including Elihu B. Washburne, as part of the city's celebration. Grant used the home as his official political and voting address, living there with his family during his 1868 presidential campaign, then for a few brief periods during his presidency (1869-1877) and retirement. He visited for the last time in 1880.

Web Site: http://www.granthome.com/

Phone: 815-777-3310

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Carl Sandburg Home State Historic Site
Galesburg, Illinois

The Carl Sandburg State Historic Site is the birthplace of Carl Sandburg (1878-1967), a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Lincoln biographer, a children's author and folk song collector. Son of a Swedish immigrant who worked as a blacksmith's assistant at the nearby CB&Q railroad shops, Sandburg attended local primary schools and Galesburg's Lombard College. His first books of poetry were published in Galesburg.

Web Site: http://www.sandburg.org/

Phone: 309-342-2361

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Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden
Geneva, Illinois

The Fabyan Villa Museum was the home of George and Nelle Fabyan from 1905 - 1939. It was initially their summer home, but shortly after 1907, when they hired Frank Lloyd Wright to enlarge and re-model their home, they decided to make it their permanent residence. Over the next 20 years, their estate grew into a lavish showplace, complete with fountains, swimming pools, gardens, a windmill, private zoo, tennis courts, and more. A visit to the Villa Museum gives visitors an experience of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture, as well as an overview of the unique and fascinating Fabyan story. The Museum contains the Fabyans' collection of Asian artifacts, natural history specimens, Nelle's original Mission-Style bedroom furniture and some surprises!

You will also learn of the Fabyans' contributions to society, country and science, and the generosity they bestowed on residents of the Fox Valley Area.

Their Japanese Garden, first installed c. 1909, is still a tranquil oasis where history melds with nature and theory. This special site affords you the opportunity to simply enjoy a bit of harmony with nature, or to learn principles of Japanese gardening.

The major part of the Fabyan Estate is now the Fabyan Forest Preserve, part of Kane County Forest Preserve District in Illinois. The Villa is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Web Site: http://kaneforest.com/historicSites/fabyanVilla.aspx

Phone: 630-377-6424

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B. Harley Bradley House
Kankakee, Illinois

Widely acknowledged as Frank Lloyd Wright's first Prairie Style design, the B. Harley Bradley House is now open to the public for tours and private events.

Web Site: www.wrightinkankakee.org

Phone: 815.936.9630

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Mayslake Peabody Estate
Oak Brook, Illinois

This Tudor revival style mansion was built between 1919-1921 by renowned Chicago architect Benjamin Marshall. It served as the retirement home for Francis. S Peabody, a coal baron and active player in national politics.

The house is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is currently undergoing restoration and open to the public, thus giving our visitors the unique opportunity to witness restoration in progress.

Web Site: www.mayslakepeabody.com/

Phone: 630-206-9567

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Farnsworth House
Plano, Illinois

Designed by Mies van der Rohe and built from 1946 to 1951, Farnsworth House is considered a paradigm of international style architecture in America. The house's structure consists of precast concrete floor and roof slabs supported by a carefully crafted steel skeleton frame of beams, girders and columns.

Web Site: http://www.farnsworthhouse.org/

Phone: 630.552.0052

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Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
Rockford, Illinois

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum is a treasure trove of a time gone by. Rockford, Illinois businessman Robert H. Tinker built the home in 1865, perching it high on a limestone bluff overlooking Kent Creek. His inspiration came from an 1862 tour of Europe where he fell in love with the architecture of Switzerland. Today the Cottage is one of only a handful of Swiss-style homes remaining in the United States from the 1800s.

Tinker surrounded his Swiss Cottage with trees, vines, winding pathways and flower beds. A three-story Barn housed cows, chickens and in later years the family car. On the backside of the Cottage, a suspension bridge crossed Kent Creek and linked the Cottage with Mrs. Tinker's property on the far bank. In 1906, after the railroad bought her estate, Robert Tinker planted elaborate gardens at the end of the bridge.

The Tinker family, the sole occupants of the Swiss Cottage, left their home to the Rockford Park District and their household belongings to trustees after seventy-five years of residence. Filled with original furnishings, artwork, diaries and household items, the Cottage is a rich time capsule of life a century ago.

Web Site: www.tinkercottage.com/

Phone: (815) 964-2424

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Dana-Thomas House
Springfield, Illinois

Springfield's Dana-Thomas House is the best preserved and most complete of Frank Lloyd Wright's early "Prairie" houses. The structure has changed little since its construction in 1902-04 for Springfield socialite and women's activist Susan Lawrence Dana. Read More

Web Site: http://www.dana-thomas.org/

Phone: (217)782-6776

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Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site
Springfield, Illinois

This site is the birthplace and long-time home of poet (Nicholas) Vachel Lindsay. Lindsay was internationally known in the early-twentieth century for his unique poetry, the artwork he created to illustrate the poetry, and animated performances of his work. Two of his best-known volumes are The Congo (1914) and Collected Poems (1938).

Web Site: http://www.vachellindsay.org/

Phone: 217-524-0901

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Engh Farm--Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore, Illinois

Web Site: www.sycamorehistory.org

Phone: 815-895-5762

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The Cuneo Museum
Vernon Hills, Illinois

The Cuneo Museum was originally the home of Samuel Insull, a partner of inventor Thomas Edison. Insull founded the Commonwealth Edison Company in Chicago and was a pioneer in developing technology for the delivery of electrical services.

In 1914 architect Benjamin Marshall designed the Venetian style mansion and prairie style landscaper Jens Jensen laid out the gardens and park. After Insull's notorious financial collapse, John Cuneo purchased the property. He was best known as founder of the Cuneo Press and the Hawthorn Mellody Dairy. An avid collector, he filled the mansion with artwork, antique furnishings, tapestries, porcelain and silver.

As stipulated in his will, when Mrs. Cuneo died in 1990, the mansion, its collections and the surrounding estate was opened to the public and administered by the Cuneo Foundation. Public tours are conducted daily, except Monday. Concerts, lectures, art fairs and a classic car show are staged in the mansion or on the beautiful grounds. Facilities are available for wedding and party rental as well.

Web Site: www.cuneomansion.org/

Phone: 847 362-3042

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Indiana

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Veraestau
Aurora, Indiana

When Jesse Holman combined the Latin words for spring, summer and fall to name his property Veraestau in 1810, he hoped winter would never touch his home. In a way, it never has. Set high above the Ohio River in Aurora, Indiana, the landmark home captures a long sweep of Indiana's architectural history and exemplifies the historic preservation practiced by generations of two families: the Holman/Hamilton clan and the O'Brien/Gibson family. In 1810, Holman built a two-story log house with a brick addition and gave it the name of a grand estate. After the log home burned in 1837, Holman's son-in-law Allen Hamilton bought Veraestau, salvaged the remaining brick portion, and in 1838 added a one-story Greek Revival structure. The style was at its height; architectural trendsetters employed Greek Revival to reinforce similarities between the democratic ideals of ancient Greece and the new United States of America. In 1913, Allen's daughter Margaret Vance Hamilton added a two-story Greek Revival structure that included four bedrooms, a bathroom, a dining room, a kitchen, a breakfast room and two sleeping porches.



Web Site: www.indianalandmarks.org

Phone: 812-926-0983

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Huddleston Farmhouse
Cambridge City, Indiana

Owned and restored by Indiana Landmarks, the 1841 Huddleston Farmhouse museum offered visitors a glimpse of the daily lives of John and Susannah Huddleston and their 11 children, as well as the travelers who crowded the porches and yard and rented the farmhouse's two "travelers' kitchens" for cooking and sleeping.

Today the museum is under renovation as the National Road Heritage Site, where expanded exhibits will offer modern-day travelers a vivid picture of cross-country travel on the Historic National Road from Cumberland, Maryland to Vandalia, Illinois - from the pioneer era to the present.

Web Site: www.indianalandmarks.org

Phone: 765-478-3172

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Lane Place
Crawfordsville, Indiana

Built in 1845, Lane Place was the home of Henry S. and Joanna Lane. Lane was one of the founders of Indiana's Republican Party, chair of the first Republican National Convention, Indiana's 23th governor, and Civil War Senator. Lane helped to secure Abraham Lincoln's nomination for president and was a delegate to Lincoln's funeral. Lane Place has been restored and features many of the original furnishings as well as artifacts related to Abraham Lincoln.

The museum is open for tours March through Mid-December, Wednesday - Friday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5. Lane Place is also the headquarters of the Montgomery County Historical Society, open year round Tuesday - Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 1-5.

Web Site: http://www.lane-mchs.org/

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Ruthmere
Elkhart, Indiana

The Ruthmere Mansion (formerly the Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley Residence) is a three-story Beaux Arts mansion that is the most prominent historic residence in Elkhart, Indiana. Built in 1910 and refurbished in the early 1970s, the Ruthmere Mansion is now open to the public as a museum.

Ruthmere is located along the St. Joseph River in Elkhart, Indiana. The architect for this home was Enoch Hill Turnock, commissioned by Albert and Elizabeth Beardsley in 1908 to design the home, which the Beardsleys named this home in memory of their only child, Ruth, who died at seven month. ("Mere" reflects the Latin root maris and refers to the home's proximity to water). The mansion was a place of business, family, political and social gatherings until the deaths of the Beardsleys in 1924. Robert Beardsley of The Beardsley Foundation purchased the mansion in 1967 with the main goal of restoring it to its original beauty in order to create a museum for the community. Restoration took place between 1969 and 1973 when the mansion was made available to the public. The property was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. The Beardsley Avenue Historic District was established several years later.

Web Site: http://www.ruthmere.org

Phone: 574/ 264-0330

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Morris-Buttler House
Indianapolis, Indiana

Immerse yourself in the rich elegance of the Victorian era at the 1865 Morris-Butler House in Indianapolis.

Tours, events, and exhibits at the museum highlight architecture, decorative arts, and family life in the nineteenth century. From the dramatic formal parlor to the private living quarters, you'll see how an upper-middle-class family and their servants lived in the Victorian era. Rare furnishings fill rooms adorned with stenciled ceilings and elaborate wall-paper and plasterwork. In addition to its magnificent architecture, the museum contains a collection of nineteenth-century sculptures, paintings and lithographs from all over the world.

Web Site: www.indianalandmarks.org

Phone: 317-636-5409

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Howard County Museum
Kokomo, Indiana

The musuem is made up of the Seiberling Mansion and the Elliott House, both historic mansions located in Kokomo, IN.

Web Site: www.howardcountymuseum.org

Phone: (765) 452-4314

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Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
Madison, Indiana

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
James Franklin Doughty Lanier was one of Madison's pioneers. His activities in banking and railroad development made him one of the most important figures in Indiana's history. Lanier moved to Madison in 1817 and practiced law. In the 1820s he served as clerk of the Indiana General Assembly.

