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Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
Ranked #5 of 56 things to do in Gloucester
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Owner description: Also called the Beauport Sleeper-McCann House, this fantasy mansion of more than 40 rooms is perched on the rocks overlooking Gloucester Harbor.
North Haven
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33 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
Reviewed September 19, 2012

The Beauport musuem is worth a visit. It offers beautiful views and the tour of this house is very interesting. The tour takes about an hour and the guides give you a very good look at the life and home of this very interesting man.

Visited September 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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735 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,310 helpful votes
“Still 'fantabulous'.”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

At least Mr. Sleeper would have used that word to describe his abode if he was alive today. Each room packs with eclectism, genius and common sense. Apparently, he was a pioneer and purveyor of recycling as evident in his reuse of trashed items to objets d' art. The house is not your typical mansion but at forty plus rooms, it is a labyrinthine challenge even to the most imaginative mind.
The tours are guided only, lasting approximately 45 minutes. Apparently, a 3-hour tour is also available few times a year and needs advance booking.
Nome, our tour guide evoked the drama of Mr. Sleeper very well. The colors of the rainbow came to life as she ushered us in from room to room, narrative to narrative, true or fictitious as Mr. Sleeper would have told us of his prized 'royal' possessions.

Visited September 2012
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Halifax, Canada
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38 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“So Glad I Found Out About This House”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

It was just by chance, that I read about the existence of this house. Twenty years of coming to MA for vacation, and I've never seen it mentioned. It really should get more mention in tour books.

I loved this house. From its quirky layout, to the themed rooms, it's an amazing place. Loads of interesting furnishings, decor and a secret staircase! The owner was a determined man with his own ideas on how to furnish a house; he was even so determined to fit a bed into a tiny room, he had chunks cut out of the sloped ceiling to accommodate it.

The guide that took us around was very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and more than willing to answer questions. Our tour group was small, so it made it easy to navigate the smaller areas.

The outside grounds were small but stunning, as well. Took pics of the house from every angle, outside. No pics allowed inside, but I understand why, so it's merely a disappointment, not a negative.

I highly recommend visiting this house if you love architecture.

Visited September 2012
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Cambridge, Massachusetts
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257 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
“Great views!”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

The Beauport McCann Sleeper House Museum is owned and operated by Historic New England and they have an excellent tour. The house is strange and amusing, but a great piece of history. The man who last remodeled and decorated it was one of the first interior designers in America. And then there are the views! On a clear day you can see Boston from the upper deck of the house. The gardens are lovely, too, and once you take the tour you can sit on the lawn by the harbor for as long as you want.

Visited July 2012
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Haverhill, MA
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154 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Step back to the 20's and 30's Interior Design”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

This is the home of Henry Sleeper, one of the first true "interior designer's" in America. This home boasts of his collections and artifacts. Each room has a theme and a great history. It is not "grandiose" like the Hearst Castle in California, but it does have vintage items from Henry's life. Our tour guide, Nome, was wonderful.

Visited August 2012
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