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The Most Famous House in Every State

Updated: Jan. 25, 2024

Come along on this virtual tour of the nation's most famous houses.

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Helen Keller Birthplace
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Alabama: Helen Keller’s birthplace

“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement,” Helen Keller once said. The incredibly resilient educator, author, and activist for the rights of those living with physical challenges was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in this sweet, country cottage.

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Governors Mansion Renovation, Juneau, USA
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Alaska: Governor’s Mansion

From looking at this gorgeous, 15,000 square foot house, you might not realize it’s in Alaska. But that’s where it is—Juneau to be exact. It’s the Alaska Governor’s Mansion. Built more than 100 years ago, it’s a prime example of the neo-classical revival architectural style that was actually quite popular in Alaska in the first half of the 20th century.

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ -23 FEB 2018- View of Taliesin West, the landmark winter home and school in the desert of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright located in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Arizona: Taliesin West

Frank Lloyd Wright is one of history’s most iconic architects. His winter home, Taliesin West, located in Scottsdale, was also the sight of his architectural school/training ground from 1937 until Wright’s death at age 91 in 1959. It’s still a major tourist attraction in the Phoenix area and is one of a number of Wright-designed Arizona-desert gems.

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Johnny Cash Dyess Colony, Dyess, USA
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Arkansas: Johnny Cash’s boyhood home

The late, great country music star, Johnny Cash, was born into poverty in rural northeast Arkansas. His boyhood home was at Dyess Colony, a government collective built to pull Depression-era families out of poverty. This is where he began singing at the age of five as he picked cotton with his family.

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Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles, USA - 11 May 2016

California: The Playboy Mansion

It was neck and neck between the Hearst Castle, the estate built by William Randolph Hearst along California’s Central Coast, and Playboy Mansion, the late Hugh Hefner’s residence and playhouse in L.A.’s Holmby Hills. But the infamous Grotto (the famous pool-in-a-cave that saw a great deal of debauchery in its day) gave the Playboy Mansion the edge.

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Travel Trip Titanic Attractions, Denver, USA
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Colorado: Molly Brown’s house

The Unsinkable Molly Brown survived her ride on the Titanic, but her Victorian mansion in Denver was about to go down for good (it was scheduled for demolition) when in 1970, the concerned citizens of Historic Denver, Inc. raised the money to restore the house to its former glory and develop a museum that tells the tale of the house, which was built 20 years before the Titanic set sail, and the woman who returned to it after the harrowing shipwreck.

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Neiman Marcus reveal their 2013 fantasy Christmas gifts and experiences, Texas, America - 12 Nov 2013
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Connecticut: The Glass House

Philip Johnson designed this famous house, known as the “Glass House,” located in New Canaan, Connecticut. Declared a national historic landmark in 1997, the Glass House is known for its minimalism, proportion, and the way it plays with transparency and reflection. It’s available for tours, although not in the winter.

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Delaware, America
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Delaware: Nemours Estate

The Nemours Estate was owned and developed by Alfred I. duPont (1864 to 1935), a prominent member of one of Delaware’s historically most prominent families. The 77-room mansion boasts the largest formal French gardens in North America, a garage housing a collection of vintage automobiles. and nearly 200 acres of scenic woodlands, meadows, and lawns.

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Key West, Florida, USA - July 20, 2016: The Ernest Hemingway House with garden in Key West in Florida
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Florida: Ernest Hemingway House

This is the house where Ernest Hemingway lived in Key West, Florida and where he wrote A Farewell to Arms. Built in 1851, the house became one of Key West’s first homes to have indoor plumbing. It’s a national landmark now populated by descendants of Hemingway’s famous many-toed cats. Check out Key West in the winter, when it’s one of the least-crowded vacation destinations in the United States.

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February 23, 2018. Birth Home of Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site and Preservation District. Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Georgia: Birth home of Martin Luther King, Jr.

This house on Auburn Avenue in Atlanta is the birth home of Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the civil rights’ movements most important leaders, and it’s where King lived for the first 12 years of his life.

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Iolani Palace Honolulu
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Hawaii: Iolani Palace

Located in Honolulu, Iolani Palace was built by Hawaii’s King Kalakaua in 1882. It’s considered “a marvel of opulence, innovation, and political intrigue” and is a spectacular example of Hawaii’s Polynesian heritage and culture.

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Boise, Idaho / USA - July 14 2011: Old Idaho State Penitentiary Site. This was not a Federal Prison or Jail. Housed Men and Women convicts and now a museum. Firearm and military display locked up.
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Idaho: The former Idaho State Penitentiary

The most famous house in Idaho is the “big house” that housed some of the Wild West’s most desperate criminals. Located in Boise, the Idaho State Penitentiary, which opened in 1872 and closed in 1973 due to deterioration and unlivable living conditions. Find out about the most notorious criminals from each state.