Web Site: indianamuseum.org/lanier

Phone: 812.265.3526

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Copshaholm
South Bend, Indiana

This 38 room mansion was built for J. D. Oliver, the president of Oliver Chilled Plow Works. It is owned today by the Center for History, which gives regular tours. The home contains all the original furnishings and artwork.

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Phone: (574) 235 9664

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Iowa

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Salisbury House & Gardens
Des Moines, Iowa

Modeled after the King's House in Salisbury, England, Salisbury House & Gardens was built from 1923-1928. A 42 room country manor estate filled with worldly architectural elements, artwork, tapestries, literary works and nestled atop 9 1/2 acres of virgin woodlands and manicured gardens.

Web Site: www.salisburyhouse.org

Phone: (515) 274-1777

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Kansas

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Warkentin House
Newton, Kansas

The historic Warkentin House is the former home of Bernhard and Wilhelmina Warkentin, built in 1887. It is a splendid example of the Victorian period in American architecture and furnishings. As a museum, the house offers a glimpse into the way the Warkentins lived, since 80 percent of the original furnishings remain. The house is listed on the Kansas and National Registers of Historic Places.

Web Site: http://www.newtonkansas.com/visiting-newton/warkentin-house

Phone: 316-283-3113

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Kentucky

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Farmington Historic Plantation
Louisville, Kentucky

Completed in 1816, Farmington was the center of a 550 acre hemp plantation owned by John and Lucy Fry Speed, and sustained by nearly 60 enslaved African Americans. The site explores the history of the Speed family, the enslaved population, and the strong friendship with Abraham Lincoln.

Web Site: http://farmingtonhistoricplantation.org/

Phone: 502.452.9920

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Thomas Edison House
Louisville, Kentucky

Edison came to Louisville in 1866, at the young age of 19, to work as a telegraph key operator and landed a job with the Western Union located on Second and West Main Street (about eight blocks from this home). The house is a small, simple double shotgun duplex built around 1850 and originally had a solid wall running down the center of the structure.

Web Site: www.historichomes.org

Phone: 502.585.5247

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Whitehall
Louisville, Kentucky

Whitehall, thought to have been built circa 1855 by John Marshall, began as a modest two-story brick house in the Italianate style popular during the mid-19th century.

Web Site: http://www.historicwhitehall.org/

Phone: 502.897.2944

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Louisiana

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Hermann-Grima Historic House
New Orleans, Louisiana

Best example of Federal-style architecture in the French Quarter. Property includes 1831 mansion, large courtyard with slave quarter and working Creole kitchen, and the only intact 19th-century stable in the area.

Web Site: www.hgghh.org

Phone: 504-525-5661

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Gallier House
New Orleans, Louisiana

Built as the private residence of James Gallier, Jr., a well-known New Orleans architect, the house features architectural details that were cutting-edge for the period.

Web Site: www.hgghh.org

Phone: 504-525-5661

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Degas House
New Orleans, Louisiana

The home of French artist Edgar Degas while on a visit to the US in 1872-73. He was visiting maternal relatives, as his mother and grandmother were natives of Louisiana.

Degas House is the only home or studio of Edgar Degas open to the public in the world. It is now a bed and breakfast

Web Site: http://www.degashouse.com/

Phone: 1 504 821-5009

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Longue View House and Gardens
New Orleans, Louisiana

Longue Vue House and Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the last Country Place Era estates to be built. Built from 1939-1942 for philanthropists Edgar Bloom Stern, of New Orleans, and his wife Edith Rosenwald Stern, of Chicago. The combined work of renowned landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman and architects William and Geoffrey Platt created a complete unified plan for the main house and dependences along the eight acre site. Decorated with European and American decorative and fine arts pieces each room was designed to look out and allow egress to a different "garden rooms" blending effortlessly inside and out.

Web Site: http://www.longuevue.com/

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Oak Alley Plantation
Vacherie, Louisiana

The quarter-mile canopy of towering 300-year-old live oak trees lining the avenue to the plantation is Oak Alley's most distinctive feature, but the 28 solid brick columns that line the impressive portico come in at a close second. The 1839 house underwent a major restoration in 1925 when it was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Stewart, who sparked a trend of saving old plantations in the area. Oak Alley is open for tours year-round, seven days a week (except certain holidays), from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (The grounds open a half-hour earlier, and the house closes at 4:30 p.m. on weekdays, November through February.) Tickets are $18 for adults; discounts for students and children are available. You can also stay on the grounds in an updated century-old plantation cottage; rates start at $130 per night and include breakfast.

Web Site: http://www.oakalleyplantation.com/

Phone: 1-800-44ALLEY

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Maine

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Skolfield-Whittier House
Brunswick, Maine

The Skolfield-Whittier House, currently a museum of the Pejepscot Historical Society, once housed three generations of the Skolfield-Whittier family. Built between 1858-1862, the house has been virtually untouched since the last family member moved out in 1925.

Guests of these tours learn what Victorian life was like for an upper-class Brunswick shipbuilding family. This time capsule of a home is not be missed!


Web Site: http://pejepscothistorical.org/home/skolfield-whittier-house

Phone: (207) 729-6606

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Victoria Mansion
Portland, Maine

Victoria Mansion, also known as the Morse-Libby House, is the finest example of residential design from the pre-Civil War era in America. With superb architecture and well preserved original interiors that were among the most lavish and sophisticated in their day, it is an unparalleled document of America's highest aspirations in architecture, interior design, and the decorative arts.

Web Site: http://www.victoriamansion.org

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Tate House Museum
Portland , Maine

The house was constructed for Captain George Tate (1700-1794) and his family who had arrived in the Colonies around 1750. Tate served as the Senior Mast Agent for the British Royal Navy, overseeing the cutting and shipping of white pines from

Maine to England. This position assured Tate's success, and his status in the community is reflected by the style of architecture he selected for his home. With its clapboards still unpainted, Tate House is one of two residences in Maine with an unusual subsumed dormor in the gambrel roof. As the only pre-Revolutionary home in Greater Portland that is open to the public, the impressive period furnishings, beautiful grounds and herb gardens, and unique architecture of Tate House offer an insightful glimpse at the 18th century and life in Colonial Maine.

Web Site: www.tatehouse.org

Phone: 207-774-6177

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Maryland

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Hammond-Harwood House
Annapolis, Maryland

The Hammond-Harwood House is a five part Anglo-Palladian (derived from 16th Italian architect Andrea Palladio) mansion that features some of the best woodcarving and plasterwork in America.

Web Site: www.hammondharwoodhouse.org

Phone: 410-263-4683

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The Irish Railroad Workers Museum
Baltimore, Maryland

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is a historic site in Baltimore Maryland that celebrates the history of the immense Irish presence in Southwest Baltimore City in the late 1840's.The museum officially opened on June 17th, 2002. This site consists of a group of 5 alley houses where the Irish immigrants who worked for the adjoining B&O Railroad lived. Two of the houses, 918 and 920 Lemmon St., are the museum. The Irish Railroad Workers Museum is the centerpiece of a larger historical district that includes the B&O Railroad Museum, St. Peter the Apostle Church, the Hollins Street Market, and St. Peter the Apostle Cemetery.

Web Site: http://www.irishshrine.org/

Phone: 410-347-4747

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Geddes-Piper House Museum
Chestertown, Maryland

The Geddes-Piper House Museum is currently the home of the Historical Society of Kent County in Chestertown, Maryland. The house was once owned by the Customs Inspector in Chestertown during the late 1700s. In the mid-1900s, the house was being used as an apartment for African-Americans and had fallen into disrepair. In 1958, the property was purchased by the Historical Society and restorations began, eventually sparking the creation of the Chestertown Historic District.

Web Site: http://www.kentcountyhistory.org/geddes.php

Phone: 410-778-3499

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The Gordon-Roberts House
Cumberland, Maryland

The Gordon-Roberts House was built by Josiah Hance Gordon, a prominent attorney, and one time president of the C&O Canal in Cumberland. The second and last family to live in the house was the W. Milnor Roberts II family who lived in the home for over sixty years and was an accomplished violinist.

Web Site: www.gordon-robertshouse.com

Phone: 301-777-8678

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Mount Harmon Plantation
Earleville, Maryland

Mount Harmon Plantation originated as a land grant of 350 acres to Godfrey Harmon by Caecilious Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore, in 1651.

Web Site: http://www.mountharmon.org/index.html

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Sotterley Plantation
Hollywood, Maryland

Older than Mount Vernon and Monticello, older than the nation itself, Sotterley Plantation stands majestically on the banks of the Patuxent River. The site encompasses nearly 100 acres of rolling meadows, gardens and shoreline. As the sole surviving Tidewater Plantation in Maryland with public access, Sotterley offers a wide range of visitor activities and educational programming and experiences.

Web Site: www.sotterley.org

Phone: 301-373-2280

800-681-0850

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Poplar Hill Mansion
Salisbury, Maryland

Poplar Hill Mansion is a 501 (c) (3) Federal House Museum buit 1795-1805, the oldest documented home in Salisbury. We are open for free tours the 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month from 1-4, private tours for a small fee, fundraising events, and available for parties, meetings and weddings. We are listed on the National registry of Historic homes.

Web Site: www.poplarhillmansion.org

Phone: 410 749 1776

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Massachusetts

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The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead & The Evergreens
Amherst, Massachusetts

The Museum consists of two historic houses in the center of Amherst, Massachusetts, closely associated with the poet Emily Dickinson and members of her family during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Homestead was the birthplace and home of the poet Emily Dickinson. The Evergreens, next door, was home to her brother Austin, his wife Susan, and their three children.

Web Site: http://www.emilydickinsonmuseum.org/

Phone: (413) 542-8161

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The Nichols House Museum
Boston, Massachusetts

Amid the beautiful townhouses of Boston's historic Beacon Hill district stands the home of a remarkable woman, Miss Rose Standish Nichols. Her four story townhouse at 55 Mount Vernon Street was built in 1804 and is attributed to Charles Bulfinch, renowned Boston architect. The Federal style home contains a dazzling array of artwork collected by the Nichols family, from paintings and prints to antique furniture, silver, textiles, and ceramics. This varied collection spans the globe and centuries as well, representing American, Asian, and European art from the 16th to the 20th centuries. Among the many cherished objects in the Museum's collection are works by Miss Nichols' uncle, Augustus Saint-Gaudens, America's foremost sculptor of the 19th century.

Web Site: http://www.nicholshousemuseum.org/

Phone: 617.227.6993

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The Paul Rever House
Boston, Massachusetts

Paul Revere owned the home from 1770 to 1800, although he and his family may not have lived here in some periods in the 1780s and 1790s. After Revere sold the home in 1800, it soon became a tenement, and the ground floor was remodeled for use as shops, including at various times a candy store, cigar factory, bank and vegetable and fruit business. In 1902, Paul Revere's great-grandson, John P. Reynolds Jr. purchased the building to ensure that it would not be demolished. Over the next few years, money was raised, and the Paul Revere Memorial Association formed to preserve and renovate the building. In April 1908, the Paul Revere House opened its doors to the public as one of the earliest historic house museums in the U.S. The Association still oversees the preservation and day-to-day operations of this national treasure.

