Move pg.
CVR. FIT ACT.
ON OFF
ULUR
LLLR
"Cleveland West Sixth Street" by Original uploader was Mayor Pez at en.wikipedia - Transferred from en.wikipedia; transferred to Commons by User:Sreejithk2000 using CommonsHelper.. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Commons.
switch is off
OldHouses.com logo

Fast Access.

Resources Wanted

for placement on our web site, at no cost.

Find Historic Homes for Sale.

Browse Listings

Use Advanced Search

Find An Agent

Your Feedback

Help & Support.

Historic House Museums and Public Spaces

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

Listing photo

Mark Twain House

1874 Victorian: Stick

Hartford, CT
Listing photo

Cairnwood Estate

1892 Beaux Arts

Bryn Athyn, PA
(215) 947-2004
Listing photo

Burghley House

1555 Tudor Revival

Stamford, Lincolnshire
01780 752451 extension 171

Your Ad Here

Reasonable Rates · Limited availability · Contact us for further information

Featured
Featured
Featured
Your Ad Here

Index by State

Alabama.

Listing photo

Rosenbaum House
Florence, Alabama

Architecture critic Peter Blake wrote in 1960 that “during the 1930s, Wright built four structures of a beauty unexcelled in America before or since.” Three of those are Fallingwater, the Johnson Wax Administrative Building, and Taliesin West. The fourth was the Rosenbaum House.

Web Site: wrightinalabama.com

Phone: 256-718-5050

Rosenbaum House
Florence

Listing photo

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: weedenhousemuseum.com

Phone: 256-536-7718

Weeden House Museum and Garden
Huntsville

Listing photo

Carl Elliott House Museum
Jasper, Alabama

The Carl Elliott House Museum is a historic house museum detailing the life of Congressman Carl A. Elliott, Sr. and the times in which he lived. The modest home in downtown Jasper demonstrates that a man from a ordinary or even poor background can accomplish extraordinary things.

Web Site: www.bscc.edu/elliott

Phone: 205-387-0511 x5718

Carl Elliott House Museum
Jasper

Listing photo

The Gorgas House at the University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Gorgas House Museum is the oldest structure on the University of Alabama campus. Built in 1829, the building served as a dining hall, hotel, and residence for the University’s Steward. Converted into a faculty residence in the 1840s, it was one of seven buildings to survive the campus Civil War burning in 1865.

Now, named for the Gorgas family that occupied the home from 1879-1953, the Museum houses original Gorgas furnishings, memorabilia, and a collection of 19th century artifacts. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.

Web Site: gorgashouse.ua.edu

Phone: 205-348-5906

The Gorgas House at the University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa

Alaska.

Listing photo

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

Dolly Kindle's House
Ketchikan

Arizona.

Listing photo

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

Rosson House Museum
Phoenix

Arkansas.

Listing photo

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: www.peelcompton.org/peel

Phone: 479-254-3870

Peel Mansion and Heritage Gardens
Bentonville

California.

Listing photo

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

Scotty's Castle
Death Valley

Listing photo

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

Knox House Museum
El Cajon

Listing photo

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

Lake County Stone House
Hidden Valley Lake

Listing photo

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

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch & Gardens
Long Beach

Listing photo

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

Heritage Square Museum
Los Angeles

Listing photo

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

William S. Hart Park and Museum
Newhall

Listing photo

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

Lott Home in Sank Park
Oroville

Listing photo

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

Gamble House
Pasadena

Listing photo

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

Dutra Museum of Dredging
Rio Vista

Listing photo

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

Gaslamp Museum at the Davis-Horton House
San Diego

Listing photo

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

Hearst Castle
San Simeon

Listing photo

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

Heritage Museum of Orange County
Santa Ana

Listing photo

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

Filoli
Woodside

Colorado.

Listing photo

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

McAllister House Museum
Colorado Springs

Listing photo

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

Molly Brown House Museum
Denver

Listing photo

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

Byers-Evans House Museum
Denver

Connecticut.

Listing photo

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

View listing...

Listing photo

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

Hyland House Museum
Guilford

Listing photo

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

Mark Twain House
Hartford

Listing photo

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

Phone:

White-Overton-Callander House
Portland

Listing photo

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

The Glebe House & The Gertrude Jeckyll Garden
Woodbury

Delaware.

Listing photo

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/

Hale Byrnes House
Newark

Listing photo

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

Winterthur
Winterthur

Dist. of Col..

Listing photo

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: www.dumbartonhouse.org

Phone: 202-337-2288

Dumbarton House
Georgetown, Washington

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

The White House
Washington

Listing photo

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

Pentagon
Washington

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: (202) 537-6200

Washington Cathedral
Washington

Listing photo

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

Anderson House
Washington

Listing photo

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

Meridian House
Washington

Listing photo

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

White-Meyer House
Washington

Listing photo

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

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden
Washington

Listing photo

Heurich House Museum
Washington, Dist. of Col.

The Heurich House Museum preserves the legacy of Christian Heurich and enriches the cultural life of Washington, DC. The mansion was built from 1892-94 by German immigrant, local brewer, and philanthropist Christian Heurich (1842-1945). He and his family lived in their Dupont Circle home from its completion in 1894 until his wife’s death in 1956. Recognized as Washington, DC’s most successful brewer, he ran the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co., the city’s longest-operating brewery (1873-1956), until his death at 102. The mansion is notable for its fireproof construction, original interiors, and family collections. The museum, located at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue in Dupont Circle, is open for regular public events and public tours Thursday through Saturday at 11:30 am, 1:00 and 2:30 pm. Private tours and event rentals are also available.

Web Site: www.heurichhouse.org

Phone: 202-429-1894

Heurich House Museum
Washington

Florida.

Listing photo

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/

Stetson Mansion
Deland

Listing photo

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

Historic Stranahan House Museum
Fort Lauderdale

Listing photo

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

Bonnet House Museum & Gardens
Fort Lauderdale

Listing photo

New River Inn Museum of History
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

This 1905 hotel was the first property in Broward County to be listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is Broward’s oldest remaining hotel building, and it was constructed for owner Philemon Bryan by Edwin T. King, the area’s first contractor. Built of hollow concrete blocks made with sand barged from the beach, it set the standard for south Florida construction. The hotel, which operated until 1955, featured 24 guest rooms, a dining room, sewer and irrigation systems, running ice water and was lit with carbide lamps. Today the building houses our history museum.

When you choose the New River Inn Museum of History as the venue for your event, you are selecting the most unique urban oasis in Fort Lauderdale. Nestled in the heart of Riverwalk Park, the New River Inn Museum of History provides your guests with a charming atmosphere that includes breathtaking views of the New River. We invite you and your guests to experience the beauty and history of the 1905 New River Inn Museum of History!

Web Site: www.fortlauderdalehistoricalsociety.org

Phone: 954-463-4431 x14

New River Inn Museum of History
Fort Lauderdale

Listing photo

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

Ernest Hemingway Home and Museum
Key West

Listing photo

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

Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Miami

Listing photo

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

Historic Palm Cottage
Naples

Listing photo

The Ringling Museum of Art
Sarasota, Florida

Web Site: www.ringling.org

Phone: 941-359-5700

The Ringling Museum of Art
Sarasota

Listing photo

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

Ximenez-Fatio House Museum
St Augustine

Listing photo

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

The Jake Gaither House
Tallahassee

Listing photo

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
Winter Park, Florida

Welcome to Casa Feliz, the beautifully restored Spanish Farmhouse designed by acclaimed architect James Gamble Rogers II. In the heart of Winter Park, Casa Feliz is the ideal setting for your next celebration or business event. The exterior of the house and grounds provide a picture-perfect backdrop for weddings and parties. The rich textures of original Spanish roof tiles and whitewashed century-old bricks... a turret, a bell tower and a heavy timber balcony detailed in colors of the Mediterranean... lush landscaping--courtyards and sweeping oaks, and native plants contained by ancient clay amphoras. The interiors have been skillfully refurbished to their original splendor. The rich details of the house--the living room's vaulted ceiling of massive hand-hewn beams; the heavily carved European antiques accenting each room; a Majolica-tiled interior courtyard and fountain; arched doorways and a circular staircase--evoke 19th Century Spain.

