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.
Visited: the palatial homes of three 19th-century Westerners, including Terrace Hill in Fort Des Moines, Iowa, called the "Palace of the Prairies"; Rosemont, in Pueblo, Colo., built by a French teacher from Pennsylvania; and Montana's Moss Mansion, built by a Missouri lumberman.
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.