Interactive Map Shows the History of Presidential Travel

President Trump’s first foreign trip follows a long line of international visits by heads of state

Brigit Katz



President Trump recently concluded his first foreign tour , during which he traveled to five different countries, met with a bevy of international leaders, and had a meme-worthy encounter with a glowing orb . Counting Trump’s trip, U.S. presidents have made 921 visits to foreign locations since the early 20th century. A new interactive map explores the history of presidential jet-setting, tracking the many diplomatic excursions that have been made across the globe, as Greg Miller reports for National Geographic .

Titled “ The Executive Abroad ,” the map was created by the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab. Using travel records from the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department, a group of students compiled data on trips made by U.S. presidents and their secretaries of state. When you toggle through officials’ names, dots pop up across the map, each signifying a foreign visit. The dots are color-coded based on geographic region, and clicking on them reveals the date and reason for the trip.

The chronology of the map beings in 1906 with Theodore Roosevelt, who became the first sitting American president to travel outside the country when he took a trip to view the construction of the Panama Canal . The graph-like outer ring of the map, which shows the frequency of international visits, indicates that foreign trips were rare occasions until after the Second World War. Robert Nelson, director of the Digital Scholarship Lab, tells Miller that the shift can be attributed to two factors: the rise of jet aircraft, which made traveling easier, and America’s growing soft power influence in the wake of WWII.

Rates of presidential travel really took off in the late 1950s, as indicated by peaks on the map’s outer ring. “[T]he map conveys how significantly travel by the executive branch has grown over the past eleven decades,” Nelson says in a press release . “In the first decade of the 20th century, presidents Roosevelt and Taft together made three trips to two places. A century later, George W. Bush and Barack Obama together made more than 300 trips all over the globe.”

The map reveals other trends. Presidents have taken more trips to Asia and Africa in recent years, for instance, while secretaries of state travel to the Middle East more frequently than presidents—possibly, Miller writes, “because presidential visits are more ceremonial, whereas secretaries of state are the ones dispatched to regions where there’s hard diplomatic work to be done.”

With its plethora of multi-colored dots, the map also highlights crucial moments in American political history: Woodrow Wilson’s trip to the Paris Peace Conference in 1919, FDR’s 1943 meeting with Stalin and Churchill in Tehran, and other high-stakes visits undertaken by heads of state.

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Brigit Katz is a freelance writer based in Toronto. Her work has appeared in a number of publications, including, Flavorwire and Tina Brown Media's Women in the World.

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U.S. presidents have made 16 previous trips to Brussels (peach-colored lines), where President Trump is today.


New Map Explores the History of Presidential Trips Abroad

From Teddy Roosevelt’s visit to Panama in 1906 to Trump’s trip this week, U.S. presidents have made more than 900 visits to foreign places.

In taking his first trip abroad as president this week, Donald Trump joins a long tradition. Since Teddy Roosevelt went to Panama in 1906 to inspect construction work on the Panama Canal, U.S. presidents have made 921 visits to foreign places, including the nine on Trump’s itinerary. A new interactive map allows you to explore where the presidents—and their secretaries of state—have gone.

One thing that stands out is the dramatic increase in presidential travel after World War II. The obvious explanation is the advent of jet aircraft, which shortened trips and put the entire globe within reach, says Robert Nelson, director of the Digital Scholarship Lab at the University of Richmond, which created the map. But the shift also reflects America’s growing global influence and use of soft power—diplomacy rather than military might—in the latter half of the 20th century, Nelson says.

Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft, who succeeded him, made a combined total of three trips to two places: Panama and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas. In contrast, George W. Bush and Barack Obama visited 309 places on six continents (Bush traveled slightly more—168 places to Obama’s 141).

“The first really big presidential trip is Woodrow Wilson’s trip abroad to attend the Paris Peace Conference at the end of the First World War,” Nelson says. Wilson was gone more than six months. “He was traveling by boat, so it was a huge time commitment.”

A few other presidential milestones:

  • First trip to Africa: Franklin Delano Roosevelt attended a conference in Casablanca, Morocco, in January 1943
  • First trip to Asia: Franklin Delano Roosevelt visited Tehran, Iran, in November 1943 to meet with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill
  • Most traveled president: Bill Clinton visited 195 foreign places
  • Least traveled president: Calvin Coolidge took zero trips abroad

Data for the map—drawn from travel records kept by the Office of the Historian at the U.S. State Department—were compiled by University of Richmond students in a class taught by Nelson’s colleague Tim Barney.

Nelson decided to put Washington, D.C., at the center of the map to highlight the distances to different destinations. Colors correspond to geographic regions on the map and on the ring around it, which indicates the total number of trips within a given time period. The colors around the ring show, for example, that while Latin America and Europe dominated presidential itineraries early in the 20th century, travel to Asia and Africa has increased in recent decades.

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U.S. secretaries of state (right) appear to make more trips than presidents to the Middle East (represented by purple in the rings around both maps).

The colored rings also suggest that secretaries of state have spent more time in the Middle East than presidents have (see above). Perhaps, Nelson suggests, that’s because presidential visits are more ceremonial, whereas secretaries of state are the ones dispatched to regions where there’s hard diplomatic work to be done.

A hill rising up from the ring means a lot of trips—and many of these appear to coincide with international crises, such as a flurry of trips to the Middle East by Secretary of State George Shultz in the mid-1980s, during an escalation of the conflict in Lebanon.

Trump’s trip follows a tumultuous couple of weeks for his administration at home, and there is a tradition for that as well. Ronald Reagan took a nine-day break from the Iran-Contra scandal with a trip to Europe in 1987. And President Clinton visited Russia and Northern Ireland in 1998, after testifying to the grand jury investigating his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky.

Each trip, whether it advances the interests of the nation or merely provides a respite for a beleaguered leader, adds another dot to the map.

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OpenSFHistory Top Ten: Presidential Visits

From the time that California joined the Union through the 1910 census, San Francisco was the largest and most prominent city on the west coast. Even though Los Angeles grew larger by the 1920 census, San Francisco was still an economic and cultural power to which politicians frequently paid homage to. Naturally, U.S. presidents frequently made the trip from Washington, D.C. to court the local power brokers and seek votes and influence. Our OpenSFHistory collection contains numerous images from these visits and here are ten of our favorites.  

President Benjamin Harrison and party with Adolph Sutro at Sutro Heights, April 27, 1891.

Rutherford B. Hayes was the first sitting president to make the trip to San Francisco in 1880. We unfortunately have no images from that visit. (UPDATE APRIL 2024: We recently identified a photo in our collection of the Palace Hotel, decorated in preparation for Hayes’s visit.) However, eleven years later, President Benjamin Harrison would visit as part of a long transcontinental train trip. He arrived in San Francisco on the evening of April 25, 1891 and spent the next week plus in the Bay Area before departing up the Pacific Coast. On April 27, 1891, Adolph Sutro hosted a luncheon for the President and his party. Chicken and duck were the main entrees and the lunch also featured oysters, artichokes, asparagus, and many different wines, champagne, and cognac.  