View Web Site

Phone: 407-628-8200

Casa Feliz Historic Home Museum
Winter Park

Georgia.

Listing photo

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

Rhodes Hall
Atlanta

Listing photo

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

Herndon Home Museum
Atlanta

Listing photo

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

The Hills & Dales Estate
LaGrange

Listing photo

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

Hay House
Macon

Listing photo

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

Jimmy Carter's boyhood Farm
Plains

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 912 234 2180

Harper Fowlkes House
Savannah

Listing photo

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

Old Pink House/ James Habersham House
Savannah

Listing photo

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

Owens-Thomas House
Savannah

Listing photo

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

Juliette Gordon Low Birthplace (The Wayne Gordon House)
Savannah

Listing photo

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

Isaiah Davenport House Museum
Savannah

Listing photo

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

Plum Orchard
St Marys

Listing photo

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

Pebble Hill Plantation
Thomasville

Listing photo

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

Tybee Post Theater
Tybee Island

Hawaii.

Listing photo

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

Lyman Mission House
Hilo

Idaho.

Listing photo

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

Old Idaho Penitentiary
Boise

Illinois.

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 217-678-8184

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
Bement

Listing photo

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

The David Davis Mansion
Bloomington

Listing photo

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

Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Chicago

Listing photo

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

Glessner House Museum
Chicago

Listing photo

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.

The Richard H. Driehaus Museum
Chicago

Listing photo

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

Ellwood House
DeKalb

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 618-859-3031

Pierre Menard Home State Historic Site
Ellis Grove

Listing photo

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

Charles Gates Dawes House
Evanston

Listing photo

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

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site
Galena

Listing photo

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

Carl Sandburg Home State Historic Site
Galesburg

Listing photo

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

Fabyan Villa Museum and Japanese Garden
Geneva

Listing photo

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

B. Harley Bradley House
Kankakee

Listing photo

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

Mayslake Peabody Estate
Oak Brook

Listing photo

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

Farnsworth House
Plano

Listing photo

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

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
Rockford

Listing photo

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

Dana-Thomas House
Springfield

Listing photo

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

Vachel Lindsay Home State Historic Site
Springfield

Listing photo

Engh Farm--Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore, Illinois

Web Site: www.sycamorehistory.org

Phone: 815-895-5762

Engh Farm--Sycamore History Museum
Sycamore

Listing photo

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

The Cuneo Museum
Vernon Hills

Indiana.

Listing photo

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

Veraestau
Aurora

Listing photo

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

Huddleston Farmhouse
Cambridge City

Listing photo

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/

Lane Place
Crawfordsville

Listing photo

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

Ruthmere
Elkhart

Listing photo

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

Morris-Buttler House
Indianapolis

Listing photo

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

Howard County Museum
Kokomo

Listing photo

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

Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
Madison

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: (574) 235 9664

Copshaholm
South Bend

Iowa.

Listing photo

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

Salisbury House & Gardens
Des Moines

Kansas.

Listing photo

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

Warkentin House
Newton

Kentucky.

Listing photo

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

Farmington Historic Plantation
Louisville

Listing photo

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

Thomas Edison House
Louisville

Listing photo

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

Whitehall
Louisville

Louisiana.

Listing photo

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

Hermann-Grima Historic House
New Orleans

Listing photo

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

Gallier House
New Orleans

Listing photo

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: www.degashouse.com

Phone: 504-821-5009

Degas House
New Orleans

Listing photo

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/

Longue View House and Gardens
New Orleans

Listing photo

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

Oak Alley Plantation
Vacherie

Maine.

Listing photo

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

Skolfield-Whittier House
Brunswick

Listing photo

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

Victoria Mansion
Portland

Listing photo

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

Tate House Museum
Portland

Maryland.

Listing photo

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

Hammond-Harwood House
Annapolis

Listing photo

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

The Irish Railroad Workers Museum
Baltimore

Listing photo

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

Geddes-Piper House Museum
Chestertown

Listing photo

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

The Gordon-Roberts House
Cumberland

Listing photo

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

Mount Harmon Plantation
Earleville

Listing photo

Miller House Museum
Hagerstown, Maryland

Founded in 1911, the Washington County Historical Society has played a significant role in preserving historic sites, artifacts and archival records for Washington County, Maryland. Located in downtown Hagerstown, the Miller House serves as the home of the historical society, the Jamieson Genealogical Research Library, and the Miller House Museum. The museum gives visitors a taste of life in the 1850s and exhibits showcase important events in Washington County history.

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

Phone: 301-797-8782

Miller House Museum
Hagerstown

Listing photo

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

Sotterley Plantation
Hollywood

Listing photo

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

Poplar Hill Mansion
Salisbury

Massachusetts.

Listing photo

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

The Emily Dickinson Museum: The Homestead & The Evergreens
Amherst

Listing photo

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

The Nichols House Museum
Boston

Listing photo

The Paul Revere 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

The Paul Revere House
Boston

Listing photo

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

The Gibson House Museum
Boston

Listing photo

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

Francis Wyman Homestead
Burlington

Listing photo

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

Longfellow House-Washington's Headquarters National Historic Site
Cambridge

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 978-369-2236

Ralph Waldo Emerson House
Concord

Listing photo

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

Thoreau Farm, The birthplace of Henry David Thoreau
Concord

Listing photo

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

Benjamin Nye Homestead & Museum
East Sandwich

Listing photo

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

Cogswell's Grant
Essex

Listing photo

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

The Sargent House Museum
Gloucester

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: Call 978–283–0800

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
Gloucester

Listing photo

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."

View Web Site

Phone: 978-283-2080

Hammond Castle Museum
Gloucester

Listing photo

Hammond Castle
Gloucester, Massachusetts

Known as "The Father of Remote Control," John Hays Hammond, Jr. cared greatly for three things: his bride, his work as an inventor, and his collection of Roman, medieval, and Renaissance artifacts. This trifecta of devotion inspired him to have a castle constructed on the New England coast in 1926. Hammond Castle was a wedding gift for his new wife, Irene Fenton Hammond. Its medieval architecture was a suitable setting for his impressive collection, while leaving plenty of room for his laboratory.

Some of the more curious details of the household include a two-story medieval meat and wine market modeled after a building Hammond spotted in southern France, and a custom-made stained glass Rose Window that overlooks the Great Hall and its pipe organ. Some say there are even secret passages carved within its stone walls.

Web Site: hammondcastle.org

Phone: 978-283-2080

Hammond Castle
Gloucester

Listing photo

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

Porter-Phelps-Huntington Museum
Hadley

Listing photo

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.

Web Site: www.thetrustees.org/crane-estate

Phone: 978-356-4351

The Crane Estate
Ipswich

Listing photo

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

The Mount
Lenox

Listing photo

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

Ventfort Hall Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Lenox

Listing photo

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

Gropius House
Lincoln

Listing photo

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

Whistler House Museum of Art
Lowell

Listing photo

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

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

Listing photo

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

The House of the Seven Gables
Salem

Listing photo

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

Iron Works House
Saugus

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 413.298.8138

Naumkeag
Stockbridge

Listing photo

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.

Stonehurst, The Robert Treat Paine Estate
Waltham

Michigan.

