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Chateau de Mores State Historic Site

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Located southwest of Medora, this site memorializes the life and activities in North Dakota of Antoine de Vallombrosa, the Marquis de Mores, who arrived in 1883. Among his enterprises were a beef packing plant, a stagecoach line, a freighting company, refrigerated railway cars, cattle and sheep raising, land ownership, and a new town which he called 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 and contains many of the original furnishings and personal effects of the de Mores family. Visits through the house are available during the summer months, and there is an admission charge. School and commercial bus tour group rates. Allow one hour for visit.

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

Packing Plant/Chimney Park - Situated on the west edge of Medora, the site once contained the plant, a slaughterhouse, three icehouses, 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.

History Alive! - History Alive! programs explore the lives and times of local residents from decades gone by, combining theater arts with history. The 20-minute monologues are based on original letters, diaries, and other documents, many from the archives of the State Historical Society of North Dakota. This free program is presented on the porch of the Chateau Saturdays and Sundays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. from June through August.

“Recollections of Murder & Mayhem in Medora” - Professional actors present "Recollections of Murder & Mayhem in Medora, an exciting museum drama that takes place in the old Billings County Courtroom of the Billings County Museum. Listen to the recollections of the newspaper editor, a local cowboy, and a saloon keeper as they talk about the conflict between cowboys and outsiders over land use and barbed wire that led to the Marquis de Mores being charged with murder. The drama is presented Saturdays and Sundays at 11:30 a.m. from June through August. Admission is $7 for adults, $3 for students, and free for preschoolers.

Medora to Deadwood Stagecoach Rides - Relive the Old West on this scenic half-hour stage coach adventure through the river bottom land of the Little Missouri River. The Medora to Deadwood stagecoach line was in operation between Medora and Deadwood in the ear1y 1880s. Rides are offered from early June through early September for a nominal fee and begin at the Chateau Interpretive Center.

Walking Tour of Historic Medora now available for download.

Lesson Plan & Education Materials Available

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Address:
1/8 miles W and 1/8 miles S of
Medora Chimney Park -
west edge of Medora
De Mores Memorial Park -
downtown Medora, ND 58654
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Hours:
Winter hours start September 16, 9 am - 5 pm (MDT) Tuesday - Saturday.
Winter rates are ½ price which includes interpretive center galleries;
if a tour of the house is arranged admission is full price.

Contact Chateau de Mores:
phone: (701) 623-4355
fax: (701) 623-4921

Contact SHSND:
phone: (701) 328-2666
fax: (701) 328-3710
email: histsoc@nd.gov