Want to live in a house that had a front-row seat to American history?
Just imagine: Walk the same hardwood floors, look out the same windows and poke around the same attics and basements as some of the men and women who built this country.
Some historic homes even sell for relatively modest prices. But, as anyone who loves these beauties will tell you, be prepared for the upkeep — especially if you want to show them off.
Historic homes have stories and secrets to share. And these four examples have some great tales to tell: The estate of an Irish immigrant and leader in the American Revolution. A fabled but forgotten penthouse of an all-powerful newspaper tycoon. A home purchased by a woman who played an important role in the Revolution and the burgeoning country. And the home of a Yankee abolitionist who aided the Underground Railroad — complete with a hidden staircase.
Whether you want to spend a few hundred thousand or $24 million, here are four homes that served as a backdrop to history.