You Can Tour These Historic Mansions From Your Couch
With the coronavirus pandemic forcing millions of Americans into isolation, virtual tours of everything from museums to national parks are taking off. As our friends at House Beautiful recently pointed out, virtual tours of historic homes all over the world are also available. So, for those of you who are ready to trade in your four walls for something a little grander, we recommend taking a virtual tour of these five historic homes.
Mount Vernon, Mount Vernon, Virginia
The plantation of George and Martha Washington, the first President and First Lady of the United States of America, Mount Vernon and its more than 30 outbuildings sit on 500 acres overlooking the Potomac River. Take a virtual tour here.
The Mark Twain House, Hartford, Connecticut
Tour the 25-room Victorian mansion where Mark Twain lived and wrote from 1874-1891. It was here that he penned The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and Life on the Mississippi.
Buckingham Palace, London, England
Ever dreamed of seeing how Queen Elizabeth lives? Fortunately, you don’t need a plane ticket to scope out her primary residence. Click here for stunning virtual tours of Buckingham Palace’s White Drawing Room, the Throne Room, the Blue Drawing Room, and the Grand Staircase.
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami, Florida
The National Historic Landmark is the former estate of businessman James Deering, who used it as a winter getaway between 1916 and 1925. The stunning, 38,000-square-foot Tuscan style main house consists of 54 rooms. Take a tour of the sprawling residence as well as the mazelike Italian Renaissance gardens.
Monticello, Charlottesville, Virginia
Thomas Jefferson’s 5,000-acre plantation includes a house he helped design and one of the South’s most iconic gardens. Choose between ticketed guided tours and free unguided tours of this one-of-a-kind landmark.