In Kenova, West Virginia, sits the Pumpkin House which has served as a tourist attraction for decades. Opened in 1978, the Pumpkin House had only a few pumpkins to exhibit for its first Halloween display, but over the years it has grown exponentially in both produce and popularity. Roughly 30,000 visitors travel to the Pumpkin House each year.
It began as a personal project of Ric Griffith to carve jack-o-lanterns for his family, which expanded into a Halloween empire. The current owners of the Pumpkin House share that same family spirit, and that has undoubtedly led to the success of the house.
New Hampshire - Jackson House
Built in 1664, this house is the oldest wood-framed house in New Hampshire (believe it or not, there is an even older one in Massachusetts that takes the top spot in the country). It was built by Richard Jackson, a mariner, farmer, and woodworker. Aesthetically, it resembles medieval European architecture, but the use of timber is uniquely American.
Tours and events are commonly held on the grounds, as well as school trips to teach about the history of the house and the time period in which it was first occupied. It also boasts collections of artifacts and photos of what life was like in the state all those years ago.
Louisiana - "Steel Magnolia" House
The house in the cult classic "Steel Magnolias" is embedded in film culture at this point. So it should come as no surprise that the iconic building has turned into a bed and breakfast, so the most number of people can experience it first-hand. The exact date of building is unknown but the earliest records place it at 1841.
The architects had bricks imported from France, and it's this attention to detail that has allowed it to stand strong for so many years. The Bed and Breakfast opened in 2014 and has been steadily booked up since. Guests are advised to book well in advance.
Virginia - Thomas Jefferson's Monticello
Monticello was built in 1796 and really showcased the creative genius of Thomas Jefferson. The house was inspired by the neoclassical style that Jefferson was exposed to during his time in France, and it led to one of the most unique pieces of architecture of his day. Contrary to his regular use of slaves, Jefferson actually utilized labor-saving technology that completed the project pretty efficiently.
Tours, exhibitions, and lectures constantly run at the museum that educates visitors on the life and legacy of Thomas Jefferson, as well as special emphasis on teaching about slavery and the role it played in early North America.
New Mexico - Taos Pueblo
The only living Native American community that is labeled both a National Historic Landmark as well as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Taos Pueblo is a unique look into another world. The exact origin date of the site is not widely known, but ruins place it at least 1000 years old.
The housing constructions are made entirely of adobe (earth mixed with straw and water and then sun-dried in brick form). The buildings are maintained by plastering them with mud, and the roofs are made of timber. Visitors are welcome most days and most times, though there are community rules that tourists are asked to respect.