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Heritage Tour - Places We Missed
During the summer of 2011, the staff of PreservationDirectory.com made our first round-trip cross-country trip across the United States.  Along the way we made stops at museums, historic districts, theaters and opera houses, roadside attractions, national parks, and universities.  

Our first leg took us from Portland, OR through WA, ID, MT, WY, SD, MN, IL, IN, OH, PA, and NY.  Our return trip began in my hometown of Rochester, NY and continued through PA, OH, IN, IL, IA, NE, CO, UT and OR.  17 states were visited over 3 weeks in late June into early July.  It was quite a trip.  

Photos from the trip can be viewed at our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/preservationdirectory.com.  

Before beginning the trip we polled our readers for their choices for essential stops on the trip.  Unfortunately we weren’t able to go everywhere, but wanted to share these great tips and travel suggestions with you!  


2011 Heritage Tour – Places We Weren’t Able to Stop:


ALABAMA:
  • The town of Eufaula, AL with over 700 structures on the Historic Register; Civil War and Civil Rights sites in Montgomery, AL; Hank Williams Boyhood home museum in Georgiana, AL; The Music Festival in Muscle Shoals; Any of many other musical events during the "Year of Alabama Music" sponsored by Alabama Department of Tourism.  Visit the Department of Travel Tourism for a list.
    • Deborah Casey, Site Director, Fendall Hall

  • While I didn't see any southern states on your itinerary, IF you happen to pass through the south you should see the Daniel Pratt Historic District located in Prattville, AL.  Daniel Pratt founded the city on the banks of Autuaga Creek not long after the cotton gin was invented.  He built a manufacturing facility that at one time was the largest cotton gin manufacturer in the world.  Daniel Pratt's company is now owned by Continental Eagle and will soon be closing since like most companies most of the manufacturing is now being done overseas.  We live in and operate our business in one of the historic homes in this historic district.  One of the things that makes Prattville unique is the historic downtown looks and feels more like a New England village rather than a small southern town.  We relocated here 4 years ago from California and love it here!

ARIZONA:
  • Saw you are looking for great places to visit – don’t forget Bisbee, Arizona!  Founded in 1880, Bisbee was once the largest city between San Francisco and St. Louis.  We are rich in mining and historical treasures – and we have a Smithsonian level museum AND a real underground mine tour.  Not to mention amazing architecture and many WPA projects – including the famous Copper Iron Man statue.  Have I convinced you to visit?  Check out our official visitors’ site at www.discoverbisbee.com and let us know when you’re coming to town!
    • Lisa M. Marra, City of Bisbee Community Development Department

CALIFORNIA:
  • I see you have not put CA on your schedule of visits this summer.  I would like to recommend you see the Preston Castle in Ione, CA.  If you go to our website at www.prestoncastle.com you will find out about us.  You can also email and call us at the following: info@prestoncastle.com, 209-256-3623 
    • Marie Nutting, Preston Castle Foundation

  • In the little (but scenic) town of Cambria, on the central coast of California near San Luis Obispo, stands a Chinese temple built by a group of immigrant men employed in gathering seaweed off the rocks lining the shore.  The modest one-room frame structure was built by 1895.  At one time, it had been dragged across the property to serve as an addition to the owner's home, but it was relocated in 2001 to its historic setting and carefully restored to its original appearance.  It is a rare success story in historic preservation.
    • Roberta S. Greenwood, RPA, Greenwood and Associates, Pacific Palisades, CA

  • Mendocino, CA is a "must see" on your trip. The entire town has been designated as a historic district. Coastal redwoods are an added attraction. Only two places in the entire world that has coastal redwoods.
    • Nancy Freeze, Executive Director, Kelley House Museum

  • A Gold Rush town is being revived in Lockeford, California.  Worth seeing, worth giving support to the preservationists who persevere.  Merchantile Store; Luther Locke Bldg (Queen Anne style); Inn at Locke House (22-room brick farmhouse and 2-story barn built by town founder Dean J. Locke, MD); Old Lockeford School House; Harmony Grove Church; Harmony; Grove Pioneer Cemetery; St. Joachim's Church; Jack Tone Ranch (150 years old); Locke Ranch (150+ years old)

COLORADO:

