Historic Houses

  • Ghosts of Galena

    This sweet town in northwest Illinois is packed with history . . . and mystery.

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  • Exploring Chippewa Falls

    Leinenkugel brewery, the Old Abe bike trail and the Chippewa River draw tourists to this Wisconsin town.

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  • Prairie du Chien's past

    A riverside estate provides a window into the Victorian high society of frontier Wisconsin.

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  • In search of Christmas past

    At Old World Wisconsin near Milwaukee, pioneers party like it’s 1899.

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  • Homes for the holidays

    For Christmas, historic mansions up the ante on opulence.

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  • Ghosts on the prowl

    Around the region, spirits of past turn out to haunt tourists of today.

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  • Barn storming

    Driving tours in five states showcase these simple but cherished farm buildings.

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  • Hinckley's Fire Museum

    The stories of a firestorm that devastated eastern Minnesota still shock those who hear them.

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  • Chasing gangsters in Wisconsin

    In lakes country, tourists still love to visit the resorts and supper clubs where Prohibition-era crooks relaxed.

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  • The artistic Gags of New Ulm

    The author/illustrator of the children's book

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  • Welcome, darlings, to Ten Chimneys

    When it was play time, the first couple of the theater headed for southeast Wisconsin.

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  • West Branch's 'wonder boy'

    An Iowa village tells the story of Herbert Hoover, the international hero who became a scapegoat.

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  • Street of dreams

    On St. Paul's Summit Avenue, imposing mansions are remnants of the Gilded Age.

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  • Brigadoon in bluff country

    At Historic Forestville, visitors are transported back to 1899.

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  • H.H. Bennett's Wisconsin Dells

    Thanks to a 19th-century photographer, tourists flooded in to see the famous rock formations for themselves.

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  • Duluth's grand mansion

    At Glensheen, tourists walk into the life of an extraordinary family.

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  • Home of horsepower

    In Wisconsin, see where race cars, snowmobiles, outboards and motorcycles were born.

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