By Emma Peters 6:17 pm PST

If you enjoyed our first list of virtual resources and want to continue exploring historic sites while safe at home, here are an additional twelve resources that will enable you to do just that. The sites mentioned below are part of our Distinctive Destinations program, which aims to enrich our understanding of American history by highlighting diverse sites across our country (one facet of which is our Historic Artists’ Homes and Studios program). Explore the links below to learn about twelve of these wonderful sites!

Interior of Vizcaya. Mr. Deering’s Sitting Room graces the second floor of the Main House with its grandeur. Designed in the neoclassical style, the room exudes symmetry, rigid lines, and opulent gilding, reminiscent of the 1750s European aesthetic associated with Napoleon Bonaparte. (Photo:

1 Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, the villa and estate of businessman James Deering, is as beautiful as ever on this virtual tour (which opens with a view of the east terrace at dusk).

2 Join site director Helen A. Harrison on this video tour of the Pollock-Krasner House, where she’ll walk you through the space and provide a glimpse into the lives of painters Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner.

3 Take a virtual tour of architect Henry Hobson Richardson’s Glessner House, a Richardsonian Romanesque structure that inspired the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Louis Sullivan.

Glessner House, Exterior. National Historic Landmark, Glessner House was designed by noted American architect Henry Hobson Richardson and completed in 1887. It remains an internationally-known architectural treasure in Chicago. A radical departure from traditional Victorian architecture, the structure served as an inspiration to architects such as Louis Sullivan, Mies van der Rohe, and the young Frank Lloyd Wright and helped redefine domestic architecture. (Photo:

4 Learn how the Forward—a progressive Yiddish-language newspaper—was created and consumed by American-Jewish readers in the 1900s in this video created by the Museum at Eldridge Street.

Eldridge Street Synagogue is a historic synagogue located in New York, (Photo:

5 Relive The Gamble House’s Back to the Future (1985) event through this video, which explores how the historic site was used as the set of Doc Brown’s 1955 garage and laboratory.

6 Explore the life and works of painter Thomas Cole (who founded the Hudson River School art movement) through this interactive tour.

Studio of painter Thomas Cole, founder of the Hudson River School of American painting. (Photo:©Sandra Foyt.

7 If you’re interested in conversations about art of all moods and mediums (with a slight bias toward the power of photography), listen to the George Eastman Museum’s podcast, which houses topics from their exhibited artists.

8 View the art and architecture of the Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in all of it’s Italian Renaissance-style glory via this interactive tour.

Villa Terrace Decorative Arts Museum in Tuscany villa style with Renaissance Garden in Milwaukee Wisconsin. (Photo: © Gerald D. Tang |

9 Virtually visit Chesterwood—the home and studio of sculptor Daniel Chester French—and learn about a handful of French’s most notable works (including the statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial) in this video.

Chesterwood. (Photo: Screenshot/The National Trust for Historic Preservation)

10 Virtually visit Bacon’s Castle, the Virginian site that was famously taken over by Nathaniel Bacon’s followers during Bacon’s Rebellion in 1676.

Bacon´s Castle. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

11 Discover more historic places with our Guides. Each guide unites historic sites of a common theme or geographical location (which are ideal for planning road trips!).

12 Lastly, for a more comprehensive list, these Distinctive Destinations include even more virtual tours and digital collections for you to peruse without leaving your home.

Original publication: National Trust for Historic Preservation