  • Visiting Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park is great.  BUT are you aware that some of the most interesting and beautiful scenery and places are on the Western Slope?  You might consider Redstone, Crested Butte, Paonia, Ouray, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Mesa Verde National Park, Leadville, etc.
    • Linda Lentz, Bross Hotel

  • Victor, Colorado is a great small historic district. We just completed over $500,000 worth of renovations and stabilization to the 1899 museum building here and there are a wealth of 1899 buildings in Victor.
    • Ruth Zalewski, Victor Lowell Thomas Museum

  • Go to www.visitcripplecreek.com (Cripple Creek, CO) to see a possible stop on your tour.
    • Larry Manning, Development Director, City of Cripple Creek, CO

  • I am suggesting that you add the National Landmark Boulder Pearl Street Mall . . . a beautiful spot, a walking Mall that is the most successful one of its kind in the Country.  FYI, Boulder has been recently named the happiest, healthiest, and smartest city in the country.  Thanks!  Let me know if you need further information.
    • Jancy Campbell, Boulder, CO

  • Of course we'd love to show off all the historic resources and more in Steamboat Springs and northwestern Colorado. Check out this website for some regional ideas: Northwest Colorado Cultural Heritage Tourism: www.nwcoloradoheritagetravel.org.
    • Arianthé C. Stettner, President, Board of Directors, Colorado Preservation Inc.

  • Leadville, CO is a NHL District.  The City just voted down their CLG and could use some professional guidance as to the benefits of reconsidering this NO vote. 
    • David J. Garner

  • Estes Park, Colorado -- delightful little town, gateway to Rocky Mt. National Park. Also home of YMCA of the Rockies, over 100 year old conference center attracting families, traveling youth & church groups for hiking, activities, etc. and just looking at mountains from the front porch of rustic Administration Building.
    • Sue Delves

  • You should really make a trip to Manitou Springs, CO. It's a beautiful town, full of history and charm. It's very close to cave dwellings, national parks and Colorado Springs. It's definitely worth a trip!
    • Samantha Crouse

CONNECTICUT:

  • Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall. High Street, Milford, Conn. Recently added to the National and State Registers of Historic Places.
    • Linda Stonier, National Park Service, Oakland, CA

  • Norwalk, CT:  The Lockwood-Mathews Mansion Museum (1868) a National Historic Landmark. Open Wed-Sun 12-4, http://lockwoodmathewsmansion.com
    • Mary Findlay


FLORIDA:
  • You are cordially invited to visit our small rural National Register Historic District in Floral City, Florida.  It is distinguished by a 3/4 mile of 126-year-old live oaks that form a canopy over the main through fare.  These historic oaks also formed the basis for the National Register of Historic Places listing in 1993.  Visit us at www.floralcityhc.org (Floral City Heritage Council) and our Merchants Association at www.floralcitymerchants.com to get a feel of the unincorporated community.  When many towns are closing businesses and decreasing activities, our village is thriving.  We think it is due to the people. We have "found" Floral City and we love it!
    • Marcia L. Beasley, PR Chair, Floral City Heritage Council

  • I would like to invite you to Fort Lauderdale. I represent three historic sites that may be of interest to you and your readers, Historic Stranahan House Museum, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens and the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society.  Below are links to the three websites, Stranahan House is currently working on a new branding campaign and website that will be ready to launch October of this year.  


GEORGIA:

  • It would seem that your travels miss the Classic South. My suggestion would be to come to Washington, GA.; the best kept secret in Georgia. Aside from all of the significant history associated with the city, there are over 100 ante-bellum houses (many of them, grand mansions) and buildings to be seen. Sherman's columns marched around, not through. We are doing our best to maintain and/or restore these treasures. We could use your published observations to attract visitors for both tourism and real estate sales. Please, don't keep this gem a secret.
  • We live at the Weems Plantation in Locust Grove Georgia. When Sherman marched through Atlanta, and on further South, he came upon Weems Plantation with the intention to burn. Upon meeting Mr. Weems he discovered that they were both Mason's and spared the plantation. There were many slaves there who had taken the Weems name. Across the road is a slave cemetery. Two descendants of Julia Weems who was their great grandmother and is buried there recently visited us. They have organized a bus tour starting in Atlanta and ending here at my home. They will meet and come together in August and visit the plantation and her grave We would love to have you come
    • Kris Cawley


