Seven different families have owned this two-story Greek Revival-style home since it was built in the 1830s. However, the moment that made it great was a historic two hours in 1865. Regular tours are available for those who want to experience the Old South as it was a century ago.
Hoping to continue the Confederate government’s struggle, Jefferson Davis assembled the last Council of War cabinet members here, where they showed unanimous opposition to his plan and threw in the towel on the fight, essentially ending the Civil War. Furniture and artifacts from this time are on display, transporting visitors into the meeting room itself.
West Virginia - Blennerhassett Mansion
While the original Palladian home that sits on this island in the Ohio River burned to the ground in 1811, a complete replica has been built in its place. It was previously occupied by the lawyer and politician Harman Blennerhasset, who hosted many dignitaries including Vice President Aaron Burr, on numerous occasions.
It was Burr's frequent visits — and his decision to set up the base for his obscure military expedition there — that eventually led to him being charged with treason. The park can be accessed via sternwheeler riverboat from Point Park on 2nd Street in Parkersburg, West Virginia.
Oklahoma - Pawnee Bill Ranch
Pawnee Bill was a celebrated Wild West showman and performer who even partnered with his pal Buffalo Bill for a short term. His ranch was once the showplace of his popular "Wild West Show," which toured the country performing for sold-out crowds. So it only made sense that it became a well-visited location in Oklahoma.
Their dream home was completed in 1910 and is still filled with family photographs, original artwork, and more. The 500-acre grounds include the original ranch blacksmith shop, a 1903 log cabin, a large barn built in 1926, and an Indian Flower Shrine—today, it's all open to the public as a museum.
Ohio - Westcott House
The only Prairie Style home created by Frank Lloyd Wright in Ohio sits here in Springfield and it's still basking in Wright’s brilliance. This exceptional home was built for the successful entrepreneur Burton J. Westcott, his wife Orpha, and their family. The house was designed in 1906 and built in 1908, undergoing extensive alterations to the interior in the early 1940s.
The Westcott family endured a great deal of tragedy while living there, and it eventually fell into disrepair. Still, it has since been completely rehabilitated and is now a museum managed by a non-profit organization. Both in-person and virtual programming is offered by the museum, and the gift shop offers visitors unique and creative mementos.
North Dakota - Chateau de Mores
The 26-room "chateau," which sits on a picturesque 128 acres, was the summer home for the French aristocrat and entrepreneur Marquis de Mores for several years in the 1800s. Located southwest of Medora, this site continues to memorialize his life and activities.
Among his works were a beef packing plant, a freighting company, a stagecoach line, refrigerated railway cars, cattle, sheep raising, land ownership, and a new town that he named Medora in honor of his wife. The museum today offers exhibits ranging from historical films to artifacts of previous presidents, with constant information on de Mores and his life's work.