Chateau de Mores State Historic Site, Medora

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Located SW of Medora, the site memorializes the North Dakota ambitions of Antoine de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Morès, who arrived in 1883. His enterprises included a beef packing plant, stagecoach line, freighting company, refrigerated railway cars, cattle and sheep raising, land ownership, and a new town named Medora, in honor of his wife.

Chateau De Mores - This 26-room, two-story frame building was built in 1883 as the summer residence of the Marquis's family. The Chateau is now a historic house museum containing many original furnishings and personal effects of the de Mores family. Tours are available during the summer months for a fee. School and commercial bus tour group rates are available. Allow one hour for visit.

De Mores Memorial Park - Located in downtown Medora, the park features a bronze statue of the Marquis de Morès donated in 1926 by his sons. The statue is surrounded by a flagstone courtyard, the result of a 1938 WPA project.

Packing Plant - Situated on the west edge of Medora, the site once contained the plant, a slaughterhouse, three ice houses, several outbuildings, a railroad spur track, and a corral. The building burned in 1907, leaving the tall, native clay brick chimney standing. A picnic area is located next to the plant.
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  • Started at the Visitor Center. Saw the movie and went through the two areas of the museum. Then we walked up the hill to tour the Chateau. Very interesting story about the French Marquis and his wife....  more »
  • The chateau has pretty views of the area from three directions. Volunteer docents share history with informative facts and stories. Talk a walk down to the horse pen, stable, root cellar, and...  more »
  • This house and it's furnishings are about 88% original. Teddy Roosevelt dined here. It's actually a hunting lodge not a chateau. The volunteers are knowledgeable and hard working.  more »
  • Visitor Center had very informative displays. It was just a short three block walk from The Visitor Center up to the beautiful home. Fascinating it has been maintained so well. The views were gorgeous!
  • So much history and it's a beautiful place. We loved going back in time and learning about the De Mores family.
  • We had a beautiful visit; everybody was so knowledgeable, not only on the history of Chateau de Mores, the history of the town and state, as well.
  • The house has a lot of original items from the Mores family. The house and grounds are well maintained.
  • I learned so much. Great place to get history for this part of North Dakota.

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