ILLINOIS:
  • You may be interested in the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago.  Jane Addams was a pioneering social reformer, founder of the Hull House Settlement, and the first American woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. We're housed in the two remaining buildings of the Hull House Settlement, an 1856 Italianate house, and a 1907 Arts and Crafts Dining Hall.
  • Don't miss the following locations in Chicago:
    • Glessner House, 1886.  HH Richardson's LAST house - he died while it was under construction. www.glessnerhousemuseum.org 
    • Clarke House, just west of Glessner House. Built in 1836, Greek Revival, oldest standing house in Chicago. www.clarkehousemuseum.org
    • Charnley-Persky House, 1891 Louis Sullivan, input from FL Wright. Headquarters of The Society of Architectural Historians. www.sah.org or www.charnleyperskyhouse.org
      • Anne Hill Bird, Director of Membership, Society of Architectural Historians, www.sah.org

  • I hope you'll consider Tampico, IL - the Ronald Reagan Birthplace & Museum. This little town of less than 800 people is the birthplace of the ONLY president born in Illinois, Ronald W. Reagan. This is the centennial yearof his birth, so there are many Centennial Events planned.
  • The McLean County Museum of History (Bloomington, IL) is a nationally accredited history museum with nationally and regionally recognized exhibits and programs located in the old courthouse on the square, the square being a legitimate site for Lincoln and the eight judicial circuit.  The McLean County story reflects the nation’s story in many ways and not just Abraham Lincoln.
    • Jeff Woodard, Director of Marketing and Community Relations, McLean County Museum of History, www.McHistory.org

  • Sounds like a great trip. You’re probably aware of some of the most-visible preservation projects in Chicago, but here are some off-the-top-of-my-head suggestions for the lesser-known preservation projects/issues:

    • SOUTH SIDE:
      • Black Metropolis Historic District, which includes a vacant Armory converted to a High School (3533 S. Giles), a newspaper office building converted to Public Library (3647 S. State), historic jazz night club turned hardware store (315 E. 35th). All were difficult preservation saves and demonstrate value of public reuses. While in area, see fire ruins of Louis Sullivan’s Pilgrim Baptist Church (3301 S. Indiana), as well as Mies van der Rohe’s newly restored Crown Hall at IIT (3360 S. State) and adjacent Helmut Jahn and Rem Koolhaas buildings.

      • Cermak Road Bridge Historic District, which provides one of the last vestiges of historic river industrial buildings, as well as a great bridge. Tough fight to make it a landmark district a few years back. Note nearby concrete plant. Located west of Chinatown on Cermak (22nd Street).

      • Chess Records and Motor Row. The stretch of Michigan Avenue, between Cermak and 24th streets was made a local landmark district a few years ago, in order to prevent demolition for expansion of convention center. Many recent loft conversions in what is nation’s best/biggest collection of early auto showroom buildings. A block north (2120 N. Michigan) is the historic home of Chess Records (1950s and 60s blues and rock recordings), now a museum.

      • Clarke and Glessner houses; located just a couple blocks north of Motor Row are two of city’s earliest protected landmarks. Clarke (1855 S. Indiana) dates to 1836; Glessner (1800 S. Prairie) designed by Richardson. Can do package tour of both. Excellent interior restoration on Glessner.

    • DOWNTOWN/NEAR NORTH:
      • Carson Pirie Scott (1 S. State) and Reliance (32 N. State). These are two of the greatest recent restoration projects in the Loop. One building by Louis Sullivan; the other by Burnham and Co. Ironwork on Carson’s was completely restored, along with replication of long-missing cornice. Reliance was converted to hotel; ride elevators to top and walk down historic staircase. One of most intact late-19th century office interiors in country.

      • Old Prentice Hospital (333 E. Superior St.). This is the biggest current preservation debate in the city. Should this 1975 modernist building by Bertrand Goldberg (Marina City) be saved? Architecture community in support, but public split due to modern design.

