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10 Can't-Miss Presidential Sites in Ohio
Gain some new historical perspectives on presidential history throughout Ohio. Plan your next visit and check out these 10 sites – from southwestern Ohio and Cincinnati, to the northeast region and Cleveland, you'll cover nearly the entire state.
1. U.S. GRANT BIRTHPLACE
Make your way to the Cincinnati area of Ohio and check out the U.S. Grant Birthplace. Celebrate the life of the 18th President of the United States by exploring this house from 1817. Just one of the many places to explore within the Grant Commemorative Sites Historic District, the Grant Birthplace offers tours lasting up to an hour.
2. U.S. GRANT BOYHOOD HOME & SCHOOLHOUSE
Stick with the President Grant theme – his boyhood home and schoolhouse can be found in Georgetown, just a short drive southeast of his birthplace. Open from May through October, this site was Grant's home from 1823 to 1839.
3. NATIONAL MCKINLEY BIRTHPLACE MEMORIAL
When your visit to Ohio has you in northeastern region, near Cleveland, be sure to spend an afternoon exploring the life of President William McKinley. The McKinley Birthplace is in Niles, an almost direct drive east from Akron. Be sure to celebrate the life of the 25th President of the United States.
4. WILLIAM MCKINLEY PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY & MUSEUM
Plan a stay in Canton where you'll want to treat the family to a tour of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. See historic artifacts relating to the McKinley presidency and his life. After you've experienced the McKinley Birthplace, make a full day of McKinley with a few hours spent at his official library and museum.
5. JAMES A. GARFIELD NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Found just west of downtown Mentor, the James A. Garfield NHS is a premier presidential destination in the area. Learn more than you ever thought possible about the 20th U.S. President – and the accompanying Eleanor B. Garfield Park to the west is great for an afternoon picnic. The Garfield NHS features a robust visitor center, and the Garfield Home.
6. WARREN G. HARDING HOME
Make the most of your next stay in Marion. Plan a tour of the Warren G. Harding Home, one of the premier destinations in all of central Ohio. This site preserves the home of Harding and wife Florence Mabel Harding. See more than 5,000 Harding-related artifacts inside the home – tours are available from May through November.
7. WARREN G. HARDING TOMB
Continue the afternoon of Harding-themed tours with a stop at the Warren G. Harding Tomb. Found only minutes west of the Harding Home, his tomb is the main attraction within Harding Memorial Park. Dedicated in 1931, the tomb is made of white marble in a large, circular fashion.
8. RUTHERFORD B. HAYES PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Be sure to visit the northwestern corner of the state where you'll have a chance to see the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Opened in 1916, this center features a 12,000-volume library, and the total size of the Hayes Center is 52,640 square feet. This site features the very first presidential library ever constructed.
9. WILLIAM HOWARD TAFT NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
Built in 1842, the Taft NHS is the birthplace of President Taft – he was born there in 1857, and it's where he lived for most of his first 25 years. Maintained by the National Park Service, the Taft NHS has two main buildings – his birthplace home, which has been restored, and the Taft NHS Visitor Center. Visit today and tour both!
10. FIRST LADIES NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
While the city of Canton is often known more as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, don't miss a chance to explore the First Ladies National Historic Site. It's the youngest of all the Ohio presidential sites – it was only opened in 2000. Tours of the First Ladies NHS begin at the Education & Research Center, one of the two main buildings here. The other, and where the tour will guide you, is the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home.
William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
Found in the northeastern Ohio city of Canton, just south of the Akron metropolitan area, the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum serves at the presidential library for Buckeye State-born William McKinley.
Owned and maintained by the Stark County Historical Society, the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum commemorates 25th President William McKinley with historic artifacts, exhibits on other McKinley historic sites, and natural science exhibits.
The William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
U.S. Grant Birthplace
Located in Moscow in southwestern Ohio, the Grant's Birthplace State Memorial is found 25 miles southeast of Cincinnati. Set on the east bank of the Ohio River, the Grant Birthplace preserves the home of 18th President and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant.
Today, this 1817 historic home serves as a museum, and is part of the Grant Commemorative Sites Historic District – and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Operated by the Ohio Historical Society and managed by the Historic New Richmond, Inc., the U.S. Grant Birthplace offers visitors 30 to 60-minute tours of the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant.
U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse
Found in the Ohio city of Georgetown in the southwestern corner of the state, the Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse is set an hour southeast of Cincinnati.
The 1823 historic house preserves what was the home and one-room schoolhouse of 18th President and Civil War general Ulysses S. Grant from 1823 to 1839. The site is open to visitors from May through October, Wednesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.
Now a National Historic Landmark, the U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The site is maintained by the non-profit Ulysses S. Grant Homestead Association and assisted by the Ohio Historical Connection.
Warren Harding Tomb
Also referred to as the Harding Memorial, the Warren Harding Tomb is located at Harding Memorial Park in the central Ohio city of Marion. The Harding Tomb commemorates the gravesite of 29th President Warren G. Harding and First Lady Florence Kling Harding.
Located along Vernon Heights Boulevard at Delaware Avenue, the Marion Cemetery covers two acres and surrounds the Harding Tomb. President Herbert Hoover dedicated the circular, white-marble monument in 1931.
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
The nation’s first presidential library, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is located in the northwestern Ohio city of Fremont. Completed in 1916, the center commemorates 19th President Rutherford B. Hayes.
Originally the Rutherford B. Hayes Center Library, the center is a complex covering 52,640 square feet – consisting of the Hayes Home and Hayes Museum. Set at Spiegel Grove, the center features tours, shopping, and the Hayes Research Library.