Web Site: http://www.paulreverehouse.org/index.html

Phone: (617) 523-2338

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The Gibson House Museum
Boston, Massachusetts

A National Historic Landmark in Boston's Back Bay, home to three generations of the Gibson family from 1859 to 1954. The house has four floors of original interiors and furnishings and is open to the public.

Web Site: www.thegibsonhouse.org

Phone: 617-267-6338

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Francis Wyman Homestead
Burlington, Massachusetts

The Francis Wyman House is generally held to be the oldest surviving landmark in Burlington, MA and is individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is open to the public in the summer on the 2nd Sat of the month, May through Sept, and by appointment. For more information please go to www.wymanassociation.org

Web Site: www.wymanassociation.org

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Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Cambridge, Massachusetts

Longfellow House - Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site preserves the home of Henry W. Longfellow, one of the world's foremost 19th century poets. The house also served as headquarters for General George Washington during the Siege of Boston, July 1775-April 1776. In addition to its rich history, the site offers unique opportunities to explore 19th century literature and arts.

Web Site: nps.gov/LONG

Phone: (617) 876-4491

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Ralph Waldo Emerson House
Concord, Massachusetts

Ralph Waldo Emerson, Transcendental philosopher, poet, and lecturer, moved into this house with his wife Lidian shortly after their marriage in 1835. It was his first permanent home in the largely rural community of Concord and the place where he raised his family. In this dwelling, Emerson composed his most important written works, including the final draft of his groundbreaking essay Nature in 1836 and Self Reliance in 1841. Emerson's new residence helped make Concord the center of American Transcendentalism, home of the Concord authors, and the place that sparked a new literary renaissance.

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Phone: 978-369-2236

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Thoreau Farm, The birthplace of Henry David Thoreau
Concord, Massachusetts

"Father occupied Grandmother's thirds, carrying on the farm."
Henry David Thoreau

The "Minott House" Thoreau refers to is known today on the National Register of Historic Places as the Wheeler-Minot Farmhouse/Henry David Thoreau Birth House. Locally, it is also known as "Thoreau Farm."

Web Site: http://thoreaufarm.org/

Phone: 978.451.0300

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Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum
East Sandwich, Massachusetts

If you like old Cape cod houses and history, antiques and picturesque settings, consider a visit to our museum.Visitors to the museum will receive a guided tour featuring 5 rooms restored to different time periods.Open May 15-October 19th 12:00-4:30

Web Site: nyefamily.org

Phone: 508-888-4213

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Cogswell's Grant
Essex, Massachusetts

Cogswell's Grant was the summer home of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, preeminent collectors of American folk art in the mid 20th century. In 1937, the Littles purchased this 18th-century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River as a family retreat and place to entertain. They restored it carefully, preserving original 18th-century finishes and carefully documenting their work. In more than 50 years of collecting, they sought works of strong, even quirky character, and in particular favored objects with their original finishes and New England histories.

The Littles decorated the house for visual delight rather than historic accuracy. The result is rich in atmosphere and crowded with collections of things -- primitive paintings, redware, painted furniture, stacked Shaker boxes, weather vanes and decoys -- that have since come to define the country look.

Open for tours June 1st - Oct. 15th, Wed. - Sun., 11am - 4pm.

Cogswell's Grant is a property of Historic New England, the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional preservation organization in the country. It operates thirty-six historic sites, offering unique opportunities to experience the lives and stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions.
Visit online at HistoricNewEngland.org.

Web Site: www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/cogswell.htm

Phone: 978-768-3632

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The Sargent House Museum
Gloucester, Massachusetts

For over 100 years, the Sargent House Museum was the home of sea merchants, patriots and community leaders. A fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, the house was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820), a philosopher, writer and an early advocate of social justice.

Visitors to the Sargent House Museum learn about the early history of Gloucester from its beginnings as a farming and lumbering outpost to its evolution into the country's premier seaport. Visitors will also see a collection of original works by the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) who traces his roots back to Judith Sargent Murray and Colonial Gloucester.

Web Site: http://sargenthouse.org/

Phone: (978) 281-2432

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Hammond Castle Museum
Gloucester, Massachusetts

John Hays Hammond, Jr. built his medieval-style castle between the years 1926 and 1929 to serve both as his home and as a backdrop for his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. The castle was constructed as a wedding present for his wife Irene Fenton Hammond to prove how much he cared for her. In addition, the building housed the Hammond Research Corporation, from which Dr. Hammond produced over 400 patents and the ideas for over 800 inventions. Second only to Thomas Alva Edison in number of patents, John Hammond was one of America's premier inventors. His most important work was the development of remote control via radio waves, which earned him the title, "The Father of Remote Control."

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Phone: 978-283-2080

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Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, was the summer home of one of America's first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport became Sleeper's retreat, backdrop for entertaining, professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited. After Sleeper's death, Beauport was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCann, who left most of Sleeper's arrangements and collections intact.

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Phone: Call 9782830800

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Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum
Hadley , Massachusetts

The House was built in 1752 by Moses and Elizabeth Porter on a tract of land known as "Forty Acres and its skirts." These acres had been owned in common by the householders in the northeast quarter of the stockaded town of Hadley when it was laid out in 1659. After the Porter's only child, Elizabeth, married Charles Phelps in 1770, the house was enlarged and refined. Since 1799 there have been no structural changes. Early family members, along with numerous artisans, servants and slaves, made "Forty Acres" an important social and commercial link in local, regional and national networks of the 18th century.

Web Site: http://www.pphmuseum.org/

Phone: 413-584-4699

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The Crane Estate
Ipswich, Massachusetts

The spectacular Crane Estate encompasses more than 2,100 acres in Ipswich, Massachusetts. The Estate is made up of three properties: Castle Hill, a National Historic Landmark that is the home of The Great House, a spectacular venue for weddings and corporate events, guided tours, and programs. Crane Beach, a popular public beach and summer destination; and the Crane Wildlife Refuge, a natural treasure boasting many rare plant and animal species.

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Phone: 978.356.4351

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The Mount
Lenox, Massachusetts

The Mount is both an historic site and a center for culture inspired by the passions and achievements of Edith Wharton. Designed and built by Edith Wharton in 1902, the house embodies the principles outlined in her influential book, The Decoration of Houses (1897). The property includes three acres of formal gardens designed by Wharton, who was also an authority on European landscape design, surrounded by extensive woodlands. Programming at The Mount reflects Wharton's core interests in the literary arts, interior design and decoration, garden and landscape design, and the art of living. Annual exhibits explore themes from Wharton's life and work.

Web Site: http://www.edithwharton.org

Phone: 413-551-5111

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Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Lenox, Massachusetts

Ventfort Hall, built by George and Sarah Morgan as their summer home, is an imposing Jacobean Revival mansion that typifies the Gilded Age in Lenox. Sarah, the sister of J.P.Morgan, purchased the property in 1891, and hired Rotch & Tilden, prominent Boston architects, to design the house.

Web Site: www.gildedage.org

Phone: 413-637-3206

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Gropius House
Lincoln, Massachusetts

"The house Gropius built for himself at Lincoln, Mass, stands on one of the most charming sites of New England, on the crest of a hill in the midst of an orchard of 90 apple trees, only half an hour's ride by car from Harvard. Mrs. Storrow, owner of all the land round about, left Walter Gropius quite free to select the site for the house that she was to finance. It is fitted unobtrusively into the landscape while, at the same time, overlooking its surroundings."
~S. Giedion. Walter Gropius: Work and Teamwork. p71.

Web Site: http://www.spnea.org/visit/homes/gropius.htm

Phone: 617-227-3956

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Whistler House Museum of Art
Lowell, Massachusetts

The Whistler House Museum of Art, birthplace of the artist James McNeill Whistler, was established in 1908 as the permanent home of the Lowell Art Association. Founded in 1878, the Lowell Art Association owns and operates the Museum as an historic site. Built in 1823, the Whistler House represents the richness of the history and the art of Lowell. The museum maintains its permanent art collection and organizes contemporary and historical fine arts exhibitions in the adjacent Parker Gallery. It also sponsors educational and community oriented cultural programs.

The historic home at 243 Worthen Street incorporates both Federal and Greek Revival characteristics.


From 1823 to 1869, the WHMA was home to many of the leaders of Lowell's and America's Industrial Revolution. James McNeill Whistler was born in the house and his mother, Anna Whistler, is the subject of one of America's most famous paintings, "Whistler's Mother" (Arrangement in Black and Grey).

Web Site: www.whistlerhouse.org

Phone: 978 452-7641

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Adams National Park, birthplace of John Quincy Adams and John Adams
Quincy, Massachusetts

Adams National Historical Park was designated as part of the National Park Service in 1946 to commemorate the distinguished men and women of the Adams family who dedicated their lives to the development and service of the United States. The thirteen-acre park is comprised of the Birthplaces of John Adams and John Quincy Adams; the Old House at Peace field, home to four generations of the Adams family;and the Stone Library. The park Visitor Center is located in Quincy Center and sits halfway between the birthplace homes and the Old House at Peace field. Tours begin at the Visitor Center, where a trolley will transport you to the historic homes. We recommend planning on 2 1/2 to 3 hours to tour the park.

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/adam/index.htm

Phone: (617) 770-1175

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The House of the Seven Gables
Salem, Massachusetts

The House of the Seven Gables, also known as the Turner-Ingersoll mansion, is one of the most important and beloved historic house museums in the country. Mostly known for its connection to America's first great author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was inspired by it to write his 1851 novel The House of the Seven Gables, the mansion is also an architectural treasure, as it is one of the few remaining "First Period" houses in the country. Its early history as the home of a wealthy Salem sea merchant is relevant to the entire nation as an example of how Colonial America's young economy found its foothold.

Web Site: www.7gables.org

Phone: 978-744-0991

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Iron Works House
Saugus, Massachusetts

This is the site of the first integrated ironworks in North America, 1646-1668. It includes the reconstructed blast furnace, forge, rolling mill, and a restored seventeenth century house.

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/sair/index.htm

Phone: 781-233-0050

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Naumkeag
Stockbridge, Massachusetts

Experience Gilded-Age style and splendor at this marvelous estate, renowned for its elegant gardens and rare Berkshire "Cottage."

What makes Naumkeag a special place?
With its gracious house, magnificent gardens, and panoramic views, Naumkeag is a quintessential country estate of the Gilded Age.