      • Tree Studios/Medinah Temple (603 N. State St.)  One of biggest preservation battles of early 2000s. Entire block was scheduled for demolition and highrise after vacation by Shriners. Saved through creative landmarking and TIF financing package. Temple converted to Bloomingdales; former artist studios converted and restored for shops. Note Art Nouveau studio annexes on cross streets.

      • Montgomery Ward warehouse (618 W. Chicago). This Prairie-style industrial building (Schmidt Garden and Martin; 1906) was saved from wrecking ball following bankruptcy and designated as local landmark. Converted to office and retail (including Groupon HQ), while being restored. Nearby buildings were not “as historic” and were converted to residential (with balconies).

      • Charnley and Madlener houses (1365 N. Astor, 4 E. Burton). Located on a street that was a very early-protected landmark district. These two houses are open to public. Charnley was designed by Sullivan and FL Wright; Madlener by Schmidt Garden and Martin.

      • Caldwell Lily Pool (north end of Lincoln Park, between zoo and Fullerton, just west of Lake Shore Drive). One of the most spectacular landscape restorations of recent years. Incredible design by Alfred Caldwell.

    • NORTHWEST:
      • Krause Music Store (4611 N. Lincoln). Last building designed by Louis Sullivan, award-winning recent restoration, part of an interesting historic neighborhood business street.

      • Schurz High School (3601 N. Milwaukee) and Villa District (north of Addison, east of Pulaski). These two little-known sites located near one another. School is one of city’s great Prairie designs (1910; Dwight Perkins). District is filled with Chicago-style bungalows.

    • WEST SIDE and OAK PARK:
      • Humboldt Park Boathouse and Stable (3015 W. Division and just north of there). Two great restorations; one a Prairie style boathouse; the other a Victorian-era stable building.

      • Sears Roebuck Powerhouse (just south of 3333 W. Arthington). Industrial building recently converted to award-winning high school. All that remains of Sears catalog house is the tower.

      • Columbus Park (border of Oak Park/Chicago, just north of Eisenhower Expressway, I-290). Wonderfully restored Jens Jensen-designed Prairie style landscape.

      • Tons of great Prairie-style buildings in Oak Park; among recent preservation projects:
        • Unity Temple
        • River Forest Women’s Club (in town of River Forest; former Women’s Club was to be demolished; saved and converted to private house)
        • FL Wright Home and Studio.

    • Jim Peters, AICP, President/Executive Director, Landmarks Illinois, Chicago, Illinois, www.Landmarks.org


INDIANA:
  • When it comes to historic preservation...the small town of Madison, IN (on the Ohio River) is amazing (not to be confused with Madison, WI).  It has one of the largest downtown National Historic Landmark District's in the country (over 2,000 properties.)  The late Charles Kuralt, found it to be "the most beautiful river town in America".  Don't miss Madison on the Ohio - the quintessential historic small town.  Maybe the only small town in America to own its own high speed racing boat and its own railroad.  Always something fun to do or see. Check out the web site: www.visitmadison.org
    • Camille Fife, Madison, Indiana

  • I would like to suggest you make a stop at the Whitley County Historical Museum in Columbia City, Indiana. It houses artifacts and documents that are important to the local community as well as being the former home of Vice-President Thomas R. Marshall. He was vice-president under Wilson, during World War I; but most importantly he was the man who said, “What this country needs is a good 5 cent cigar!”  I am sure you will love some of his other witty sayings when you stop in for a visit and learn about the history in Whitley County, Indiana.
    • Dani Tippmann, Director, Whitley County Historical Museum, Columbia City, IN

  • Minnetrista Cultural Center and historic houses (Ball Family homes) – Muncie, IN.
    • Cindy Brockway


KANSAS:
  • The Brown v. Board of Education Museum in Topeka, KS.
    • Amy Lemley, Wichita, KS

  • I would invite you to check us out at "The LandMark Inn at the Historic Bank of Oberlin" in downtown Oberlin, Kansas.  Located in the National Register listed "Bank of Oberlin building".
    • Gary Anderson, LandMark Inn


KENTUCKY:
  • My favorite place in Kentucky is the Pine Mountain Settlement School, a national historic landmark site.  www.pinemountainsettlementschool.com
    • Patrick Kennedy, Kentucky Heritage Council


MAINE:
  • I think you should visit the beautiful Fort Knox near Bucksport, ME. It is an amazing site and it is where my wife and I were married! Thanks for all you do.
    • David Leeman, Knox Masonry LLC


