The Jonathan Bass House Museum was built in 1863. The house is an example of period middle-class housing. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 by the US National Park Service because it is a unique example of existing architecture. Jonathan and Ruteria Bass, who built the home, employed unusual decorative elements of wood graining in the front parlors and stenciling on the ceiling of the Great Hall. The painted ceiling design in the Men’s Parlor that depicts a billiard table is a rare feature in American architecture, unique for its time and place.