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Historic Houses

Historic house museums show us how peopled lived in a locale in a particular era. The house may be famous for who lived there or what happened there, or it may be representative of an era or express a style of architecture.

Updated May 17, 2017
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  1. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Vienna, Austria
    Schönbrunn Palace - Schloss Schönbrunn. Imperial home of the Habsburgs and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The 1,441 room Rococo palace is a must-see for visitors to Vienna. The palace had its origins as a 14th century country estate. Emperor Maximi…
  2. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Munich, Germany
    Schloss Nymphenburg, or Nymphenburg Palace, was commissioned as a summer residence by Elector Ferdinand Maria in 1663. (He and his wife Henriette Adelaide also commissioned the Theatienrkirche.) The central pavilion was designed by Agostino Barelli a…
  3. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
    Monticello is the plantation home of Thomas Jefferson, author of the Declaration of Independence, diplomat, founder of the University of Virginia, and third President of the United States. Jefferson built his home in the rolling hills outside Charlot…
  4. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Mount Vernon was the home and estate of George and Martha Washington. It’s long been one of the major sites to see when visiting the Washington, DC, area. Locals like to visit it, too. Mount Vernon is located in southern Fairfax County, Virginia. I…
  5. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Mason Neck, Virginia, USA
    Gunston Hall, on Mason Neck in southern Fairfax County, VA, is the home of George Mason. “George who?” you may ask. Not as well known as his neighbor, George Washington, George Mason nevertheless played an important role in American independence.…
  6. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Montpelier Station, Virginia, USA
    Montpelier was the Virginia Piedmont home of James Madison, fourth President of the United States, and Dolley Madison. The historic house has recently been restored to its early 19th Century appearance. By visiting Montpelier, you can learn about …
  7. Average priced "Restaurants, Cafes & Food" in Washington, District of Columbia, USA
    Tudor Place is a historic house in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. On a sunny March weekend we decided to visit this house museum. It holds many surprises and stories. Tudor Place is a Federal style mansion built in stages between 1…
  8. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Pasadena, California, USA
    The Gamble House in Pasadena is considered a high point of the American Arts and Crafts movement in California. The house was designed in 1907-1908 by Charles and Henry Greene, architects who had come to California from Indiana. It was commissioned b…
  9. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Los Angeles, California, USA
    Hollyhock House was the first of five innovative houses Frank Lloyd Wright designed in Southern California in the 1920s. The house was commissioned by oil heiress Aline Barnsdall and was built on Olive Hill overlooking Hollywood. Frank Lloyd Wrig…
  10. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    The Pope-Leighey House was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright by commission of an average citizen. It wasn't a mansion for a well-to-do heiress or industrialist. Rather, when Washington journalist Loren Pope read a Time magazine article about Frank Lloyd…
    This review was featured on Wednesday August 24th, 2011
  11. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Wilmington, Delaware, USA
    Nemours is a spectacular house museum in Delaware. Nemours was the home of industrialist Alfred I. du Pont. The mansion, modeled after the Petit Trianon at Versailles, was constructed in 1909-1910. It was intended as a gift for Alfred's second wife,…
    This review was featured on Saturday August 15th, 2015
  12. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Alexandria, Virginia, USA
    Woodlawn Plantation was George Washington's wedding present to his nephew, Lawrence Lewis, and Eleanor “Nelly” Custis. (Nelly was Martha Washington's granddaughter via Martha's first marriage.) Washington selected the site with a view of the Poto…
  13. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Beaverdam, Virginia, USA
    Patrick Henry lived at Scotchtown Plantation from 1771 to 1778. His residence here was comparatively brief, but Scotchtown is the house most often associated with him. Patrick Henry was living at Scotchtown when he was elected to the First Continenta…
  14. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