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Phone: 413.298.8138

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Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham, Massachusetts

The country home of social reformer and affordable housing advocate Robert Treat Paine, Stonehurst is an American masterpiece crowning the career-long collaboration between architect Henry Hobson Richardson (Trinity Church, Boston) and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, leading 19th century designers who deeply influenced the way Americans live and relate to their environment, from dense cities to unspoiled wilderness. Hidden from the street on 109 acres of conservation land, Stonehurst is the most intact example of Richardson's innovative approach to country house design and the only one that is open to the public. Built in 1886, the convention-breaking house crowns a spectacular rise selected by Olmsted, founder of the parks movement nationwide. The house also incorporates an older house (1866) recycled and relocated uphill on the site.

Web Site: http://www.stonehurstwaltham.org

Phone: 781-314-3290.

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Michigan

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Castle Farms Museum
Charlevoix, Michigan

If you're visiting northern Michigan and planning your to do list, a trip to Castle Farms is a must! We invite you to visit our beautiful Castle and gardens, discover the story of this historic property built in 1918, and learn fascinating details about its restoration.

May through October, Open every day 9a.m.-5p.m.
November through April
Monday-Saturday 9a.m.-4p.m.
*End times may vary on event days, so view special days/hours or call ahead to verify hours: 231-237-0884.*

Web Site: http://www.castlefarms.com/

Phone: 231-237-0884

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Henry Ford Estate
Dearborn, Michigan

Return to the world of automotive pioneer Henry Ford at the Henry Ford Estate ~ Fair Lane in Dearborn, Michigan.

An architectural mix of Modern Prairie style and Mid West Castle.

Web Site: http://www.henryfordestate.org/

Phone: 313-884-4222

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Whaley House Museum
Flint, Michigan

R. J. and Mary Whaley's home on East Kearsley Street is representative of the establishment of the upper class in Flint, Michigan during the Victorian era. The home exhibits the transition between the community's lumbering and agricultural era to the establishment and rise of heavy industry. R. J. Whaley was the president of Citizens Bank and provided the initial loans that led to the creation of General Motors.

Web Site: http://www.whaleyhouse.org

Phone: (619) 297-7511

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The Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum
Gagetown, Michigan

The barn is a warehouse and a factory, a place of business, and a storehouse for farm equipment. It is one of the farmer's most important agricultural tools. The barn was originally used for threshing grain, milking cows, and storing hay. But it was also a place for dancing, playing, and courting. It was the heart of the farm and a vital part of the community. Construction of the octagon shaped barn was started in 1923 and was completed in 1924.

Web Site: http://www.thumboctagonbarn.org/

Phone: 989-665-0081

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Straight Farmhouse
Garden City, Michigan

This 1866 Gothic Revival farmhouse was the family home of Oscar & Mary Straight and their two children. Purchased by Friends of the Garden City Historical Museum in 2004 as a public museum dedicated to the history of early Garden City pioneers.

Web Site: www.sfhonline.org

Phone: 734-838-0650

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Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Gross Pointe Shores, Michigan

Edsel & Eleanor Ford House tells the story of the home life of a prominent American family. The Fords were cultural, social and economic leaders in an era of great optimism, as well as a turbulent time of economic depression and world war. They were nationally prominent and they owned more than one house, but Southeast Michigan was their home. Here they built their final residence along the shores of Lake St. Clair, at a place known locally as Gaukler Pointe. Their impressive yet unpretentious home is where they raised and nurtured their four children - Henry II, Benson, Josephine and William - in a safe and loving environment. It reflects their love of family as well as their mutual passion for art and quality design.

Web Site: http://www.fordhouse.org/index.html

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William G Thompson House Museum & Gardens
Hudson, Michigan

Three generational house with contents. Last resident, W G Thompson collected various antiques and art. Large gardens.

Web Site: thompsonmuseum.org

Phone: 517-448-8125

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Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
Midland, Michigan

The Alden B. Dow Home and Studio in Midland, Michigan, is a masterpiece of contemporary organic architecture. Designed in 1933 by Alden B. Dow, his own home and studio personifies the idea that gardens never end and buildings never begin. It integrates the best elements of nature with the remarkable visions of man-made ingenuity. Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1989, the Alden B. Dow Home and Studio is shared with the public through educational programming, public and group tours and by researchers utilizing the Alden B. Dow Archives, the on-site repository of Mr. Dow's architectural records.

Web Site: http://www.abdow.org/index.php/home

Phone: 989.839.2744

1.866.315.7678

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Crocker House Museum & Macomb County Historical Society
Mount Clemens, Michigan

Joshua Dickinson built this home in 1869, 10 years before he was elected the first mayor of Mount Clemens. He was mayor for only a month before he succumbed to consumption. The town's folk held another election and elected his son-in-law, George Crocker, who lived in this home with him and his daughter Katherine. The Crocker House Museum offers a late Victorian home-life experience reminiscent of the world renowned Mineral Bath Era of Mount Clemens in Macomb County, Michigan.

Web Site: www.crockerhousemuseum.com

Phone: 586-465-2488

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Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Muskegon, Michigan

This site preserves the homes of Muskegon's most famous lumber baron, Charles H. Hackley, and his business partner, Thomas Hume. Built between 1887 and 1889, these homes are the finest examples of Queen Anne architecture in the United States. They feature extensive wood carving and stained glass windows. The Hackley House has been restored to its 1889 appearance and the Hume house has been restored to its 1920s appearance.

Web Site: www.lakeshoremuseum.org

Phone: 231-722-0278

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Meadow Brook Hall
Rochester, Michigan

Meadow Brook Hall is the fourth largest historic house museum in the United States and is renowned for its superb craftsmanship, architectural detailing and grand scale. Built between 1926 and 1929 as the residence of Matilda Dodge Wilson (widow of auto pioneer John Dodge) and her second husband, lumber broker Alfred G. Wilson, the 110-room, 88,000-square-foot, Tudor-revival style mansion is complete with vast collections of original art and furnishings.

Web Site: www.meadowbrookhall.org

Phone: 248-364-6200

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Ypsilanti Historical Society
Ypsilanti, Michigan

The Ypsilanti Historical Museum is a museum of local history which is presented as an 1860 home. The Museum and Fletcher-White Archives are organized and operated by the Ypsilanti Historical Society. We are all volunteers and our membership is open to everyone, including non-city residents.

Web Site: http://www.ypsilantihistoricalsociety.org/

Phone: 734-482-4990

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Minnesota

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The Prospect House and Civil War Museum
Battle Lake, Minnesota

The Prospect House, a Georgian-style "mansion", is a treasure in its own right. Captain Colehour built the house in 1882, based on architectural drawings from his home in Chicago. In 1886 Captain built an addition onto his house and began to offer his home, which he then called "The Prospect Inn", as a seasonal resort. He operated the resort until 1924 when his wife made him retire at age 82. The Prospect Inn was perhaps the first and largest resort in the lakes area, operating for 38 years. Captain's daughter, Kathrina, and her husband, Ernest Wilkins, remodeled the interior five years later, in 1929. The house's furnishings and decor have not been changed since that time.

Continually inhabited by descendants of Captain Colehour since 1882, the Prospect House features the Civil War Museum in the lower level. Century old trees define the grounds where the Prospect House was originally built and remains today as a historical site in Battle Lake, Minnesota. Historical markers around the yard tell the story of the Prospect House.

Web Site: www.prospecthousemuseum.org

Phone: 218/864-4008

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Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate
Duluth, Minnesota

A hallmark of extraordinary design. A businessman's enduring legacy. A showcase of diverse interior styles. But at its very heart, a family home. Welcome to Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate. Along the shore of Lake Superior, a 7.6 acre expanse of wooded land enfolds the 39 room Jacobean Revival mansion that is Minnesota's premier historic site. The interiors of the mansion have endured, boasting nearly all of the same furnishings and decor that graced the rooms when estate was completed in 1908. Even the formal gardens and naturalistic landscape retain much of their original design. Here, visitors are given a fascinating look at life in an affluent family home from the turn of the last century.

Glensheen is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Partner Place of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Web Site: www.glensheen.org

Phone: (218) 726-8910

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Judy Garland Birthplace
Grand Rapids, Minnesota

Two story white wood frame house built in 1892 by steam boat captain. Judy Garland's family lived in the home from 1919 - 1926. Restored based on historic photos, public records and oral history to circa 1925.

Web Site: www.judygarlandmuseum.com

Phone: 800-664-5839

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James J. Hill House
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Amid the titanic figures of America's Gilded Age, James J. Hill was nicknamed "The Empire Builder" for his vast transportation network. While he was finishing the Great Northern Railway, he hired Boston architects Peabody & Stearns to build a new house for his family on fashionable Summit Avenue in St. Paul. When it was completed, the 36,000 square foot house was the largest in Minnesota, with state of the art mechanical systems including indoor plumbing, central heating, and electric and gas lighting.

Today the home is open year-round for tours, art exhibits, and special events. Visitors learn about the life and career of James J. Hill, his family and the servants and staff who worked at the house.

Web Site: www.mnhs.org/hillhouse

Phone: 651-297-2555

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Mississippi

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Thistledome Honeysuckle Society
Byhalia, Mississippi

Beautifully renovated, once used as a home as well as a successful Bed & Breakfast.

Thistledome is now a restaurant and Wedding/special events business. Home is on the National Historic register and is located in a National Register Historic District (historic downtown Byahlia).

Web Site: https://www.facebook.com/thistledome1840

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Melrose
Natchez, Mississippi

Melrose is the most intact Antebellum estate in the nation. It was completed in 1848, was the home of John T. McMurran and his family. Mr. McMurran came to Natchez in the 1820s, from Pennsylvania. He had a very lucrative law practice and owned plantations in 3 states totaling over 100,000 acres where about 300 slaves raised cotton, timber, and livestock.

Web Site: http://www.nps.gov/natc/

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Missouri

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Elgin Cottrell House
Clarksville, Missouri

The Hezekiah Elgin House (c.1845) at 209 South First Street in Clarksville, MO has the honor of being one of the oldest
houses on record in the City of Clarksville and one of a few remaining houses on the River Front.

The Elgin family history in Pike County began with William Elgin who in 1816 bought a 300 acre Spanish Tract said to
extend north and south from Clarksville and west for three quarters of a mile. William's son, Hezekiah S. Elgin came to
Clarksville in the early 1800's. He opened a trading post and built one of the first roads between St. Louis and
Clarksville. He also built the Elgin Opera House and Hotel which were both destroyed by fire in the late 1800's.

Web Site: http://www.clarksvillemo.us/elgincottrell.html

Phone: 573.242.988

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Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center
Defiance, Missouri

The legendary frontiersman spent his last years in the peace and beauty along the Missouri River and died in the home of his son, Nathan. The four-story Georgian-style house is the centerpiece of Lindenwood University's Heritage Center. The attached village is comprised of more than a dozen historic buildings moved from the local area and includes buildings such as a schoolhouse, carpenter shop, general store, grist mill, and the Old Peace Chapel. Take a glimpse into life on the Missouri frontier and the experiences of Daniel Boone and his family. The story of the Boone family is part of a fascinating history of westward expansion.

