Northeastern Historic Sites

Old House Journal

Guides to Northeastern historic towns and home tours of classic Federals, farmhouses, colonials from Massachusetts, Virginia and everywhere in between. 

The Seth Peterson Cottage, Frank Lloyd Wright

Stay in a Frank Lloyd Wright House

We show you how to spend the night in a Frank Lloyd Wright house.

The patriotic Little Corner Store represents a more recent period: rationing during World War II.

Colonial History at Strawbery Banke Museum

This living history museum is the heart of Portsmouth, New Hampshire's historic city center.

The Palmer House’s lobby

Historic Retreats: The Palmer House Hotel in Chicago, Illinois

To understand why the Palmer House is so special, you need only enter the lobby.


Federal With a Twist

A stoic Federal in rural Maine, built circa 1790 and remarkably preserved, has a surprise inside.

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Historic Camps: Mount Gretna, Pennsylvania

Mount Gretna's wooded hills are home to the Pennsylvania National Guard's summer encampment, a church, a meeting camp, and the Pennsylvania Chautauqua.

Parson Fisher House Museum

The Parson Fisher House Museum

Learn about the Parson Fisher House Museum in Blue Hill, Maine.

The picturesque downtown is packed with artists and craftsmen, antiques shops, and restaurants, occupying spaces once claimed by millers, tanners, and blacksmiths.

The Historic Charms of Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Visit colonial-era homes in the Old South of Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Complete with a berm and nestled into its sloping site, the Brown House mirrors 18th-century Chester County homesteads that were added to over time. Mixed materials were used in constructing stone, log, and wood-framed sections.

Building Tradition at Olde Bulltown

An authentic stone house vernacular is still strong at this community of new old houses in Pennsylvania.

Winterthur and its collections are one of the region's gems.

Historic Sights in Wilmington & the Brandywine Valley

Explore early Dutch architecture and great estates curated by Delaware’s first family, the Du Ponts.

“Litchfield is peaceful and a great place to write," says resident Florence de Dampierre. "Yet it’s close to New York and full of interesting people...the perfect combination of calm and social interaction.”

Classic New England Architecture in Litchfield, Connecticut

This idyllic town in northwest Connecticut boasts plenty of well-preserved old houses.

Gloucester's picturesque Good Harbor beach.

What to See on Boston's North Shore

Visitors to Boston often head south to Cape Cod, but there’s year-round attraction to the North Shore with its art and maritime heritage.

First Parish church dates to the 1840s.

Three Centuries of History in Lincoln, Massachusetts

From Revolutionary roots to modernist masterworks, Lincoln, Massachusetts, has something for every architecture buff.

Caleb Pusey House, stone house

Stone Houses of Eastern Pennsylvania

A look into the rich history of Eastern Pennsylvania's stone houses and buildings.

The decorated gable on this little Victorian charmer is typical of Ocean Grove.

Stick Style Houses by the Sea

The seaside town of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, is a picture-perfect catalog of Stick Style architecture.

A bevy of tall ships will take to Boston Harbor to celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 at this summer's Harborfest.

Historical Summer Events in Boston

With mild temperatures and a bevy of events, summer is an excellent time to visit Boston. Consult our guide to find this summer’s best history-minded happenings.

Many examples of Federal architecture can be seen on the winding streets of Beacon Hill.

Boston's Old-House Treasures

A local shares his favorite buildings from three centuries of history.

The kitchen in the Coffin House contains little more than a large cooking fireplace and a built-in cupboard for holding dishes.

5 House Museum Kitchens to Visit

When you're trying to replicate period details in your kitchen, house museums offer a wealth of sleuthing opportunities.

The Castle (1923) represents the essence of the community—a historic cottage, restored, rehabbed, and added to over the years.

The Arts & Crafts Community at Arden, Delaware

North of Wilmington, Delaware, in a niche created by two busy roads and a pair of creeks feeding the Delaware River, sits a tiny village with an intriguing past and an array of Arts & Crafts-era buildings in a period-perfect landscape.

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