The oldest home in America
There are competing claims for the distinction of being the
oldest house in the United States. St. Augustine, Florida and
Santa Fe, New Mexico. What do you think?
The González-Alvarez House in St. Augustine
last remnant of the Pueblo of Analco
I saw this
beautiful house on the Oprah show, November 27, 2007:
1842 Inn in
Island, Mansions - think Vanderbilt family, Classical Revival,
silver heiress, High Victorian architecture, Gothic Revival style,
Newport's Golden Age. Wealthy people with elaborate
If you've heard of "The Hamptons" here's a
glimpse. Mill House Inn, the Hamptons, Long Island NY
Ypsilanti Heritage Foundation,
in Michigan, has an excellent web site about their historical preservation
projects. You'll want to explore all their links, which include before
and after pictures. Their illustrated architectural timeline is a gem!
A country home in the city - Barry Road Bed &
Breakfast. "...Furnished with a life-long collection of antique furniture, dishes,
tapestries, and lamps. Lots of books, small appliances and toys."
to me, but the "style" is actually older than me (well, a few
things are, believe it or not): Storybook-style
houses - fun to look at even if you don't go inside! Think
Hansel, Gretel, and Snow White.
homes in Kansas City, Missouri were designed by Napoleon W. Dible.
I found two links with pictures:
hadn't heard of Dible until I read a book by Kansas City author
Ford, but I've seen many of the homes because I enjoy driving
through the neighborhoods around Ward Parkway and Brookside.
Gamble House, an outstanding
example of the American Arts and Craft architectural style.
- My dad grew up near the now-famous little town of
Branson in the Missouri Ozarks.
A few years back, we stopped by Old Matt's Cabin and toured it. I
felt like I'd traveled back in time and was snooping around Aunt Byrdie
& Uncle Ben's house while they weren't home!
Click here for a page showing postcards of the old
Visit America's Painted Ladies
The Cross House in Emporia, Kansas is being
renovated by Robert & Deborah Rodak. My husband Howard & I drove through
Emporia recently and, as usual, went by the house. To my delight they had
posted a THE CROSS HOUSE sign, so I Googled when we got home and found their
website. The loving efforts of Bob & Debbi have recently been
noticed by the
Topeka ABC station. On our next trip into Kansas, we want to stop by
to meet the Rodaks and tour the house.
Singer Castle sits on Dark Island in the St. Lawrence River in upstate New
One of my sons visited it recently and learned the main reason
for secret passageways
was to let the servants work out of view of guests.
Hosanna Ranch in Montana -- 100-year-old house full
of love for children!
thatched-roof house and other sights in Merry Olde England
-- Come with me
as we tour south central England
I were a rich woman . . .
||I'd live part of the year in a
suite at the Royal Hawaiian
Hotel in Honolulu!
Cream of the Crop-- the
mansions in Natchez,
Another town that
itself is a museum: Ste.
Genevieve, Missouri. The French
Canadian colonial community, founded in the
mid-1700s, features several rare vertical log homes. It's about 60 miles
south of St. Louis, and on the Mississippi River - just like Natchez.
Oh, to spend a
day at Cape May!
Another "Cream of the Crop!" -
this one is in
The Independence, Missouri Home of
& Bess Truman.
Longview Mansion - Classic
Elegance in Lee's Summit MO
really enjoy the way Thomas Kinkade paints old houses, so I was
delighted to find a website with several of them at
list of "Restore America" links from HGTV.COM -- some were homes
Tour of Martin Luther King's Birth Home
I wonder if
Queen of England is at home today?
Pope, who lives at the Vatican.
The White House, Washington, D.C.
Vernon, Home of George & Martha Washington.
Lincoln's Home in Springfield, Illinois.
Jimmy Carter's Boyhood
Andrew Jackson's Hermitage
in Nashville, Tennessee.
Antigua 200-year-old adobe inn, Albuquerque.
Mansion Elegant Victorian decor, Albuquerque.
Inn at Cascade - 1929 Adobe-style, Cascade, CO.
The lovely Luna Mansion in
Los Lunas, NM.
|| The Sully
Mansion in the French Quarter, New Orleans,
Travel to Israel
Quiet Place -
"A peaceful sunny place to stay in Tiberias, located in the upper part of
Tiberias, with a beautiful view of the Sea of Galilee."
One of our friends, James Mercer, stayed there in March
2007. Jim commented,
"Wonderful place, great hospitality and I recommend it to everyone! Food is
Shalom from Israel. I am happy to announce my website for SIMPLY ISRAEL,
at www.simplyisrael.co.il Israel has such a wonderful
variety of foods from different cultural backgrounds, I would like for you
to be able to bring home to your own country the foods we have here in the
Land. "Simply Israel" is 190 pages long with a wide variety of choices
of breads, soups, salads, main dishes, eggs and cheese, side dishes, cakes
and desserts. The large typestyle and straightforward instructions help to
make cooking the tastes of Israel easy and fun. March 2009:
Simply Israel is now available in Spanish.
Blessings to you, T. Gila Levine
ordinary Bed and Breakfast this!
Chanler in Newport, Rhode Island.
and Breakfasts are a way to preserve old homes in the USA, and advertising them on
the Internet provides us with photographs of them.
Pecan Place -
Beautifully restored stick-style Victorian home,
...This one is a WOW!!!
Higher Ground Victorian
Mansion, an elegant 1856 Italianate in Galena, Illinois. Thanks
Mansion in Cape May, New Jersey, 1860
|Some homes are
And thus are museums.
|The largest private residence in the United
States, the Biltmore Mansion.
elegant Alfred duPont Mansion in Wilmington, Delaware.
