25 Famous Historic Houses You’ll Want to Visit

Posted by , Updated on February 6, 2019


Do you love to visit famous historic houses? Upon first glance, houses don’t seem all that spectacular. It’s just a building; it’s just shelter. But, what if the house could talk? Every house has a story to tell and the history you could learn from a single house is astounding. Take my house, for instance, my dogs get to run down a ramp into their own fenced in area in the backyard, all because one of the many previous owners had a blind dog. Compared to Johnny Cash’s house, however, my house isn’t that spectacular. Many houses are more interesting than mine. Houses owned by celebrities, politicians, or royalty all have a life of their own and thousands of stories to tell. Here are 25 Famous Houses You’ll Want to Visit.


American Gothic House

american gothicSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Gothic_House

Otherwise known as the Dibble House, the American Gothic House was made famous by Grant Wood’s painting entitled “American Gothic.” People who visit it are encouraged to take a picture before they visit the visitors center which is a museum with exhibits dedicated to the painter and the community around the house.


Abraham Lincoln’s Springfield Home

Lincoln_Abraham_-_Springfield_homeSource: http://www.abrahamlincolnonline.org/lincoln/sites/home.htm

While it’s not much to look at on the outside, Abraham Lincoln’s house in Springfield has proven to be a tourist hot spot. This house hosted many of Lincoln’s guests, parades, rallies, and other political functions before he was elected, making it a piece of American history.


The Greenbrier

greenbrierSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Greenbrier#The_Bunker

The Greenbrier is a luxury resort located in West Virginia. It’s had many famous political figures that have stayed at the hotel over the years, including Dwight D. Eisenhower and 25 other presidents, but the Greenbrier is most known for “The Bunker.”

For those who don’t know, the U.S. government approached the Greenbrier to build a nuclear bomb shelter in 1950 in case of a nuclear holocaust. Although the bunker was kept stocked with supplies for 30 years, it was never used as an emergency location. In fact, the government never acknowledged its existence. It only became known to the public after a 1992 story published by The Washington Post.


Frank Lloyd Wright House and Studio

Frank_Lloyd_Wright_Home_And_Studio_(7403075288)Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Lloyd_Wright_Home_and_Studio

Famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright built this house at the ripe old age of 22. It’s also where he and other artists designed many notable structures, including the Robie House, Unity Temple, the Laura Gale home, and the Larkin building.


Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin_Franklin_Museum-Craven_StreetSource: https://benjaminfranklinhouse.org/

Located in London, England, this is the only remaining house that the founding father lived in before moving to Philadelphia. Franklin lived and worked from this residence for sixteen years. It now is the home of a “Historical Experience” aimed to teach history to kids. Many schools take trips there to experience what the house has to offer.

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