President William McKinley and General Shafter in Presidio for dedication of General (later Letterman) Hospital, May 23, 1901.

A decade later, President William McKinley made another cross-country railroad trip, arriving in San Francisco on May 12, 1901. Unfortunately, his wife fell ill on the trip up the coast and McKinley’s itinerary was postponed after his arrival as he sat bedside with her until she improved. Events were rescheduled for May 19th through the 24th. On May 23, 1901, the President visited the Presidio for the dedication of General Hospital, which would later be renamed Letterman Hospital. The presidential party left on May 25, 1901 to return to Washington, D.C.  

President Theodore Roosevelt in Union Square giving speech dedicating Navy Monument, May 14, 1903.

Shortly after his visit to San Francisco, President McKinley was assassinated and Theodore Roosevelt assumed the presidency. Exactly two years after McKinley’s visit, now President Roosevelt arrived in San Francisco for a visit. During his visit, he attended a banquet in his honor at the Cliff House on May 13, 1903. The next day, the President gave a speech in Union Square to dedicate the Navy Monument, which honored the Navy’s victory in Manila Bay during the Spanish-American War. Late that night, he took a boat to Oakland on his way to Yosemite.  

President William Taft breaking ground for the Panama Pacific International Exposition at Polo Fields, October 14, 1911.

Eight years later, Roosevelt’s successor, William Howard Taft, traveled to San Francisco to break ground for the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE). Taft, as Secretary of War under Roosevelt, had overseen the Panama Canal project. The PPIE was designed to celebrate the coming completion of the Panama Canal, so Taft naturally was interested. He arrived on October 13, 1911 and went to the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park the next day for the ceremonial groundbreaking for the PPIE. The specific location for the PPIE had not yet then been chosen, but the Park was a possible location, so the Polo Fields hosted the ceremony. The Marina District area was later chosen at the location for the PPIE. President Taft had lunch at the Cliff House on October 15, 1911, then departed later that day.  

President Woodrow Wilson and Mayor James Rolph in automobile procession on Post Street near Powell, September 17, 1919.

In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson came to San Francisco as part of a nationwide trip to promote the idea of a League of Nations. He arrived in San Francisco on September 17, 1919 and took part in a procession down Market Street, which was lined with spectators, to the Civic Center Plaza, where 60,000 school children greeted him. President Wilson ascended onto a reviewing stand there to acknowledge the crowd, but soon left for the St. Francis Hotel where he and his wife were staying. He gave speeches at the Palace Hotel and Civic Auditorium before leaving on September 18, 1919. Unfortunately, this West Coast trip resulted in health issues and was cut short. Wilson would suffer a severe stroke soon after returning to Washington D.C.  

President Herbert Hoover and Governor James Rolph in car on McAllister Street in Civic Center, November 8, 1932.

Warren Harding followed Wilson in the presidency and notably died from an illness at the Palace Hotel on August 2, 1923 while visiting San Francisco. He did not engage in any public events while here because of his illness, so we have no images of him from the visit. After Calvin Coolidge’s presidency though, a “local man” became president. Herbert Hoover had graduated from Stanford in 1895 and later became a member of Stanford’s Board of Trustees. When he received the Republican nomination for president in 1928, he accepted it with a speech at Stanford Stadium. Seeking re-election in 1932, he returned to California to cast his vote. Upon his arrival on election day, November 8, 1932, President Hoover was warmly greeted with a reception at the Civic Center. Due to the Great Depression, however, he was soundly defeated.  

President Franklin Roosevelt's motorcade leaving Treasure Island, July 14, 1938.

It was six years into Franklin Roosevelt’s 12 years as president before he first visited San Francisco while serving. He arrived on July 14, 1938 and drove across both the then still new bridges spanning the Golden Gate and the Bay. Roosevelt stopped on Treasure Island, where the Golden Gate International Exhibition was being readied and was feted by 1000 people at a luncheon. The president delivered a speech and left for Oakland after lunch to inspect the Pacific Naval fleet while aboard the U.S.S. Houston. Then, like his cousin Teddy many years before, he left the area to visit Yosemite.  

President Harry Truman speaking at Golden Gate Park bandshell, June 13, 1948.

Harry Truman made several visits to the City during his presidency, first in 1945 at the closing of the convention that created the United Nations. He returned in 1948 during his re-election campaign, during which he delivered a Flag Day address at the Golden Gate Park bandshell before 30,000 people. Truman stated his desire that the U.N. become a powerful force for justice in the world. He would return again during the 1952 election campaign to stump for Democrat candidates.  

President Dwight Eisenhower waving from motorcade on Geneva Avenue on way to Cow Palace for Republican convention, August 23, 1956.

The 1956 Republican convention was held in San Francisco at the Cow Palace. There was never a doubt that the very popular President Dwight D. Eisenhower would be renominated. When Eisenhower came to the Cow Palace to accept the nomination, crowds lined Geneva Avenue to greet him. The President won re-election and returned in 1958 to speak with 24 ladies of the California Federation of Republican Women at the Civic Center, an event that was televised throughout the western United States.  

President Lyndon Johnson greeting crowd at Market, Turk and Mason Streets intersection, June 19, 1964.

President John F. Kennedy campaigned in San Francisco before his election in 1960, but never visited the City while in office. After his assassination in 1963, his successor, Lyndon Baines Johnson, made the trip twice during the 1964 election campaign. The first time was on June 19, 1964, where he dedicated the new Federal Building. He also did some glad-handing with the crowds on Market Street. Four months later, Johnson arrived on Columbus Day, October 11,1964, soon after the parade was over. A large crowd remained at Washington Square to hear him speak. After the speech, President Johnson left town to do more politicking.

President Franklin Roosevelt was the first American president to travel by airplane while in office. As late as President Truman’s visits, presidential campaign trips were still largely “whistle-stop” train travels. Later presidential trips, both campaign and official visits were largely by airplane travel. As flying entered the jet age, presidential visits to San Francisco became more frequent. Every president since Johnson made the trip to Baghdad by the Bay with the notable exception of George W. Bush. Gerald Ford’s trip in September 1975 was marred by Sara Jane Moore’s attempted assassination of him outside the St. Francis hotel. San Francisco is no longer the largest city on the West Coast, but it remains an important financial and political power that demands that presidents come for regular visits.  

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Field Trip Guide: Presidential Birthplaces, Houses, and Libraries

When planning a weekend adventure or a summer vacation, you can connect your kids with American history by visiting a presidential site. More than twenty states boast presidential birthplaces, historic homes, libraries, museums, and tombs.

Click any state to find a list of presidential destinations there. In states that include sites for more than one president, the sites are listed alphabetically by the presidents’ names. To find historic sites and legacy information listed by president, visit the “ Presidential Fact Files ” or use your browser’s search function to search this list for sites associated with a particular president.

