Theodore Roosevelt once said that he would not have been President had it not been for his experience in North Dakota. For some years in the 1880s, President Roosevelt spent his time split between New York and this one-and-a-half-story cabin. At this cabin, he would partake in wilderness activities which built the strong belief in conservation that he brought into his presidency.
The cabin is part of the Theodore Roosevelt National Park and park visitors will be sure to see the cabin along the famous nature trail. Also in North Dakota: Bagg Farm is North Dakota’s only rebuilt bonanza farm.
Wyoming - Trail End
John Benjamin Kendrick built this Revival-style mansion for him and his family in Sheridan, Wyoming. Even though he did not get to complete it as he wished, the home is still beautifully built, and a fine piece of architecture. The interior of the home has been preserved, changing little over the years.
The house now offers group tours as well as school tours and trips. Fun events like Murder Mystery nights are held at the mansion, along with weddings and photo shoots. Also in Wyoming: Located in Kemmerer, Wyoming is the first J.C. Penney store, and nearby is the birthplace of James Cash Penney.
Nebraska - Buffalo Bill's Home
On July 4th, 1882, Col. Wm. F. Cody (a.k.a. Buffalo Bill) debuted his famous "Wild West Show" in North Platte. Years later, he used the earnings from the show to construct this beautiful Victorian home on 4,000 acres of land. Currently, the home is part of a 16-acre historical park, and you can take a tour of the home by appointment.
The house was famously featured in "Silence of the Lambs." Real fans can also book a stay in the famous house. Also in Nebraska: The Harvey P. Sutton House is a private residence in the city of McCook, and it was actually Frank Lloyd Wright’s only Nebraska commission home.
Kentucky - Ashland
Henry Clay famously said, “I am in one respect better off than Moses. He died in sight of, without reaching, the Promised Land. I occupy as good a farm as any that he would have found if he had reached it.” Clay lived in this Lexington home for over 40 long years. The home is now a house museum that can be toured, or you can visit the grounds around the home.
The museum features exhibits on Clay's life as well as events. Visitors can also tour the ground and learn about the politician's life and career. Also in Kentucky: Also in Lexington is the remarkable first lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s childhood home.
Louisiana - Oak Alley Plantation
The Oak Alley Plantation is where a quarter mile of land is home to 300-year-old stunning live oak trees. If it looks a little familiar, that's because you might recognize it from one of the scenes in "Interview with the Vampire," or numerous other Hollywood films.
The plantation conducts a wealth of research and holds a slavery database, providing as much information and credit to those who were responsible for making the plantation into what it is today. Also in Louisiana: Located in Louisiana is the Steel Magnolia House, which is famous for being the filming site for the 1989 film "Steel Magnolias."