Mobile is home to a number of historic house museums that you can visit and tour – and the Richards DAR House is one of them.
The Richards DAR House dates to 1860. Steamboat Captain Charles Richards built the lush and sizeable home for his large family. The house is located in Mobile’s oldest neighborhood, De Tonti Square and considered one of the city’s finest examples of the Italianate style.
The 10,000 square foot dream home includes a traditional brick courtyard and is surrounded by formal gardens. The house is famous for its expansive, cast-iron lace facade. The intricate metalwork wraps the front porch, gallery and sidewalk with depictions of the four seasons.
Inside, the museum has been furnished with period antiques and silver bell pulls for calling the servants. The original bronze chandeliers are intricately detailed with mythological figures and etched glass globes. The cantilever staircase and carved, Carrera Marble, cathedral arch fireplaces are stunning.
Other popular details of this beautiful home include a hand-carved mahogany staircase and ruby-red stained Bohemian glass framing the door. While most of the furnishings in the Richards DAR House are not original, they are real antiques, dating dating from 1870 and earlier. The only original piece of furniture in the house is the Weber box grand piano in the entryway.
DAR stands for “Daughters of the American Revolution.” The Richards DAR House Museum has been under the care of Mobile’s DAR chapters since 1973. Richards DAR House tours include a complimentary serving of cookies and tea.
The museum is also the scene of special events throughout the year – including Christmas!
A Victorian Christmas Wedding Celebration
Saturday, December 1st, 10am to 4pm and Sunday, December 2nd, 1pm to 4pm
Step back in time to a Victorian Christmas wedding at the Richards DAR House. Vintage Victorian wedding gowns from Mobile City Museum will be on display. The celebration also includes light refreshments, house tours, and a special guest reading Christmas stories in the gardens.
Richards DAR House Museum
256 N. Joachim St., Mobile, AL 36603
Open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 11am to 3:30pm
Saturday: 10am to 4pm – Sunday: 1pm to 4pm
Learn more online at the Richards DAR House Museum website. You can also visit the museum on Facebook.
Mobile AL Lodging
The historic Richards DAR House Museum may be absolutely lovely – but they’re not going to let you sleep there! For the best in Mobile accommodations, book your stay at Malaga Inn. Our privately owned, restored, historic, 1862 Mobile hotel is the only boutique inn of its kind in the state. Choose from 39 guestrooms and suites and reap the benefit of our convenient location in Historic Downtown Mobile. And Happy Holidays!