The full article first appeared in Travel Awaits on Feb. 18, 2022.
When we first
started RVing, I used to be not an American citizen but. Actually, the journeys throughout the
nation so educated me about America’s historical past that once I took my oath on Valentines’
Day 2011, I felt I had actually turn out to be an American. One of my greatest studying
experiences was visiting former President’s houses: every little thing from small,
easy cabins to giant, luxurious mansions. Each gave me a view, not of how the
President ruled, however of the person: how he got here to be and the way he selected to stay.
Here are my favourite twelve.
George Washington’s Mt.
Washington was our first president. He is the larger-than-life normal who led
the nation to victory in America’s struggle for independence. His historic dwelling and
property, Mt. Vernon, is now a National Historic Landmark in Virginia 13 miles
south of Washington DC. The unique home was constructed by his father in 1754
on land they owned since 1674
and expanded by Washington within the 1770s. I distinctly keep in mind the massive patio
on the again the place I sat on one of many rocking chairs, trying over the extensive, historic
Potomac River which he most likely usually did.
Monticello (1801-1809) (headline picture)
Jefferson, one other Founding Father and principal creator of the Declaration of
Independence, turned our third president. He inherited Monticello,
which means “little mountain,” when he was solely 26. He designed it in neoclassical
design and included French parts whereas he was Minister to France. Monticello, collectively along with his summer season dwelling Poplar Forest in Virginia, is architecturally good
and has been designated a National Historic Landmark and UNESCO World Heritage
Andrew Jackson (1829-1837)
got here from Tennessee: Andrew Jackson, James Polk, and Andrew Johnson. The Hermitage
is Jackson’s dwelling and it ranks with Mt. Vernon and Monticello as the most effective
presidential websites. Jackson, the seventh president, was credited with the annexation
of Arkansas and Michigan. And a part of his legacy is the house the place there’s a lovely
Greek-inspired tomb and memorial to the spouse he misplaced, even earlier than he claimed
the presidency, due to the scandal of their marriage being performed earlier than her
divorce was finalized.
James Polk (1845-49)
Tennessee is the place you will discover the dwelling of James Polk, our eleventh president. Sickly from the
begin, he put in a lot exhausting work that the presidency price him his life. Two
portraits in his modest dwelling, taken solely two years aside, present how a lot he’d aged.
Polk led the US to win the Mexican-American War, and his legacy was the
annexation of the remainder of the West.
President was Abraham Lincoln, ceaselessly cited as the most effective president we ever
had. He led the nation throughout its worst disaster, the Civil War, preserved the
Union and abolished slavery. Such daring actions finally price him his life.
His Presidential Library in Springfield, Illinois is, to me,
the most effective of all of them. There he comes alive with holograms. He and his spouse
Mary, performed by actors, welcomed us to his close by modest, Greek revival-style
dwelling. Fifty-six steps (representing his quick life) result in the Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Hodgenville, Kentucky. It options
the common-or-garden, tiny cabin the place he was born.
turned our youngest president at 42 after President McKinley was assassinated. Still,
he achieved a lot: the Square Deal, the Panama Canal, and conservation as a
prime nationwide precedence. Although we weren’t capable of go to the Sagamore Hill
National Historic Site in New York, we noticed his birthplace within the metropolis and the Maltese Cross Cabin on the Theodore Roosevelt National
Park in North Dakota which confirmed me how he got here to like the good open air.
William Howard Taft
It was a
stroke of luck! We got here throughout the house of William Howard Taft, the twenty seventh
president, in entrance of the hospital the place my husband needed to have arthroscopic knee
surgical procedure in Ohio. That was particularly significant since he did a very good job laying the
basis of my dwelling nation’s public programs and infrastructure as the primary
Governor-General of the Philippines. In reality, that success catapulted him into the presidency. And then his
robust judicial background led him to be the one president who later served as
Roosevelt was our thirty second President for a report 4 phrases, main the nation
by way of the Great Depression and WWII. His dwelling, the Springwood Estate in Hyde Park, New York, a National Historic Site,
began the custom of Presidential Libraries. He doubled the scale of his
mom’s mansion and remodeled it right into a Colonial revival model. He stayed on the
Top Cottage whereas his spouse Eleanor lived at her Val-Kill Cottage, two miles away,
one other National Historic Site. She redefined the function of First Lady and have become
ninth of the Top Ten Most Widely Admired People of the twentieth Century.
Roosevelt died, Harry Truman turned our thirty third president. He is understood for authorizing
the primary and solely use of nuclear weapons ending WWII; rebuilding of Europe by way of
the Marshall Plan; and establishing the Truman doctrine and NATO. We visited
his birthplace in Lamar, Missouri, and his presidential library and
males’s retailer “Wild About Harry” managed by my husband’s nephew are each in
Independence. But later he needed to spend his winters orders from his physician on the
Little White House in Key West, Florida, a former base commandant’s dwelling that turned the
web site of many historic agreements and conferences.
At the tip
of WWII, Dwight Eisenhower, Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe,
turned our thirty fourth president. He was liable for the success of the Normandy landings
that ended the European struggle. He approved the creation of NASA, contributed to
the tip of McCarthyism, and constructed the Interstate Highway System resulting in widespread
financial prosperity. We visited his Boyhood Home and Presidential Library in Abilene, Kansas (my husband is from Kansas), a easy two-story
wood-frame home on an acre of land. It can be his closing resting place.
John F. Kennedy
was elected our thirty fifth president. It was a brief however beloved presidency. His eloquent
speeches impressed not solely the nation however the world. Together with the whole
world, I mourned his assassination. My husband and I visited the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port,
sits on six acres on the Cape Cod waterfront. The major dwelling was the patriarch’s and Edward Kennedy,
the smaller dwelling on Irving Avenue turned his summer season White House, and Robert
Kennedy’s was on Marchant Avenue. None of those is open to the general public so we
spent the time on the JFK Hyannis Museum close by.
My employees and
I constructed a house for the Philippine Chapter of Habitat for Humanity once I was GM
of MegaLink, the ATM consortium of banks within the Philippines. I visited its headquarters in Americus and Atlanta Georgia. The
nonprofit group constructed houses utilizing volunteer labor and bought them at no revenue
for inexpensive month-to-month funds. The go to additionally gave me the prospect to take a
peek at Jimmy Carter’s modest
two-bedroom dwelling in Plains. Our 39th president could not have had
a totally profitable presidency however he has impressed many. Up to 6 years in the past, he
nonetheless went on a Carter-Habitat mission yearly.
There are ten
different President’s houses we now have seen that I couldn’t embody right here. Visiting
presidential houses has been actually instructive for me. So we’re nonetheless hoping to
see the opposite 24.
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