    Ash Lawn-Highland was the home of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States. His Monroe Doctrine has been a cornerstone of US foreign policy to this day. Monroe chose this site to bild his home in 1793 because it was close to Monticello, hom…
  15. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Warsaw, Virginia, USA
    Menokin was the Northern Neck home of Francis Lightfoot Lee and Rebecca (Tayloe) Lee. Francis Lightfoot Lee (1734-1797) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence along with his brother Richard Henry Lee. (They were both members of the Lee famil…
    This review was featured on Sunday May 26th, 2013
  16. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Surry, Virginia, USA
    Bacon's Castle is a plantation house from the 17th century. Built in 1665, it is nearly a century older than the popular structures seen across the James River in Colonial Williamsburg. The house was built by Arthur Allen as his plantation home. The …
    This review was featured on Friday October 31st, 2008
  17. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Middletown, Virginia, USA
    Belle Grove is a Georgian Colonial house in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. It was built in 1797 by Isaac Hite who owned a 7500 acre plantation surrounding the house. Hite was the grandson of Shenandoah pioneer settler Joist Hite. Hite was on the make.…
  18. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Winchester, Virginia, USA
    Abram's Delight is the oldest house in Winchester, VA. Begun before 1748 by Abraham Hollingsworth, it is about the same age as the city. The stone house was certainly the grandest and sturdiest structure for miles around in the mid-18th century. (Mos…
  19. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Manassas, Virginia, USA
    Ben Lomond is one of the few plantation homes in the Manassas vicinity to have survived to the present day. It was built in 1837, somewhat on the newer side for a Virginia historic house. But, it has seen its share of history and Prince William Count…
  20. Very cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Dumfries, Virginia, USA
    The Weems-Botts House. This Northern Virginia historic house museum has a catchy name, doesn't it? It makes one want to know the story. Yet, we have driven by it on US Highway 1 countless times over the years without stopping. This weekend, driving t…
  21. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Richmond, Virginia, USA
    Maymont was the suburban Richmond mansion and estate of James and Sarah (May) Dooley. The couple lived at Maymont from from 1893 to 1925 and willed the house and property to the city as a park for all to enjoy. They were an interesting couple, very m…
  22. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
    Pittsburgh's Frick Art and Historical Center is a legacy of Henry Clay Frick (1849-1919) and his family. Frick was one of the prominent industrialists of the Gilded Age of the late 19th century. He made his first million dollars before he was 30 and …
  23. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
    The David Wills House in Gettysburg is the home where Abraham Lincoln stayed the night before he delivered his Gettysburg Address and the place where he put the finishing touches on one of the most famous of all speeches. The house is a museum and an…
  24. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA
    The Eisenhower National Historic Site is the former Gettysburg farm of Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower. Dwight Eisenhower ("Ike") was the 34th President of the United States (1953-1961). General Eisenhower had been the Supreme Allied Commander in Euro…
  25. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Port Tobacco, Maryland, USA
    The Thomas Stone National Historic Site preserves the Maryland plantation home of Thomas Stone (1743-1787), one of the 36 signers of the Declaration of Independence. He was one of four signers from Maryland, but had at first opposed a break with Engl…
  26. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Clinton, Maryland, USA
    The Surratt House Museum (also known as the Mary Surratt House) was the home of the Surratt family in Clinton, Maryland. It is most famous for the roles it played in the plots to kidnap or assassinate Abraham Lincoln in the last days of the Civil War…
  27. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Waldorf, Maryland, USA
    The Dr. Mudd House Museum presents the rural Maryland home of Dr. Samuel Mudd (1833-1883). Dr. Mudd was the physician who treated John Wilkes Booth after Booth had shot Abraham Lincoln. A most interesting story is presented by this house museum. T…
  28. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Blacksburg, Virginia, USA
    The Alexander Black House is a restored Queen Anne confection. It was built in 1897 by Alexander Black, a descendant of the family for which Blacksburg is named. The Black family resided in the house until 1935. The building then became a funeral hom…