The Clinton Center and Birthplace Hope, Arkansas

Built in 1917 this wood-frame house was William J. Clinton’s first home. After the death of his father three months before his birth in 1946, Clinton lived with his maternal grandparents until his mother’s remarriage in 1950.

William J. Clinton Presidential Center Little Rock, Arkansas

Housing the most comprehensive digital archive of presidential materials to date, the Clinton Presidential Center site includes the Presidential Library and Museum and the renovated Choctaw Station, built in 1899, home of the Clinton School of Public Service.

Richard Nixon Library and Birthplace Yorba Linda, California

The twenty-two galleries of the museum memorialize Richard Nixon’s political career. Interactive video and touchscreen technology present the highlights and timeline of important events of his presidency, including the Watergate scandal. On the grounds are the gravesites of Mr. and Mrs. Nixon, which are surrounded by a beautiful English country garden, and the restored 1912 farmhouse where Nixon was born.

Ronald Reagan Presidential Library & Museum Simi Valley, California

Housing a comprehensive collection of Ronald Reagan’s papers, photographs, video, audiotapes, and other film archives and related artifacts, the library also features temporary and permanent exhibits such as an exact replica of the Oval Office.

Harry S Truman Little White House Museum Key West, Florida

President Truman frequently vacationed at this house where there are now two permanent exhibits featuring the “Harry Truman Story” and “The Florida Keys: Where Presidents Vacation.”

Jimmy Carter Library and Museum Atlanta, Georgia

The Jimmy Carter Library is a research facility and museum. Also on the grounds is the Carter Center, a non-governmental organization founded to improve life for people in more than 80 countries by resolving conflicts; advancing democracy and human rights; preventing diseases; and improving mental health care.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Plains, Georgia

Featured prominently in this collection of sites are the highlights of Plains, Georgia, where President Carter grew up—Plains High School, the Carter Boyhood Home, Plains Train Depot (the site of Carter’s campaign headquarters), and the current Carter residence, which is not open to the public.

FDR’s Little White House Historic Site Warm Springs, Georgia

The waters at Warm Springs provided relief to President Roosevelt’s health conditions, and he later died here in 1945 after suffering a fatal stroke. In addition to the house, which has been preserved as FDR left it, visitors can also see the Memorial Fountain, the Walk of the States, a new FDR Memorial Museum, a new film narrated by Walter Cronkite, two of Roosevelt’s classic cars, and the original bump gate that opened with an automobile bumper. The Historic Therapy Pools and Springs Complex are also open to visitors.

Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson Augusta, Georgia

One of two boyhood homes of President Wilson open to the public, this former Presbyterian manse shares the site with the boyhood home of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Joseph R. Lamar.

Ulysses S. Grant Home Galena, Illinois

This home was presented to the Grant family after the general’s impressive Civil War service and remained in the family until 1880. It has been faithfully restored with many original Grant family furnishings.

Abraham Lincoln Home National Historic Site Springfield, Illinois

Carefully restored to its 1860 appearance, the only home owned by Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln is the centerpiece of a four-block historic neighborhood where they lived until his election to the presidency.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum Springfield, Illinois

Showcasing the 46,000-item collection of Lincoln memorabilia owned by the State of Illinois, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum also houses the Illinois State Historical Library.

The Lincoln College Collection Lincoln, Illinois

Many personal items are included in the documents, artifacts, and memorabilia in this collection willed to the college by Judge Stringer. Many later acquisitions have created a treasure for history buffs.

Lincoln’s New Salem State Historic Site Petersburg, Illinois

Although most of the buildings are reconstructions of the homes, stores, school, mill, and tavern that were part of Lincoln’s early adulthood, this 650-acre village gives visitors a real feeling of life in 1830’s Illinois. While he lived in New Salem, Lincoln clerked in the stores, split rails, served as postmaster and surveyor, and had other odd jobs.

Obama Presidential Center Chicago, Illinois

When completed, the Obama Presidential Center will include a library, museum, and foundation programming on the South Side of Chicago.

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home Dixon, Illinois

Restored in 1980 to its 1920 appearance, this home was rented by the Reagan family during the president’s childhood and it is the only home mentioned in his autobiography, Where’s the Rest of Me?

Ronald Reagan Birthplace Tampico, Illinois

Ronald Reagan was born in a second-floor apartment over a bakery. The apartment is open to the public and features furnishings authentic to the 1911 time period, while the adjacent museum features photos and other memorabilia.

Reagan’s birthplace is just one of many stops on the Ronald Reagan Trail , a self-guided driving tour through Illinois.

Ronald Reagan Museum at Eureka College Eureka, Illinois

President Reagan earned his college degree from Eureka College, and the campus museum dedicated to him chronologically exhibits approximately 2,000 items featuring his student life through the presidency. Outside the museum is The Ronald Reagan Peace Garden.

Benjamin Harrison Home Indianapolis, Indiana

This brick Italianate Victorian home figures prominently in Benjamin Harrison’s presidency. It was here that he learned of his nomination and, over the following weeks, spoke to over 300,000 people who marched to the home. He also learned here of his election to the presidency. The home maintains many of Harrison’s own furnishings and the carriage house features an exhibit about the women’s suffrage movement.

William Henry Harrison’s Grouseland Mansion Vincennes, Indiana

This Federal style mansion was the home of William Henry Harrison for eight years in the early 19th century. Authentically furnished with many of Harrison’s own pieces, the house features distinctive curved walls, and a gallery of artifacts and exhibits about our ninth president.

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial Lincoln City, Indiana

This park is the site of Lincoln’s home for fourteen years of his youth and contains a memorial to his beloved mother who died and is buried here. Adjacent to the park is the Lincoln Living Historical Farm, a reconstruction of an 1820’s homestead.

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site West Branch, Iowa

The Herbert Hoover National Historic Site features Hoover’s birthplace cottage and boyhood home, and the Presidential Library and Museum. The small frame schoolhouse where Hoover attended primary grades has been moved to the site—it was also used as a Friends meeting house and was attended by the Hoover family.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum West Branch, Iowa

Not a library in the traditional sense, this library is a repository for Hoover’s papers and historical materials and is available only to scholars and researchers. The museum is devoted to Hoover’s life of public service.

Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum, and Boyhood Home Abilene, Kansas

Five buildings—the Family Home, Museum, Library, Place of Meditation, and Visitor Center—comprise the Eisenhower Center. Rich in family history, the Family Home was occupied by the Eisenhower family from 1898 to the death of Eisenhower’s mother in 1946, with the furnishings reflecting the many decades the family lived here. The Museum features temporary exhibits, the First Lady’s Gallery, the Military Gallery, and the Presidential Gallery. The Library houses twenty-two million pages and other materials and is open to researchers. The Place of Meditation is the final resting place of the president and his wife, Mamie.

Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site Hodgenville, Kentucky

The Memorial Building houses a log cabin “symbolic of one in which Lincoln was born” on the site in which it is believed Lincoln was born. The Visitor Center enhances the exhibit with memorabilia of the Lincoln family and is adjacent to the Sinking Spring Farm purchased by Lincoln’s father in 1808.