Web Site: www.danielboonehome.com

Phone: 636-798-2005

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Rockcliffe Mansion
Hannibal, Missouri

Built between 1898 and 1900 in the Georgian Revival Style, is a massive Gilded-Age grand residence, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Perched on a limestone bluff, overlooking the Mississippi River and the historic town of Hannibal below, its views are spectacular and unmatched.

Web Site: https://rockcliffemansion.com/

Phone: (573) 221-4140

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Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Independence, Missouri

A real treasure can be found in Independence, Missouri just a few blocks south of Independence Square. Standing on 19 acres of land crossed by the pioneers heading down the Santa Fe Trail stands the Bingham-Waggoner home surrounded by its beautiful outbuildings of great architectural beauty. The house was built in 1852 with hand made bricks in the Italianate Villa style by John Lewis, a saddle maker who had a lucrative business near the town square furnishing the needs for pioneer travelers.

Web Site: www.bwestate.org

Phone: 816-461-3491

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Vaile Mansion
Independence, Missouri

Built in 1881, the Vaile stands as one of our nation's premiere example of Second Empire Victorian architecture. But that is just the beginning of the story of over a century of history that has unfolded in this house.

Web Site: http://www.vailemansion.org/Welcome.html

Phone: 816-325-7430

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Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Independence, Missouri

The Bingham-Waggoner Estate is truly a one-of-a-kind gem located near the historic downtown of Independence, Missouri. Although the Truman Presidential Library and Harry and Bess Truman's home are popular sites, the Bingham-Waggoner Estate offers its own special look into an earlier era. This well preserved estate provides insights into the lifestyles of the 19th century wealthy residents.

The Estate is available for tours and for private events and rentals in addition to a variety of regularly scheduled public events.

Web Site: http://bwestate.org/welcome.asp

Phone: 816-461-3491

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Campbell House Museum
Saint Louis, Missouri

One of the best-preserved 19th Century townhouses in America, home of renowned fur trader Robert Campbell and his family from 1854 until 1938. Restored to its 1880s high-Victorian opulence, the museum features original family furnishings.

Web Site: http://www.campbellhousemuseum.org

Phone: 314-421-0325

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Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
Sedalia, Missouri

It took 31 years and four building phases to complete the 12,000 square foot Bothwell Lodge, which contains 31 rooms on three levels (the tower has four) that illustrate many cultural and architectural changes of the period from 1890 through 1929. This imposing structure was positioned to command a broad view and has become a landmark in Pettis County along Highway 65. Bothwell Lodge was an appropriate gift to the state from a man who brought so much to his adopted state.

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Phone: (660) 827-0510

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Chatillon-De Menil House
St Louis, Missouri

Located in the Benton Park neighborhood, the Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion is one of St. Louis' most interesting historic homes.

Originally built in c.1849 by Henri and Odile Chatillon, the house was greatly expanded by the DeMenil family's Greek Revival addition (completed 1863). The Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion features guided tours, a gift shop, and the largest permanent collection of memorabilia from the 1904 World's Fair.

Web Site: http://www.demenil.org

Phone: 314 771 5828

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Montana

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Mai Wah Museum
Butte, Montana

The Mai Wah Museum includes the commercial and living spaces of Chinese residents of Butte, Montana, from 1899 through the 1950s.

Web Site: http://www.maiwah.org

Phone: 406-723-3231

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Conrad Mansion Museum
Kalispell, Montana

1895 home of Kalispell's founding family, Charles and ALicia Conrad, filled with original furnishings, books, toys, clothing and effects.

Web Site: www.conradmansion.com

Phone: 406-755-2166

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Nebraska

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Frank House
Kearney, Nebraska

The Frank family built their 1889 showcase mansion to amaze their guests and encourage investment in their vision for Kearney as a community of cultural and economic excellence.

The house was the first residence west of the Missouri River to be wired for electricity during construction and still features seven of its original ten fireplaces, English golden oak paneling, hand carved woodwork, and a magnificent staircase that elegantly ascends to an authentic, Tiffany stained glass window.

The University of Nebraska-Kearney preserves, interprets and shares the cultural resources of the Frank House with present and future generations.

Visit us at 2010 University Drive, University of Nebraska-Kearney, 68849 during walk in hours, 2-5 Mon-Fri. and 12-5 Sat. No admission fee; donations appreciated. Arrangements for tours and for all large groups (eight or more people) are by reservation only and are also available outside of the regular museum walk-in hours.

Web Site: www.frankhouse.org/

Phone: 308-865-8284

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New Hampshire

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North Groton house museum
Hebron, New Hampshire

The house: The Pattersons' former home, a four-room cottage, nestles in a depression that slopes downhill from the main road and bridge high above Hall's Brook. The front door is just two steps above the ground, but in the rear the land falls off steeply to the banks of the brook. Below the kitchen window, water flows past low and peaceful in summer, high and roaring in spring run-offs, and sits silent and icy in the dead of winter.

When Mrs. Longyear found this house in 1920, it had long since been moved to an upland field. She had it moved by horse and sledge back to its former site. The house has undergone several major renovations over the years, with an historically correct exterior restoration in 2002. An interior restoration is being planned. In an overgrown, dried-up former sluice at the bottom of the property, researchers have uncovered the rusty remains of a nineteenth-century sawmill, Daniel Patterson's failed venture.

Web Site: https://www.longyear.org/historic-houses

Phone: 800.277.8943, ext. 100

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Wentworth-Lear Houses
Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Located in the historic South End neighborhood of Portsmouth, NH, the Wentworth Lear Historic Houses overlook the back channel of the Piscataqua River. The museum consists of three structures that all date from the mid-18th century: the Wentworth-Gardner House, the Tobias Lear House, and the Warehouse. Both the Wentworth-Gardner and Tobias Lear houses are classic examples of Georgian architecture. Tours are given to the public from June 1st through October 12th.

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Phone: (603) 436-4406

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New Jersey

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Ringwood Manor
1304 Sloatsburg Road , New Jersey

The architecture of Ringwood Manor is truly unique. Unlike the next-door Skylands Manor in the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens, it is an organic house that grew and expanded naturally throughout several important periods in American history, reflecting the characteristics of its inhabitants.

Web Site: http://www.ringwoodmanor.org

Phone: (973) 962-2240

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Kuser Farm Mansion
Hamilton, New Jersey

The Kuser Farm Mansion has seventeen rooms and sits on a 22-acre farm; the estate was once considerably larger, encompassing 70 acres. Generically considered a Victorian style structure, the mansion contains many of the elements of the Queen Anne style, including a steeply pitched roof and curved porches. The mansion is now furnished with period furniture, including some pieces that are original to the house. According to one source, The period rooms in the mansion include the Theatre in the Dining Room, with its once state-of-the-art 18-foot curved Cinema-Scope screen.(1)

The estate includes several other buildings including a laundry house, coach house, barn, and multiple garages. The mansion is also surrounded by a beautiful garden, which includes gazebos. The garden is perhaps best known for having one of the best clay tennis courts in the state; in its heyday the court was used by visiting celebrities.

Owned and operated by Hamilton Township, Kuser Farm Mansion is open to the public for guided tours; the gardens are also open to the public.

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Phone: 609-890-3630

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The Hermitage
Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey

The Hermitage, a National Historic Landmark house museum, incorporates a stone structure that was visited during the Revolutionary War by Washington, Hamilton, and Lafayette. It was the site of the marriage of Aaron Burr and Theodosia Prevost in 1782. Its picturesque Gothic Revival design dates to the 1847 remodeling by architect William H. Ranlett.

Web Site: http://www.thehermitage.org/index.html

Phone: (201) 445-8311

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The William H. Johnson House
New Brunswick, New Jersey

The William H. Johnson House (c. 1870) is an NJ State & National Register building named for the New Brunswick craftsperson who first owned it. Johnson lived here with his wife Sarah and daughter Adilade. The house is a wonderful example of Victorian craftsmanship, built by and for New Brunswick residents in the Italianate style, right after the Civil War when New Brunswick experienced a post-war economic boom. Architectural components including the tall narrow windows with arched tops, double bays, cornice brackets, and low pitched roofs exemplify the Italianate style. It is significant because of the high level of integrity of its original decorative components, including some anaglypta wallpaper from the late 1800's presumed to be hung by William H. Johnson himself. Friends of the William H. Johnson House was founded to preserve the home.

Web Site: www.fotwhjh.org

Phone: 732-247-1451

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New Mexico

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Belen Harvey House Museum
Belen, New Mexico

That Harvey House is still standing today. Inside you can find hundreds of memorabilia pertaining to the Harvey House and the Santa Fe Railway, as well as exhibits on early local businesses in Belen. The Harvey House Museum is one of the few places where you can learn about America's first chain of restaurants. It is a fascinating story.

Web Site: http://www.belen-nm.gov/Community/HarveyHouseBelen.htm

Phone: (505) 861-0581

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The Bond House Museum
Espanola, New Mexico

The anchor for Plaza de Espanola is the historic Bond House, now a museum that highlights the transition of Espanola from frontier outpost to commercial center. Until the coming of the railroad in 1880, the Hispanic and Native American lifestyles of the area had been unchanged for more than three centuries. Coming from Canada, the Frank Bond family established the Espanola Mercantile, invested in sheep and land, and began the construction of an adobe home. By 1910, the house had grown to its current size, a testament to the power of the new cash economy.

Phone: 505-747-8535

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The Little Red School Museum
Red River, New Mexico

The Little Red School Museum. Long-time Red River resident, Bob Prunty, who served as Postmaster for many years, gives tours and answering questions about the town's colorful heritage. Ask him about the mining days.

There is no admission charge, but donations are always appreciated.

Web Site: http://redriver.org/schoolhouse

Phone: 877.754.1708

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New York

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The Old Stone House Museum
Brooklyn, New York

Located in a reconstructed 1699 Dutch farmhouse that was central to the Battle of Brooklyn, the Old Stone House is a museum and community resource that explores the American Revolution, colonial life and Brooklyn.

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Phone: 718.768.3195

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Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Catskill, New York

Thomas Cole (1801-1848) is the founder of the art movement known as the Hudson River School, establishing an approach to landscape painting that dominated American art for over 50 years. Cole's early paintings of nature untouched by human development reinforced notions of America as a new Eden, and launched America's first indigenous art movement. Today you can visit his Federal style brick home with a magnificent view of the Catskill Mountains, as well as his original studio building, where many of his best known masterpieces were created. Within 15 miles of his home are many of the landscapes that Cole painted, and a map is available to guide you to the views that appear in his paintings.

Web Site: www.thomascole.org/

Phone: 518-943-7465

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Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
Flushing, New York

The Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden, through the experience of an immigrant family's 1890s home, preserves and interprets the cultural and horticultural heritage of Flushing, Queens. The well preserved American Victorian Home was built in 1891 by a speculating shop keeper. In 1899 the home was sold to Conrad Voelker, a German immigrant and publisher of a number of German American newspapers up until WWI. Upon his death in 1930, his daughter Theresa and her husband, Dr. Orth, lived in the house. Their daughter Elisabeth lived in the house until she died in 1995. More than a century old, this house has been the home of a single family for nearly its entire history and has changed little since the days of Conrad Voelcker.