Listing photo

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

Castle Farms Museum
Charlevoix

Listing photo

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

Henry Ford Estate
Dearborn

Listing photo

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

Whaley House Museum
Flint

Listing photo

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

The Thumb Octagon Barn Agricultural Museum
Gagetown

Listing photo

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

Straight Farmhouse
Garden City

Listing photo

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

Edsel and Eleanor Ford House
Gross Pointe Shores

Listing photo

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

William G Thompson House Museum & Gardens
Hudson

Listing photo

The John C. Blanchard House/ The Ionia Museum
Ionia, Michigan

This fine example of Italianate styling, so popular in the post-Civil War period, has remained structurally unchanged since 1880. This carefully preserved home gives the visitor a glimpse into the lifestyles of our ancestors, and is appropriately listed in both the National Register of Historic Places and the Michigan State Register of Historic Sites.

Phone: 616-527-6281

The John C. Blanchard House/ The Ionia Museum
Ionia

Listing photo

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

Alden B. Dow Home and Studio
Midland

Listing photo

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

Crocker House Museum & Macomb County Historical Society
Mount Clemens

Listing photo

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

Hackley and Hume Historic Site
Muskegon

Listing photo

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

Meadow Brook Hall
Rochester

Listing photo

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

Ypsilanti Historical Society
Ypsilanti

Minnesota.

Listing photo

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

The Prospect House and Civil War Museum
Battle Lake

Listing photo

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

Glensheen, the historic Congdon estate
Duluth

Listing photo

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

Judy Garland Birthplace
Grand Rapids

Listing photo

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

James J. Hill House
Saint Paul

Mississippi.

Listing photo

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

Thistledome Honeysuckle Society
Byhalia

Listing photo

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/

Melrose
Natchez

Missouri.

Listing photo

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

Elgin Cottrell House
Clarksville

Listing photo

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

Historic Daniel Boone Home & Heritage Center
Defiance

Listing photo

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: rockcliffemansion.com

Phone: 573-221-4140

Rockcliffe Mansion
Hannibal

Listing photo

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

Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Independence

Listing photo

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

Vaile Mansion
Independence

Listing photo

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

Bingham-Waggoner Estate
Independence

Listing photo

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

Campbell House Museum
Saint Louis

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: (660) 827-0510

Bothwell Lodge State Historic Site
Sedalia

Listing photo

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

Chatillon-De Menil House
St Louis

Montana.

Listing photo

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

Mai Wah Museum
Butte

Listing photo

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

Conrad Mansion Museum
Kalispell

Nebraska.

Listing photo

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

Frank House
Kearney

New Hampshire.

Listing photo

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

North Groton house museum
Hebron

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: (603) 436-4406

Wentworth-Lear Houses
Portsmouth

New Jersey.

Listing photo

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

Ringwood Manor
1304 Sloatsburg Road

Listing photo

The Red Mill Museum Village
Clinton, New Jersey

"In 1905 the Tomson Brothers bought a mill. Help us preserve it."

Phone: (908) 735-4101

The Red Mill Museum Village
Clinton

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 609-890-3630

Kuser Farm Mansion
Hamilton

Listing photo

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

The Hermitage
Ho-Ho-Kus

Listing photo

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

The William H. Johnson House
New Brunswick

Listing photo

The Skylands Manor
Ringwood, New Jersey

The Skylands Manor offers romance and glamour for weddings that are reminiscent of those found in fairy tales. This once-in-a-lifetime moment should be spent where you have always dreamed of having it ... at a castle just for you!

Explore 100 acres of formal botanical gardens within 1,000 acres of natural woodlands where rolling lawns, verandas and stone terraces provide the ambiance for any type of ceremony, cocktail reception or gala affair.

Web Site: www.frungillo.com/venues/skylands-manor

Phone: 973-962-9534

The Skylands Manor
Ringwood

New Mexico.

Listing photo

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

Belen Harvey House Museum
Belen

Listing photo

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

The Bond House Museum
Espanola

Listing photo

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

The Little Red School Museum
Red River

New York.

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 718.768.3195

The Old Stone House Museum
Brooklyn

Listing photo

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

Thomas Cole National Historic Site
Catskill

Listing photo

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

Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden
Flushing

Listing photo

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

Rose Hill Mansion
Geneva

Listing photo

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

Frederic Church's Olana State Historic Site
Hudson

Listing photo

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

Olana
Hudson

Listing photo

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

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

Listing photo

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

St. Patrick's Cathedral
New York

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: 212.310.6600

Belvedere Castle
New York

Listing photo

Merchant's House Museum
New York, New York

Considered one of the finest surviving examples of architecture from the period, the Merchant’s House has been recognized as a National Historic Landmark (one of only 2,400) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In New York City, it has been awarded landmark status not only for its 1832 late-Federal brick exterior but also for its Greek revival interior rooms.

Of note, the House was among the first 20 buildings designated in 1965 under the City’s new landmarks law. It is the only historic house museum in the Greenwich Village/Soho/NoHo neighborhoods and celebrated 75 years as a museum in 2011.

Web Site: merchantshouse.org

Phone: 212-777-1089

Merchant's House Museum
New York

Listing photo

Morris-Jumel Mansion
New York, New York

The Morris-Jumel Mansion was built in 1765 as a summer villa, by Colonel Roger Morris and his wife, Mary Philipse. Roger was born in England and Mary was born and raised in the colony of New York. Their country estate was named “Mount Morris” and stretched over 130 acres from the Harlem to the Hudson Rivers. Mount Morris was one of the highest points in Manhattan and offered clear views of New Jersey, Connecticut, and all of New York harbor. With the help of their workers, the Morris family grew fruit trees and raised cows and sheep. At that time the island of Manhattan was mostly woods and farms. The roads were built on old trails made by the Native Americans.

Web Site: www.morrisjumel.org

Phone: 212-923-8008

Morris-Jumel Mansion
New York

Listing photo

DYCKMAN FARMHOUSE MUSEUM
New York, New York

Web Site: dyckmanfarmhouse.org

Phone: 212-304-9422

DYCKMAN FARMHOUSE MUSEUM
New York

Listing photo

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

Edward Hopper House Art Center
Nyack

Listing photo

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

Old Westbury House
Old Westbury

Listing photo

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

SAGAMORE HILL
Oyster Bay

Listing photo

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

Peter Augustus Jay House
Rye

Listing photo

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

Southampton Historical Museum
Southampton

Listing photo

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

Lyndhurst
Tarrytown

North Carolina.

Listing photo

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

Thomas Wolfe House
Asheville

Listing photo

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

Smith-McDowell House
Asheville

Listing photo

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: www.biltmore.com

Phone: 800-411-3812

Biltmore Estate
Asheville

Listing photo

Beaufort NC Historic Grounds
Beaufort, North Carolina

Web Site: http://beauforthistoricsite.org/

Phone: 252.728.5225

800.575.7483

Beaufort NC Historic Grounds
Beaufort

Listing photo

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

Carolina Theatre Charlotte
Charlotte

Listing photo

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

Hezekiah Alexander Homesite
Charlotte

Listing photo

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

Carolina Theatre Greensboro
Greensboro

Listing photo

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

Blandwood
Greensboro

Listing photo

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

Harper House/Hickory History Center
Hickory

Listing photo

Latta Plantation
Huntersville, North Carolina

Historic Latta Plantation is located with in The Latta Plantation Nature Preserve. Though we are a non-profit, we work closely with Mecklenburg County Parks and Recreation since we operate within their park. All of the businesses within the nature preserve are separate but housed within the same park. Families that visit the park have numerous cultural and fun activities to choose from within a 5 mile stretch of road!

Phone: 704-875-2312

Latta Plantation
Huntersville

Listing photo

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

Mendenhall Homeplace
Jamestown

Listing photo

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

Korner's Folly
Kernersville

Listing photo

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

Fort Defiance
Lenoir

Listing photo

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

Joel Lane Museum House
Raleigh

Listing photo

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

Burgwin-Wright House and Gardens
Wilmington

Listing photo

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

Bellamy Mansion Museum of History and Design Arts
Wilmington

Listing photo

Poplar Grove Plantation
Wilmington, North Carolina

Spend a morning or an afternoon exploring one of the last remaining plantation complexes in North Carolina. Poplar Grove, formerly a sweet potato and peanut plantation, was in the Foy family for six generations, from 1795 to 1971. It opened to the public as a museum in 1980. The present Manor House is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and sustained through the continuing efforts of Poplar Grove Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit Public Charity, dedicated to education, conservation, and preservation.

