The Wackiest Home in Every State

Virginia: Monticello

Considered one of the most famous homes in the United States, Monticello was Thomas Jefferson’s primary plantation. Located just outside of Charlottesville, Monticello was the first home of its kind in America, with its raised ceilings and elements of European design that were rarely seen in the states during the 18th century.

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Washington: Rainforest Castle

This home in Sedro Woolley, Washington, is nestled on 20 acres of pristine Pacific Northwest forest and feels like a fairytale come to life. The home is equipped with every castle must-have, including turrets, a stone facade, and a bridge that provides the only access to the home. It also has a salmon creek and an all-natural swimming pool.

West Virginia: The Coal House

The 1933 construction of this home in Williamson, West Virginia, was merely a publicity stunt by O. W. Evans of the Norfolk and Western Railway, who wished to create a recognizable symbol for Williamson’s coal industry. Designed by architect Hassel T. Hicks, the home is made entirely of bituminous coal. Now, it’s a national historical landmark.

Wisconsin: The House on the Rock

When Alex Jordan began working on this home in 1945, he did so with the intention of making it as spectacular as possible. Now, the home is thought to be one of the most bizarre in the country, with each room containing a different set of wacky decorations.

For example, one room is decorated with mannequins hanging from the ceiling—and several pay tribute to Jordan’s love of Christmas. Overall, the home is a unique blend of ideas and architectural concepts, and is well worth your visit.

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Wyoming: Smith Mansion

Located in Wapiti Valley, this mansion is legendary in the state of Wyoming. The sprawling and imaginative cabin was built by amateur architect Francis Lee Smith—whose small building project eventually turned into an obsession that never stopped.

In fact, the rickety wooden house became such an obsession for Smith that it eventually killed him, when he fell to his death while working on it in 1992. Now, decades later, it’s still in the care of his daughter—and remains a popular attraction in the city of Cody.

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