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WINNETKA, ILLINOIS, USA - MARCH 2018: The real 'Home Alone' house, the place where the iconic movie was shot
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Illinois: The “Home Alone” house

Remember that time when the McCallisters went on vacation and accidentally left Kevin behind? Wait a sec. Wasn’t that fictional? Well, the Georgian mansion in Winnetka in which Kevin outwitted two would-be burglars is actually quite real. In 2012, it was sold for $1.585 million. That may seem like a lot, but to get a true perception of the price, you’ll have to take a look at how much the average house costs in every state.

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NEW ALBANY, INDIANA, USA - APRIL 5 2016: The Culbertson Mansion is located on Main Street in the Mansion Row Historic District.
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Indiana: Culbertson Mansion

William Culbertson, born in 1814 in Pennsylvania, moved to Indiana at 21 to make his fortune. And make a fortune, he did. Culbertson became one of the richest men in Indiana, and his mansion in New Albany exemplifies his opulent lifestyle and the tastes and ideals of the late 1800s. Having worked his way up from dry goods clerk to investor, Culbertson put much of his money into New Albany and was deeply devoted to civic affairs. The State of Indiana took ownership of the mansion in 1976, restoring it to its former greatness.

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American Gothic House

Iowa: The American Gothic House

The artist, Grant Wood, became inspired to paint the iconic American Gothic (the farmer with the pitchfork who is standing next to a younger farm woman who many thought was the farmer’s wife but turned out to be the farmer’s daughter) in 1913 when he saw this 1880s house in Eldon. The house is also known as “Dibble House.”

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Atchison, Kansas, USA on January 28, 2017. Birthplace of Amelia Earhart in Atchison Kansas.
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Kansas: Amelia Earhart’s birthplace

The first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean was Amelia Earhart, who began her life in Atchison in this house, which is now open as a museum. Born July 24, 1897, the daughter of a railroad attorney, Earhart spent most of her childhood in Kansas and Iowa. She made her epic trans-Atlantic flight in 1928, a decade before she disappeared trying to fly around the world.

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LEXINGTON, KY-OCTOBER, 2015: Mary Todd Lincoln House in Lexington. She lived here for 20 years until she moved to Illinois and married Abraham Lincoln.
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Kentucky: Mary Todd Lincoln’s house

Mary Todd Lincoln, born in 1818, lived in upper-class opulence in this grand house for 20 years until she moved to Illinois and married the attorney, Abraham Lincoln, who would one day become the 16th President of the United States. The two met in Springfield, Ilinois, where Mary was visiting an older sister. In 1942, Mary traded her life of privilege for that of a middle-class wife, and the rest, as they say, is history.

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Oak Alley Plantation, Vacherie, St. James Parish, Louisiana / United States - June 28-2018: oak alley big house photo with canopy of oak trees leading to the house and tourist.
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Louisiana: Oak Valley Plantation

Oak Alley Plantation, located in St. James Parish, in the community of Vacherie, was named for its double row of southern oak trees that were planted in the early 1700s, long before the house, itself, was built. Known for its architecture and landscaping, some of the most notable of which was performed in the mid-1800s by an enslaved gardener, the property has been designated a national historic landmark.

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Uncle Toms Cabin-Inspiration, Brunswick, USA
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Maine: Harriet Beecher Stowe’s house

The Harriet Beecher Stowe House, which is now owned by Bowdoin College, was the home of Harriet Beecher Stowe and her family from 1850 to 1852. In the years that she lived there, Stowe wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin and sheltered John Andrew Jackson, a fugitive slave from South Carolina. The building is a national historic landmark and an Underground Railroad Network to Freedom site.

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Historic mansion, once part of a slave plantation, located in Carroll Park (Baltimore, MD). Currently serves as a museum house.

Maryland: Mount Clare

“Mount Clare is a 1760 colonial Georgian home built by one of Maryland’s leading patriots and one of our first state senators, Charles Carroll, Barrister, a distant cousin of the Declaration of Independence signer, Charles Carroll of Carrollton,” according to the Mount Clare Museum. The center of Georgia Plantation, described as a “self-sufficient plantation with a diverse community,” Mount Clare was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1971.

