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.
Mansions built by turn-of-the-century auto makers are toured, including John Dodge's Meadow Brook Hall; Henry Ford's Fair Lane; and Edsel Ford's 65-room "house" in Grosse Pointe Shores (Mich.). Also: Stan Hywet Hall, a Tudor castle built by tire magnet Frank Seiberling.
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.
Spotlighting the homes of financiers, including Otto Herman Kahn's Oheka Castle on Long Island; Sonnenberg Mansion, owned by Frederick Ferris Thompson; and Rockwood, merchant banker Joseph Shipley's estate in Wilmington, Del. Hosted by Joe Van Riper.
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.
Homes built in Colorado's high country around the turn of the century are visited. Included: Redstone Castle, built by John C. Osgood; Glen Eyrie near Colorado Springs; and Molly Brown House, built by the famous survivor of the Titanic disaster.
Palatial dwellings in Puerto Rico and Hawaii, including Honolulu's Iolani Palace, the only royal residence on U.S. soil. Also: the 16th-century La Forteleza and the Serralles Castle, both in Puerto Rico.