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Richards DAR House Museum

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Address: 256 N. Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36603
Phone Number: +1 251-208-7320
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1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:45 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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A beautiful 1860s Italianate townhouse located in the De Tonti Square...

A beautiful 1860s Italianate townhouse located in the De Tonti Square Historical District in the heart of downtown Mobile, Alabama. This 10,000 square foot dream home, filled with a large family, was built by Captain Charles Richards and his wife Carolyn. Surrounded by formal gardens and old brick courtyard, the House Museum is furnished with period antiques, original chandeliers, interior and exterior architectural appointments including carved Carrera Marble fireplaces with cathedral arches, cantilever staircase, and the four seasons lace ironwork lining the front gallery and sidewalk. Operated and furnished by the Mobile chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution since 1973, they invite you to join them for a tour of this beautiful home and take complimentary tea and cookies afterward.

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Such a treat!

As a DAR, I greatly wanted to visit this house when I discovered it existed. We are visiting from California and knew that this would be our only opportunity. We didn't learn of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Nancy C
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Modesto, California
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Modesto, California
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

As a DAR, I greatly wanted to visit this house when I discovered it existed. We are visiting from California and knew that this would be our only opportunity. We didn't learn of this house until late in the day so we called to find out if we could still get in for a tour. One of the docents named... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house has so much to offer in old Mobile history. The furnishings are just fantastic for people that enjoy antiques. The house itself is full of them. Period paintings on the walls, and the kitchen has period utensils. The tour guides are very southern friendly and informative and quick to answer all of your questions. This is definitely a... More 

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Thank Ruth W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This house shows old southern charm in a bustling downtown site. The DAR House serves as a local gathering spot for social activities and meetings

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This house was originally built for the Richards family in about 1860. Mr. Richards was an official on a steamboat. The house is now owned and maintained by the Daughters of the American Revolution and volunteers provide the house tours. The fee for the tour (a bit more than one hour) is only $10 and is a bargain. The cast... More 

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Sheila S, Guest Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for visiting the museum.We're so glad you enjoyed your visit ! More 

Gray, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2016

Very nice home tour with period furnishings! Personable Southern hospitality of the tour guides make it warm and inviting.

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We want to make you feel at home! Thanks for your review and please visit again! More 

Aurora, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016

The house has been beautifully restored and furnished. The people who give the tour are very personable and knowledgable providing historical and fun facts. Touring this home provides some insight into how our earliest settlers lived. At the end of the tour, we were even given tea and cookies similar to what may have been provided centuries earlier.

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Thank J0an2014
Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the historic Richards DAR House Museum and for the wonderful review. Our volunteers love to share the history of Mobile and family life during the Victorian era. More 

Newnan, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The Italianate design supported by heart of pine girders was quite impressive. We really enjoyed the culture the DAR have made here. It is okay to touch (in fact, we were invited to) the displays and many of the artifacts in the home still work. The clothing displays were great. Our tour guides could not have been more personable, wanting... More 

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We enjoyed your visit as well to this wonderful old home and to be able to share its history. We also thank you for the kind words for the local DAR volunteer stewardship of the museum since 1973. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

The story of this old home fascinating. The daughters of the American Revolution who own and care for the property were knowledgeable and so friendly. We were offered tea and cookies at the end of our tour.

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for the great review. The daughters love to share this wonderful piece of Mobile history with our visitors. More 

South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Beautiful home! Guides helped you feel and know the family who lived in this glorious home. The furnishings were beautiful. Learned much from the guides about the history of this home and of Mobile. Enjoyed the guide's passion for this home! Very worthwhile tour!

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

We're so glad you visited the museum! Thank you for sharing your experience. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

A wonderful example of Italinate architecture with Carrara marbled mantle fireplaces, delicate ironwork, and immaculate gardens. Features period antiques and beautiful staircase. Members of Mobile chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution serve as docents and are anxious to share the history of the house in a tour that lasts approximately one hour.

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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your visit. The Daughters do love to share the history of the family, House and Mobile during the Victorian era. Thank you for the great review. More 

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