MISSOURI:
  • My name is Diane Swift and I live in Kansas City Missouri.  I live in a historic district with a mix of real estate, and lives up to the name Countryside. It was developed by a man name J. Nichols, and this was the first community in KC.  It is four blocks south of the historic Plaza area of Kansas City MO, which is known as the City of Fountains.  I am a transplant from the East Coast and I love living in such a great neighborhood and city.  Come to KC.
    • Diane Swift


MONTANA:
  • Bannack State Park, Dillon, MT, http://bannack.org
    • Richard Teer

  • The Conrad Mansion Museum is a must see if you are in the northwestern part of the state of Montana.  We are 45 minutes from Glacier Park. This is the 1895 home of the founder of the township of Kalispell, beautifully preserved with lots of family belongings.  The tour is about an hour to an hour and fifteen minutes.  We are open Tuesday through Sunday until October 15th.  The tour is approximately an hour and fifteen minutes long. Visit our web site www.ConradMansion.com.
    • Mike Kofford, Executive Director, Conrad Mansion Museum


NEBRASKA:
  • If you plan to visit Lincoln, Nebraska, I would recommend making the 2.5-hour trip southwest of Lincoln to Red Cloud. Red Cloud is the childhood home of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Willa Cather (1873-1947). The town is a beautiful brick street community that houses the largest collection of historic sites dedicated to any American author. For more information about the Willa Cather State Historic Site, visit www.WillaCather.org and click on "tours".
    • Ashley Olson, Associate Executive Director, Willa Cather State Historic Site, Red Cloud, Nebraska, www.WillaCather.org

  • I see Lincoln on your tentative list of “stops” for the 2011 Preservation Trip. We hope that you will stop by and visit our National Historic Landmark (NHL) Nebraska State Capitol. Arrangements for a tour of the building can be made through our Tourism Supervisor Roxanne Smith (roxanne.smith@nebraska.gov)
    • Matthew G. Hansen, AIA  NCARB  LEED AP, Architect, State of Nebraska, Office of the Capitol Commission, Lincoln, Nebraska, www.capitol.org


NEVADA:
  • Eureka, Nevada: Check us out at http://co.eureka.nv.us
    • Patti Peek, Eureka Opera House

  • Pioche, NV:  Silver mining town, about mid-way between Las Vegas and the NV/UT border. Restored hotels, saloons, original silver ore cars still attached to antique cables. (South of Mesquite, NV and North of Las Vegas). There is a historic hotel still open for business.
    • Sandra Adams


NEW JERSEY:
  • Princeton NJ – great town; great historic sites; Morven is a newly renovated historic 18th century building and grounds.
    • Cindy Brockway


NEW MEXICO:
  • You will certainly want to include Santa Fe, New Mexico, on your road trip. People flock here for the very reason of the architectural style.  I’d be happy to connect you to some of Santa Fe’s key activists with historic neighborhoods, architecture and preservation.  Also, I think you should know about The New Mexico Historic Women Marker Initiative and make a point of including it in your American tour.
  • Come visit us at San Miguel Chapel, our big preservation project here in Santa Fe, NM. Give me enough notice, and we could plan a get together with local preservations as well!  Check out our website for other places – www.cstones.org
    • Robin Jones, Executive Director, Cornerstones Community Partnerships, Preserving Architectural Heritage & Community Traditions in New Mexico & the Southwest, Santa Fe, NM, www.cstones.org


NEW YORK:
  • Check out the historic neighborhoods in Downtown Albany.  Then head on to the Berkshires and enjoy places like Naumkeag and Chesterwood. And of course, Tanglewood.
  • Be sure to visit the Historic district here in Auburn when you are in the Finger Lakes Region, The William Seward Home Museum, Harriet Tubman Home, Willard Chapel and Case Research Lab are must sees, visit www.historyshometown.com for more info.
  • Old Fort Niagara in Youngstown, NY; Fort Niagara State Park - almost in the village of Youngstown.  We are less than 14 miles from Niagara Falls.  Youngstown is on the Niagara River.  You can see Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, Canada and Ft. George just across the river.  Our village is near the mouth of the river where Lake Ontario begins.
    • Gretchen Duling, Ph.D., Youngstown, NY

