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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
Today
11:00 am - 3:30 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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Tour of Richards DAR House

Great tour. Our guides did an excellent job in not only sharing the houses history but giving you a feel for the life of the family in the mid-1800's. These ladies are all... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Becky H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Great tour. Our guides did an excellent job in not only sharing the houses history but giving you a feel for the life of the family in the mid-1800's. These ladies are all volunteers and their passion for the house and its history was clear.

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Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ladies of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) have been good stewards of this home and they give a great tour. Our tour guides were Sheila and M.R. both ladies made you feel right at home as they explained the furniture, the various rooms, and what would have taken place in the rooms for the time period. They... More 

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LaGrange, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was an excellent tour of a beautiful home that is operated by DAR! The ladies were very gracious and informative and friendly. We enjoyed the tea and cookies at the end of the tour!

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

We're so glad you enjoyed your visit. Thank - you! More 

Modesto, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2016 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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Sheila S, Public Relations Manager at Richards DAR House Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit and for expressing your appreciation for the wonderful D A R volunteer docents. Please come again. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2016

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

Thank you so much for your review and compliments to the guides for their knowledge of the Museum furnishings as well as the rich history of our beautiful city. More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 16, 2016

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

You are so correct! Not only is the Richards Home a Museum by day but also serves as a beautiful venue for weddings, receptions and social gathering in a secluded historic residential area just blocks away from city center.Thanks for your review! More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

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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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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