25 Famous Historic Houses You’ll Want to Visit

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.


Franklin Court

franklin courtSource: https://www.phlvisitorcenter.com/things-to-do/franklin-court

This is the site of Benjamin Franklin’s home and while it only has architectural remains of the home, it’s interesting to see the foundations that are now embedded in the ground. Nearby is also a museum dedicated to the founding father.


Elkhorn Ranch

elkhorn ranchSource: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elkhorn_Ranch

This ranch house located in North Dakota was Theodore Roosevelt’s main ranch house he used before his time in office. Roosevelt once said that if it wasn’t for his time at Elkhorn Ranch in North Dakota, he never would’ve become president.


Gonzalez-Alvarez House

Gonzalez-Alvarez_House,_St._Augustine,_Florida,_USA2Source: https://www.nps.gov/nr/travel/american_latino_heritage/Gonzalez_Alvarez_House.html

The Gonzalez-Alvarez House in St. Augustine, Florida is the self proclaimed “Oldest house in the United States.” While there are a few other contenders for that title, it’s still quite the experience to visit its two museums and go on one of the many tours inside one of America’s oldest house.


Kentwell Hall

Kentwell_Hall=Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentwell_Hall

Located in Suffolk, England, Kentwell Hall dates back to at least 1,086 CE. It’s been the backdrop to countless movies and television shows and since 1978 house been host to annual re-enactments. It also hosts an annual Halloween event called “Scaresville,” all adding up to a fun stop for any historian.


Hermann-Grima House

Hermann-Grima_House_New_OrleansSource: http://www.hgghh.org/

This house was built in 1831 for Samuel Hermann and is now known as one of, if not the best preserved house in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Entering this house is like stepping into old New Orleans as even most of the furniture and items seen in the house belonged to either the Hermann or Grima families.

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