A distinguishing feature of the museum is the garden, containing plants that were once regular favorites in the Victorian era. The garden is maintained using eighteenth century propagation methods and gardening techniques, such as hand pruning and the use of natural fertilizers and pesticides, thus serving as a sanctuary for a variety of migrating birds. In June and July, our butterfly bush attracts monarchs, swallowtails, and other species, and our bee hive is home to a thriving colony of honey bees which produce a modest amount of honey for our educational programs.

Web Site: http://www.vomuseum.org/

Phone: 718-359-6227

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Rose Hill Mansion
Geneva, New York

Experience a taste of life on a 19th-century estate at this National Historic Landmark overlooking Seneca Lake. Explore farm and family on a guided tour of the 21-room furnished Greek Revival Mansion. Includes a gift shop and garden. Open May 1-October 31. Closed Mondays. Owned and operated by the Geneva Historical Society.

Web Site: www.genevahistoricalsociety.com

Phone: 315-789-3848

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Frederic Church's Olana State Historic Site
Hudson, New York

The eminent Hudson River School painter Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900) designed Olana, his family home, studio, and estate as an integrated environment embracing architecture, art, and landscape. Considered one of the most important artistic residences in the United States, Olana is a landmark of Picturesque landscape gardening with a Persian-inspired house at its summit, embracing unrivaled panoramic view of the vast Hudson Valley

Web Site: www.olana.org

Phone: (518) 828-0135

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Olana
Hudson, New York

The main house at Olana, sited impressively at the top of a long slope, is a unique mixture of Victorian architectural elements and Middle-Eastern decorative motifs. Frederic Church worked closely with architect Calvert Vaux to realize this distinctive home. Stylistically, the building is a villa with asymmetrical massing of towers and block masonry punctuated by fanciful windows and porches. The irregular silhouette of the exterior contrasts with the more regular rhythm of rooms arranged around a central hall. On the exterior, Middle Eastern motifs are carried out in colored brick, wood, slate, ceramic tile and especially stenciling. Together, the various motifs and themes create a unique artistic unity, one that is difficult to categorize.

Web Site: http://www.olana.org/the-house/

Phone: 1+518-828-0135

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Stepping Stones, the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson
Katonah, New York

Stepping Stones is the historic home of Bill and Lois Wilson, respective co-founders of Alcoholics Anonymous and Al-Anon Family Groups. Bill and Lois Wilson lived here from 1941, and it is where Bill produced many of his accomplishments that led him to be considered one of the last century's 100 most important people.

The house is left in the form of a museum, exactly as Lois Wilson left it upon her death in 1988. Stepping Stones is open by appointment and guided tours are 6 days a week at 1pm with a reservation.

Web Site: www.steppingstones.org

Phone: 914-232-4822

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St. Patrick's Cathedral
New York, New York

The story of New York's great cathedral mirrors the story of the city itself. Created to affirm the ascendance of religious freedom and tolerance, St. Patrick's Cathedral was built in the democratic spirit, paid for not only by the contributions of thousands of poor immigrants but also by the largesse of 103 prominent citizens who pledged $1,000 each. St. Patrick's Cathedral proves the maxim that no generation builds a cathedral. It is rather, a kind of ongoing conversation linking generations past, present and future.

Web Site: saintpatrickscathedral.org

Phone: 212.753.2261

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World Trade Center
New York, New York

The original World Trade Center was a large complex of seven buildings in Lower Manhattan, New York City, United States. It featured landmark twin towers, which opened on April 4, 1973, and were destroyed in the September 11, 2001 attacks, with 7 World Trade Center collapsing later that day due to the damage it suffered when the twin towers collapsed that morning. The other buildings in the complex were severely damaged by the collapse of the twin towers, and their ruins were eventually demolished.

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Belvedere Castle
New York, New York

Calvert Vaux, co-designer of Central Park, created the miniature castle in 1869 as one of its many whimsical structures intended as a lookout to the reservoir to the north (now the Great Lawn) and the Ramble to the south. Belvedere provides the best and highest views of the Park and its cityscape. It's fitting, considering its name translates to "beautiful view" in Italian.

"Right now, the temperature in Central Park is..." Since 1919, the National Weather Service has taken measurements of New York's weather from the castle's tower with the aid of scientific instruments that measure wind speed and direction. In a fenced-in compound just south of the castle, other data such as the rainfall is recorded and sent to the weather service's forecast office at Brookhaven National Library on Long Island. After decades of deterioration, Central Park Conservancy renovated and reopened the castle in 1983 as a visitor center.

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Phone: 212.310.6600

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Edward Hopper House Art Center
Nyack, New York

Edward Hopper House Art Center is the birthplace and childhood home of artist Edward Hopper. The house, built in 1858, is on the National Register of Historic Places. It now services as a multi-arts center featuring exhibits of contemporary art, with a small section devoted to the life and work of Edward Hopper (no original Hopper works are in the house)

Web Site: www.hopperhouse.org/

Phone: 845 358-0774

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Old Westbury House
Old Westbury, New York


Old Westbury Gardens, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is the former home of John S. Phipps, his wife, Margarita Grace Phipps and their four children. Completed in 1906 by the English designer, George A. Crawley, the magnificent Charles II-style mansion is nestled amid 200 acres of formal gardens, landscaped grounds, woodlands, ponds and lakes. Westbury House is furnished with fine English antiques and decorative arts from the more than fifty years of the family's residence.

Web Site: http://www.oldwestburygardens.org/index.html

Phone: (516) 333-0048

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SAGAMORE HILL
Oyster Bay, New York

Sagamore Hill was the home of Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States, from 1885 until his death in 1919. During Roosevelt's time in office, his "Summer White House" was the focus of international attention. Otherwise, it was the home of a most remarkable fellow and his interesting family.

Web Site: www.nps.gov/sahi/index.htm

Phone: 516-922-4788

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Peter Augustus Jay House
Rye, New York

Jay Heritage Center
1838 Peter Augustus Jay House

The Jay Property in Rye is the boyhood home of New York State's only native Founding Father, John Jay (1745-1829). Located in Rye, next to a marshlands preserve with public trails, this sylvan and historic 23 acre park is all that remains of the original 400 acre Jay family estate where America's first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and author of The Jay Treaty grew up. Located just 35 minutes from Manhattan, the Property has an 8000 year old scenic vista of Long Island Sound over a meadow bordered by sunken stone ha-ha walls, a European garden design feature added by Jay's eldest son circa 1822. It is also located on the historic Boston Post Road where mile marker "24" out of 230, designated in 1763 by Jay's colleague, Benjamin Franklin, is set into the perimeter wall.

Web Site: www.jaycenter.org/

Phone: (914) 698-9275

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Southampton Historical Museum
Southampton, New York

The Rogers Mansion was built by Captain Albert Rogers in 1843, at the peak of the whaling industry. The property had been in his family since 1648. In 1898 Samuel L. Parrish, a wealthy NYC attorney and land developer purchased the home and added many colonial-revival additions. The Museum acquired the one-acre property in 1952 and began adding historic 19th century trade shops and a barn, saving them from destruction. Today the Rogers Mansion Museum Complex has 12 historic buildings listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places. The Rogers Mansion is open Feb-Dec. The Museum also manages three other historic properties. The Pelletreau Silver Shop at 80 Main Street was built in 1686 and is the oldest continuously opened trade shop in the Americas. It is open year-round. The Thomas Halsey Homestead at 179 South Main Street has a 1666 first period house open to visitors during the summer. Conscience Point Historic Marker and Nature Walk is located on North Sea Road in North Sea, NY. The five acre wildlife preserve is open sunrise to sunset and has a shellfish hatchery with education programs during the summer.

Web Site: www.southamptonhistoricalmuseum.org

Phone: 631 283-2494

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Lyndhurst
Tarrytown, New York

Lyndhurst is one of America's finest Gothic Revival mansions and a remarkable example of the Hudson River's grand and historic estates. Lyndhurst has always been a place to escape the city and to enjoy the spectacular beauty of the Hudson River and the peaceful surroundings of the country.

Web Site: www.lyndhurst.org

Phone: 914-631-4481

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North Carolina

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Thomas Wolfe House
Asheville, North Carolina

Old Kentucky Home -The Thomas Wolfe Memorial
American Novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

American Novelist Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

Considered by many to be one of the giants of 20th-century American literature, Thomas Wolfe immortalized his childhood home in his epic autobiographical novel, Look Homeward, Angel. Wolfe's colorful portrayal of his family, his hometown of "Altamont" Asheville, North Carolina, and "Dixieland" the Old Kentucky Home boardinghouse, earned the Victorian period house a place as one of American literature's most famous landmarks.

Web Site: http://www.wolfememorial.com/

Phone: (828) 253-8304

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Smith-McDowell House
Asheville, North Carolina

The Asheville History Center - Smith-McDowell House
Hours:
Wednesday through Saturday: 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Sunday: 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Group tours of 10 or more persons may be scheduled by appointment. Please call 828-253-9231 or email smh@wnchistory.org to schedule a tour. Special prices for tour groups is available.

Web Site: http://www.wnchistory.org/people.html

Phone: 828-253-9231

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Biltmore Estate
Asheville, North Carolina

Welcome to America's Largest Home

Visit Biltmore in Asheville, NC to experience a glamorous Christmas in Vanderbilt style, and create memories to last a lifetime. During your visit, savor exceptional dining with the freshest ingredients from our fields to our tables.

Stay On Biltmore Esate

Vacation like a family friend of the Vanderbilts at our convenient Village Hotel, elegant Inn, or our charming Cottage, comprising the lodgings of Biltmore.

BILTMORE HISTORY

Web Site: http://www.biltmore.com/visit

Phone: 800-411-3812

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Beaufort NC Historic Grounds
Beaufort, North Carolina

Web Site: http://beauforthistoricsite.org/

Phone: 252.728.5225

800.575.7483

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Carolina Theatre Charlotte
Charlotte, North Carolina

The Foundation of The Carolinas has recently purchased the Carolina Theatre for $1.00 from the City of Charlotte. A design team is being put together and will include CTPS. We look forward to working with the foundation to design a theater that will recreate the exquisite interior details including the chandeliers, murals, stenciling and plaster work. Hopefully adding an historic theatre organ will also be in the theater's future.

Web Site: http://www.carolinatheatre.us/project.html

Phone: (704) 821-9891

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Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
Charlotte, North Carolina

The Hezekiah Alexander House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the last extant home of a framer of North Carolina's 1776 Constitution and Bill of Rights.

It is also the oldest house standing in Mecklenburg County. This permanent exhibition that investigates the 240-year old house, the persons who owned it, and the story of its preservation as a powerful setting for educational programs.

