A tour of three Victorian mansions: industrialist John Glessner's "Glessner Home" in Chicago; Thomas Edison's "Glenmont" in New Jersey; and Mark Twain's house in Hartford, Conn., where he wrote "Huckleberry Finn" and "Tom Sawyer."
The homes of Presidents Theodore Roosevelt (Sagamore Hill on Long Island, N.Y.) and Franklin D. Roosevelt (Springwood in Hyde Park, N.Y.). Also: FDR's summer retreat on Campobello Island, off New Brunswick, Canada.
Tours of the Biltmore house and gardens, built by forestry pioneer George Washington Vanderbilt near Asheville, N.C. Included: an exploration of its history and architecture; and a profile of its owner.
Mansions along New York's Hudson Valley are toured, including Lyndhurst, the Gothic revival castle of railroad magnate Jay Gould; Kykuit, the Rockefeller mansion. Also: the Hyde Park home of tycoon Frederick Vanderbilt.
Homes built by cattle ranchers in the Western United States are toured. Included: Colorado's Cherokee Ranch, built in the style of a Scottish castle; King Ranch in Texas; Wyoming's Trail End Historic Center. Also: Thistle Hill, built by W.T. Waggoner for his daughter Electra.
Tracking the homes of 19th-century railroad barons. Included: Hildene, built in 1902 by Robert Todd Lincoln, son of the slain President; and the Lockwood-Mathews Mansion, constructed by LeGrand Lockwood in Norwalk, Conn.
"Winter castles" are toured, including oil tycoon Henry Flagler's Whitehall; Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago (formerly owned by Marjorie Merriweather Post); and former circus promoter John Ringling's Ca'd'Zan.
Antebellum plantations along the Mississippi River are toured, including Nottaway Plantation, Stanton Hall, Rosalie, Oak Alley Plantation, Monteigne and Longwood. Included: interviews with historians. Joe Van Riper is the narrator.
Touring antebellum and post-Civil War homes of Charleston, S.C. Included: the Heyward-Washington House (George Washington slept there); the Nathaniel Russell House; the Calhoun Mansion; the Joseph Manigault House; and the Edmonston-Alston House.