Austin Whittemore House
Home to the Clay County Historical Society, the Austin Whittemore House was built in 1884 by Horace J. Austin, who was among the first group of settlers to arrive in the Dakota Territory in 1860. The house features very little of the original furnishings but, as the repository for the historical society, does contain local family, city, county, church, and organization's files. The society holds meetings every month, an ice cream social in June to help raise funds, and sponsors a tour of homes in the first weekend of December. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972 for its association with Horace Austin (and later, the Whittemore family) and its American frontier Victorian style architecture.
Backstory and Context
"The AUSTIN WHITTEMORE HOUSE: Home of the Clay County Historical Society, Inc." Clay County Historical Society. Accessed December 13, 2016. http://www.cchssd.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Austin-Whittemore-House.pdf.
Derby, John. "Austin-Whittemore House Museum." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places. October 18, 1972. http://focus.nps.gov/GetAsset?assetID=8d1b0376-948e-4895-bd16-132182148c08.