davis mansion

It’s a home designed by a famed architect, and it is also potentially the keeper of secrets of Houston elite — and now the Davis Mansion (or the Kingston-Davis House, as it’s now called) is up for sale.

Depending on who you ask, Evalyn Davis was either romantically involved with oilman T.P. Lee, was a friend to Lee, or was romantically involved with Lee and he had something to do with the death of her husband (something he always denied).

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Victoria, Texas, is often called “the Crossroads” because of how close it is to some of the biggest attractions and cities in the state.

Indeed, at first it might seem like Victoria wouldn’t be an obvious choice for a vacation retreat, but when you realize that almost anything a vacationer would want to do is within a two-hour day-trip, suddenly the town seems like a great place for a base operations.

Victoria is within a two-hour drive of Corpus Christi, Shiner (and the Spoetzl Brewery), the Texas Independence Wine Trail, Goliad State Park, the Great Coastal Texas Barbecue Trail, San Antonio, Houston, and Austin. (more…)

GUTHRIEEleven years before this week’s historical shelter was built, the town was a small railroad stop. In fact, Guthrie, Oklahoma, went from train stop to town of more 10,000 in six scant hours in 1889.

That’s right — the April 1889 land run made Guthrie a boom town in less than a day. Because of that, it was designated a territory capital almost immediately, and the state capital of Oklahoma in 1907 (although a short three years later, voters chose Oklahoma City as the new capitol).

The home that is now known as the White Peacock Inn was built in 1900. The stately Colonial Revival mansion features a two-story wrap around front porch with large square columns, a large Palladian dormer, and a one-story entrance portico with columns. (more…)

hot springsIf you’ve been looking for a second home that can accommodate a family — even the furry ones — and has plenty of amenities to offer at home and in the area, this week’s historical shelter in Hot Springs, Arkansas, may be for you.

Built in 1918 for D.D. King as a summer home, this Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired Craftsman is 4,980 square feet of house, with four bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths. It sits on 7.62 acres, and is directly across from the Hot Springs Country Club, which boasts two 18-hole golf courses and a tennis complex. (more…)

Back in the day — 1852, to be exact — Fort Clark (now Fort Clark Springs) was a bustling headquarters for the C and E companies of the U.S. First Infantry Regiment under the command of Major Joseph H. LaMotte. Nestled in Kinney County, it was meant to guard the Mexican border and protect the military road to El Paso.

During its heyday, it was home to officers like Gen. George S. Patton, Major General William Rufus Shafter (otherwise known as Pecos Bill), Gen. John Lapham Bullis, and Gen. Jonathan Wainwright. (more…)

While the town of Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, may not be on your radar as a tourist destination, we’ve found a schoolhouse conversion nestled near a 30-acre nature preserve and less than an hour from Philadelphia that is sure to move it up the getaway list.

Glenmoore does have a nature preserve, state park, and a few other things nearby for quick afternoons of fun, and is about 49 minutes up I-76 to Philadelphia if you’re looking for more citified shopping, dining, or sightseeing. (more…)

dioceseWith a substantial main house, a carriage house, and a great location in the middle of downtown Charleston, South Carolina, the Morton Waring House (currently home to the local Catholic diocese) is going to give some enterprising individual a great potential home — or even perhaps a bed and breakfast-type situation. (more…)

MamaroneckImagine a home that’s a brief drive to everything Manhattan has to offer, but also gorgeous water views that stretch from Larchmont Harbor to the Long Island Sound.

Hi — we’ve found it for you. Check out this gorgeous and luxurious 1927 Spanish Mediterranean home in the gated Edgewater Point area of Mamaroneck, New York. With four bedrooms and five-and-a-half bathrooms, this home is beautifully appointed both inside and out. (more…)