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The very, very old John Whipple House

Remember a while back when I profiled the oldest wood frame house in North America? Well this one is almost as old (within a year or two, or ten). It is also notable because it was the subject of some of the earliest attempts at historic preservation of colonial era homes. In fact, The...

Haunted Thistle Hill in Texas

This is another reader requested beauty. Bren asked me if I could put together a post on the historic home where her mother was once a docent. Thistle Hill is located on a prominent crest in Fort Worth, Texas. Bren spent a lot of time there as a youngster and has some...

The Biltmore

The Biltmore. You've all heard of the place. It is the largest privately owned house in the United States. But how many people have actually been inside of it? Me neither.... but I know a couple of people who have! So let's have a look-see at this very famous and very large home near...

A trip down memory lane: 1890 Colorado Victorian

Have you ever wanted to see inside a house you lived in decades ago? Me too! One of my readers recently contacted me with a listing for an old house she used to live in during the 1980's. "It looks beautiful now but they took out the red Chambers stove -...

Ford’s Fair Lane

One of my readers suggested I do a post on Henry Ford's former estate in Dearborn, Michigan. I said: heck yeah! "Fair Lane" was actually named after an area in County Cork, Ireland where Ford's grandfather was from. Henry Ford was of course the legendary automaker - Detroit's most famous citizen before Kid...

Christmas at The Gables Inn, Stowe Vermont

Isn't it the time of year when you just want to drive to Vermont and cozy up by the fire at some quiet country Inn while the snow falls peacefully outside? Well here you go - a totally relaxed, unpretentious little spot in the mountains of Vermont to unplug and unwind! The Gables Inn is...

Lyndhurst Mansion

If you are a movie buff with a keen eye for set locations, you may recognize this Gothic Revival country house near Tarrytown, New York. It has been featured in several movies like: House of Dark Shadows (1970); Night of Dark Shadows (1971); and, The Halloween That Almost Wasn't a.k.a...

1780’s farmstead in Cornish Maine

My blogger friend and fellow house fanatic Sue over at Housekaboodle alerted me to this amazing property on the market in Cornish, Maine. ("It looks like your sort of thing") Heck yeah! Sue knows me well - I am a major sucker for antique Cape Cod houses! This one reminds me a lot of the...

American Horror Story’s Buckner Mansion in New Orleans

Are you a fan of American Horror Story: Coven? If yes, then you might recognize this house from the start of season 3.  Scenes from the first episode - "Bitchcraft" - were filmed here on location, so this is the real deal. A reader of my blog requested that I dig up some...

Kentucky’s Inn at Woodhaven

The Inn at Woodhaven is a historic bed & breakfast located in Louisville, Kentucky. I can't even tell you how I stumbled upon this charmer, but I'm glad I did. The Inn actually encompasses 3 buildings: ~ The Main House ~ ~ Rose Cottage ~ ~ The Carriage House ~ Within these 3 structures, there are a total of 8...