  • Not too far from the Finger Lakes region is Albany, NY, which is one really neat city in itself with lots to see. Many interesting buildings throughout. Also not too far from Albany is a little village run by Don Carpentier called Eastfield Village. If you can find it, it is well worth a visit. Don collects old buildings. He has at least a dozen of them dating from the 1700's to the mid 1800's and they are all furnished with authentic period pieces of furniture, tools and vintage stuff for everyday use. Don is probably the most knowledgeable person when it comes to preservation, and his Eastfield Village is a village that shouldn't be missed. He holds classes for a variety of topics in preservation there throughout the summer. 
    • Tom Guelcher, The Turning Point Woodworks Inc., St. Paul, MN

  • Living in Geneva New York I am partial, but I suggest you think about making the South Main Street Historic District in Geneva New York of your stops.  Our Row Houses and Pulteney Park are really beautiful examples of preservation.  Geneva itself has wonderful architecture, two Historic Districts, numerous Upjohn buildings, adobe houses, Rose Hill Mansion (National Register) and more.  I think you could find a wealth of buildings here to visit and discuss.
  • Fort Ticonderoga and Ticonderoga NY – including the surrounding Catskills and Adirondack area, including the Adirondack museum which includes some incredible Adirondack fences, gates and building ornamentation – also the Hudson River Valley north of NYC – lots of good preservation directories to guide you along the river here.  Romancing the Woods is a craftsman studio that is not to be missed. Also the Stickley Studio, Manlius NY
    • Cindy Brockway


NORTH CAROLINA:

  • You should see the historic library project in Sylva, NC.


OHIO:

  • Would love to extend an invite for the Group to stop in the Historic Old West End of Toledo Ohio.
  • If you are going to be in Cleveland, OH then swing south to Akron (about 30 miles) and visit Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens.  It is considered to be “the” finest example of Tudor Revival architecture in the country.  It also has been rated as having one of the top floral gardens in the country.  It is little know but one of the best gem’s in that area of the country. 
  • You should visit Over the Rhine District in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.


OREGON:
  • You should include a visit to Eugene's Civic Stadium, built in 1938 as a WPA project, on the National Register, a beautiful wooden grandstand that seats about 7000, and currently threatened with demolition.  The community here is embroiled in a major struggle over the disposition of the place.
  • On your preservation road trip...between Boise, Idaho and Pendleton, Oregon.  I recommend Historic Downtown Baker City (Oregon) and/or National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center. Two hours from Boise, on I-84, ninety minutes to Pendleton. Well worth pulling off the road and spending a little time.

  • Baker City, Oregon, once known as Queen City of the Inland Empire. Definitely a stop and definitely easy since it's between Boise and Pendleton!
  • What a wonderful adventure you are planning, and you'll be passing right by us on your journey from Boise to Pendleton.  Right off Highway 84, you are traveling along the Oregon Trail, and here in Baker City we have some wonderful history to share with you.  Please be my guest at the Baker Heritage Museum, where we tell the real story of the settlement of the Old West.  Our building, originally built in 1920 as a Natatorium, is on the National Register of Historic Places, and is home to 33,000 square feet of exhibits, which include many artifacts from the founding families of Baker County.  

    We are also home to the magnificent Cavin Warfel Rock Collection, and our featured exhibit this year, "Caravanning and Collecting Two Unique Tales of Charismatic Baker Natives" tells the stories of our native Rock Hounds, the Cavin Sisters as well as Wally Byam, who went on to invent the iconic Airstream Trailer.  

    Baker City has a wonderful Historic Main Street, including our Adler House Museum, the Geiser Grand Hotel, and just off Main is the recently renovated Crossroads Carnegie Art Center (which in its past life was the Carnegie Library), a must see! Please visit the website below to check us out, and be sure to jump off the highway to visit beautiful Baker City, OR. 
  • Friends—See that you are traveling through and wondering why you are NOT STOPPING in Baker City, Oregon!  You just must as one of the most amazing communities in Historic Preservation with more buildings on the National Registry than any other town west of the Mississippi.  (Somebody told me that…you’d have to stop to tell me if I am right!).  I am the Executive Director of Crossroads Carnegie Art Center at 2020 Auburn Ave, in the newly restored 1909 Carnegie Library.  The project took 6 years and 1.8 million dollars in an amazing government, non-profit and community partnership.