Web Site: www.poplargrove.org

Phone: 910.686.9518

Poplar Grove Plantation
Wilmington

Listing photo

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

Hope Plantation
Windsor

Listing photo

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

Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Winston-Salem

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Single Brothers' House
Winston-Salem

North Dakota.

Listing photo

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

Former Governors' Mansion State Historic Site
Bismark

Ohio.

Listing photo

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

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens
Akron

Listing photo

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

Cinnicati Terminal
Cinnicati

Listing photo

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

Dunham Tavern Museum
Cleveland

Listing photo

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

John Stark Edwards House Museum
Warren

Oklahoma.

Listing photo

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

The Frank Phillips Home
Bartlesville

Listing photo

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

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

Oregon.

Listing photo

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

The Flavel House Museum
Astoria

Listing photo

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

The Flippin Castle
Clatskanie

Listing photo

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

The Shelton-McMurphey-Johnson House
Eugene

Listing photo

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

Hoover-Minthorn Museum House
Newberg

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: (541) 265-7509

Burrows House Museum
Newport

Listing photo

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

McLoughlin House
Oregon City

Listing photo

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

Pittock Mansion
Portland

Listing photo

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

Asahel Bush House Museum
Salem

Listing photo

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

Historic Deepwood Estate
Salem

Pennsylvania.

Listing photo

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

View listing...

Listing photo

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.

View Web Site

Phone: +1 814-323-4404

Hornby School Museum
North East

Listing photo

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

Cairnwood Estate
Bryn Athyn

Listing photo

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

Glencairn Museum
Bryn Athyn

Listing photo

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

The Voigt Mansion (Parastudy Center)
Chester Heights

Listing photo

Fonthill
Doylestown, Pennsylvania

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

Fonthill
Doylestown

Listing photo

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

Compass Inn Museum
Laughlintown

Listing photo

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

The Baldwin-Reynolds House
Meadville

Listing photo

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

Grey Towers
Milford

Listing photo

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

Falling Water
Mill Run

Listing photo

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

The Woodlands
Philadelphia

Listing photo

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

Mount Pleasant Mansion
Philadelphia

Listing photo

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

Cedar Grove Mansion
Philadelphia

Listing photo

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

Physick House
Philadelphia

Listing photo

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

Clayton
Pittsburgh

Listing photo

The Caleb Pusey House
Upland, Pennsylvania

Built in 1683 and occupied by Caleb Pusey, this is the only building still standing which can claim documented association with the Proprietor, William Penn, and which he is known to have visited on several occasions. This unique English Vernacular house stands beside Race Street, the small road once paralleling the millrace that brought water from Chester Creek to power the mills.

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

Phone: 610-874-5665

The Caleb Pusey House
Upland

Rhode Island.

Listing photo

Rough Point
Newport , Rhode Island

Step into the life of heiress, philanthropist and art collector Doris Duke at Rough Point, her Newport mansion, now a house museum. Immerse yourself in the fine art, furnishings and antiques she spent a lifetime collecting. Tour the gardens and grounds, originally designed by Frederick Law Olmsted with sweeping ocean views.

Web Site: www.NewportRestoration.org

Phone: 401.847.8344

Rough Point
Newport

Listing photo

Whitehorne House
Newport, Rhode Island

The Whitehorne House features some of the best examples of Newport and Rhode Island furniture from the late 18th century. View examples of work by craftsmen from the renowned Townsend and Goddard workshops, including artisan Benjamin Baker. Known as cabinetmakers, these craftsmen created some of the most highly regarded examples of American furniture. Enjoy this remarkable collection in a completely furnished Federal-style mansion along Newport's waterfront. Stroll through formal gardens featuring a beautiful array of period flowers and plants.

Web Site: www.NewportRestoration.org

Phone: (401) 847-2448

Whitehorne House
Newport

Listing photo

Chateau-sur-Mer
Newport, Rhode Island

Chateau-sur-Mer is a landmark of High Victorian architecture, furniture, wallpapers, ceramics and stenciling. It was the most palatial residence in Newport from its completion in 1852 until the appearance of the Vanderbilt houses in the 1890s. It was the scene of memorable entertainments, from the "Fete Champetre", an elaborate country picnic for over two thousand guests held in 1857, to the debutante ball for Miss Edith Wetmore in 1889.

Web Site: www.newportmansions.org/explore/chateau-sur-mer

Phone: 401-847-1000

Chateau-sur-Mer
Newport

Listing photo

Issac Bell House
Newport, Rhode Island

The Isaac Bell House is one of the best surviving examples of shingle style architecture in the country. The house was designed by the firm of McKim, Mead and White in 1883 for Isaac Bell, a wealthy cotton broker and investor. After passing through a succession of owners, the Isaac Bell House was purchased by the Preservation Society in 1996, and is today designated a National Historic Landmark.

Web Site: http://www.newportmansions.org/explore/isaac-bell-house

Phone: (401) 847-1000

Issac Bell House
Newport

South Carolina.

Listing photo

Verdier House
Beaufort, South Carolina

A Beaufort landmark since 1804 when it was built by John Mark Verdier, the house typified Beaufort's gracious antebellum architectural style. As a focal point of the town, a visible statement reflecting Verdier's significant wealth from indigo and sea island cotton.

Web Site: www.historicbeaufort.org

Phone: 843.379.3331

Verdier House
Beaufort

Listing photo

Heyward House Historic Center
Bluffton, South Carolina

This is a house built in 1841 and was occupied until 1998. It is currently owned by the Bluffton Historical Preservation Society and operated currently as Bluffton's only house museum and welcome center.

Web Site: http://heywardhouse.org

Heyward House Historic Center
Bluffton

Listing photo

Rose Hill Mansion
Bluffton , South Carolina

Rose Hill Plantation House/ Rose Hill Mansion is a history house museum open for tours and can be rented for weddings and events by calling (843) 757-6046.

Web Site: http://www.rosehillmansion.com/RoseHillMansion.html

Rose Hill Mansion
Bluffton

Listing photo

Drayton Hall
Charleston, South Carolina

Founded in 1738, Drayton Hall offers something unique in our modern world: authenticity. It's the nation's earliest example of fully executed Palladian architecture and the oldest preserved plantation house in America still open to the public. It's the real thing. It can't be recreated, reproduced, costumed, or staged. Any imperfections, oddities, or changes over time have been preserved that way, and they've become some of the very things that most fascinate and delight our visitors. Does your home have a false door leading nowhere? 18th-century graffiti? A family growth chart that dates back nearly three centuries? Ours does.

Web Site: http://www.draytonhall.org/visit/

Phone: 843-769-2600

Drayton Hall
Charleston

Listing photo

Hampton-Preston Mansion
Columbia, South Carolina

One of Columbia's oldest remaining historic houses, the Hampton-Preston Mansion was home to many people for 150 years. The city residence of Columbia's Hampton and Preston elite planter-class families, this historic site featured gardens nationally renowned for their size and variety of plantings.

View Web Site

Phone: 803-252-1770

Hampton-Preston Mansion
Columbia

Listing photo

Woodburn Historic House
Pendleton, South Carolina

Woodburn was built before 1830 by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney as a summer plantation house on a 650 acre farm near Pendleton, SC in the SC "Upstate". The house is a majestic four-story clapboard house with expansive two-story "piazzas", high-ceilings, oversized doors and windows and is reflective of the architectural tradition of Caribbean plantaion houses built for coolness. The house was occupied by the wealthy Charleston families (Pinckneys, Adgers, Smythes) as a summer retreat for 80 years before being converted to a tenant farm with multiple families occupying the Big House. The farm was the birthplace of Jane Edna Harris Hunter, the daughter of former slaves, who became a leading activitist and reformer in her adopted home of Cleveland, OH. The house was restored in the 1970's by the Pendleton Historic Foundation and is operated as a house museum with multiple outbuildings and walking trails interpreting live on the farm.