  29. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA
    Boone hall Plantation has been a working farm for over 320 years. It was founded around the 1680s by John Boone--a rather colorful Colonial character who associated with pirates and fenced their booty, but was still a tax assessor and highway commiss…
  30. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Savannah, Georgia, USA
    Builder and carpenter Isaiah Davenport came to Savannah from Rhode Island in 1807. He built his own house, this one, in 1820 with a traditional Savannah raised basement. The house is considered a fine example of Federal style architecture. Davenport …
    This review was featured on Thursday August 16th, 2012
  31. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Savannah, Georgia, USA
    The Owens-Thomas House represents one of the grandest antebellum mansions of the Savannah historic district. It was designed by English architect William Jay and built in 1816-1819 for cotton merchant and banker Richard Richardson and his wife Franci…
  32. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Savannah, Georgia, USA
    This house was the birthplace and early home of Juliette Gordon Low (1860-1927), founder of Girls Scouts in the USA. She lived here until she married William Mackay Low in 1886. After his death in 1905, she returned to Savannah from the UK where they…
  33. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Savannah, Georgia, USA
    The Mercer House or Mercer-Williasm House, was designed by architect John S. Norris for General Hugh W. Mercer (great-grandfather of Johnny Mercer). Construction of the house began in 1860, was interrupted by the Civil War and was later completed, ci…
  34. Average priced "Sights & Attractions" in Saint Augustine, Florida, USA
    The Villa Zorayda was built as the winter residence of Franklin W. Smith, an associate of Henry Flagler. Built in 1883, construction of "Zorayda Castle" began St. Augustine's revival and transformation into a resort city. As with many other historic …
  35. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Omaha, Nebraska, USA
    As I was looking at the Google Earth map of Omaha, even before I went there, one of the features that jumped out was an immense castle-like structure in the middle of a residential neighborhood. What was that? I was to find out it is the Joslyn Castl…
  36. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Long Beach, California, USA
    Like nearby Rancho Los Cerritos, Rancho Los Alamitos traces its origins to Manuel Nieto and the Los Nietos Spanish land grant of 1784. Los Alamitos was inherited by Nieto's son Juan Jose in 1833, through a partition that created six ranchos out of th…
  37. Free! "Sights & Attractions" in Long Beach, California, USA
    The Los Cerritos Ranch House was headquarters of Rancho Los Cerritos, a rancho founded in the Mexican era of California. It is preserved an open as a historic house today. Los Cerritos was part of the large Los Nietos land grant of 1784 that had p…
    This review was featured on Saturday July 13th, 2013
  38. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Smiths, Bermuda
    Verdmont house was built about 1710 by John Dickinson, a prominent colonial ship owner. The grounds of Verdmont once stretched all the way across Bermuda's Smith's Parish. Unlike most houses of the time, Verdmont was built on a hill. Verdmont incorpo…
  39. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Saint George, Bermuda
    The Tucker House is an excellently preserved Bermuda town house dating to the mid-18th century. It was built by Thomas Smith, a ship owner, trader, and tavern keeper. In 1775 it was purchased by Henry Tucker, the Colonial Treasurer. The Tuckers we…
  40. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
    Villa Notman was built by the Scottish engineer Robert Notman in 1860. Notman came to St. Thomas to help build what is today the West Indian Company Dock used by cruise ships. The house is built of yellow ship ballast bricks and has a cast iron do…
  41. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
    The Haagensen House was built on Government Hill in 1822. Hans Haagensen acquired the property in 1837 after coming from Denmark to manage the bank of St. Thomas. Haagensen married Sarah Julia Magens. (Magens Bay is named for her family.) The Rum Mus…
  42. Cheap "Sights & Attractions" in Kyoto, Japan
    Nijo Castle, or Nijojo, was built in 1603 by Tokugawa Ieyasu, founder of the Tokugawa Shogunate. Within its fortified walls is Ninomaru Palace, the residence of the Shoguns. The palace was completed in 1626 by the third Shogun. In 1868, the ceremony …
spocklogic says:
Agreed!
Posted on: Aug 09, 2015
Chokk says:
It is great that we keep the lists ;)
Posted on: Aug 29, 2012
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