Castle isn't exactly what you'd call a cozy cottage, but it's
no longer a private residence.
Meadow Brook Hall
in Rochester, Michigan, said to be the fourth largest home in the United
States. Thanks, www.funattic.com!
Mansion in Norwalk, Connecticut. A French Renaissance Revival
"summer home" with 62 rooms!
Stan Hywet Hall, a 65-room Tudor
Revival mansion in Akron, Ohio
Winchester Mystery House
in San Jose CA.
|More New England Gems, all B&Bs
Slocum House, Newport RI
Victorian Village Inn, Clinton, Connecticut
Lord Mansion, Kennebunk Port, Maine
Inn, East Boothbay ME
House Victorian Inn, Ashland, New Hampshire
Reproductions of Victorian-style homes abound, I'm
sure. But here in the Kansas City area, we have an architectural delight -
a development which features large recently-built "old" Victorian houses, all
private residences. Each is different from all the others. They
appear to be reproductions made from the old blueprints. If you want to
look at them, they are located on Caenen Lane, along west 143rd Street in Olathe
KS, (just west of Antioch). I have no pictures for you to see, but I
did find a website where you can get an idea of what they look like. See
Dream Homes - Period Style.
Free on-line magazine:
DeLano Inn, a delightful 1863 Victorian Italianate in Allegan, Michigan
Thanks, Scott & Karen
Grays Avenue Hotel, Manitou Springs
Queen Anne, 1886.
Holden House 1902,
In Denver, check out The
Unsinkable Molly Brown House.
in Colorado Springs.
Country Inn, Salida, built in 1901.
Pikes Peak Paradise in Woodland.
1885 Victorian in Cascade.
Manitou Springs, 1885
Inn, Trinidad Victorian
The Cedars by the Sea, Beaufort NC -
1768 - she holds her age well!
Cottage, Thomasville, Georgia - 1906 Elegance
Raleigh, North Carolina.
Manor, Eufaula, Alabama.
House, Rome, Georgia.
Hill Manor, Springfield, Kentucky
Maymont House, the Dooley mansion in Richmond,
Thanks to Mary Plageman for suggesting it!
Mansion in Clemson, South Carolina.
de la Fontaine, Charleston, SC.
The Mary Scott House,
in Charleston SC
Hall Plantation in Charleston, South Carolina (been there, done that!)
Crest in Asheville, North Carolina.
House on Amelia Island in Florida.
House, Fernandina, FL
The Rutledge Victorian
Guest House, Charleston SC, 1887 Painted Lady
A lot of
Victorian charm at McKibbon House in
Montevallo, AL - 1900
St. Augustine, FL: Bayfront
Marin House with 15 Victorian rooms
House, a southern Victorian on the St. Augustine's bayfront
I learned about it from a beautiful photo on Webshots.com.
The "Wish Book"! No, not the Sears Roebuck
I like to look at the
Southern Living Magazine website
and check out the house plans.
And now, off to Hawaii's Kauai Island to see The
Victorian Cottage -- Aloha!
Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego,
California, is not a "home," but it's a
magnificent Victorian structure, nevertheless.
I've visited it
and someday want spend a day or two there.
I have actually seen the charming Victorian
& Anna Drain in Drain, Oregon.
It probably should be called "The Anna Drain
because Mrs. Drain lived there for many years
after Charles died.
I was fascinated to learn that the house was
from the Sears Roebuck Catalog, came in by train, and
was assembled on-site,
at the corner of Main and Altavista, near North
Douglas High School.
Drain Castle belongs to the school district and
houses the administrative offices.
Another Catalog house in Oregon
The Queen Anne style Jeremiah Nunan
House, circa 1892, in Jacksonville,
was purchased by Jeremiah Nunan as a Christmas present for his
Shipped from Knoxville, Tennessee in 14 railroad boxcars,
it took six months to
Packer Mansion in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania.
Victorian Mansion, East Berlin, PA
Gables Inn, Monterey CA, once shown in a Visa commercial;
I drove by it again in 2002. If you're ever
there, be sure to visit the Monterey Aquarium.
in Eureka CA.
Mansion Inn, Ferndale, CA.
Victorian Village of Ferndale CA.
Estate, in the Hudson River Valley.
Legation Museum, Austin.
Southern Plantation, Palestine.
to P. Milano for suggesting these great homes in Waxahachie
Rosemary Mansion - 1916 Georgian Revival
The Harrison, built in 1915.
On the large and beautiful island, Prince of Wales,
in southern southeast Alaska, there are a number of B&Bs, lodges, and inns. Here are
some wonderful not-so-old homes.
Tides Inn, Klawock
Inn, Thorne Bay
Inn of the Little Blue Heron, Craig
Mansion in Victoria, British Columbia.
Habberstad House, Lanesboro, Minnesota
in the Country, Allegan, Michigan
Author Betty MacDonald's home on Washington's Vashon Island is now a Bed &
Betty introduced the world to
Ma & Pa Kettle in "The Egg and I."
of Green Gables house.
on the Rock ~ I haven't seen it yet, but I want to.
This one is near a beautiful lighthouse on
the Oregon coast.
Head Lightkeeper's House
on State Line Road in Kansas City, Missouri is a reminder of
the Santa Fe Trail.
House, Weston, Missouri -- "This fine example of Queen Anne
was built in 1898 and is listed on the National Register of Historic
Sometimes the best man for the job
may be a woman!
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