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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  • My husband and I were on a road trip and one of the planned stops was the Theodore Roosevelt National Park. We had some time before heading over to the Medora Musical, so we stopped at the Chateau...  more »
  • This tour is a critical piece to understanding the history of Medora. Our tour guide was very knowledgeable, and the Chateau was large and interesting. We loved the way they had it set up...  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.
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