Last updated: 8/31/2014
Mobile, Alabama
Street Address
256 North Joachim Street
Mobile, AL 36603
Mailing Address
256 North Joachim Street
Mobile, AL 36603
Hours
Monday - Friday11 AM - 3:30 PM
Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Sunday1 PM - 4 PM
(All times are Central Time Zone)
Admissions
General Admission: $10
Children (5-11): $5
Children 4 and under : Free
Services
Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Susan Tomlinson, President
phone: 251-208-7320
Description

Specialty items are for sale in the Gift Shop. Our Gift Shop is open year round, for your shopping pleasure.

We offer to you our beautiful 1860 townhouse in the DeTonti Historic district of Mobile for your pleasure and Victorian experience. . We have the availability for intimate Weddings, Receptions, Silver / High Teas, Luncheons or Parties. Our Carriage House and Courtyard is available for dancing, and our Gardens beautiful for out door use. Our home is beautifully decorated for Christmas beginning early December till January for your enjoyment. Consider a Holiday Wedding or Party and just let your Imagination soar. Florists and Caterer’s await your desires for any occasion. “JUST IMAGINE”......

Enjoy The Richards D.A.R. House Museum with your family and guests for your Holiday experience. The smell of fresh greenery, home baked goods and beautifully adorned trees with hand made ornaments will fill your senses for the season. Children’s rooms full of toys, bears, and dreams of Santa. Costumed ladies for your enjoyment with wassail and cookies served to each guest. Music and Choral groups perform and private displays adorn each room. Christmas Trees for young and old, all Reminders of times long past. Join us the 1st weekend in December each year for our Open House.

One of Mobile's finest examples of the Italianate style. Famous for its cast-iron facade depicting the four seasons. National Register (1860). Lavish iron lace decorates the Richards – Daughters of the American Revolution House Museum. This beautiful Town House of the Italianate style tells the story of Mobile during its antebellum period. Steamboat Captain Charles G. Richards and his wife, Caroline Elizabeth Steele, built their dream house in 1860.

The house museum is magnificently decorated with carved Carrara marble mantels, double parlors and reception hall with massive brass and bronze chandeliers designed of fanciful mythological figures, holding aloft etched and crenelated glass globes. Panes of ruby Bohemian glass frame the doorway, silver bell pulls for calling servants are in each room and the front gallery floor is made of gray and white marble squares. In the Richards – DAR House Museum hangs one of the largest crystal chandeliers in the city, reflecting in a French mirror over the mantel. The furnishings of this house museum date back prior to 1870.

History

The Ideal Cement Company purchased the house from Richards’ descendants in 1946. After being turned over to the city of Mobile in 1973, the five Mobile Chapters of the Daughters of the American Revolution leased the home. The organization is responsible for furnishing and administering it as a Period House Museum.

Governance

Governing Board, special committee's.

Tax Status 501c3

Library

Access: Staff Only

Appointment required: Yes

Services

Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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