    Visit the National Historic Oregon Trail Interpretive Center at Flagstaff Hill, the first of the Centers built telling the Oregon Experience of the Oregon Trail.  Visit the Baker Heritage Museum, in the old Natatorium building on Campbell Street and see the west come to life!  Visit Historic Baker City and see one of the most beautiful downtown centers preserving the history of a true gold mining town.  Visit the Leo Adler Museum and met the spirit of the heart and soul of our community and one of the most generous benefactors around!  You just got to stop and visit us in Baker City!  Be prepared…you might not want to leave!
  • John Day Fossil Beds near John Day, Oregon; Pittock Mansion and Gate House, Portland; Flavel House, Astoria, Oregon; Tamasklict Indian Center, Mission, Oregon (Umatilla Reservation)
    • Elizabeth Callison

  • Check out ASTORIA.  We have a Historic Preservation and Restoration program at the college where I teach in the program.  The concentration of historic homes will boggle your mind; it is the last frontier for the Lewis and Clark Trail.  Come see us.
    • Kate Dimon; Adjunct, Clatsop College, Astoria, OR

  • Dufur, Oregon of course! The History Museum is EXCELLENT (especially for a town of 650 people). The Threshing Bee is the second weekend in August and a site to see. www.dufurthreshingbee.org


PENNSYLVANIA:
  • Moravian Pottery and Tile Works in Doylestown, PA.
    • Cindy Brockway


SOUTH DAKOTA:
  • Be absolutely sure to drive Iron Mountain Road (pigtail bridges) and Sylvan Lake Lodge and Sylvan Lake, also the State Game Lodge, in Custer State Park, South Dakota, west of Custer SD. If anyone in the group is a hiker, go from Sylvan Lake past Little Devils Tower and the Needles to the summit of Harney Peak while at Sylvan Lake. The old fire tower atop Harney Peak is the highest point in the continental USA east of the Rocky Mountains and it’s a way cool historic structure.
    • Bruce Milhans, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation

  • While in South Dakota, check out Brookings, home of South Dakota State University.  SDSU has an interesting bell tower (which has become the iconic symbol for the institution), but it also has a wonderful neighborhood surrounding the University of mostly intact bungalows and Four-Squares.  Fifteen years ago there was a fairly active group of preservation folks – not sure what has happened in the meantime.  Worth checking out.  Brookings is about 80 miles due north of Sioux Falls, so falls in the eastern half of the state.
    • AnneElise Hudson, Projects Coordinator, Office of the AVP for Development


UTAH:
  • Parowan, UT:  Iron County's original seat. The site of the oldest church (a rock structure) in So. Utah, another large church that was reportedly designed by Frank Lloyd Wright (and still in use), an original shopping district, complete with wood sidewalks and a gorgeous cemetery that's something out of a Dicken's novel. (I-15, exit 74)

    Grafton, UT:  Outside Virgin, UT, which is surrounded by historic areas, including Silver Reef and Hurricane, UT. (I-15, exit 16)
    • Sandra Adams

  • If you are in Salt Lake, try to get to Promontory Point (www.nps.gov/gosp), which is North and west. It is where the Transcontinental Railroads were joined. Go on a clear day and it is beautiful. Also go to the museum in Cody WY if it is not too far from where you will be. Of course the National Parks out there are not to be missed, but can be a trip in themselves. Have a good time.
    • Eric Habit


VIRGINIA: 
  • Halifax, VA.  Go to www.oldhalifax.com and look at the vitual tours. This is the best website for a county that I have ever seen. Dont Miss Woodside on Mtn Road.  Not only is it a Dabney Cosby house but also the interior woodwork is by the NC cabinetmaker, Thomas Day. Halifax County is loaded with treasures.
    • Andy Wilkins


WASHINGTON:

