TR Robertson — Each of the former Presidents of the United States has numerous museums, homes and other historic sites travelers can add to their list of places to visit when going to various states in the U.S. Many of these places are extremely interesting and amazing as you can step back in time in the homes, parks and historic sites as you go into their former places of residence or birth, viewing the actual furniture or representations from their time period, seeing the actual clothing they and members of their family wore and seeing documents and artifacts from the past that was a part of our American history. Just following visits to sites dedicated to Abraham Lincoln would fill a summer vacation.
One unusual site to visit is in in Croaker, Virginia, and is the site of 43 18-to-23-foot-tall heads of 43 of the U.S. Presidents. Originally commissioned by Everette Newman as a $10 million project for a park in Williamsburg, sculpted by David Adickes, the project closed in 2004 and was moved to the farm of Howard Hankins in 2010. The sculptures need repair and were recently featured in a news segment in the CBS Sunday Morning news show.
The following is Part I of an alphabetical list of the states where these Presidential sites can be found, including the address of the Presidential site. For more specific information about the place listed, Google the name of the site and detailed information will come up to fill you in about what you and your family can view, as well as more detailed directions to the site. Wikipedia also has a wealth of information about the Presidential site. If you are traveling to any of the states listed in Part I & II, add some of these historic sites to your lists of places to visit.
Clinton Center and Birthplace – 117 S Hervey St., Hope, Arkansas
William J. Clinton Presidential Center – 1200 President Clinton Ave., Little Rock
Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace (includes a museum, grave sites, & restored 1912 farmhouse) – 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd – Yorba Linda
Harry S. Truman Little White House – 111 Front St., Naval Air Station, Key West
Jimmy Carter National Historic Site – 301 N. Bonds St. – Plains, Ga.
Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Little White House Site – 401 Little White House Rd. – Warm Springs
Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson – 419 7th St. – Augusta
Ulysses S. Grant Home – 500 Bouthillier St. – Galena
Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site (includes the restored 1860 log cabin) – 413 S 8th St. – Springfield, Ill
Lincoln’s Cabin State Historic Site – 402 S Lincoln Hwy Rd., Lerna
Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum – 46,000-piece collection – 212 N 6th St., Springfield
Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site – 650-acre village resembling life in the 1830’s – 15588 History Ln, Petersburg
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home – 810 & 816 S Hennepin Av, Dixon
Ronald Reagan Birthplace – a 1911 apartment, 11 S Main St., Tampico
Benjamin Harrison Home – 1230 N. Delaware, Indianapolis
William Henry Harrison’s Grouseland Mansion – 3 W Scott St., Vincennes
Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial – 3027 E S St., Lincoln City
Herbert Hoover National Site and Presidential Library & Museum – 210 Parkside Dr., West Branch
Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library & Boyhood Home (1898-1946) – 200 S E 4th St., Abilene
Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace Historic Site & Boyhood Home at Knob Creek – includes reconstructed log cabin – 2995 Lincoln Farm Rd., Hodgenville
Zachary Taylor Monument and Memorial Cemetery – 4701 Brownsboro, Louisville
John Adams National Historic Park – 135 Adams St., Quincy
Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum – 20 West St, Northampton
John F. Kennedy Historic Site – 83 Beals St., Brookline
Hardscrabble Cabin at Ulysses Grant Farm & National Historic Site – 7385 Grant Rd, St. Louis
Harry S. Truman State Historic Site – 1009 Truman St., Lamar
The Franklin Pierce Manse Historic Home – 52 S Main St., Concord
Franklin Pierce Homestead – 301 2nd New Hampshire Turnpike – Hillsborough
Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site – 207 Bloomfield Ave., Caldwell
Part II will take you from New York through Washington D.C. and the incredible list of places dedicated to the various Presidents of the United States.