Web Site: http://www.charlottemuseum.org/

Phone: 704.568.1774

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The Whalehead Club at Currituck Heritage Park
Corolla, North Carolina

Art Nouveau architecture at it's finest- this 21,000 sq. ft. home was built in 1920s by Mr. & Mrs. E. C. Knight, Jr., as a winter residence. Avid waterfowl hunters the Knights' home displays custom light fixtures by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a custom mahogany Steinway piano, and so much more!

Web Site: www.whaleheadclub.org/

Phone: 252-453-9040

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Carolina Theatre Greensboro
Greensboro, North Carolina

The Carolina Theatre is located in Downtown Greensboro within easy walking distance of a number of eateries and even hotels. Staying outside of Downtown? There is ample parking around the Theatre.

Why not make your visit to the Carolina an event? Park your car just once and walk to one of the great restaurants for a meal, drinks, coffee, or dessert before or after the show!

Web Site: http://www.carolinatheatre.com/

Phone: (336) 333-2605

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Blandwood
Greensboro, North Carolina

Blandwood is one of the America's great historic homes, representing the ideals of progressive North Carolina Governor John Motley Morehead and serving as a protype for one of America's most popular architectural styles in the nineteenth century.

Web Site: www.blandwood.org

Phone: 336-272-5003

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Harper House/Hickory History Center
Hickory, North Carolina

Friday and Saturday 10am - 5pm
Admission to Lyerly is free, Harper House tours $5
828.324.7294

Web Site: http://catawbahistory.org/

Phone: 828.324.7294

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Latta Plantation
Huntersville, North Carolina

Historic Latta Plantation is a circa 1800 cotton plantation and living history farm, located within Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Tours of the Latta home are guided, and tours of the grounds are self-guided.

Web Site: http://lattaplantation.org/latta/index.php?page=Contact

Phone: 704/ 875-2312

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Mendenhall Homeplace
Jamestown, North Carolina

Richard Mendenhall's c. 1811 home exemplifies the community of Quaker tradespeople and farmers who actively opposed slavery, promoted education for all, and labored to create a life of peace and simplicity during troubled times.

In addition to the Mendenhall House, you will see an early 19th century medical school, a historic Pennsylvania-style bank barn, an authentic well house/milk house, a one-room schoolhouse and a representative Native American village.

Web Site: www.mendenhallplantation.org

Phone: 336.454.3819

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Korner's Folly
Kernersville, North Carolina

Korner's Folly
"The Strangest House in the World" as described in 1997 by Preservation magazine. This undeniably unique house is a creative wonder of artistry, workmanship, and design. Located in Kernersville, the Heart of the Triad, Korner's Folly is the showcase home of decorator, designer, and painter Jule Gilmer Korner. Famous for the creation of, and the painting of Bull Durham bulls across the U.S., Jule was the head of a growing interior decoration business, at the age of 27, when he began to build his combination bachelor's quarters, artist's studio, office, billiard room, carriage house and stables, in 1878. Before long, neighbors and passersby were stopping to gaze at this strange structure rising toward the sky. It is said that one such day, a cousin to Jule was passing by and paused, he then made the comment to one of the construction workers, 'Twenty years from now, this house will surely be Jule Korner's folly." The construction worker repeated the comment to Jule, thinking he could stir a family riff, but the quick witted Jule was so charmed by this description, he chose to call his home Korner's Folly. The name is even set in the tiles outside the front door.

Web Site: http://www.kornersfolly.org/index.html

Phone: 336-996-7922

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Fort Defiance
Lenoir, North Carolina

This exquisite 1792 home was built by Revolutionary War hero, General William Lenoir and named for a frontier fort that stood nearby. The home has been fully restored to its late 18th, early 19th century splendor. Considered to be one of the most unique restorations in the country, the home still contains more than 300 pieces of its original furnishings and artifacts. It was lived in continously by the Lenoir family until 1961.

Web Site: http://fortdefiancenc.org/

Phone: 828-758-1671

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Joel Lane Museum House
Raleigh, North Carolina

Joel Lane built his home in 1769 in what was a very rural part of North Carolina. He is called "The Father of Raleigh" because he facilitated the location of North Carolina's capital city on his land in 1792. His faithfully-restored plantation manor was once deemed "The Best House for 100 Miles." A visit to this important historic site will transport you back in time.

Web Site: www.joellane.org

Phone: 919-833-3431

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Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens
Wilmington, North Carolina

Built in 1770 as a gentleman's town house. General Cornwallis resided here during the American Revolution.

Web Site: www.burgwinwright.com

Phone: (910) 762-0570

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Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts
Wilmington, North Carolina

The Bellamy Mansion is one of North Carolina's most spectacular examples of antebellum architecture built on the eve of the Civil War by free and enslaved black artisans, for John Dillard Bellamy, physician, planter and business leader; his wife, Eliza McIlhenny Harriss and their nine children. After the fall of Fort Fisher in 1865, Federal troops commandeered the house as their headquarters during the occupation of Wilmington. Now the house is a museum that focuses on history and the design arts and offers tours, changing exhibitions and an informative look at historic preservation in action.

Web Site: www.bellamymansion.org

Phone: 910.251.3700

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Hope Plantation
Windsor, North Carolina

restored home of former North Carolina Governor David Stone (1770-1818). Located four miles west of Windsor, NC, the plantation complex offers unique insights into the late 18th- and 19th-century rural life in eastern North Carolina and the South.

Web Site: http://www.hopeplantation.org/

Phone: 252-794-3140

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Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Former country estate of R.J. and Katherine Smith Reynolds, the mansion was built in 1917 along with formal gardens and a full village. Now it is part of the Reynolda Historic District well within the city limits of Winston-Salem, N.C. The collection is famous for masterpieces from 3 centuries.

Web Site: http://www.reynoldahouse.org/index.php

Phone: 336.758.5150

888.663.1149

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Single Brothers' House
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Part of the Old Salem restoration, the Single Brothers' House was built in 1769 and housed the single men of the Moravian town of Salem, N.C. (now part of Winston-Salem). The house is part of one of the nation's largest and most authentic living history restorations, which includes many other 18th century buildings that were part of the colonial town.

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North Dakota

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Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site
Bismark, North Dakota

Located at 320 E. Ave. B in Bismarck, the site consists of a large two and one-half story, restored Victorian house and a carriage house. Constructed in 1884, it housed 20 chief executives between 1893 and 1960. Unique room exhibits feature the restoration process, architectural style changes, and furniture used by several governors. In 1975 the State Historical Society of North Dakota was given the house with the hope that it would operate as a historic house museum..

Web Site: http://www.history.nd.gov/historicsites/fgm/index.html

Phone: (701) 328-2666

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Ohio

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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Akron, Ohio

In 1896, F.A. Seiberling founded The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, naming it after Charles Goodyear, the inventor of the vulcanization process for rubber. It was the turn of the twentieth century and the Industrial Age was forming modern America where cities grew and industries flourished. Akron, Ohio was no exception. It built its foundation on the rubber industry to become the "Rubber Capital of the World."

Web Site: http://www.stanhywet.org/

Phone: 330-836-5533

888-836-5533

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Cinnicati Terminal
Cinnicati, Ohio

Cincinnati Union Terminal was a significant development in the history of Cincinnati transportation. One of the last great train stations built, Union Terminal is a Cincinnati icon and one of the most widely regarded examples of the Art Deco style. Since its opening in 1933, Union Terminal has had a long and storied history, from welcoming soldiers home from World War II to becoming the home of three museums, an OMNIMAX (trademark) Theater and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.

Web Site: http://www.cincymuseum.org/union-terminal

Phone: (513) 287-7000Toll Free: (800) 733-2077

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Dunham Tavern Museum
Cleveland, Ohio

Once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit post road, today Dunham Tavern Museum is the oldest building still standing on its original site in the city of Cleveland. The 1824 home of Rufus and Jane Pratt Dunham in MidTown Cleveland is now a designated Cleveland Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In stark contrast to the cityscape that surrounds it, the museum and its gardens offer a glimpse of history and insight into the lifestyles of early Ohio settlers and travelers.

Web Site: http://dunhamtavern.org/

Phone: 216-431-1060

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John Stark Edwards House Museum
Warren, Ohio

The Edwards House is the oldest frame house in Warren, Ohio.
This house museum of 19th century life serves as the headquarters of the Trumbull County Historical Society and is open to the public, 2-4, the first Sunday of every month, or the second Sunday when it conflicts with a national holiday. It is open for private tours by appointment.

Web Site: www.trumbullcountyhistory.org

Phone: 330-394-4653

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Oklahoma

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The Frank Phillips Home
Bartlesville, Oklahoma

This elegant 26-room mansion was home to oil tycoon, Frank Phillips, founder of Phillips Petroleum Company. Guided tours of the Home allow visitors to see the beautiful original furnishings and hear stories about the Phillips family the history of the Home and the early oil industry in Indian Territory. The Home is open Wed-Sat from 10 am to 5 pm

Web Site: www.frankphillipshome.org

Phone: 918-336-2491

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The Marland Mansion

The Marland Mansion "The Palace on the Prairie"
Ponca City, Oklahoma

The Marland story is fascinating and his home is an architectural wonder. It was designed and constructed as a showplace for pieces of fine art and in the process, it became a masterpiece in its own right.

This National Historic Landmark took three years to construct, 1925 to 1928. The mansion is 78 feet wide and 184 feet long, and contains 43,561 square feet distributed over four levels. There are 55 rooms, including 10 bedrooms, 12 bathrooms, 7 fireplaces, and 3 kitchens. It takes 861 light bulbs to light the mansion.

Web Site: http://www.marlandmansion.com/

Phone: (580) 767-0420

(800) 422-0420

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Oregon

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The Flavel House Museum
Astoria, Oregon

As one of the best preserved examples of Queen Anne architecture in the Northwest, the Flavel House survives today as a landmark of local and national significance. The house was built in 1884-85, for Captain George Flavel and his family. The Captain, who made his fortune through his occupation as a river bar pilot and through real estate investments, built the Flavel House as his retirement home at the age of 62. The Flavel House has been restored to accurately portray the elegance of the Victorian period and the history of the Flavel family.

Web Site: http://www.cumtux.org/default.asp?pageid=35&deptid=1

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The Flippin Castle
Clatskanie, Oregon

The Flippin House National Historic Site locally and affectionately known as The Castle is build high on a hill above the town of Clatskanie on Highway 30 just 60 miles from Portland and 35 miles from Astoria. The original owners of The Castle were Thomas and Florence Flippin who established the West Oregon Lumber mill where Tom began saving the best lumber for the grand house he was determined to build in Clatskanie. When their children were old enough to go to school, they purchased property adjacent to the school and construction began on this Victorian-style mansion in 1898. The Flippin family, which included two sons and a daughter, moved in to the house in 1900. To Thomas Flippin, building this house represented his moving up in society as a prosperous lumber man, but to his wife Florence, who had also worked in their lumber company; it represented a refined way of life that she disliked. After living there only three years, the couple moved out, and then separated. Later owners of The Castle included the Hempel and Holman families. For many years in the middle part of the 20th century, The Castle was divided into apartments. In the early 1970's it was purchased by George and Ann Salmi and was sold to the Clatskanie Senior Citizens Inc. in 1979 who own it today.