  • There is a very unique 1910 Northern Pacific Dining Car that is being stored in Tacoma, Washington in hopes of being preserved. It is the last of fifteen wooden cars originally purchased by the NPRR for cross-country passenger service. The old railroad dining cars provided several unique ties to American history. The formation of unions for the black workers, Transportation history, Architectural history, Family ties to the railroad, etc. The following link has photos, history and link to video of this gentleman’s efforts to preserve a unique piece of history.
  • If you’re traveling from Boise to Pendleton to Spokane (or vice versa), you should come through Walla Walla. Known these days for our fabulous wines, but also known for more than 100 years as the ‘Cradle of Northwest History.’ We have an award-winning historic downtown, many historic homes, Whitman Mission National Historic Site, and Jonathan M. Wainwright Memorial VA Medical Center & Fort Walla Walla Museum on the grounds of US Military Fort Walla Walla (1858-1910). The Museum is also an official stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail.
  • We would be honored to have you visit historic Pioneer Park in Ferndale, WA.  We house one of the largest collections of hand-hewn log cabins in the world.  The cabins are being preserved by two volunteer groups:  Ferndale Heritage Society and the Old Settlers Association.  Each log cabin is set up as a museum depicting different aspects of pioneer life.   Our largest function will be Pioneer Days on July 28 - 31st.  We will costume upwards of 300 volunteers over the four days to host the cabins.  If you would like more information about the park and cabins, please see our web sites.  www.ferndaleheritagesociety.com, www.whatcomoldsettlers.com

    One of our Heritage Society members has built a huge two-story building to house her collection of 200,000+ vintage clothing and accessories.  She specializes in one hundred years of wedding dresses and hats.  If you decide to visit Pioneer Park, you won't want to miss a private tour at "Louise's Closet".
  • Spokane, WA: Nettleton's Addition, the largest historic district in the state; Marycliff-Cliff Park National Historic District;Riverside Historic District. Access details at http://www.historicspokane.org
    • Linda Milsow


WISCONSIN:
  • I wish you would stop in Sparta, WI. We have an historic B&B and there are many historic places in Sparta, WI.
  • We have a restored 1860 lighthouse that is in Port Washington, WI just north of Milwaukee, WI on Lake Michigan.  The lighthouse was restored 2000-2003 and has a unique connection with the country of Luxembourg.  The tower of the lighthouse was taken off in 1935 and the country replaced it as part of the restoration in recognition of the large number of Luxembourg people that settled in the area and as a thank you for the soldiers that fought in WWII and freed their country from occupation.  The inside of the lighthouse has been restored as living quarters to reflect the lives of the keepers that lived there from 1860-1934.  The lighthouse contains a part of the 1849 light that was built on the site.  Visitors are able to climb the three sets of ladder stairs to the top of the tower to see the magnificent view of Lake Michigan and the city of Milwaukee to the south. The lighthouse is open Sat. and Sun. afternoons from mid May through October and is staffed by volunteers.  In an adjacent building is a small maritime museum that is also included.  Supported and managed by the Port Washington Historical Society, the l860 lighthouse would be a wonderful stop on your tour of historic sites. 
    • Jackie Oleson, Port Washington Historical Society

  • I have just completed an historic preservation of a "Badger Hut". Early 1800's homesteaders to the S.W. region of Wisconsin had to beat the weather and get settled to start their farms. They dug into hillsides and stone masons built beautiful dry stacked barrel vaulted ceilings for relatively quick, warm, underground housing (like badgers!). They stayed in those residences until their barns and homes were built over a period of years.  There are 30 some documented Badger Huts in the S.W. corner of our state, and others not yet documented. You are welcome to contact me for a tour of some of these early residences within 50 minutes of Madison and only 11 miles down the road from Taliesin, Frank Lloyd Wright's home now celebrating it's centennial. 

    I am a professional tile maker specializing in preservation/reproduction of turn of the last century, 1890 to 1930 craftsman tiles, Batchelder etc. and have a home/showroom in my Madison Wi. Home with more than 40,000 handmade tiles set and grouted for display, including an 8000-piece ceramic reproduction bedroom floor, which has been published worldwide. Also can arrange a tour of Al Capone's getaway home/"entertainment" facility, liquor vaults, and burial place (?) for rivals within the city limits of Madison. Also German Swiss stone mason "block and stack" homes within 30 min. of Madison and a block and stack revival reproduction fireplace I did there.
    • Eric Rattan 



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