Plantation Home in New Orleans, Louisiana
Built in the 1880s, The Manzant retains historic details like cypress doors and plaster ceiling medallions. The newly renovated eight-bedroom home is located near the famous Bywater arts district in New Orleans, which gives travelers easy access to shops, restaurants, and other attractions.
Restored Cottage in Beaufort, South Carolina
Located in central Beaufort, this 1889 cottage has been beautifully restored as well as updated with all modern conveniences. After relaxing on the quaint front porch, visitors can explore America’s past in the nearby historic district, which bears the imprints of Spanish, English, French, and Gullah cultures.
House on Elfreth's Alley in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
What’s the name of our nation’s oldest residential street? That would be Elfreth’s Alley, a National Historic Landmark where you can transport yourself to colonial-era Philadelphia for just the cost of a night's rent. This three-story brick townhouse is outfitted with attractive furnishings and has flooring that dates back to the 1700s—but still has all of today's amenities.
Related: America’s 50 Favorite Streets
Renovated Civil War Hospital in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Get up close and personal with the history of Gettysburg, the site of the bloodiest battle of the Civil War, by staying in a home that served as a field hospital in the aftermath of the conflict. Just a short drive from the battlefield, it's the perfect spot to learn about this pivotal engagement and appreciate the humanity behind the history. When you're done exploring the area, relax in the home’s big backyard, or take a drive to nearby Baltimore or Washington D.C., if you crave a little city excitement.
French Quarter Mansion in New Orleans, Louisiana
The French Quarter in New Orleans is one of the most colorful and creative neighborhoods in the United States—and what better way to experience it than by temporarily living at Jung Mansion, right in the heart of it all? Built in 1890 at the peak of the Gilded Age, the mansion has a gorgeous interior that blends antique charm and modern convenience.
Former Rectory in Washington, D.C.
This 5,000-square-foot mansion is the former Rectory of St. Augustine's Church—and the site of a Civil War hospital to boot. Visitors will find many of the structure's original elements, including stained-glass windows, chestnut wainscoting, and old-world pine. Walk out the door of this stunning building and you’re within strolling distance of the White House, the National Mall, and countless other famous attractions.
Civil War-Era Carriage House in St. Louis, Missouri
Nothing exudes historic charm quite like a carriage house. This modernized studio-style nook stands apart from the main house, built by lawyer and Civil War major Leo Rassieur, and is close to St. Louis’s nightlife and historic sites. Visitors will enjoy privacy year-round as well as a lush garden in spring and summer.
Southern Mansion in Wadmalaw, South Carolina
Indulge your time-travel fantasies with an overnight stay inside a scenic Southern mansion. Located near Rockville, South Carolina, this four-bedroom home, built in the early 1800s, abounds with historic charm. Spend your morning sipping lemonade on the wraparound porch, then explore nearby beaches and quaint shops in downtown Charleston.
Frank Lloyd Wright House in Two Rivers, Wisconsin
Calling all architecture buffs! For $350 a night, you can rent Still Bend, a 1938 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Two Rivers, Wisconsin. Wright referred to this location as his “dream house,” a fitting description for this light-filled residence that features multiple fireplaces, the warm tones of wood and brick, and clerestory windows.
Gold Rush Cabin in Big Bear City, California
This rustic cabin housed miners who called Big Bear City home in the mid-1800s, following the biggest discovery of gold in this part of the state. During the day, explore the beautiful forests and meadows surrounding the cabin, one of the oldest wooden buildings in Southern California. Then at night, when you pull the quilt up under your chin, enjoy the seclusion and quiet of the private five-acre property.
Farmstead in Nerstrand, Minnesota
Looking for an escape from city life? Spend a long weekend in Minnesota at Historic Veblen Farm, in a house built by Norwegian immigrants—the parents of economist Thorstein Veblen—in the 1870s. Enjoy the well-tended gardens and long hikes in nearby Nerstrand Big Woods State Park.
Former Tavern in Williamstown, Massachusetts
This restored Williamstown home is chock-full of history. The basement previously served as a colonial-era tavern that supplied bread to soldiers during our nation’s war for independence. Walking into this basement, with its oak beams and stone fireplace, is like stepping out of a time machine. And those stones surrounding the fireplace could very well be the same ones revolutionary turncoat Benedict Arnold saw when he slept at the tavern in 1775.
Former Brewery in Galena, Illinois
This Airbnb is the ideal destination for beer lovers! Located in Galena, Illinois, home of our 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, this renovated building served as the Illinois Brewery in the early 1800s. Inside the 2,400-square-foot residence, you’ll find a limestone fermenting cellar, original pine floors, two bedrooms, gas fireplaces, and a completely modern kitchen.
Civil War Farmhouse in Palmetto, Georgia
Enjoy the best of city and country life with a stay at Cackle Corner farmhouse, conveniently located near Atlanta amid acres of gentle countryside. Built during the Civil War, the home was recently renovated and is now surrounded by gardens and exotic hens.
Stone House Mansion in Kearneysville, West Virginia
First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt used to enjoy spending the night on the sleeping porch at her cottage. You, too, can slumber comfortably alfresco when you spend the night at Stone House Mansion, which was built in 1757 and has sheltered military officers, congressmen, and other history makers. You will wake up surrounded by soft wind and pastureland, feeling refreshed and ready for journeys to nearby Harpers Ferry, Shepherdstown, and the Antietam National Battlefield.
Want to step inside old, new, bold, beautiful, weird and wonderful homes around the world? Subscribe to the House Lovers newsletter today!