Established by the National Historic Preservation Act of 1966, the National Register of Historic Places identifies and preserves structures important to America’s history.
There are currently more than 93,000 properties across the nation on the list, including the Smith-Carter house, the Tennessee home of country music legend June Carter, and Washington’s Hotel Morck, frequented by the late grunge god Kurt Cobain.
Once a structure is approved to be on the register by an advisory council, owners can qualify for tax breaks, credits, and even federal grants for the preservation and maintenance of these properties. The entire process is overseen by the National Park Service, which maintains a searchable database available to the public and provides step-by-step instructions on how to get a place on the register.
Out of the tens of thousands of addresses currently identified as having national significance, there are less than a hundred available for sale.
We sifted through the history to pinpoint these nine homes on the National Register of Historic Places. They’re all for sale and ready for owners who want to live in a piece of American history.
Charles W. Adams House: Built in 1860, this seven-bedroom home measures more than 6,000 square feet. According to the listing, it’s the perfect place for entertaining. The antebellum charmer is located in the historic Silk Stocking District and is frequently rented out on Airbnb for vacationers drawn to the Texas island for fun in the sun.
Queen Anne Victorian: Pretty in pink, this incredible home was built in 1874 for the Wanskuck Co. mill superintendent. It features an impeccably maintained grand staircase as well as an incredible front porch, which has likely been a meeting spot for the neighborhood for decades. In addition to the home’s historic status, the half-acre lot is designated as an Official Urban Wildlife Sanctuary.
The Columns: Built by James Shropshire Thomson between 1850 and 1854, this Greek Revival home known as The Columns has been in the Thompson family for seven generations. The six-bedroom home sits on a quarter-acre lot filled with trees and wildlife and also includes a 1,500-square-foot storage building.
Inselruhe: This home’s unconventional name—Inselruhe—means “rest” in German. Built in 1875 in the little-seen Steamboat Gothic style, the home has served as a summer retreat for over a century and has welcomed dignitaries including President William Howard Taft. The six-bedroom home sits on nearly an acre with lovely views of Put-in-Bay Harbor and even includes a handful of original furnishings.
Sibley Place: Built in 1850 yet fully modernized, this six-bedroom, plantation-style home includes a wraparound porch, diving pool, and a two-car carriage house with shop, all surrounded by a fenced yard with mature oak trees and blueberry bushes.
Schoolhouse: Formerly the Ashland Schoolhouse, this manor-style home built in 1882 has been converted into a residence. On the property you’ll find a three-bedroom main house, a one-bedroom guesthouse, an in-ground pool, and a two-car garage. Despite its long history and humble origins, the home offers plenty of luxe amenities, including an updated kitchen with quartz countertops. The bathrooms in the main house boast Italian and Spanish marble with radiant floor heating, and the master bathroom features a walk-in steam shower.
Thomas Wallace House: Built in 1855, this four-bedroom home served as the local headquarters for Gen. Ulysses S. Grant during the Civil War, and the home’s front porch is where Grant told President Abraham Lincoln about the fall of Richmond on April 3, 1865. Many of the home’s original features have been preserved, including an antique iron fence along the street front and a dramatic staircase. The property also includes a detached studio, which would make an ideal office.
Joe & Gretta Kaufman House: This spacious four-bedroom Dutch Colonial bungalow was built in 1896 and sits on a quarter-acre lot. The home still has the original cypress siding and pine floors and is located near the West Mountain National Park and downtown Hot Springs.
Snug Harbor: This iconic Newport Queen Anne mansion, on the market for the first time in 70 years, was commissioned by Navy Adm. Charles H. Baldwin in 1877. The nearly 7,000-square-foot home sits on just under 2 acres along Newport’s famed Bellevue Avenue. Within its gated grounds, there are a pool, clay tennis court, lawns, and English gardens.