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[Sitings] Villa Finale: From Boarding House to Local Gem

Posted on: April 20th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Villa Finale, located in the King William Historic District of San Antonio, Texas, tells the story of preservationist Walter Mathis. In 1967, Mathis purchased his home at 401 King William in a neighborhood that was in an advanced state of disrepair. Stately mansions had become poorly maintained rooming houses, some altered almost beyond recognition.... Read More →

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Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Brucemore: A Century of Stories

Posted on: April 13th, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Brucemore, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is a house museum and community cultural center. Visitors annually enjoy the historic mansion, stroll through the beautiful gardens, and attend a variety of special events on the estate.

The 26-acre estate tells the stories of three Cedar Rapids families, all business and social leaders, who reflected and influenced the community in which they lived. The changes they made to their estate, the impact they had on their community, and the stories they left behind shape visitors' understanding of the American Midwest.

Brucemore offers a wide variety of concerts, theater, programs, and tours for visitors of all ages. Plan your visit today -- and if you can't make it there soon, enjoy some fun facts about the estate in this week's slideshow.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] Oatlands: A Mansion for All Seasons

Posted on: April 6th, 2013 by Mame McCully 1 Comment

 

Oatlands, a Site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, is a stately mansion with beautiful rolling farmland, exquisite gardens, and a repository of more than 200 years of American history and culture. Just an hour from our nation's capital in historic Leesburg, Va., the site offers historic house tours and four seasons full of activities and special events.

Upcoming this month: a visit from American Girl author Valerie Tripp, the Ancient Technology Expo, and the first full moon paranormal tour of the season! Make plans to visit soon -- and until then, enjoy this week's slideshow.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Sitings] The Farnsworth House in Plano, Ill.

Posted on: March 30th, 2013 by Mame McCully 2 Comments

 

Mies van der Rohe's iconic Farnsworth House is located about an hour west of downtown Chicago in Plano, Illinois. Conceived in 1945 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the home was completed in 1951.
Conceived in 1945 for Dr. Edith Farnsworth, the home was completed in 1951.

Plano, Illinois is a small town about an hour from Chicago, but what many don’t know is that it’s home to The Farnsworth House, an internationally known piece of architecture by famous architect Mies van der Rohe. Sitting alongside the Fox River, the glass-walled home is truly an experience for architecture and design lovers.

If you are in Chicago, don’t miss this gem and the chance to sneak away from the Windy City to see what else Illinois has to offer. Tours begin April 3; visitors are encouraged to get their tickets online in advance.

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.

[Slideshow] Sitings: Belle Grove Plantation

Posted on: March 23rd, 2013 by Mame McCully

 

Spring has sprung and at Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Virginia, this means that this historic site opens for the season just as it has every year since 1967. A short trip from Washington D.C., the site and historic Cedar Creek Battlefield are a perfect stop if you are passing by on a roadtrip or if you want to escape for a day from a nearby city.

Check out some of the beautiful vistas and fun facts from this historic site of the National Trust:... Read More →

The National Trust for Historic Preservation works to save America's historic places. Join us today to help protect the places that matter to you.

Mame McCully

Mame McCully is a marketing manager at the National Trust. Her heart is forever in the Midwest, but she loves to travel, explore new places, and spend time with family and friends.