Historic Property

Frances Willard House Museum 

WCTU's Frances Willard House Museum is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. 


The Frances Willard House Museum is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19.  We look forward to welcoming you in the future. 

The home of Frances Willard, her family, and the longtime headquarters of the National Woman's Christian Temperance Union was built by her father, Josiah Willard in 1865. The house was designed by Mr. Willard in the English cottage style and shows the influence of Andrew Jackson Downing. The exterior and the interior have been carefully preserved with the furnishings as Miss Willard left it. 

Rest Cottage, as Frances Willard called it, is a two-story, 17 room example of Carpenter Gothic architecture. The house is actually a double dwelling, created by an addition in April 1878, shortly after the death of Oliver Willard, Frances' brother, to provide a home for his widow and four children. 

Click here for more information on Frances Willard and her home.