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

Phone: 864.646.7249

Woodburn Historic House
Pendleton

South Dakota.

Listing photo

Pettigrew Home and Museum
Sioux Falls, South Dakota

The Pettigrew Home and Museum was built in 1889 by a local Sioux Falls family, the McMartins. South Dakota's first State Senator purchased the home in 1911 as a retirement home. He built a museum on the back of the home in 1923 and when he passed away in 1926 willed the Museum and Home to the City of Sioux Falls. The House is open for guided tours and there are exhibit galleries in the Museum addition.

Web Site: http://www.siouxlandmuseums.com/museums/index.asp

Phone: 605-367-7097

Pettigrew Home and Museum
Sioux Falls

Tennessee.

Listing photo

Doak House Museum
Greeneville, Tennessee

The Doak House Museum is the home of Samuel Witherspoon Doak, the founder of Tusculum College, Tenneessee's oldest school.

Web Site: http://doakhouse.tusculum.edu

Phone: 423.636.8554

Doak House Museum
Greeneville

Listing photo

Crescent Bend House and Gardens
Knoxville, Tennessee

Historic Crescent Bend House & Gardens is one of the Southeast's finest house museums and gardens. Built in 1834 by Drury Paine Armstrong, Crescent Bend was once a 900 acre working farm and so named for its prominent setting overlooking a majestic crescent bend in the Tennessee River just west of downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.

Web Site: www.crescentbend.com

Phone: 865-637-3163

Crescent Bend House and Gardens
Knoxville

Listing photo

Blount Mansion
Knoxville, Tennessee

William Blount was born in North Carolina, served in North Carolina's House of Commons and as paymaster for North Carolina's troops in the Continental Army. He served in Congress under the Articles of Confederation, and as a delegate to the Constitutional Convention in 1787. William Blount chose to build his mansion in Knoxville after signing the Treaty of the Holston just a few yards away from the Mansion's location. Blount's Knoxville mansion would serve as the territorial capitol, as well as a family home. The care in construction, and the size and shape of Blount Mansion reflects Blount's position as a political figure, head of a prominent family, and influential businessman.

Web Site: blountmansion.org

Phone: 8655252375

Blount Mansion
Knoxville

Listing photo

Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens
McMinnville, Tennessee

Falcon Rest is the Victorian mansion where history is fun. It was built in 1896 by 'Gorilla Pants' manufacturer Clay Faulkner, who promised his wife "the grandest mansion in Tennessee" if she would move near his woolen mill. Called "Tennessee's Biltmore" by PBS, Falcon Rest had all the "modern conveniences" - electric lights, indoor plumbing, central heat and more. Today, it is filled with museum-quality Victorian antiques, and some say it's presided over by a friendly ghost - perhaps the proud builder himself. Falcon Rest's Victorian Gift Shop, with over 3,000 items that could have been in the mansion in the 1890s, has been called an attraction in itself. Delicious lunches are offered in the Tea Room for walk-ins daily. Special interactive, history-based entertainment shows with meals and mansion tours are available for tour groups by reservation. Located in McMinnville, "the nursery capital of the world," halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga.

Web Site: www.falconrest.com

Phone: 931-668-4444

Falcon Rest Mansion and Gardens
McMinnville

Listing photo

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
Nashville, Tennessee

The Hermitage is one of the largest and most popular presidental museums in the U.S. Nearly 15 million people from around the world have visited since opening in 1889. A nonprofit organization preserves and operates this 1,120-acre National Historic Landmark located in Nashville, Tennessee. Open daily 9-5 p.m.

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

The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson The Hermitage, Home of President Andrew Jackson
Nashville

Listing photo

Croft House and Grassmere Historic Farm
Nashville, Tennessee

Located at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere and listed on the National Register of Historic Homes, the Croft House, ca. 1810, is the centerpiece of the Grassmere Historic Farm and is open seasonally for guided tours. Interpreters will take you on a walking tour through the home, telling you the history of the property, stories from the five generations who lived there, and how the Nashville Zoo came to be located on the land. During the tour, you will see many original pieces of furniture, a portion of the extensive book collection, and several family portraits. After touring the home, you can explore the rest of the farm grounds, including the three-tier heirloom garden, the family cemetery, and the livestock barn which houses heritage breeds of cattle, sheep and horses.

Web Site: https://www.nashvillezoo.org/historic-home

Phone: (615)833-1534

Croft House and Grassmere Historic Farm
Nashville

Texas.

Listing photo

The French Legation Museum
Austin, Texas

The French Legation Museum is a non-profit historic home museum housed within Austin's oldest existing wood-framed structure. Built in 1841 when Austin was the capital for the Republic of Texas, the home was built by the French diplomat, Alphonse Dubois. The Museum offers guided tours Tuesdays through Sundays from 1-4pm.

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

The French Legation Museum
Austin

Listing photo

Neill-Cochran House Museum
Austin, Texas

The Neill-Cochran House is considered to be one of Austin's three most important historic residences. Built in 1855 as a suburban estate, this impressive Greek Revival house has survived war, neglect, and the immense growth of the University of Texas area and the capital city.Built by Abner Cook, the builder responsible for the Texas Governor's Mansion and other notable 19th-century homes, the Neill-Cochran House Museum is now a museum preserving the history of early Austin. In addition, the Museum may be rented for weddings, grand galas, luncheons, and meetings.

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

Phone: 512-478-2335

Neill-Cochran House Museum
Austin

Listing photo

McFaddin-Ward House Museum
Beaumont, Texas

Beautiful Beaux Arts colonial mansion built in 1906 by Texas oil family. 12,800 square feet of space with sweeping porches, fine furnishings and valuable antiques. Spacious lawns and flower beds surround the three-floor home. Home's original furnishings on display. Active Calendar of Events. Takes programs to schools and retirement homes and service clubs. Collection Highlights, museum books, and museum newsletters on website. Mounts national museum conference for historic house museums in 2010. Watch Video

Web Site: www.mcfaddin-ward.org

Phone: 409-832-1906

McFaddin-Ward House Museum
Beaumont

Listing photo

John Jay French Museum
Beaumont, Texas

The John Jay French house is the oldest house in Beaumont that has been restored to its original state. Built in 1845, the home is one of the first two-story homes, one of the first made with milled lumber, and one of the first painted homes in the area. The John Jay French Museum demonstrates the life of a prosperous Texas pioneer family from 1845-1865. Tour hours are 10am-3pm Tuesday-Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday. Admission: $3.00 Adults, $2.00 Seniors, $1.00 Children.

Web Site: http://beaumontheritage.org/john-jay-french-house/

Phone: 409-898-0348

John Jay French Museum
Beaumont

Listing photo

Charles Stillman House Museum
Brownsville, Texas

The house was built in 1850 by Henry Miller, occupied by the Charles Stillman family, and later by Thomas Carson, longtime Brownsville mayor and Judge of the Cameron County Commissioners Court. In 1858 Miller sold the house to Manuel Trevino de los Santos Coy, a prominent Brownsville and H. Matamoros merchant who lived here as Mexican Consul. In 1875 Trevino, Porfirio Diaz and others secretly plotted to overthrow of Mexican president Sebastian Lerdo de Tejada, whom Diaz succeeded in 1876. The house remained with the Trevino family until purchased in 1958 by Chauncey D. Stillman, great grandson on Charles, who restored the structure and donated it to the city as a museum.