The house museum is open to the public.

Phone: 503.728.3608

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The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House
Eugene, Oregon

The Shelton McMurphey Johnson House was built in 1888 on a hill overlooking the city of Eugene, Oregon. The three families who occupied the house witnessed and contributed to the transformation of Eugene from a frontier farming town to a thriving education and commercial center. Known in its day as the "Castle on the Hill," the Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House stands as a classic example of Queen Anne-style Victorian mansion of the late 19th century. The house is now owned by the city and administered by the non-profit Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson Associates. It is open for viewing at scheduled times and for special tours by appointment.

Web Site: http://www.smjhouse.org/SMJHouse/Home.html

Phone: 541 484-0808

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Hoover-Minthorn Museum House
Newberg, Oregon

The Hoover-Minthorn House was built in 1881 by Jesse Edwards and is the first residence built and still standing in what is now Newberg, Oregon. For the years 1885-1889, the house was the home of Herbert Hoover, 31st President of the United States.

Web Site: http://www.thehoover-minthornhousemuseum.org

Phone: (503) 538-6629

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Burrows House Museum
Newport, Oregon

Built in 1895 as a home for newlyweds Susan and John Burrows, both in their 60s. The house was originally located at Alder and the Coast Highway. At the time, it was isolated and surrounded by dense shore pine. Its location between the Bayfront and Nye Beach earned it the nickname "The Half-Way House." The Bank of Newport purchased the property and house in 1976 and donated the house to the Lincoln County Historical Society which moved the building to its current location next to the Log Cabin Museum. The building officially became a museum with an open house and dedication on Sunday, September 24, 1978.

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Phone: (541) 265-7509

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McLoughlin House
Oregon City, Oregon

The McLoughlin House, in Oregon City, Oregon, was added to the National Park System in 2003 as a unit of Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The house is restored to help recognize the life and accomplishments of John McLoughlin, the "Father of Oregon." The site also includes the home of the family of Dr. Forbes Barclay, a Hudson's Bay Company associate and early Oregon City civic leader.

Web Site: www.nps.gov/fova

Phone: 503-656-5151

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Pittock Mansion
Portland, Oregon

The Pittock Mansion was home to Portland pioneers Henry and Georgiana Pittock from 1914 to 1919. During the late 1800s and the early 1900s, their lives and work paralleled the growth of Portland from a small Northwest town site to a thriving city with a quarter million population. With its eclectic architectural design and richly decorated interior, including family artifacts, the Pittock Mansion stands today as a living memorial of this family's contributions to the blossoming of Portland and its people.

Web Site: http://pittockmansion.org/

Phone: 503-823-3623

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Historic Deepwood Estate
Salem, Oregon

Historic Deepwood Estate is an 1894 Queen Anne Victorian Home situated on approximately 4 acres of manicured gardens and nature trails set in the heart of Salem near its downtown core. The home was placed on the National Register of Historic Homes in 1973. The museum is operated by the Friends of Deepwood, a non-profit organization created to disseminate information about the home and document life in Victorian times.

Web Site: http://www.historicdeepwoodestate.org/

Phone: 503-363-1825

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Asahel Bush House Museum
Salem, Oregon

Bush House typifies a Victorian home in the truest sense of that word. Built by Asahel Bush II in 1877-78 and occupied by members of his family for the next seventy-five years, the house remains theirs in spirit. In fact, much of what once belonged to Asahel and his four children can still be found in their home, as it did in the family's day. Bush House plays a significant part in the Salem Community. The pleasant ambiance instilled by the Bushes continues to delight all who visit this wonderful residence.

Web Site: http://www.oregonlink.com/bush_house/index.html

Phone: (503) 363-4714

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Pennsylvania

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Hornby School Museum
North East, Pennsylvania

The Hornby School Museum is an 1800s, one room school house located in Erie, PA. The schoolwas closed in 1956 until the Hornby School Restoration Society took over in 1973 to restore the building to its original condition. The school operates now as a museum showcasing many of its great pieces of history and offering authentic 1800s one room school house experiences to the community and educational opportunities for school students to experience 1800s lessons and activities.

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Phone: +1 814-323-4404

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Cairnwood Estate
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Cairnwood Estate was designed by Carrere and Hastings in the Beaux Arts style. The meticulous decorative elements blend influences from classical Greek and Roman architecture with French Renaissance ideas. The exterior of Cairnwood shows a mixture of rustic elements and high style. The overall effect is that of a majestic French chateau adapted to the conditions and requirements of American life during the Gilded Age.

The estate consists of a main house, adjacent courtyard, garden house, and formal gardens. Just a few feet from Huntingdon Pike are the entrance gate and carriage house. In 1895, a stable, greenhouses, a pergola, three terraced gardens and access to many acres of farmland, surrounded by woodlands, completed the idyllic country home.

Web Site: http://www.cairnwood.org/the-estate/

Phone: (215) 947-2004

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Glencairn Museum
Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania

Glencairn was the home of Raymond and Mildred Pitcairn. Raymond Pitcairn, who designed his home, had no formal training in architecture, and had supervised the erection of the acclaimed Bryn Athyn Cathedral, a Gothic and Romanesque style complex.

Web Site: www.glencairnmuseum.org

Phone: 267-502-2990

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The Voigt Mansion (Parastudy Center)
Chester Heights, Pennsylvania

Built along the historic Valleybrook Road for a wealthy inventor's summer home, the Voigt Mansion is a magnificent example of Folk Victorian style.

The Voigt Mansion is available for guided historic house, haunted history, and ghost tours throughout the year. For more information, or to visit, go to www.parastudy.org, (610) 459-2779, or e-mail us at parastudy@parastudy.org. Tours are by advanced appointment only. Check our website calendar for special events featuring historic house tours and haunted history walks.

Web Site: www.parastudy.org

Phone: 610-459-2779

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Compass Inn Museum
Laughlintown, Pennsylvania

The Compass Inn started out as a drover's inn along an offshoot of historic Forbes Road near Ligonier, Pennsylvania. By 1820, the structure featured a 'luxurious' stone addition and several outbuildings which helped serve thousands of stagecoach travelers on the Philadelphia-Pittsburgh Turnpike, now historic Lincoln Highway/Route 30.

Web Site: www.compassinn.com

Phone: 724-238-4983

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The Baldwin-Reynolds House
Meadville, Pennsylvania

The Baldwin-Reynolds House Museum is the 1840s home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Henry Baldwin. Baldwin, a Jackson appointee, became a major American historical figure from the time of Jackson's first (unsuccessful) presidential campaign in 1824 until Baldwin's death in 1844. After Baldwin's death, the home served as a girl's school for three years before being sold to Baldwin's nephew and founder of the Atlantic and Great Western Railroad, William Reynolds. The home is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open for tours during summer months.

Web Site: www.baldwinreynolds.org/

Phone: (814) 333-9882

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Grey Towers
Milford, Pennsylvania

The public is welcome to visit Grey Towers National Historic Site for guided tours of the mansion and garden. The grounds are open from sun-up to sun-down year round. Natural resource groups are invited to use the Grey Towers conference center for meetings and workshops.

Web Site: http://www.greytowers.org/mansion-tours/

Phone: (570) 296-9630

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Falling Water
Mill Run, Pennsylvania

Falling Water is recognized as one of Wright's most acclaimed works, and in a 1991 poll of members of the American Institute of Architects, it was voted "the best all-time work of American architecture." It is a supreme example of Frank Lloyd Wright's concept of organic architecture, which promotes harmony between man and nature through design so well integrated with its site that buildings, furnishings, and surroundings become part of a unified, interrelated composition. Wright embraced modern technology to achieve this, designing spaces for living which expressed architecturally the expansive freedom of the American frontier.

Web Site: http://www.fallingwater.org/

Phone: 724-329-8501

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The Woodlands
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Woodlands in Philadelphia, the former country seat of William Hamilton, offers the public one of the nation's most architecturally sophisticated neoclassical houses from the years following the American Revolution. Its Schuylkill River site, originally located beyond the western edge of the city, was reshaped by Hamilton in 1786 to reflect contemporary English picturesque landscape and horticultural ideals.

Web Site: www.woodlandsphila.org

Phone: 215-386-2181

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Mount Pleasant Mansion
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Scottish ship captain John Macpherson (1726-1792) and his first wife, Margaret, built their grand country estate on this site, high atop cliffs overlooking the Schuylkill River,between 1762 and 1765. They employed as their builder-architect Thomas Nevell (1721-1797), an apprentice of Edmund Woolley, the builder of Independence Hall.

Web Site: http://www.philamuseum.org/historichouses/

Phone: 215-763-8100

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Cedar Grove Mansion
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Cedar Grove, which was moved from its original site in the Frankford section of Philadelphia to Fairmount Park in 1926-1928, served as a summer residence for five generations of the Coates, Paschall, and Morris families of Philadelphia. In 1746, Elizabeth Coates Paschall, a widow with three children, purchased the property and within a few years began construction on a small summer house of grey native stone, consisting of the present dining room, upper bed chamber and back rooms. Cedar Grove began to evolve as the result of numerous additions made to it by succeeding generations of the family. Through the generosity of Lydia Thompson Morris, the last of the family to possess Cedar Grove, the house and its surviving original furnishings were presented to the city of Philadelphia in 1928.

Web Site: http://www.philamuseum.org/visit/20-566-41.html

Phone: (215) 763-8100

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Physick House
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The square, four-story brick Physick House is the only free-standing Federal townhouse remaining in Society Hill. With its huge doorway fan light (the largest in any Pennsylvania residence in 1786) plus grand proportions and straight, classical lines, Physick House is an exceptional example of the Federal style. Its collection has outstanding examples of French-influenced Neoclassic furnishings. Its unusually large city garden contains plants popular in the 19th century and features a winding path, grotto and classical statuary.

Web Site: http://www.philalandmarks.org/phys.aspx

Phone: 215.925.7866

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Clayton
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

"Clayton is a triumph of restoration," wrote Susan Mary Alsop in Architectural Digest. It is also a triumph of preservation. When the Frick family moved to New York in 1905, after living at Clayton for 22 years, they left much of their Pittsburgh life behind. An astonishing 93% of the artifacts in the house are original, making Clayton a home more than a house, and an eloquent evocation of the lives of the family who lived there. Clayton has welcomed hundreds of thousands of visitors since it was opened to the public in 1990 after a four-year restoration.

Web Site: http://www.frickart.org/index.php

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