(the first being the White House) is the Octagon House
, built for Colonel John Tayloe III in 1799.
With superbly written articles and stunning pictures, the Barbour County Tourism Resource Guide showcases such tourism amenities as the Whiskey Bottle Tombstone and Octagon House
in Clayton, the impressive and well preserved antebellum homes in Eufaula, Mother Nature's perpetual water display in Blue Springs, hunting, fishing and recreation at Lakepoint Resort and many other tourism gems.
When Madison reoccupied Washington, he resided in what was known as "The Octagon House
" for the remainder of his term.
Many know it as "The Octagon House
" because of its distinctive eight-sided design, but few know its history.
The book begins with the story of the Octagon House
, designed and built in 1854 by John Richards as a promise to his East Coastabred wife that he would build her the "finest and most modern house in the Wisconsin Territory." The authors bring to life the couple's move to the Midwest, the process of building the house, and the unique advantages of the octagonal floor plan, which was popularized for a short time during that period before largely dying out.
And every weekend for the last 30 years, he has presided over a painstaking preservation project in Irvington, N.Y., which saved the stunning Octagon House
, a 148-year-old residence topped with an octagonal observatory, from almost certain demolition.
* SAN FRANCISCO Tour history One of the few remaining octagonal houses in the West, Octagon House
was built by a miller in 1861.
Currently housed in the Neenah Historical Society's Octagon House
, the Hall of' Fame plans to move its offices and museum to the World Paper Center in the old Atlas Mill, a 93,000-square-foot facility in Appleton, WI donated by Kimberly-Clark, after enough funds are raised to complete building renovations.
President Madison took up residence in the Octagon House
(still standing at Eighteenth Street and New York Avenue) while the White House was repaired.
Along the way, visitors will learn a little about an octagon house
, a Gothic church, an old silver factory, the Richardson Romanesque Museum and an early fire station.