These 50 Sites Are A Design Treasure in Each State

Trista - July 17, 2019

South Carolina – Burk-Stark Mansion

Within this mansion, the Civil War between the American states finally ended. President Jefferson Davis held the last council of the Confederacy, where Mallory, Benjamin, Breckinridge, and Reagan were also present. Davis was convinced that the resources of the South were exhausted and that it would be a waste of time to continue fighting the war.

The house was built in the 1830s in the Greek-Revival style by David Lesley. Inside bears Southern antiques such as paintings, rugs, silver, and furniture. The dining room is definitely one to behold, as it is the epiphany of Southern hospitality and charm. The last surviving member of the family donated the home to the Historic Preservation Commission for maintenance.

South Dakota – Pettigrew Home

Though built in 1889 for the McMartins, it was purchased in 1911 by Senator Pettigrew for $12,000. It was here that he took actions to preserve Sioux Falls as well as the surrounding area.

One of his passions was collecting, so he had a very extensive collection of items in the rear or his home. He would obtain guns, any articles related to Sioux Falls, clothing, and natural history specimens. Another addition was eventually made to accommodate these items as his collection grew.

Tennessee – Graceland

The once-home of Elvis, Graceland is how a museum to all of his items related to his music and his life. Elvis also died in this home in 1977, and the property was appointed to his father. His only daughter eventually became the sole heir of the estate. Once she turned 25, Lisa Marie created a new trust called the Elvis Presley Trust that would continue the running of the estate.

It is the second most-visited home in the United States, after The White House located in Washington D.C. It became a historic landmark in 2006, where it features everything rock n’ roll.

Texas – Southfork Ranch

Southfork started as a ranch, but in 1978, it was chosen by Lorimar Productions to be the showplace for the long-running show, “Dallas.” The historic property was featured prominently throughout the series, which ran from 1978 to 1991. The beautiful white mansion has come to be one of the most iconic, given the popularity of the show.

The original owners were living there when filming began until people were starting to request private parties to be held inside. Eventually, the ranch was opened up to the public and was turned into an event center. With 63,000 square feet, there was a lot of space for people to use for their events.

Utah – The Lion House

Initially built in 1856, it was the home of Brigham Young, who was the second president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was also the first governor of Utah. The home gained its name from the giant lion statue that stood by the entrance.

The rooms inside are still equipped with antique furniture and make the best place for any special event you have going on in your life. The hospitality of the staff also makes this place quite attractive, especially for weddings.

Vermont – Naulakha

This historic home in Vermont was once the home of Rudyard Kipling, the famous author. He actually wrote many of his famous books here and named the house after a pavilion located in Lahore Fort in Pakistan. A lot went into the design of this home, and it involved some elements of a South Asian Indian bungalow.

It has a beautiful view of the Connecticut River and Mount Monadnock, while the front of the home has a long tree-lined driveway with an iron gate set between pillars to grant you entry. It is now owned by the Landmark Trust, who offers the place up for rental if people want to stay there.

Virginia – Monticello

The Monticello was the primary plantation and home of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. It’s located just outside the Charlottesville area and has 5,000 acres surrounding the building. Among these acres were patches of farmed tobacco and other crops, depending on the market at the time.

Jefferson himself designed the main house in the neoclassical style, and eventually, other buildings were added to the property as well. After Jefferson’s death, he was buried on the property, which is now the Monticello Cemetery. The entire property was taken over by his nephew, who spent a lot of money to keep it preserved.

Washington – Edith Macefield’s House

If you’ve ever seen the movie “Up!” then you’ll be familiar with this scene. This home used to belong to Edith Macefield, who refused to sell her house to developers when everything else around was converted into big box stores. Even when she was offered a million dollars for the property, she refused.

It wasn’t because she hated the buildings being put up around her, but she just couldn’t be bothered to move. The building itself is over 100 years old, built out of plywood. After her death, Barry Martin, who took care of Macefield in her later years, gained control of her home and sold it to a real estate developer. However, they couldn’t afford to pay the back taxes and eventually went into foreclosure.

West Virginia – Blennerhassett Mansion

Located in Blennerhassett Island, Harman Blennerhassett once owned this mansion. He was involved with Aaron Burr and his wife in some of the more interesting intrigues. The original mansion burned to the ground a long time ago, but a detailed replica eventually replaced it to preserve a piece of history.

During a tour of the place, you can go on horse-drawn carriage rides, peruse the grounds, have a nice lunch in one of the picnic shelters, or rent a bike to see the rest of the surrounding area.

Wisconsin – Taliesin

This 600-acre property was the home of Frank Lloyd Wright, a famous American architect. He designed it two years after he left his first wife, based on the flatness of the plains and the natural limestone of the surrounding area. It was completed in 1911. The residential wing underwent reconstruction in 1914 after an employee set fire to the living quarters.

The living quarters were destroyed again by another fire as a result of electrical problems. Eventually, the building became foreclosed, but Wright managed to reacquire it after some help by his friends. Taliesin was ultimately left to the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation after Wright’s death in 1959, which saw to preserving the structure as is.

Wyoming – The Kendrick Mansion

It is also known as Trail End and was the home of Senator Kendrick. MacAlister designed the mansion and it took five years to build from 1908 to 1913. Because Kendrick was a successful cattleman, he had this home commissioned during this time before he became a senator. Afterward, he used this place as a summer home.

In 1970, the National Register of Historic Places added the Kendrick Mansion to its list. It was purchased to save it from destruction and became a community museum. It still contains its original structure, and some of the furnishings inside have remained.

Washington D.C. – The White House

The official house of the President of the United States, it’s been one of the standing beacons of democracy in the modern world. It was built and designed by James Hoban, who used the neoclassical style. Thomas Jefferson was the first to move in during 1801, where colonnades were added on each wing to accommodate stables and storage.

During the Ear of 1812, the White House was burned down by the British Army, but construction began immediately afterward to restore it. Construction began in 1817 with President Monroe but the White House was not ready until 1829.