Although Maplecroft, the main family home of Dr. James and Harriet Starr, was built in 1871 after the end of the Civil War. After serving as a Confederate postmaster, James Starr built his home and fortune during the Reconstruction era. The Maplecroft house (one of six historic buildings at the site) was the home of his son, Frank, who was a Confederate soldier who rode with General Henry Sibley in the New Mexico Campaign, a failed attempt by the Confederates to extend the war to the Southwest. The Starr family archive—including letters back and forth from family members about their fortunes during the War and on rotating display at the site, as well as a wealth of photographs and family memorabilia—make a visit here a journey back in time to many layers and interpretations of Civil War history. Lovingly conserved period rooms featuring original antiques are another lure for history lovers of all eras.