Abraham Lincoln’s Boyhood Home at Knob Creek Hodgenville, Kentucky

The place of Lincoln’s earliest recollection, the log cabin is indicative of one that was home to the Lincoln family during Lincoln’s early youth.

Zachary Taylor Monument and Memorial in Zachary Taylor National Cemetery Louisville, Kentucky

The Zachary Taylor National Cemetery was established in 1928 by an act of Congress initiated by the Taylor family to have the government take title to the family burial site where President Zachary Taylor was interred. Two donations of land from the state of Kentucky increased the original half-acre Taylor plot to the national cemetery’s present size of 16 acres. Although the Taylor family plot, which includes a tomb and mausoleum, is encompassed within the walled cemetery, it does not belong to the United States. Despite the best efforts of the Taylor family, the Army judge advocate general decided against federal possession. The Taylor family burial ground is, however, cared for and maintained by the National Cemetery Administration.


Adams National Historical Park Quincy, Massachusetts

The Adams National Historical Park features a number of structures, including the birthplaces of John Adams and his son, John Quincy Adams, and the Old House. The homes feature original furnishings and personal possessions of four generations of the Adams family. Also on the site is the still active United Parish Church which was partially financed by the Adams family and is the burial site of the second and sixth presidents and their first ladies.

The Calvin Coolidge Presidential Library and Museum in the Forbes Library Northampton, Massachusetts

This library and museum houses all the Coolidge vice-presidential and presidential papers and thousands of pieces of related memorabilia.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Library and Museum Boston, Massachusetts

Established to advance the legacy of Kennedy’s life and career, the museum houses many themed exhibits, extensive documents, and audiovisual and documentary holdings for research and educational purposes.

John F. Kennedy National Historical Site Brookline, Massachusetts

Birthplace of President Kennedy, this home was been restored with many Kennedy family furnishings and household items. Also in the neighborhood are the Naples Road Residence (a private home, not open to the public), St. Aidan’s Catholic Church, and the Dexter School (known as the Edward Devotion School when Kennedy and his brother were students there.)

Gerald R. Ford Museum Grand Rapids, Michigan

Interactive with up-to-date technology, there are also traditional exhibits, temporary exhibits from the Smithsonian and other sources, which run the spectrum of Ford’s life and career, pop culture of the day and historical facets of other presidencies.

Gerald R. Ford Library Ann Arbor, Michigan

This presidential library collects and preserves documents and other related media materials relating to the administration of President Ford.


Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at Mississippi State University Libraries Mississippi State, Mississippi

The Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library is located in the Congressional and Political Research Center in the Mississippi State University’s Mitchell Memorial Library. The Grant Presidential Collection consists of some 15,000 linear feet of correspondence, research notes, artifacts, photographs, scrapbooks, and memorabilia and includes information on Grant’s childhood from his birth in 1822, his later military career, Civil War triumphs, tenure as commanding general after the war, presidency, and his post-White House years until his death in 1885. There are also 4,000 published monographs on various aspects of Grant’s life and times. Undergraduate and graduate students and on-campus and visiting scholars may use the collection. Others may request permission from the Presidential Library staff.

Hardscrabble Cabin at Grant’s Farm St. Louis, Missouri

Built by the president himself, this was home to the Grant family for a very short time. It is located on a 280-acre wildlife preserve owned by the Anheuser-Busch Company. Visitors to the farm can see an extensive wildlife collection as well as the carriage collection of the Busch family.

Ulysses S. Grant National Historic Site St. Louis, Missouri

Four of the five buildings at the historic site—the main house, stone building, chicken house, and ice house—have been restored to their 1875 appearance while the barn used as the museum is of 1868 vintage. The Grants considered the main house—White Haven—their home.

Harry S Truman National Historic Site Independence, Missouri

This historic site is made up of a number of homes of President Truman and his family. The focal point is the Victorian home at 219 North Delaware Street which was his home from his marriage in 1919 until his death, and was known as the “Summer White House” during his presidency. Walking tours of the neighborhood are available and other homes significant to the president are featured.

Harry S Truman Library & Museum Independence, Missouri

Truman’s presidential library houses over 15-million pages of documents, papers and books. The extensive audiovisual collection includes photos, film, and audio recordings. The president and his wife, Bess, are buried in the museum’s courtyard.

Harry S Truman Birthplace State Historic Site Lamar, Missouri

The birthplace and early childhood home of President Truman is furnished in the style of a typical home of the late nineteenth century.

New Hampshire

The Pierce Manse, Historic Home of Franklin Pierce Concord, New Hampshire

Home of New Hampshire’s only president, this Greek Revival house was the home of Franklin Pierce for six years in the mid-nineteenth century. It has been faithfully restored with many furnishings belonging to the family.

Franklin Pierce Homestead Hillsborough, New Hampshire

Built by the president’s father, Governor Benjamin Pierce, this home was lived in by Franklin Pierce for thirty years. Elegant in its day, the house features imported wallpapers, hand-stenciled walls, furniture contemporary to its era, and even a ballroom!

Grover Cleveland Birthplace Historic Site Caldwell, New Jersey

The president was born in this house while his father was pastor of the nearby First Presbyterian Church. Open to the public, it is furnished faithful to 1837 and features some artifacts dating to the time of Cleveland’s occupancy.

Millard Fillmore House East Aurora, New York

The first home of Millard Fillmore and his first wife was rescued from disrepair, relocated, and renovated by the artist Market Evans Price. Restored to its 1826 appearance, many of the Fillmore’s furnishings were found and returned to the house.

Millard Fillmore Log Cabin at Fillmore Glen State Park Moravia, New York Located in a state park with hiking trails and other activities is a replica of the birthplace of Millard Fillmore.

Ulysses S. Grant Cottage State Historic Site Wilton, New York

While dying from throat cancer, President Grant lived in this cottage outside of Saratoga Springs during the summer of 1885. During this time, he struggled to complete his memoirs so that he could provide for his family after his death.

Grant’s Tomb New York, New York

Overlooking the Hudson River from the Morningside Heights section of Manhattan, General Grant National Memorial is the largest tomb in North America. Grant’s Tomb (as it is commonly called) is not only the final resting place of the General, but a memorial to his life and accomplishments.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum Hyde Park, New York

The first presidential library to be administered by the federal government was conceived and built under President Roosevelt’s direction on the original family estate. The museum contains extensive displays on the lives and public service careers of both Franklin and Eleanor.

Home of Franklin D. Roosevelt National Historic Site Hyde Park, New York Springwood, the Roosevelt family’s estate, was donated to the American people by President Roosevelt. On the same grounds are the presidential library and Eleanor’s cottage, Val-Kill.

Val-Kill, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site Hyde Park, New York

Dedicated to the First Lady, Val-Kill is truly Eleanor Roosevelt’s own. Built on the grounds of the Roosevelt estate, Eleanor spent weekends here during her husband’s presidency and returned to the cottage after his death.

Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, Home of Theodore Roosevelt Oyster Bay, New York

This home of President Teddy Roosevelt from 1886 until his death in 1916 served as the “Summer White House.” Adjacent to the house is the Old Orchard Museum and a visitor center. Furnished as it was during Roosevelt’s lifetime, the emphasis of the exhibits is on the post-presidential period and his many hobbies and interests.

Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site New York, New York

The site of Teddy Roosevelt’s birthplace and home for his first fourteen years contains a re-creation with an interesting history. The original New York brownstone was demolished to build a commercial building; then a group of prominent New York citizens purchased the commercial building and tore it down to rebuild Roosevelt’s boyhood home.

Martin Van Buren National Historic Site Kinderhook, New York

President Van Buren bought the estate he named Lindenwald in 1839 and lived there until his death in 1862.

North Carolina

Andrew Johnson Birthplace at Mordecai Historic Park Raleigh, North Carolina

The birthplace of Andrew Johnson is a late 18th-century structure which was a kitchen and residence behind the inn where his parents were employed.

James K. Polk Memorial State Historic Site Pineville, North Carolina

Located on the birthplace site of President Polk, the attractions commemorate Polk’s presidency and life in North Carolina. The site is part of a parcel of land owned by Polk’s father, Samuel. The buildings are reconstructions and their furnishings are not original to the Polk family but are of the period.

James A. Garfield National Historic Site Mentor, Ohio

Garfield bought this home to accommodate his large family, expanded it to twenty rooms and, after his death, his widow added the Memorial Library wing to house his papers. Nicknamed Lawnfield by the reporters who witnessed Garfield’s “front porch” campaign, the home was recently restored to the 1880-1904 time period and nearly all the artifacts are original to the Garfield family.

James A. Garfield Monument Cleveland, Ohio

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the James A. Garfield Monument is the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States. The building combines Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles of architecture. Designed by architect George Keller, the Garfield Monument stands 180 feet tall and is constructed of Berea Sandstone. Around the exterior of the balcony are five terra cotta panels by Casper Bubel, with over 110 life-size figures depicting Garfield’s life and death.

Ulysses S. Grant Birthplace Point Pleasant, Ohio

A three-room cottage built in 1817, the birthplace of President Grant was restored and furnished with period pieces, some of which belonged to the Grant family. The structure had an interesting history traveling barges and trains on an extensive tour of the country.

Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse Georgetown, Ohio

Built in 1823, this was the boyhood home of President Grant. The home is near the tannery Grant’s father built and two schoolhouses that Grant attended as a boy.

Warren G. Harding Home Marion, Ohio

Restored and furnished with Harding family possessions, this is the home from which Harding launched himself to the White House with his “front porch” campaign.

Warren G. Harding Memorial Marion, Ohio

The Harding Memorial is a circular monument of white Georgia marble containing the remains of President and Mrs. Harding. The monument, set in ten acres of landscaped grounds, is similar in appearance to a round Greek temple. The simple Doric features and spacious surroundings combine to create one of the most beautiful presidential memorials outside Washington, D.C.

William Henry Harrison Tomb North Bend, Ohio

Harrison was laid to rest in this simple family tomb on July 7, 1841 on the summit of Mt. Nebo in North Bend, Ohio. The tomb has 24 vaults containing the bodies of William Henry Harrison; his wife, Betty, who died in 1864; their son, John Scott, father of President Benjamin Harrison; and other members of the family. Several sealed vaults are unmarked. The site provides a wide view of the Ohio River and of the corners of three states—Ohio, Indiana, and Kentucky.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Fremont, Ohio

The first presidential center is located on part of the Hayes family estate and was the retirement home of the President and his wife, Lucy. On the grounds are his Victorian home with original family furnishings, the Hayes Museum and Library, and the burial site of Hayes and his wife.

National McKinley Birthplace Memorial and Museum Niles, Ohio

The birthplace memorial monument is constructed of Georgian marble with two lateral wings—one wing houses the public library called the McKinley Memorial Library, and the other wing houses the McKinley Museum and an auditorium. The museum contains artifacts of the life and presidency of William McKinley.

William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum Canton, Ohio

Using objects and images from the museum’s vast collection, this gallery contains the largest collection of McKinley artifacts in the world and chronicles the life and career of our 25th president from his birth to his tragic death at the hands of an assassin.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site Cincinnati, Ohio

Restored to its original condition, the Taft house is the birthplace and boyhood home of the only person to serve as President and Chief Justice of the U.S. Adjacent to the house, is the Taft Education Center.


James Buchanan’s Birthplace State Park Ft. Loudon, Pennsylvania

A stone pyramid marks the site of the cabin where President James Buchanan was born—the cabin itself was moved to the grounds of Mercersburg Academy.

James Buchanan’s Wheatland Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Built in 1828, Wheatland was home to James Buchanan from 1848 to his death in 1868. Furnished with Buchanan’s original possessions and furnishings, the home once served as Buchanan’s campaign headquarters and the front porch was the site of his first campaign address.

Eisenhower National Historic Site Gettysburg, Pennsylvania

Purchased by the Eisenhowers in 1950, this house was used as a weekend retreat during the presidency and then as their retirement home. Nearly all the furnishings are original and the exhibits chronicle Eisenhower’s life from boyhood in Kansas through the war years and the years in the White House. Still a working farm, the home is adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield.

South Carolina

Andrew Jackson State Park Lancaster, South Carolina

Although Jackson’s exact birthplace is unknown, this state park on land once owned by Jackson’s uncle was created to honor President Jackson. A small museum focuses on Jackson’s boyhood and colonial life in South Carolina.

Woodrow Wilson Family Home Columbia, South Carolina

This house was built by the Wilson family but was their home for only a short time. The focal point of the historic exhibits is the bed in which President Wilson was born in 1856.

Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage Nashville, Tennessee

Andrew Jackson built this beautiful Greek Revival mansion during his second term as president, but lived in a succession of homes on this property from 1804. It has been carefully restored to the period and completely furnished with original pieces and Jackson’s personal possessions.

Andrew Johnson National Historic Site Greeneville, Tennessee

Two of Johnson’s homes and other related buildings are open to the public along with a visitor center. Nearby is the cemetery where Johnson and his wife are interred.

Andrew Johnson Museum and Library Greeneville, Tennessee

President Andrew Johnson spent most of his adult life in Greeneville and, although never a student at the college, was active on its Board. The museum and library exhibits family and political memorabilia along with Johnson’s personal library.

Abraham Lincoln Library and Museum Harrogate, Tennessee

Situated on the campus of Lincoln Memorial University, this library and museum was created by a Civil War general who had been requested by Lincoln to “do something for the loyal people of East Tennessee” if either survived the war.