Web Site: www.brownsvillehistory.org

Phone: 9565415560

Charles Stillman House Museum
Brownsville

Listing photo

A. W. Perry Homestead Museum
Carrollton, Texas

The A.W. Perry Homestead Museum offers a glimpse of life as it was in north central Texas at the turn of the 20th Century. A.W. and Sarah (Huffman) Perry were pioneer homesteaders of Peters Colony who came to Carrollton in the year 1844 from Carrollton, Illinois. They claimed 640 acres and built a house on this farm in 1857. In 1909, their son Dewitt Perry and his wife Francis (Grimes) tore down the first house and used some of the lumber to build the present day house. This structure is now the Museum, restored in 1976 for the bicentennial. You can still find the foundation stones of the first Perry farmhouse in the backyard of the Museum. Designated a historic landmark in 1977 by the Texas Historical Commission. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11 am and 1pm, or by appointment. Free Admission

Web Site: cityofcarrollton.com/museum

Phone: 972-466-9811

A. W. Perry Homestead Museum
Carrollton

Listing photo

Thistle Hill
Fort Worth, Texas

1904 Georgian Revival Cattle Baron's Mansion with Arts and Crafts interiors. 1.5 acre landscaped grounds feature a Carriage House, Tea House and Pergola. The Wharton-Scott House was a private residence for only 34 years, thus interior details are all intact and professionally restored. Tour includes both Thistle Hill and the nearby 1899 Ball-Eddleman-McFarland House. Both owned and operated by Historic Fort Worth, Inc., a local partner with the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Web Site: www.historicfortworth.org

Phone: (817) 336-1212

Thistle Hill
Fort Worth

Listing photo

Bishop's Palace
Galveston, Texas

The Bishop’s Palace (a.k.a. Gresham House) is a contributing building in the East End Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. The house is listed in the National Register of Historic Places at the national level of significance in the area of architecture. Architectural historians list the Bishop’s Palace (Gresham House) as one of the most significant of Victorian residences in the country.

View Web Site

Phone: 409-762-2475

Bishop's Palace
Galveston

Listing photo

The Heritage Society
Houstin, Texas

The Heritage Society Museum is located at 1100 Bagby, Sam Houston Park. Founded in 1954, The Heritage Society is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which strives to preserve the history of the community through preservation, restoration of historic structures, exhibition and educational programs. Through permanent and rotating museum exhibits, daily historic structure tours, special lectures, events and trips, children and adults are able to understand and experience life in early Houston.

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

The Heritage Society
Houstin

Listing photo

Hill Country Science Mill
Johnson City, Texas

The Hill Country Science Mill is housed in a community landmark in the heart of Johnson City, Texas. The feed mill built in 1880 as a steam grist mill and cotton gin featured unique mechanical innovations that were used to process, sort and distribute grain to its rural community. The original steam mill was converted to a flour mill in 1901 and later was converted to electrical power and evolved into a feed mill in the 1930’s. The mill ceased operation in the 1980’s and was converted into a restaurant and entertainment complex. While a majority of the site and the mill have been dormant for the past 20 years, the mill has inspired photographers, muralists, and curious travelers who have been captivated by its romantic and iconic presence.

Web Site: www.sciencemill.org/about/history

Phone: 844-263-6405

Hill Country Science Mill
Johnson City

Listing photo

Heard-Craig House
McKinney, Texas

The Heard-Craig House was built in 1900 by Stephen & Lillie Heard. The Heard's gracious hospitality made this home a center of social, business, art and literary activities. The residence still contains the family's furnishings, heirlooms, art collection and personal memorabilia. Tours are offered Tuesday, Thursday, and by appointment.

Web Site: www.heardcraig.org

Phone: 9725696909

Heard-Craig House
McKinney

Listing photo

The George W. Bush Childhood Home
Midland, Texas

The mission of the George W. Bush Childhood Home, Inc., is to express and interpret the history of one of America's great families by telling the story of the Bush Family and the childhood of George W. Bush in Midland, Texas, and celebrating the lives of two presidents, two governors, and two first ladies.

Web Site: www.bushchildhoodhome.com

Phone: (432) 685-1112

The George W. Bush Childhood Home
Midland

Listing photo

Heritage Farmstead Museum
Plano, Texas

Heritage Farmstead Museum (HFM) is the premiere living history site interpreting the Texas Blackland Prairie region in North Texas. An American Alliance of Museums accredited institution, the HFM strives to offer a step into the past for people of many ages, interests and backgrounds. The museum is an institution of public service and is accountable to the public through government, self and peer imposed regulations.

Web Site: www.heritagefarmstead.org

Phone: 972-881-0140

Heritage Farmstead Museum
Plano

Listing photo

Edward Steves Homestead
San Antonio, Texas

This elegant three-story house, located in the King William Historic District on the east bank of the San Antonio River, was built in 1876 for Edward Steves, founder of the Steves Lumber Company. The design of the house has been attributed to Alfred Giles, a prominent San Antonio architect. The interior has retained many period details, including decorative paint work on the walls, and some original family furnishings. The property remained in the Steves family until 1952, when Mr. and Mrs. Curtis Vaughan (a Steves descendant) donated it to the San Antonio Conservation Society. Today, the Steves Homestead is interpreted as the home of a prosperous German immigrant family of Victorian era San Antonio.

View Web Site

Phone: 210-225-5924

Edward Steves Homestead
San Antonio

Listing photo

Pioneer City County Museum
Sweetwater, Texas

Ragland House was built in 1906 by Judge R. A. Ragland for his wife Luella and their 4 children. In 1946, the house became a funeral home run by Mr. A. O. Patterson. Patterson added a chapel on to the back of the home in the mid 1960s. In 1976 Judge Ragland's grandson Robert donated the home and chapel to the City of Sweetwater and the County of Nolan to house the Pioneer City County Museum. The home and museum are open to the public Tuesday - Friday 1-5PM and Saturday 10AM-4PM. Admission is free but donations are always welcome! All funds go towards building our children's programs and new Children's Museum!!

Web Site: www.pioneermuseumtx.org

Phone: 325-235-8547

Pioneer City County Museum
Sweetwater

Listing photo

Dan Moody House Museum
Taylor, Texas

The Moody Museum shares the story of Gov. Dan Moody’s passion for justice, his family and the Taylor community that helped shape his legacy as Texas’ youngest governor.

Web Site: http://moodymuseum.com/

Dan Moody House Museum
Taylor

Listing photo

Earle-Napier-Kinnard House
Waco, Texas

One of four Historic Waco Foundation house museums in Waco, TX. Jan-June Saturdays 2-5; July-Dec Sundays 2-5. Additional weekday hours Oct-Dec Tue-Fri 11am-3pm.

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

Phone: (254) 753-5166

Earle-Napier-Kinnard House
Waco

Listing photo

McCulloch House
Waco, Texas

One of four Historic Waco Foundation historic homes. Jan-June Sundays 2-5. July-Dec Saturdays 2-5. Additional weekday hours Jan-Mar Tue-Fri 11am-3pm.

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

Phone: (254) 753-5166

McCulloch House
Waco

Listing photo

East Terrace House
Waco, Texas

One of four Historic Waco Foundation historic homes. Jan-June Sundays 2-5. July-Dec Saturdays 2-5. Additional weekday hours July-Sept 11am-3pm.

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

Phone: (254) 753-5166

East Terrace House
Waco

Utah.

Listing photo

Stagecoach Inn
Fairfield, Utah

The Stagecoach Inn, a two-story adobe and frame hotel built by John Carson, one of the first settlers of Fairfield, in 1858. It also served as John Carson's home. Stagecoach Inn was the first stop south of Salt Lake City on the Overland Stage Route and also a stop on the Historic Pony Express Route. Because of its proximity to old Camp Floyd, the clientele naturally included large numbers of armed personnel. It was one of the few respectable establishments in this frontier town. Seventeen saloons and other entertainment locations catered to the needs of a military population. The inn was restored from shambles in June 1959. It contains furnishings of the period, indicating the hospitality of the inn - not elegant, but comfortable.

