The National Register of Historic Places has been around since 1966, when the National Historic Preservation Act was passed. The act established a process to identify buildings, homes, and landmarks of historical value. These places were then designated to be protected for future generations.
Homes make up a large part of the register—but you don’t need to be someone special to wind up with a special structure. In fact, we’ve rounded up nine homes on the National Register of Historic Places across the country that you can buy right now.
Dwellings on the register can’t be updated willy-nilly—their owners have to abide by certain restrictions. On the upside, there are tax breaks and other incentives from both the public and private sectors that can help offset the cost of maintaining one of these American gems.
The homes we’ve highlighted below capture different moments in American history and need owners willing to be stewards of these important properties for decades to come. For a slice of Americana unlike any other, simply scroll on down…
Fisher House: Well-known in Galveston, this three-bedroom, single-story house was built back in 1888 for Dr. Frederick K. and Lucy Adelaide Fisher. Highlights of the historic property include an L-shaped front porch, double entry, original floors, high ceilings, antique porcelain doorknobs, knotty pine wainscoting, marble in the bathrooms, and pocket doors.
Sunnybrook Plantation: Set on over 17 acres studded with ancient oak trees, this nearly 4,000-square-foot home still maintains some of its most distinctive features, including large porches, the original staircase, cypress and French doors, a bronze fountain, a large enclosed back patio, built-in shelves, and gorgeous fireplaces.
Queen Anne: Built in 1890, this five-bedroom home is on the market for the first time ever. The three-story residence has been meticulously maintained and still boasts original parquet floors, detailed woodwork, three fireplaces, stained-glass windows, and a beautiful staircase. There’s a large reception hall on the first floor, along with a dining room, butler’s pantry, and a four-season sunroom.
Aston Oaks English Manor: The land this proud Ohio home sits on was purchased from the widow of President William Henry Harrison in 1855 by Dr. John Aston Warder. In 1872, construction was completed on the 6,400-square-foot home built from maple and cherry trees found on the property. The home features nine fireplaces, a hand-carved oak staircase, a mosaic tile floor in the foyer imported from France, and hand-carved doorknobs. The stone Carriage House includes a family room, bedroom, bathroom, and detached four-car garage. According to the listing, the over 2-acre lot is also the home of the state’s largest English oak.
Jackson House: Built in 1881 after the Civil War by Columbus Jackson, a relative of President Andrew Jackson, this three-bedroom home is in “mint condition,” according to the listing. Recent updates include an updated kitchen and new carpet. It’s discreet, too: 10-foot hedges around the lot provide peace and privacy.
Brookfield Plantation: The heart of this grand estate, which was built in 1875, is a two-story main house with high ceilings, wide halls, and heart-of-pine floors. The sprawling, 17-acre property also includes two recently renovated one-bedroom guest cottages, a pottery barn, stables, and the Old Mills Smoke House. Situated less than an hour outside Atlanta, the property would make a lovely weekend home, a venue for events and weddings, or even a bed and breakfast.
Charles H. Baldwin House: Dubbed by New England Home Magazine as “one of the most beautiful mansions in Newport,” this 1877-built “summer cottage” sits on nearly 2 acres, with enviable ocean views. The 7,000-square-foot mansion marries modern comfort with its historic roots. The owners have maintained the original marble and tile fireplaces, the grand oak staircase and the great hall, while adding Sub-Zero appliances, floors with radiant heat, and modern bathrooms. Outside, the grounds include a swimming pool, brick-and-stone piazza, clay tennis court, lawns, gardens, and plenty of privacy.
Williams H. Phipps House: This luxe Victorian home was built in 1884 and added to the National Register in 1987. Today, it retains much of the same charm it possessed over a century ago, with ornate chandeliers and hand-crafted original touches throughout its more than 7,300 square feet. The home sits on more than a half-acre, within walking distance of downtown restaurants, shops, and the river, and it is currently being used as a bed and breakfast.
213 Shore: This Shingle-style home was built in 1895 and features 180 degrees of waterfront. Indoors, the four-bedroom residence is filled with original touches, like a family room with a built-in window seat, as well as stained glass and a formal dining room with wainscoting. The nearly half-acre lot includes a waterfront lawn, gardens, and a mooring for boats.