Presidential history is one of my favourite topics, so in honour of Presidents’ Day, and in case anyone is interested in learning about a few presidential sites for the holiday, I thought I’d throw an updated version of this post up again!
FDR is one of my favourites, and visiting Hyde Park made for one of the best days I’ve had since I started blogging. The museum is huge, and you get to see the actual office FDR worked in when he was back home (not to mention three of his custom wheelchairs). Highly recommended!
Not far from FDR’s home and museum, you’ll find Lindenwald, former home of the often-overlooked Martin Van Buren. Though his presidency wasn’t particularly memorable, his house was lovely, and I’ll always treasure the picture I took with his statue.
My parents live less than an hour away from Canton, Ohio, so I’ve spent a lot of time visiting the presidential sites around there. There’s the William McKinley museum with an animatronic William and Ida, and even the Canton Classic Car Museum has a large display case devoted to this famous former local.
And, the National First Ladies Museum is also in Canton, in Ida Saxton McKinley’s old mansion. Though the guided tour wasn’t my favourite, the museum itself has some interesting objects.
Also quite near to my parents’ home (though in the opposite direction) is Lawnfield, James A Garfield’s former home, which I visited for the first time last year. I think Garfield’s story is one of the most poignant of all the presidents, and this National Parks site is definitely worth a visit.
Though FDR will always be my favourite Roosevelt, I know there are those who are partial to TR. If you’re looking for a presidential site smack in the middle of New York City, then the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace Museum is a good bet. The entire house is a reconstruction, but it contains many of the Roosevelt’s original furnishings, and the museum has the shirt Teddy was shot in whilst giving a campaign speech, amongst many other treasures.
Hope this inspires you to visit some presidential sites yourself (I know I’m planning on seeing more the next time I’m back in America!). Of course, if you happen to be in London, like I am, never fear, as you can visit the excellent statue of FDR and Churchill on Bond Street (though you might not want to get quite as flirty with FDR as I did)! There’s a couple more presidential statues scattered throughout the British capital, so you could make a scavenger hunt of it and try to find them all, or head out to the Kennedy Memorial in Runnymede, which is technically American soil, if you’re really feeling homesick! Happy Presidents’ Day!