Southern Historic Sites

Old House Journal

Southern charm extends to these historic homes, museums, plantations, and hotels. A guide to some of our favorite Southern historic sites.

white clapboard façade of the Clifton Inn

Historic Retreats: Clifton Inn in Charlottesville, Virginia

Just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the shadow of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Clifton Inn captures the true spirit of Federal-era hospitality.

Hotel Ponce de Leon (now part of Flagler College), designed by Thomas Hastings in 1887, historic places

Finding Old Florida

Once upon a time, long before glittering Miami Vice skyscrapers and Disney fantasies scrawled their signature across the state, there was a whole other Florida.

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Elley Villa in Kentucky

Left for ruin this Kentucky villa became unfit for living until one couple restored it.

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Spotlight: Strasburg, Virginia

The history behind Strasburg, Virginia, homes.

An intact row of Creole cottages, newly painted, on Chartres Street in The Marigny.

Architecture & Culture in New Orleans' Faubourg Marigny

Filled with old-timers and artists, The Marigny is a bohemian neighborhood against a backdrop of pastel Shotgun houses and colorful Creole cottages.

The private, shady courtyard provides a quiet respite from the French Quarter.

Historic Retreats: Audubon Cottages in New Orleans

A collection of charming cottages echoes the French Quarter’s blend of history and culture.

A historic streetscape in the village, with the Winston-Salem central business district in the background.

Step Back in Time at Old Salem Village

Visit and learn at Old Salem in North Carolina.

Despite many changes of hands over the years, the façade of the Driskill Hotel still looks remarkably like it did in 1885.

Historic Retreats: Austin's Driskill Hotel

The legendary Romanesque landmark brings a Lone Star brand of grandeur to Texas’ state capital.

As part of the restoration, Montpelier was stripped of its duPont-era pink stucco and returned to its original Federal-era brick façade.

Finding James Madison's Montpelier

A world-class sleuthing effort has gone into restoring James Madison's beloved house. The result is one of the best unmuddlings in recent history.

Grass Lawn—so iconic that it graces the City of Gulfport’s official logo—stands once again along the town’s beachfront.

Rebuilding a Historic Mississippi Plantation

Many buildings have risen along the Mississippi coast since Hurricane Katrina landed its punch in 2005. But very few embody the Spanish-moss-and-mint-julep spirit of the Old South quite like Grass Lawn, a stately Greek Revival home with an airy two-story galerie that overlooks the Gulf of Mexico.

The Grove Park Inn remains an Arts & Crafts icon and a mecca for the movement’s enthusiasts.

Historic Sights in Asheville, North Carolina

A local walks us through this gem of a city bursting with architectural treasures.

Various Victorian styles are apparent in the handsome brick houses.

A Tour of Old Louisville

Who knew that Louisville has the largest number of contiguous Victorian-era houses in the United States? Walking down the streets of the city’s historic districts, you’ll be amazed at the number of turrets. Comprising 1,200 acres within 48 square blocks, and home to more than 17,000 residents, Old Louisville is an unequalled oasis of 19th-century domestic architecture.

In Savannah, houses, buildings, and lush landscapes of all periods blend uniquely together, as in this view of Chippewa Square.

Federal Architecture in Savannah, Georgia

We take a closer look at Savannah, Georgia.

Afton Villa's formal boxwood parterre was inspired by the original owners' honeymoon tour of Europe. Photo courtesy of Afton Villa.

7 Antebellum Gardens to Visit

Take a look at 7 Antebellum gardens around the country.

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Texas Independence in Washington County

The rolling countryside of Washington County, Texas, is tranquil and pastoral. The county seat, Brenham, is the only population center; Burton, Chappell Hill, and Independence are tiny communities organized around rural crossroads. But this quiet part of the Lone Star State is also its most historic.

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