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Lizzie Borden’s house in Fall River, MA

Massachusetts: Lizzie Borden’s house

Lizzie Borden, whom a nursery rhyme insists killed her parents with an ax, was actually acquitted of murder. The house where Lizzie lived with her parents—the house where the gruesome killings took place—is in Fall River, and is a huge tourist attraction, in part because no one really knows if (or why) Lizzie Borden took that ax. Find out about the strangest unsolved mystery of every state.

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Large Panoramic Michigan Dearborn Edsel & Eleanor Ford House Greenfield Village Cotswold Cottage

Michigan: The Ford House

The Eleanor and Edsel Ford House in Grosse Pointe is the home of one of America’s most prominent families. The Fords were cultural, social, and economic leaders, and although they owned more than one house, this one, along the shores of St. Claire, was their final residence and the one they truly thought of as home.

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Prince Death Investigation, Chanhassen, USA - 01 Feb 2004

Minnesota: Paisley Park

Located in Chanhassen, Paisley Park was the home of musical artist and star, Prince. Paisley Park is not only where Prince lived, but it’s also where he produced music. And sadly, it’s where the multi-Grammy winner died of an overdose in 2016. The home is open to the public for tours, though you must buy tickets online in advance.

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Mississippi: Elvis Presley’s birthplace

When you think of Elvis, you probably think of Graceland, his mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. But the two-room home where Elvis was born and raised in Tupelo is famous in its own right. Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935, to Vernon and Gladys Presley (as a twin; his brother, Jessie Garon, was stillborn), and he lived here, in the home which was built by Elvis’s father, grandfather, and uncle, for only a few years before his family had to move out due to lack of payment.

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Missouri: Mark Twain’s boyhood home

Mark Twain’s boyhood home and its white picket fence inspired at least one episode of the novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. A Hannibal museum since 1912, it’s been a landmark since 1962 and is located within Missouri’s Mark Twain Historic District.

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DECEMBER 2004 - Historic Moss Mansion, Billings, MT
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Montana: Moss Mansion

If the Moss Mansion in Billings looks vaguely familiar, it could be because it was designed for the Moss family by the same architect who designed the iconic New York hotels, the Plaza and the Waldorf Astoria. It’s also been featured on the silver screen in several films, including Son of the Morning Star and Return to Lonesome Dove. These are the most iconic movies set in every state.

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Farm and house of the famous Buffalo Bill near North Platte in Nebraska
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Nebraska: Buffalo Bill’s farmhouse

“Hunting and killing over 4,000 buffalo earned Buffalo Bill Cody his nickname,” according to Biography, “and his status as an Old West legend was cemented with his traveling Wild West show.” Built in 1886 at a cost of less than $4,000, the farm and house where Buffalo Bill lived near North Platte has been restored and is open as a museum and state park.

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CARSON CITY, NEVADA - AUGUST 14: Entrance to the Nevada Governor's Mansion on August 14, 2013 in Carson City, Nevada
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Nevada: Governor’s Mansion

The Nevada Governor’s Mansion earns its place as the most famous house in Nevada because it’s not only an incredibly elegant example of Classical Revival architecture but also the home of several ghosts, including one former Nevada governor…or so we hear. Don’t miss the spookiest ghost story from every state.

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NEW HAMPSHIRE, USA - OCTOBER 2015: Tourists visit Castle in the Clouds. It is a 16-room mansion and 5,500-acre.

New Hampshire: Castle in the Clouds

Built high in the Ossipee Mountain Range in the 1910s, Tom and Olive Plant’s mountaintop estate has come to be known as Castle in the Clouds. It is a rare example of the Arts and Crafts architectural movement in New England and the view from the grounds alone is worth the trip.

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New Jersey: Walt Whitman’s house

The poet and author of Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman lived in this two-story wood frame rowhouse in Camden from 1884 until his death in 1892. Whitman, who once called America the “greatest poem,” has been called The Great American Poet.

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Historic Kit Carson Home and Museum in Taos, New Mexico, USA, 08-18-2018

New Mexico: Kit Carson’s home

Kit Carson, born Christopher Houston Carson, was a famous icon of the American West. Born in Kentucky in 1809 and raised on the Missouri frontier, Carson became an experienced hunter and trapper by his 20s, and after meeting the explorer John C. Frémont in 1842, became one of the most active participants in extending the boundaries of the United States to where it is today. This was where Carson lived and ranched in New Mexico, which was as far west as Carson got, according to Biography.

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NYC Mayor's Race Gracie Mansion, New York, USA
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New York: Gracie Mansion

If you’ve never been to New York City’s Upper East Side, and in particular, Yorkville (the neighborhood in the East 80s that is closest to the East River), it may be surprising to learn that this bucolic mansion is located right in Manhattan adjacent to Carl Schurz Park, a popular playground and dog run. Built in 1799, Gracie Mansion been renovated and added-onto at various points in history and is known to be a place where history is made, rather than simply recorded.

