Americans are proud to celebrate the freedom won by the country’s founding fathers during the Revolutionary War.

When these men weren't out fighting wars or helping to found a country, they enjoyed time at home with their families, according to In fact, many of them designed and ran their family’s estates, where they could retreat from the chaos of Colonial times.

Today, these homes are popular tourist destinations, drawing crowds from all over the world interested in learning how America’s original leaders lived. In fact, many of these homes would not be the living history symbols they are today without extensive restoration work. Scroll through for five of the most iconic.