Web Site: http://stateparks.utah.gov/parks/camp-floyd

Phone: 801-768-8932

Stagecoach Inn
Fairfield

Vermont.

Listing photo

Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene
Manchester, Vermont

In 1902, Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of President Abraham & Mary Todd Lincoln, hired a Boston architectural firm to build a stately home on a promontory overlooking the Battenkill Valley in Manchester, Vermont. The site he chose commanded sweeping views of the valley bordered by the Taconic Mountains to the west and the Green Mountains to the east. His magnificent Georgian Revival style home was completed three years later. Robert Todd Lincoln named his new home Hildene meaning "hill" and "valley." Hildene would be Mr. Lincoln's summer home for the next 21 years and would be the only house in America where all of Abraham Lincoln's descendants would eventually reside.

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

Phone: 802 362-1788

800 578-1788

Robert Todd Lincoln's Hildene
Manchester

Virginia.

Listing photo

Monticello
Charlottesville, Virginia

Monticello is the autobiographical masterpiece of Thomas Jefferson, designed and redesigned and built and rebuilt for more than forty years.

Web Site: www.monticello.org

Phone: (434) 984-9800

Monticello
Charlottesville

Listing photo

Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Falmouth, Virginia

Gari Melchers Home and Studio at Belmont - The richly furnished country house and working studio of American impressionist painter Gari Melchers (1860-1932) can be seen as they appeared in the 1920s. Explore the colorful formal gardens and wooded hiking trails of the artist's 27-acre retreat. Enjoy special exhibitions of the art of Melchers and his contemporaries.

Web Site: www.GariMelchers.org/

Phone: 540-654-1851

Gari Melchers Home and Studio
Falmouth

Listing photo

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Forest, Virginia

One of only two homes designed for his own use, Poplar Forest was an important part of Thomas Jefferson's life: a private retreat situated far from public scrutiny and the demands on his time. Jefferson sojourned to Poplar Forest regularly in his retirement, between the ages of 66-80, to find rest and leisure, rekindle his creativity and spend time with his grandchildren. He designed the perfectly octagonal house at Poplar Forest during his second term as President of the United States.

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

Phone: (434) 525-1806

Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest
Forest

Listing photo

Morven Park
Leesburg, Virginia

A National Register Historic Property, Morven Park was for 40 years the home of Virginia Gov. Westmoreland Davis. More than 100,000 people visit Morven Park each year, enjoying entertaining and educational programming at its three museums and multifaceted equestrian center, and experiencing its beautiful scenery, historic gardens, sports fields, and hiking trails, all within its 1,000-plus acres.

Web Site: www.morvenpark.org

Phone: 703-777-2890

Morven Park
Leesburg

Listing photo

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
Leesburg, Virginia

A stately mansion, beautiful rolling farmland, exquisite gardens, a repository of more than 200 years of American history and culture. All of these can be found at Oatlands Historic House and Gardens near Leesburg, Virginia.

Web Site: http://www.oatlands.org/index.asp

Phone: 703/777-3174

Oatlands Historic House and Gardens
Leesburg

Listing photo

Stonewall Jackson House
Lexington, Virginia

The Stonewall Jackson House in historic Lexington, Virginia, is the only house that famous Confederate General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson ever owned. The brick portion of the house was constructed in 1800 and the home was expanded in 1845 with the stone addition. Jackson and his second wife, Mary Anna Morrison Jackson, lived in this home just before the Civil War. Tours of the home focus on the decade before the war, and interpret Jackson's life as a professor, church leader, businessman, community leader, and husband.

Web Site: www.stonewalljackson.org/

Phone: 540-463-2552

Stonewall Jackson House
Lexington

Listing photo

Belle Grove Historic Plantation
Middleton, Virginia

As a prized survivor of regional and national significance, Belle Grove is a National Historic Landmark, a Virginia Historic Landmark, and a historic property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The centerpiece of the new Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historic Park, Belle Grove serves the Shenandoah Valley and Virginia as an educational center through the many interpretive programs it offers. Its highest priorities are to stimulate historical and preservation awareness among regional residents and visitors from the United States and throughout the world.

Web Site: http://www.bellegrove.org/index.php?

Phone: 540-869-2028

Belle Grove Historic Plantation
Middleton

Listing photo

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon, Virginia

George Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon began as a one and one-half story farmhouse built in 1735 by his father, Augustine, and received its well-known name during the ownership of his half-brother Lawrence. George acquired Mount Vernon in 1754, and over the next 45 years slowly enlarged the dwelling to create the resplendent 21-room residence we see today. Washington personally supervised each renovation; advising on design, construction and decoration—even during the Revolutionary War. Conscious that the world was watching, Washington selected architectural features that expressed his growing status as a Virginia gentleman planter and ultimately as the leader of a fledgling democratic nation.

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

Phone: 703-780-2000

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon

Listing photo

Stratford Hall
Stratford, Virginia

Built by Thomas Lee in the 1730s, Stratford Hall is one of the great houses of American history. Four generations of the Lee family passed through its stately doors, including Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only two brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence, Revolutionary War hero "Light Horse Harry" Lee, and his son, Civil War General Robert E. Lee, who was born at Stratford in 1807.

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

Phone: 804-493-8038

Stratford Hall
Stratford

Listing photo

Riddick's Folly House Museum
Suffolk, Virginia

The 21-room, 8,000 square-foot mansion of the Riddick family also served as headquarters for the Union Army during its occupation of Suffolk, Virginia during the Civil War. Built in 1837 in the Greek Revival style, the house now features restored double parlors, sitting rooms, bedrooms, and a laundry facility, all with period furniture and art.

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

Phone: 757-934-0822

Riddick's Folly House Museum
Suffolk

Listing photo

The Sappington House, 1810
Waterford, Virginia

Welcome toThe Sappington House in Historic Waterford, VA.

Web Site: http://mainstcottage.com/

Phone: 7034309008

The Sappington House, 1810
Waterford

Washington.

Listing photo

Bigelow House Museum
Olympia, Washington

The Bigelow House Museum is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the early history of Olympia and Washington Territory. It is the oldest residence in Olympia, Washington and one of the earliest still standing in the Pacific Northwest.

Web Site: http://olympiahistory.org/bigelow-house-museum-2/

Phone: 360-753-1215

Bigelow House Museum
Olympia

Listing photo

Bigelow House Museum
Olympia, Washington

Oldest house in Olympia Washington, built by pioneer lawyer and legislator Daniel R Bigelow. Open summer weekends and year round by appointment.

Web Site: http://olympiahistory.org/bigelow-house-museum-2/

Phone: 360-753-1215

Bigelow House Museum
Olympia

West Virginia.

Listing photo

The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum
Hillsboro, West Virginia

Built in 1852, this attractive three-story house in the country town of Hillsboro, West Virginia was hand-constructed by a Dutch refugee family escaping religious persecution in Holland. The famous author Pearl S. Buck was born in the home in 1892 while her parents were on leave from missionary work in China. Today, you can take a guided tour to learn about Pearl Buck and her family or stroll through the surrounding fields. The carpentry shop and barn contain over 100 historic farm and woodworking tools, and the log home of Pearl's father's family, the Sydenstrickers, has been moved from Greenbrier County to the property in Hillsboro for a second museum and cultural center.

Web Site: www.pearlsbuckbirthplace.com/

Phone: 304-653-4328

The Pearl S. Buck Birthplace Museum
Hillsboro

Wisconsin.

Listing photo

Hearthstone Historic House Museum
Appleton, Wisconsin

First house in the world lit with an Edison central hydroelectric station September 30, 1882.

Hearthstone was lit on September 30, 1882 along with the Appleton Paper and Pulp Company and the Kimberly-Clark Vulcan Paper Mill. Only Hearthstone survives. This was the first time in the world that several buildings were lighted with a central hydroelectric station using the Edison system. Only one other central station in the nation existed - Thomas Edison's Pearl Street Station.