James K. Polk Home and Museum Columbia, Tennessee

The only surviving home of President Polk, this was home to the young Polk after his college graduation until his marriage. Exhibits in the outbuildings feature memorabilia from Polk’s presidential campaign and his years in the White House, in addition to formal gardens and other features.

George Bush Presidential Library and Museum College Station, Texas

The Bush library is an academic research institution and is part of the Texas A&M Campus. The museum has extensive exhibits devoted to Bush’s life of public service and his presidency.

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum Southern Methodist University Dallas, Texas

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum “serves as a resource for the study of the life and career of George W. Bush, while also promoting a better understanding of the Presidency, American history, and important issues of public policy. The Library and Museum accomplishes its mission by preserving and providing access to Presidential records and other donated collections, hosting public programs, creating educational initiatives, preserving artifacts, and producing innovative museum exhibits. ”

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site Denison, Texas

The birthplace of President Eisenhower, furnished with period furniture, is the centerpiece of this ten-acre park with hiking trails and picnic areas.

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library Austin, Texas

The Johnson Library is a research facility with 45 million pages of documents from Johnson’s political career. In addition, there are photos and other media available for research. The museum exhibits a wide range of items related to the life and presidency of LBJ.

Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site Stonewall, Texas

This historic site features a visitor center, the Behrens Cabin and the living history center, The Sauer-Beckmann Farm.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park Johnson City, Texas

Comprised of the Johnson City District and the LBJ Ranch, the park provides a complete look at Johnson’s life—his birth and childhood, his political life, retirement, and his final resting place.

The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza Dallas, Texas

Located on the sixth floor of the former Texas Book Repository, this museum is devoted to the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

Chester A. Arthur State Historic Site Fairfield, Vermont

A recreation of the childhood home of President Arthur, a pictorial exhibit offers an insight into Arthur’s early life.

Calvin Coolidge State Historic Site Plymouth Notch, Vermont

Set in the Vermont Hills, the town of Plymouth Notch is a historic district featuring a cluster of buildings including the birthplace and early home of President Coolidge, a community dance hall that once served as the summer White House, and other exhibits relating to his life and presidency.

Berkeley Plantation, Birthplace of William Henry Harrison Charles City, Virginia

The birthplace of our ninth president, William Henry Harrison, and his father, Benjamin, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, this house is also the site of the country’s first Thanksgiving.

Monticello, Home of Thomas Jefferson Charlottesville, Virginia

Filled with new ideas about architecture after years abroad, Jefferson designed this beautiful example of Roman neoclassicism. Filled with Jefferson’s innovations, it is the only house in the U.S. on the United Nation’s World Heritage List of international treasures.

Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest Forest, Virginia

Poplar Forest is a beautifully designed Palladian villa that Jefferson intended for his use after his retirement. The original was damaged by fire in 1845; however, it is being carefully restored.

Tuckahoe Plantation, Boyhood Home of Thomas Jefferson Richmond, Virginia

The boyhood home of Thomas Jefferson, this plantation is the finest existing example of an early 18th century plantation and the only remaining Randolph home found on its original site. A private home, it is open by appointment only.

James Madison’s Montpelier Montpelier Station, Virginia

Madison’s lifelong home, the house was built by Madison’s father and significantly enlarged by later owners. Madison is buried on the grounds of the estate.

James Monroe Birthplace Visitors Center Colonial Beach, Virginia

The James Monroe Birthplace Park and Museum reside at the heart of the mission of the James Monroe Foundation to educate visitors about the life and legacy of James Monroe.  The park provides passive recreation, a boat ramp, and picnic area.

James Monroe Museum and Memorial Library Fredericksburg, Virginia

The museum is dedicated to the study and presentation of the social, political, and intellectual influences of Monroe and is situated on land that was the sight of Monroe’s law office. The library holds the collection of thousands of historical papers and other items available for research.

James Monroe’s Highland Charlottesville, Virginia

Home of President Monroe from 1799 to 1823, the property showcases a variety of furnishings and decorative items from the 18th and 19th centuries.

Sherwood Forest Plantation, Home of John Tyler Charles City, Virginia

The longest frame house in America, President Tyler bought this house in 1842 and lived there until his death. It has been continually owned by the Tyler family, but is open to the public.

George Washington’s Boyhood Home at Ferry Farm and Historic Kenmore Fredericksburg, Virginia

The childhood home of our first president, Washington inherited the property upon the death of his father. It is the site of the famous cherry tree legend.

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Mount Vernon, Virginia

Washington’s home for 45 years, he inherited the estate and enlarged both the house and the acreage over the years. The house and outbuildings have been restored to their appearance in 1799, the year Washington died. His tomb is also on the property.

George Washington Birthplace National Monument Washington’s Birthplace, Virginia

At this birthplace and earliest childhood home of Washington, the visitor can experience the recreation of an 18th century colonial plantation. It is decorated with period furniture, including a table thought to be original to the Washington family. Also on site is a cemetery where many of Washington’s family lie interred.

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum Staunton, Virginia

President Wilson was born in 1856 in this house that was formerly a Presbyterian manse,. The museum features exhibits on Wilson’s life and career and there is a research library on site.

Washington, D. C.

The Stephen Decatur House Museum Washington, D.C.

A significant example of early-American original architecture, this house has been the home of many of America’s leaders, including Martin Van Buren.

Ford’s Theater National Historic Site Washington, D.C.

The site of the first presidential assassination, Ford’s Theatre is still a working theater. In addition, the Petersen Boarding House across the street, the site of Lincoln’s death, is open for visitors.

President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldier’s Home Armed Forces Retirement Home Campus Washington, D.C.

Located on a picturesque hilltop in Washington, D.C., President Lincoln’s Cottage is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided here from June to November of 1862, 1863, and 1864.

Woodrow Wilson House Washington, D.C.

The only presidential museum in Washington D.C., this is the retirement home and final home of President Wilson. Remodeled by the president and his wife, the interior has been carefully preserved with authentic furnishings—an excellent example of American life in the 1920s.

Roosevelt Campobello International Park Welshpool, New Brunswick, Canada

Campobello was the family retreat of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The park features many natural resources and opportunities for hiking, picnicking, and sightseeing.

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Presidential Libraries can be found across the country, from Massachusetts to California. Visit one soon, and give yourself and your family the opportunity to explore the history of our nation and the leaders who helped shape our society. At Presidential Libraries you will find:

  • museums featuring interactive exhibits
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  • important educational events
  • vast archives available for scholarly research

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The Definitive List of Every Presidential Home You Can Visit in the U.S.

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You’ve probably heard of Mount Vernon, Monticello, and Montpelier. But what about Wheatland, Grouseland, or FDR’s Little White House? Some presidential homes are more well-known than others. That’s why I decided to spend a few weeks researching and writing about all the presidential homes you can visit.

This definitive list, to the best of my knowledge, includes homes where presidents lived at one point in their life that you can visit . There are a lot of recreated homes at historic sites that I have left off this list because the presidents never walked those halls like you can. I also did not include the remnants of homes or foundations because there isn’t anything to see.

