5 Victorian Houses You Can Tour in the U.S.

  • Bonnie Spindler
  • 07/1/15
There are many beautiful, charming Victorian neighborhoods across the United States. The Victorian houses in theses areas are filled with unique character, extraordinary details, and so much history. Whether you live on the West Coast, the East Coast, or somewhere in between, you’ll be able to find extraordinary homes—either restored to near-perfect condition or left in their original glory—in your state.
 

Here are 5 authentic Victorian houses you can tour in the United States:

1. Heritage Square Museum

 
Los Angeles, CA
11:30a.m.‒4:30p.m., Friday‒Sunday
$5‒10 Per Person
http://heritagesquare.org
 
The Heritage Square Museum features eight separate historic structures, which were all constructed during the Victorian Era. Each of the buildings was saved from being destroyed from its original location in Los Angeles. One of the most intricately designed homes on the property is the James and Bessie Hale House.
 
The James and Bessie Hale House, built in 1887, is a great example of a mixture of the Eastlake and Queen Anne styles. Everything from the exterior colors of the house, to the lighting fixtures, to the ceiling paper in the dining room, has been restored to represent what the house may have looked like in its earliest years.
 

2. The Victorian House Museum

Millersburg, OH
1p.m.‒4p.m., Tuesday‒Sunday
$3‒12 Per Person
http://www.victorianhouse.org/
 
The Victorian House Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is right in the middle of Ohio’s largest Amish settlement. You can step back in time and explore the 28-room Queen Anne Victorian and the museum’s collection of Holmes County history.
 

3. The Woodruff-Fontaine House

Memphis, TN
12p.m.‒4p.m., Wednesday‒Sunday
$10 Per Person; Special rates for students and seniors
http://www.woodruff-fontaine.com/
 
The Woodruff-Fontaine House, built in 1870, is a beautiful French Victorian mansion. The mansion is decorated extravagantly for every holiday. Not only can you take a tour of this Victorian home, but you can even have the privilege of hosting your wedding there.
 

4. The Haas-Lilienthal House

San Francisco, CA
12p.m.‒3p.m., Wednesday and Saturday; 11a.m.‒4p.m., Sunday
$5‒8 Per Person
http://www.sfheritage.org/haas-lilienthal-house/tours/
 
The Haas-Lilienthal House was completed in 1886 and is a prime example of a Queen Anne Victorian. It is the only house of that period to be open regularly as a museum. Take a one-hour tour of the house to take in the architecture and authentic furniture and decorations.
 

5. The Molly Brown House Museum

Denver, CO
10a.m.‒3:30 p.m., Tuesday‒Saturday; 12p.m.‒3:30p.m., Sunday
$5‒8 Per Person
http://www.mollybrown.org/visit-us/
 
The Molly Brown House was once home to Titanic-survivor Margaret “Molly” Brown. During the 1970s, the Historic Denver, Inc. began restoring the home’s interior and exterior. This Queen Anne-style home is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. You can take in the authentic architecture while learning about Denver’s history and Molly Brown’s story.
 
I hope you are able to enjoy and appreciate the Victorian architecture and charm of any of these museums as much as I do. Have you visited any of these museums or any other notable Victorian houses? Share your experience in the comments below!


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