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North Carolina: Biltmore Estate

The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, a French Rennaissance castle, is America’s largest residential home. Built by George Vanderbilt in 1895 as a grand Blue Ridge Mountain retreat for his family, it stands on 8,000 acres and has at least 250 rooms. Its grounds were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead (of New York City’s Central Park-fame). The home and gardens are open for tours.

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Lawrence Welks Home, Strasburg, USA
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North Dakota: Lawrence Welk’s birthplace

Bandleader Lawrence Welk was born into poverty in 1903 in this house on the rural outskirts of Strasburg. The sixth of nine children, he sold himself into “slavery” to his father to pay for his first accordion. He left home at 21, made his television debut in 1955 (and was the host of the Lawrence Welk Show from 1955 until 1982), and never looked back. Although Welk disliked his birthplace, the state of North Dakota considers Welk one of its “favorite sons.”

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CLEVELAND, OHIO USA - December 4, 2015: The house from the movie, "A Christmas Story", located in the Tremont Neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio.
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Ohio: The A Christmas Story house

Ralphie Parker is fictional, but the house where he lived in with his family in Cleveland is real and located on W. 11th Street. Superfan Brian Jones bought the house in 2005 and renovated it to look exactly as it did in the movie. In 2006, A Christmas Story House opened as a museum for costumes and the props actually used during production.

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Marland Mansion in Ponca City, OK. Statue by the front entrance.
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Oklahoma: The Marland Mansion

“The Marland Mansion exudes the extravagant lifestyle that could only be afforded by E.W. Marland, the legendary founder of Marland Oil, who once owned a tenth of the oil reserves in the world,” explains TravelOK. “Inspired by Florence, Italy’s Palazzo Davanzati, the Marland Mansion is like no other structure on the Oklahoma plains.” Built a century ago, it’s known not just for its architecture but for its collection of sculptures, including limestone sculptures of the Marland family.

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VARIOUS Historic Hughes House in Cape Blanco State Park near Port Orford Oregon.
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Oregon: The Hughes House

Built in 1898, the Patrick and Jane Hughes House in Curry County is a significant survivor of a large, prosperous ranch and dairy business operated by Irish immigrant, Patrick Hughes, and his family, according to the Oregon Encyclopedia. It’s considered the best preserved, largely unaltered, late 19th-century house in the county.

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MILL RUN, PENNSYLVANIA, USA - OCTOBER 24, 2017: Fallingwater over Bear Run waterfall in the Laurel Highlands of the Allegheny Mountains.
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Pennsylvania: Fallingwater

Located in the mountains of Southwestern Pennsylvania in Mill Run, is Fallingwater, a Franklin Lloyd Wright-designed house dating back to 1935. It was originally a private home for Pittsburgh department store owner, Edgar J. Kaufmann, Sr., and his family. It’s one of Wright’s most widely acclaimed works and is said to exemplify his philosophy of organic architecture: the harmonious union of art and nature. Open now as a museum, Fallingwater is the only major Wright work that’s open to the public with its setting, original furnishings, and artwork intact. This house may seem odd, but it’s nowhere near as crazy as Pennsylvania’s claim to fame for the list of the strangest houses in every state.

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Newport, USA - CIRCA 2010: The Breakers Mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. The Breakers is one of the most fabulous mansions built in 1893.

Rhode Island: The Breakers

Newport is famous for its oceanside mansions, but the most famous, by far, is The Breakers, the mansion built as the summer home of Cornelius Vanderbilt II. Built in an architectural style reminiscent of Italian Rennaissance, the 70-room mansion comprises 125,339 square feet and is a national historic landmark. It’s open to the public for tours. Don’t miss the most historical hotel in every state.

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VARIOUS The John Joyner House in the Historic District in the town of Beaufort in the spring, South Carolina
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South Carolina: The John Joyner Smith House

Originally built for John Joyner Smith around 1813, this house is considered one of the leading examples of the Federal architectural style, and it has the distinction of having been occupied by Union Troops during the Civil War.

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Custer, South Dakota. U.S.A. September 12, 2018. Custer State Park State Game Lodge built circa 1920. Summer White House to President Calvin Coolidge 1927 and President Dwight Eisenhower June 1953.
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South Dakota: The Summer White House

When President Calvin Coolidge announced he wanted a summer away from Washington, D.C. and its bugs, crowds, and humid air that irritated his bronchitis, the nation competed to get his attention. The place that won out was the Black Hills of South Dakota. President Coolidge spent several months here in a Game Lodge and the area became known as “the Summer White House of 1927.”