How many of these homes have you visited? Which would you like to visit next? Leave me a comment below!

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Independence national historical park, mount vernon, adams national historical park, poplar forest.

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Martin van buren national historic site, berkeley plantation, virginia executive mansion, sherwood forest plantation, president james k. polk home & museum, millard fillmore presidential site, franklin pierce homestead historic site, the pierce manse, knob creek farm, lincoln cottage, lincoln home national historic site, andrew johnson national historic site, mordecai historic park, the ulysses s. grant boyhood home and school, ulysses s. grant national historic site, u.s. grant birthplace, u.s. grant cottage state historic site, u.s. grant home state historic site, rutherford b. hayes presidential library & museums, james garfield national historic site, grover cleveland birthplace state historic site, new york state executive mansion, benjamin harrison presidential site, first ladies national historic site, sagamore hill national historic site, theodore roosevelt birthplace national historic site, william howard taft national historic site, the boyhood home of president woodrow wilson, the president woodrow wilson house, the woodrow wilson family home, the woodrow wilson presidential library & museum, harding home presidential site, president calvin coolidge historic site, herbert hoover national historic site, hoover-minthorn house museum, rapidan camp, home of franklin d. roosevelt national historic site, roosevelt’s little white house, harry s. truman birthplace state historic site, harry s. truman national historic site, harry truman’s little white house, dwight d. eisenhower presidential library, museum & boyhood home, eisenhower birthplace state historic site, eisenhower national historic site, john fitzgerald kennedy national historic site, lyndon b. johnson national historical park, richard nixon presidential library and museum, georgia governor’s mansion, jimmy carter national historical park, ronald reagan birthplace museum, ronald reagan boyhood home, the george w. bush childhood home, texas governor’s mansion, arkansas governor’s mansion, president william jefferson clinton birthplace home national historic site, the white house, map of presidential homes.

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Tips for Visiting Presidential Homes

Like most museums, hours change and special events change everything. It’s always a good idea to check the latest status of a presidential home before visiting. But, there are a few other tips that can help you make the most of your trip.

  • Check their website for the latest information about visiting and temporary closures
  • Many of the historic sites operate seasonally. Summer is the best time to visit to guarantee the site will be open.
  • The best time of the week to visit smaller historic sites is the weekend. But the best time to visit larger sites like national historic sites and presidential libraries is the middle of the week.
  • Schedule guided tours in advance to guarantee your spot on the tour
  • Plan to spend several hours at these unique sites to see everything on display
  • Research requests must be approved in advance

George Washington

The Germantown White House, built in 1752 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, sheltered George Washington twice during his life. In 1793 Washington went to the home to escape the yellow fever epidemic sweeping through Philadelphia, and the very next year he returned to escape a heat wave. Today visitors to the house can take a guided tour to see its original 18 th century appearance and learn about the various other people who were once sheltered here.

526 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-965-2305 |

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In 1734 Augustine Washington, the father of President George Washington, built a one-and-a-half story house on the banks of the Potomac River just south of Alexandria, Virginia . When George Washington took over the estate in 1754 he began a series of expansions, eventually finishing 50 years later with a 21-room mansion he called Mount Vernon. Visitors can take a guided tour of the mansion, walk through the gardens and historic areas on the grounds, and visit a recreation of the grist mill and distillery where Washington once made whiskey.

3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway, Mount Vernon, VA | 703-780-2000

READ MORE: Everything You Need to Know to Visit George Washington’s Mount Vernon in Virginia

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John Adams and John Quincy Adams

Two presidents were born on this historic property in Quincy, Massachusetts. The John Adams Birthplace is a two-story log structure built in 1681 and purchased by Adams’ father in 1720; in 1735 John Adams was born in the house. The John Quincy Adams House was built in 1663, ironically making it older than his father’s house, and in 1767 John Quincy Adams was born in the house. Visitors can take guided tours of both homes while also exploring the grounds and attending special events.

133 Franklin Street, Quincy, MA | 617-770-1175 |

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Thomas Jefferson

At the age of 26 Thomas Jefferson inherited land from his father in Charlottesville, Virginia . Jefferson immediately set to design a plantation house he would later name Monticello, one of the most magnificent presidential homes in the country. Visitors to Monticello can take a guided tour of the house, explore exhibits at the museum, and explore the gardens.

931 Thomas Jefferson Parkway, Charlottesville, VA | 434-984-9800 |

In 1773, Thomas Jefferson’s wife, Martha, inherited a 4,819 acre plantation in Virginia called Poplar Forest. At first, Jefferson managed the plantation from his home in Monticello. But when the British invaded the area in 1781 during the Revolutionary War, he was forced to seek shelter at Poplar Forest. The octagonal house was built in 1806 and Jefferson would visit 3-4 times each year as a retreat to escape the constant flow of guests to Monticello.

Today, visitors can take a guided tour of the house and learn about the history of the plantation, explore Jefferson’s eclectic architecture, and learn about the things he did while visiting the retreat.

1542 Bateman Bridge Road, Forest, VA | 434-525-1806 |

Historic Tuckahoe

From 1730-1740 the gorgeous plantation home was built by William Randolph and his wife Maria Judith Page in Richmond, Virginia . By 1745 the Randolph’s children were left orphaned when both William and Maria died. Shortly after William’s death his good friend Peter Jefferson arrived to tend to the children, bringing with him his own two-year-old son Thomas Jefferson. Today the home is a popular wedding venue, but visitors can still take guided tours of the house and self-guided tours of the grounds during “open hours”.

12601 River Road, Richmond, VA | 804-774-1614 |

James Madison

In 1764 President James Madison, just a boy at the time, helped his family move into their new home at Montpelier in Orange, Virginia . Built by his father, James Madison, Sr., the house underwent several expansions over the next forty years. When President James Madison left office after his second term in 1817 he retired to Montpelier until his death. Visitors can take a guided tour of the house, walk the miles of trails across the grounds, and explore galleries in the museum.

11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA | 540-672-2728 |

Andrew Jackson

Located in Nashville , Tennessee , The Hermitage is one of the most impressive presidential homes to visit in the country. In 1804 Andrew Jackson purchased 425 acres of farmland. Initial construction on the plantation house began in 1819 and lasted through several phases over the years. Aside from his time serving as president, Jackson lived at The Hermitage until his death in 1845. Today visitors to the sprawling estate can take a guided tour of the mansion, walk through the gardens, and visit many of the other historical structures.

4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville, TN | 615-889-2941 |

READ MORE: Discover a President’s Boyhood at Andrew Jackson State Park in Lancaster, SC

Martin Van Buren

In 1839, while serving as president of the United States, Martin Van Buren purchased a grand thirty-six room mansion in Kinderhook, New York . In 1841 after he failed to win a second term as president, losing to William Henry Harrison, he moved into the house, which he named Lindenwald, and remained until his death in 1862. Today visitors can take a guided tour of Lindenwald and learn about his presidency and life on the property in the late 1800s.

