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William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Visiting the Taft Education Center & House

What better way to commemorate the 27th President of the United States than by visiting the childhood home of William Howard Taft? Anticipate guided tours, fascinating exhibits, themed events, and much more.

Visitor Information

Established in 1969, the William Howard Taft National Historic Site preserves the birthplace and childhood home of 27th President William Howard Taft. Born in 1857, Taft resided in this Cincinnati suburb in southwestern Ohio until he was roughly 25 years old.

Found in the Mount Auburn Historic District and managed by the National Park Service, the Greek-revival Taft House was built in 1842 – and today is found on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

This U.S. National Historic Landmark sees nearly 15,000 visitors each year. One of many historic sites in the Cincy area, the Taft NHS offers tours, events, and the Taft Education Center to celebrate this Chief Justice and American president.

By Bedford at English Wikipedia (Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons The Historic Taft House & Birthplace

Attractions & Activities

Spanning three acres, the William Howard Taft Education Center & House is open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the exception of major holidays. Guided Taft House tours are offered throughout the day – with the last one departing at 3:30 p.m.

The historic Taft House is divided into the top and bottom floor. The first floor preserves the William Taft Birthplace and family rooms all restored to resemble the look of the home during Taft’s residency. The top floor features a linear exhibit of Taft’s life and achievements.

The nearby Taft Education Center & Visitor Center houses the National Park bookstore, the biographical park film, and an animatronic Charles Phelps Taft II – President Taft’s son. This unique and interactive exhibit features Taft II fishing while reminiscing about the Taft family ­– especially dad.

Relevant attractions include the Taft Museum of Art – also found in Cincinnati.