Midwest Living Review
The swashbuckling French founder of Medora, who named the fledgling Western town after his wife, didn't stay in western North Dakota long, but he packed a lot of living into the few years he spent here. He opened a slaughterhouse and a stagecoach that ran to Deadwood, South Dakota, ran a household that required 12-15 servants, and hosted guests in lavish hunting parties. The home where the Marquis and his wife lived still contains many of the original furnishings, and eager docents stationed throughout the property will answer questions and explain how the couple lived. Tours begin on the wraparound front porch and lead into the dining room, which showcases the lavish place settings typical for aristocrats of that time. Stops in the kitchen and servants' rooms include lessons on cooking and food prep for the time (10-course meals were typical when guests were visiting), while the bedrooms include personal grooming artifacts. A stop in the hunting room includes photographs of the Marquis and Medora dressed for the occasion (she was considered a better shot than he, even riding sidesaddle) and trunks used to transport their clothing and gear (one trunk per outfit!). The home is a natural stop for history buffs visiting Medora, and the tour definitely gives you an appreciation for the adventurous spirits who made their way out west 140 years ago. Admission charged.