Hearthstone's rare 1882 Edison light switches and electroliers still are in operation. It is possible that Hearthstone is the sole surviving example of wiring and fixtures in their original location from the dawn of the electrical age.

The home features beautiful hand crafted wood working, hand-laid floors, and beautiful original stain glass.

Web Site: http://www.focol.org/hearthstone/index.html

Phone: 920-730-8204

Hearthstone Historic House Museum
Appleton

Listing photo

Charles Allis Art Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The Charles Allis Art Museum is one of the few such ensembles preserved intact in its original form and some items in the collection are the only known examples of their kind in existence. To complement this collection, the Charles Allis Art Museum holds several changing exhibitions each year which feature the work by Wisconsin artists.

Web Site: www.cavtmuseums.org

Phone: 414-278-8295

Charles Allis Art Museum
Milwaukee

Listing photo

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

This Italian Renaissance-style villa, designed and built by architect David Adler in 1923, was originally the residence of Lloyd Smith of the A.O. Smith Corporation and his family. The Villa Terrace features fine and decorative arts dating from the 15th to the 18th centuries, wrought-iron masterpieces by Cyril Colnik and a formal Garden.

Web Site: www.cavtmuseums.org

Phone: 414-271-3656

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum
Milwaukee

Listing photo

The Pabst Mansion
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

The founder of Pabst Blue Ribbon, Captain Frederick Pabst, finished his Flemish Renaissance Revival Mansion in 1892. Today it's a lovely museum.

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

The Pabst Mansion
Milwaukee

Listing photo

Paine Art Center and Gardens
Oshkosh, Wisconsin

The Paine is a historic estate that serves as a multi-faceted museum for learning and inspiration.

The museum preserves the mansion, surrounding architectural structures, and many of the interiors as they were created by founders Nathan and Jessie Kimberly Paine.

Selections from the museum's art collection, much of which was acquired by Nathan and Jessie, are featured in the many rooms and settings of the estate.

Web Site: www.thepaine.org/

Phone: (920) 235-6903

Paine Art Center and Gardens
Oshkosh

Listing photo

Historic Indian Agency House
Portage, Wisconsin

The Historic Indian Agency House (HIAH) is owned and operated by The National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the State of Wisconsin. The house was built in 1832 by the United States Government as a residence for John Kinzie, the Indian Agent to the Ho-Chunk people, and still sits on its original foundation on a 226-acre expanse of nearly untouched land. The site holds the stories of the fur trade, the opening of the West, and the accompanying demise of the Native way of life. The site is also an ecological gem that preserves remnants of the Ice Age and other natural processes that shaped Wisconsin. The mission of the site is to "preserve, interpret, and promote this 19th-century historic site in order to educate the public about the history of the Wisconsin territory, including the Winnebago Indians during the Commission of the United States Indian Agent John Harris Kinzie." The House was opened to the public in 1932, and since then has maintained a regular May 15 to October 15 open season. Guided tours of the Agency House are offered for a nominal fee, with the permanent introductory exhibit and annual rotating exhibit available free of charge in the Visitor's Center.

Web Site: www.agencyhouse.org

Phone: 608-742-6362

Historic Indian Agency House
Portage

Listing photo

Villa Louis
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin

Experience Victorian life during the 19th century as you visit the estate of one of Wisconsin's most prosperous families

Web Site: villalouis.wisconsinhistory.org

Villa Louis
Prairie du Chien

Wyoming.

Listing photo

The Trail End
Sheridan, Wyoming

THE TRAIL END State Historic Site is a fully furnished historic house museum. The site's mission statement guides decisions on exhibits and displays by providing a specific time period and interpretive focus. Within these guidelines, all exhibits at Trail End relate to life in the house during the period 1913-1933.


Web Site: http://www.trailend.co/the-basics.html

Phone: 307-674-4589

The Trail End
Sheridan

International Listings.

Alberta, Canada.

Listing photo

Beaulieu Historic Site - The Lougheed House
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Beaulieu is the 1891 Lougheed House, a designated National Historic Site in the heart of Calgary, Canada. The 2.8-acre estate, a public park known as Beaulieu Gardens, is open daily from 7:00 a.m. until sundown. The grand sandstone mansion is under restoration and is expected to reopen as a public heritage centre early in 2005.

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

Phone: (403) 244-6333

Beaulieu Historic Site - The Lougheed House
Calgary

Australia.

Listing photo

Meroogal
Nowra, Australia

Meroogal, in the south coast town of Nowra, was built in 1885-1886. This delightful timber house, with its Gothic trimmings, is a charming testament to early days and early ways.

Web Site: http://sydneylivingmuseums.com.au/meroogal

Phone: 02 4421 8150

Meroogal
Nowra

Italy.

Listing photo

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Milan, Italy

Nestled in historic downtown Milan, Italy, the museum is a time capsule; the original furnishings of Italian Renaissance art and decorative arts are displayed exactly as the late 19th century collectors, the Barons Bagatti Valsecchi, left them.

The use of an English-language audio-guide is free with entrance ticket purchase. There also are information cards in English in each room, and the website is in English, as well.

Web Site: http://www.museobagattivalsecchi.org/en/index.html

Phone: (+39) 02 7600.6132

Bagatti Valsecchi Museum
Milan

UK.

Listing photo

Burghley House
Stamford, UK

Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Web Site: www.burghley.co.uk

Phone: 01780 752451 extension 171

View listing...

Listing photo

Tyntesfield
Bristol, UK

Tyntesfield is a Victorian Gothic Revival house and estate near Wraxall, North Somerset, England. The house is a Grade I listed building named after the Tynte baronets, who had owned estates in the area since about 1500. The location was formerly that of a 16th-century hunting lodge, which was used as a farmhouse until the early 19th century. In the 1830s a Georgian mansion was built on the site, which was bought by English businessman William Gibbs, whose huge fortune came from guano used as fertilizer. In the 1860s Gibbs had the house significantly expanded and remodeled; a chapel was added in the 1870s. The Gibbs family owned the house until the death of Richard Gibbs in 2001.

Web Site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/tyntesfield

Phone: +443448004966

Tyntesfield
Bristol

Listing photo

Harewood House
Leeds, UK

Harewood sits in the heart of Yorkshire and is one of the Treasure Houses of England. The House was built in the 18th century and has art collections to rival the finest in the land.

There are exhibitions of contemporary art, an award-winning educational department, renowned Bird Garden and over 100 acres of exquisite gardens for visitors to explore and enjoy.

Web Site: harewood.org

Phone: +44 (0)113 218 1010

Harewood House
Leeds

Listing photo

Montacute House
Montacute, UK

Montacute is a masterpiece of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design. With its towering walls of glass, glow of ham stone, and its surrounding gardens it is a place of beauty and wonder.

Sir Edward Phelips, was the visionary force and money behind the creation of this masterpiece, which was completed in 1601. Built by skilled craftsman using local ham stone under the instruction of William Arnold, master mason, the house was a statement of wealth, ambition and showmanship.

Web Site: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/montacute-house

Phone: +441935823289

Montacute House
Montacute

Listing photo

Chastleton house
Oxfordshire, UK

Owned by the same increasingly impoverished family until 1991, Chastleton remained essentially a time capsule and a hidden treasure-trove for nearly 400 years as the interiors and collection gradually yielded to the ravages of time.
The great house, constructed between 1607-12 with its surviving 17th century garden layout and landscape, is a remarkable and miraculous survivor from a bygone age.

The house is considered one of the finest and perfectly proportioned country houses of the early 17th century. Built as a statement of wealth and power by a prosperous wool merchant, during the early reign of King James I.

Web Site: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chastleton-house

Phone: +441608674981

Chastleton house
Oxfordshire

Listing photo

Burghley House
Stamford, UK

Burghley, one of the largest and grandest houses of the first Elizabethan Age.

Web Site: www.burghley.co.uk

Phone: 01780 752451 extension 171

Burghley House
Stamford