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To many, a home is more than simply shelter from the elements or a roof over one's head - it is also a work of art designed by masterful architects who are artists in their own right. America has its share of famous historic estates of the families that represent fame, fortune and success. These families contributed much to the prosperity and growth of this country, and they displayed their wealth and prosperity lavishly in their mansions and gardens. They truly are great houses of the rich and famous.

At the height of the Gilded Age one of the country's richest men, George Vanderbilt, erected the immense Biltmore Estate in North Carolina-the largest private residence in America- in the French chateau style. In California, the newspaper and communications mogul, William Randolph Hearst, lavished more than 30 million dollars in his castle and mini kingdom of luxurious guest mansions, swimming pools and gardens overlooking the California coast. In Ohio, the founder of Goodyear Tire & Rubber constructed Stan Hywet with all the trappings of medieval England. Some built homes for peace and tranquility, such as Naumkeag in the Berkshires of Massachusetts.

Few landscapes rival New York's Hudson River Valley. Steeped in history since the days of the Dutch colonists, the Hudson took on a new role in the 19^th century as the retreat for New York's wealthy families. The Livingstons, Vanderbilts, and Rockefellers built mansions with views of the rolling landscape and a river that bustled with the commerce that helped contribute to their wealth. Linked with the nation's interior by the Erie Canal in 1825, the Hudson became a commercial highway that vastly enriched New York City. Many of the great houses still remain today as they were in the early 19^th century.

These are just a sampling of the fascinating estates across the country that are preserved and maintained for all to enjoy. They are not only showplaces with lavish rooms, spectacular gardens and views, they are also the homes of famous families who have made a name for themselves in the history of our country. Visiting these homes is both enjoyable and educational.

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