Friday morning we enjoyed sleeping in and ate continental breakfast
J and I toured the Chateau de Mores and its accompanying museum. The Chateau was built by a Frenchmen and his wife as a summer home and hunting lodge. On the North Dakota prairie in 1883 a twenty-six room home was unheard of. 80-90% of the household furnishings are original to the house. The remaining items and decor are reconstructed with the original in mind or similar to that of the time period.
Formal dining room and kitchen
There are ten bedrooms upstairs. These bedrooms were for their children, the servants and guests. The Marquis and his wife, Medora, slept is separate rooms on the main level of the house. The bottom left picture was Medora’s room and the bottom right is where the Marquis slept.
The Marquis and Medora each had personal study’s. The top left is the desk in Medora’s study and the desk on the right is that belonging to the Marquis. The fireplace in the formal living room was very innovative for the day. It was five feet deep and heated several rooms on the main floor.
After driving the scenic-loop through the National Park we took in Theodore Roosevelt’s Maltese Cross Ranch Cabin. After the death of Mr. Roosevelt’s mother and wife on February 14, 1884 he came to North Dakota to heal from his loss.
The Little Missouri River flows through the park and was an important to life on the prairie.
If you are looking for a get away that combines, historical attractions, beautiful landscapes, musical entertainment, shopping and good food, I highly recommend spending a couple of days at Medora, ND!