The Mother of Presidents

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I have always enjoyed history and in particular presidential sites.  I am a bit picky about what sites I like to explore and prefer birthplaces, childhood and adult homes, grave sites, libraries and museums.  I was first exposed to them growing up in Ohio where there are several sites dedicated to McKinley, Garfield, Harrison, Hayes, Harding Grant, and Taft.  I find them fun.  (insert nerd comment here). OhioHistory.org is an excellent website for planning the Ohio Presidential Trail.  Here is a map and the major presidential sites from their site (https://www.ohiohistory.org/visit/ohio-presidential-trail).

 

Ohio Presidential Trail

1. William Henry Harrison Tomb

2 Cliff Rd., North Bend, OH 45052
844.288.7709
hsmfmuseum.org
Managed by the Harrison-Symmes Memorial Foundation (an Ohio History          Connection site)

2. William Howard Taft National Historic Site

2038 Auburn Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45219
513.684.3262
nps.gov/wiho/index.htm
Managed by the National Park Service

3. U.S. Grant Birthplace

1551 State Route 232
Point Pleasant, OH 45153
800.283.8932
usgrantbirthplace.org
Managed by Historic New Richmond, Inc. (an Ohio History Connection site)

4. U.S. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse

Boyhood Home:
219 E. Grant Ave.
Georgetown, OH 45121
Schoolhouse:
508 S. Water St.
Georgetown, OH 45121
877.372.8177
usgrantboyhoodhome.org
Managed by Ulysses S. Grant Homestead Association (an Ohio History        Connection site)

5. Warren G. Harding Home & Memorial 

Home:
380 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302
Memorial:
Vernon Heights Blvd. at Delaware Ave.
Marion, OH 43302
800.600.6894
hardinghome.org
Managed by Marion Technical College (an Ohio History Connection site)

6. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420
800.998.7737
rbhayes.org/hayes
Managed by the Hayes Presidential Center, Inc. (an Ohio History Connection    site)

7. Garfield Memorial

12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
216.421.2665
lakeviewcemetery.com
Managed by Lakeview Cemetery

8. James A. Garfield National Historic Site

8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060
440.255.8722
nps.gov/jaga/index.htm
Managed by the National Park Service

9. James A. Garfield Birthplace

4350 SOM Ctr. Rd.
Moreland Hills, OH 44022
440.248.1188
morelandhills.com/en-US/Historical-Society.aspx
Managed by the Moreland Hills Historical Society

10. Hiram College

11715 Garfield Rd., Hiram, OH 44234
330.569.3211
hiram.edu/about/history-of-the-college
Managed by Hiram College
Garfield and Lucretia met while studying at the future Hiram College. Later          Garfield became the college’s president.

11. William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and McKinley Memorial

800 McKinley Monument Dr. N.W.
Canton, OH 44708
330.455.7043
mckinleymuseum.org
Managed by the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum

12. First Ladies’ National Historic Site

Museum/Saxton McKinley House:
331 S. Market Ave., Canton, OH 44702
Education and Research Center:
205 S. Market Ave., Canton, OH 44702
330.452.0876
firstladies.org
Managed by the National Park Service

13. National McKinley Birthplace and Memorial

Memorial:
40 N. Main St.
Niles, OH 44446
McKinley Birthplace Museum:
330.652.4273 • mckinleybirthplacemuseum.org
Managed by the National McKinley Birthplace Memorial Association                      McKinley Memorial Library:
330.652.1704 • mcklib.org
Governed by the McKinley Memorial Library Board of Trustees

14.  McKinley Birthplace Home

40 S. Main St.
Niles OH 44446
330.652.1704 ext. 6
mcklib.org/birthplacehome
Managed by the McKinley Memorial Library

15. Fallen Timbers Battlefield Memorial Park

U.S. 24
Maumee, OH 43537
800.860.0149
fallentimbersbattlefield.org
Managed by Metro Parks Toledo (an Ohio History Connection Site)
Harrison participated in the Battle of Fallen Timbers and was present at the        negotiating and signing of the Treaty of Greenville.

16. Fort Meigs

29100 W. River Rd.
Perrysburg, OH 43551
800.283.8916
fortmeigs.org
Managed by the Fort Meigs Association (an Ohio History Connection Site)
Harrison used the fort as a defensive checkpoint to prevent any further British advances into American territory and to buy the American forces enough time to build a naval force to meet the British on Lake Erie and defeat them.

17.  Harding Cabin

22300 State Park Road 20
Mt. Sterling, OH 43143
740.869.2020
deercreekparklodge.com/lodging/harding-cabin
The cabin served as a favorite retreat for President Harding.

 


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