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Memphis TN/USA - Sep. 21, 2017: Tourists visit Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion. The mansion had been placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Tenessee: Graceland

Graceland wasn’t built by Elvis Presley, although it’s most famous for being his home from the time he was 22 years old. Once part of a 500-acre farm that was owned by the S.E. Toof family, Elvis purchased the home and grounds for just over $100,000 in the spring of 1957. Although Elvis was frequently on the road and had other homes in the Los Angeles area, Graceland in Memphis was always Elvis’s true home. The size of this place wouldn’t allow Graceland to even get close to our picks for the coolest tiny home in every state.

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HOUSTON, TEXAS - August, 2018: Yates House in historical Sam Houston Park near Downtown Houston, Texas

Texas: Yates House

The Yates House was built by Reverend John Henry Yates, an emancipated slave who later served as the minister for Antioch Baptist Church, founder of Bethel Baptist Church, and organizer of the Houston Academy in 1894. “Construction of this house a mere five years after Emancipation illustrates the indomitable spirit of a formerly enslaved population that was transitioning into a free society in Houston,” according to the Heritage Society at Sam Houston Park in Houston.

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Utah: The Beehive House

Built in 1854, the Beehive House was home to Brigham Young and other leaders of the Church of Latter-day Saints and also served as offices for the Church for many years, according to the Temple Square website. “The beehive motif was placed atop the structure to symbolize the strong sense of community and diligent work ethic of the Latter-day Saints called to settle the West,” shares the website. A little less famous, but equally important, is the nearby Lion House, which was home to many of Young’s wives (he is thought to have had at least 40) and children.

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Travel Robert Frost Museum, Shaftsbury, USA - 02 May 2018
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Vermont: Robert Frost’s house in Shaftsbury

Another great American poet, Frost moved to Vermont from New Hampshire in 1920 “to seek a better place to farm and especially grow apples.” This farmhouse in Shaftsbury is where he wrote many of his famous poems and where he lived until his death in 1963.

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Presidents Day Weekend, Mt. Vernon, USA
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Virginia: Mt. Vernon

George Washington slept here. Really. In fact, Mt. Vernon, located on the banks of the Potomac River, was our first president’s family estate, which he expanded from 2,000 acres to 8,000. And it isn’t that far from Virginia’s candidate in our list of the most charming small towns in every state.

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Usa Cobain Anniversary - Apr 2004
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Washington: Kurt Cobain’s house

This was the Seattle house where Kurt Cobain lived with his wife, Courtney Love. The house was built in 1902 and is quite modest, according to RoadTrippers, reflecting Cobain’s values despite his rock star status. It’s also the place where Kurt spent the last minutes of his life.

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HARPERS FERRY, VW - APRIL 13: The Lockwood House, built in 1848, served numerous purposes during the American Civil War and later became a school for former slaves April 4, 2018 in Harpers Ferry, WV
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West Virginia: Lockwood House

The Lockwood House, built in 1848, served numerous purposes during the Civil War, including as a makeshift hospital for Union soldiers after the Battle of Harper’s Ferry, but most notably, it became a school for former slaves. In addition, some of the walls contain unique graffiti from the Civil War era, which conservationists are seeking to preserve.

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Stockholm, WI USA August 28, 2016: "Little House on the Prairie" author, Laura Ingalls Wilder's, reconstructed three room, log cabin birthplace home interior in Stockholm Wisconsin.

Wisconsin: Birthplace of Laura Ingalls Wilder

Pepin, Wisconsin is the birthplace (reconstructed) of the beloved children’s author Laura Ingalls Wilder. At the museum devoted to Wilder (born Laura Ingalls in 1867), you can see a reconstructed interior of the three-room log cabin where the author was born and lived with her family. The cabin was Wilder’s inspiration for Little House in the Big Woods, the first in the Little House series.

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Medicine Bow, WY / USA - July 17, 2013: Beginning about 1915, Thomas Boylan used 5,796 dinosaur bones from nearby Como Bluff to build this cabin. The curiousity was used to house a museum.
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Wyoming: Fossil Cabin

Starting in about 1915, Thomas Boylan began collecting the 5,796 dinosaur bones from nearby Como Bluff that he’d eventually use to build this cabin, dubbed the Fossil Cabin and later used as a museum. The structure was completed in 1932 and is considered Wyoming’s “oldest” house. Next, read on for the most famous landmark in every state.