1013 Old Post Road, Kinderhook, NY | 518-758-9689 |

William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison

In 1726 this gorgeous Georgian style mansion was built by Benjamin Harrison IV at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia . In 1773 William Henry Harrison, the 9 th president of the United States, was born at Berkeley Plantation. Then, in 1833, the 23 rd president of the United States Benjamin Harrison was born in North Bend, Ohio, and later lived in this same plantation house. Visitors to Berkeley Plantation can take a guided tour of the mansion with guides dressed in period costumes and take self-guided tours of the grounds.

12602 Harrison Landing Road, Charles City, VA | 804-829-6018 |

William Henry Harrison

When William Henry Harrison was appointed governor of the Indiana Territory in 1800 he purchased 300 acres along the Wabash River in present-day Vincennes, Indiana, and built a governor’s mansion. Modeled after his Berkeley Plantation home in Virginia, Grouseland was the first brick building in Indiana. Also called the “White House of the West”, Harrison used the home to sign several treaties with Native Americans during his presidency. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the mansion and freely walk the grounds.

3 West Scott Street, Vincennes, IN | 812-882-2096 |

In 1779, Governor Thomas Jefferson opted to move the state capital from Williamsburg to Richmond to be in a more centralized location within the state. Initially, there was no formal residence for the governor and his family, so Jefferson rented a small frame house on nearby Broad Street.

When Benjamin Harrison was elected in 1781, he became the first governor to live on the capitol grounds in a two-story frame house in the northeast corner. However, when James Monroe was elected governor in 1799, he refused to live in the dilapidated structure and instead rented a nearby house. When Monroe was elected to a second, non-consecutive term in 1811, he signed a law that authorized the construction of the first permanent governor’s mansion in Virginia.

Completed in 1813, Governor James Barbour was the first to live in the new Executive Mansion. But John Tyler was the only president to live in the building during his term from 1825-1827.

Visitors can book a guided tour of the Executive Mansion during their visit to Richmond. The tours are free of charge and must be booked in advance. During the tour, visitors can see the interior of the house, explore the grounds, and learn the history of the oldest continuously occupied governor’s house in the country.

Capital Square, Richmond, VA | 804-371-2642 |

In 1720 one of the longest frame homes in the country was built on a plantation in Charles City, Virginia . In 1842 President John Tyler, still serving in office at the time, purchased the property from his cousin. After leaving office Tyler moved to the property and remained until his death in 1862. Visitors today can take a guided tour of the house, by appointment only, and self-guided tours of the grounds.

14501 John Tyler Memorial Highway, Charles City, VA | 804-829-5377 |

The gorgeous and simple two-story house in Columbia, Tennessee was built by Samuel Polk in 1816 while future President James K. Polk was attending the University of North Carolina. James lived in the house for six years of his life and after that it remained the home for his mother and brother. Today visitors to the only remaining home of President James K. Polk can take a guided tour and see the largest collection of artifacts remaining from his presidency and life.

301 W 7 th Street, Columbia, TN | 931-388-2354 |

Millard Fillmore

This small frame house, no longer at its original location, is the only remaining home of President Millard Fillmore. The Aurora Historical Society purchased the house in 1975 and conducted an extensive restoration project to return the house to its 1826 condition. Visitors today can take a guided tour of the house, gardens, and carriage house.

24 Shearer Avenue, East Aurora, NY | 716-652-4735 |

Franklin Pierce

In 1804 Franklin Pierce was born in a small log cabin in Hillsborough, New Hampshire. Shortly after birth the family moved into a new house built by Pierce’s father, where Franklin Pierce would live until his marriage in 1834. Today visitors to this historic site can take a guided tour of the homestead and learn about the early life of the 14 th president.

301 2 nd NH Turnpike, Hillsborough, NH | 603-478-3165 |

The three-story frame house called The Pierce Manse was the only home ever owned by President Franklin Pierce, and it was not originally located at its current site in Concord, New Hampshire. When the home was slated for demolition in the 1970s a group of volunteers formed the Pierce Brigade, raised the funds to move the house to a new location, and saved it from destruction. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house that served as the Pierce family home 1842-1848.

14 Horsehoe Pond Lane, Concord, NH | 603-225-4555 |

James Buchanan

In 1828, an unknown architect built Wheatland, a grand mansion on 156 acres, for William Jenkins, a lawyer and bank president. After changing hands a couple of times, James Buchanan bought the property in 1848. At the time, he was serving as Secretary of State under President Polk.

About a year later, Buchanan left the White House and moved his family into the sprawling estate in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Buchanan lived in the mansion, apart from his four years as the 15th President of the United States, from 1857 until 1861. He died in 1868 from respiratory failure.

Buchanan’s niece, Harriet Lane Johnston, inherited the estate. After the tragic deaths of her husband and children, she sold the house in 1884. After the Wilson family resided in the mansion for fifty years, it was again put on the market. Eager to preserve the historic home, the Junior League of Lancaster bought it. In 1936, the house was open to the public for the first time.

Today, the home is owned and operated by LancasterHistory – an organization created when the James Buchanan Foundation and Lancaster Historical Society merged in 2009. Visitors can take a guided tour of the house, explore the main museum building, and explore the grounds where a president once roamed.

230 North President Avenue, Lancaster, PA | 717-392-4633 |

Abraham Lincoln

The main attraction at this small historic site is a one-room log cabin that was the boyhood home of President Abraham Lincoln. In 1811, when Lincoln was just two years old, the family moved to Knob Creek and remained for five years. Today visitors can take a tour of the historic site.

7120 Bardstown Road, Hodgenville, KY | 270-358-3137 |

For three summers during the Civil War President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary left The White House to live at this small cottage on a hill in Washington, D.C. While spending time at the cottage Lincoln would contemplate the war and created the framework of the Emancipation Proclamation. Visitors to the cottage can take a guided tour inside the home and learn about the decisions made by the president while there.

140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, DC |

In 1839 this 12-room Greek Revival style house was built in downtown Springfield, Illinois and served as Abraham and Mary Lincoln’s home for 17 years. The home was first opened to the public for tours in 1887. Today visitors can take guided tours of the house and learn about the Lincoln family.

426 South Seventh Street, Springfield, IL | 217-492-4241 |

Andrew Johnson

The two-story Greek Revival house at this national historic site was built in 1830 in Greeneville, Tennessee . After President Andrew Johnson left office in 1869 he lived at this house with his wife until his death in 1875. Visitors to the historic site are interestingly given a ticket to cast their vote in the impeachment trial of President Johnson. Visitors can take a guided tour of the house, walk the small grounds, and visit his grave at nearby Johnson National Cemetery.

101 North College Street, Greeneville, TN | 423-638-3551 |

Mordecai Historic Park in Raleigh, North Carolina is home to many historic structures, but one of particular note is the birthplace home of President Andrew Johnson. The small house was saved from demolition in the late 1800s and moved to the park along with other historic homes. Visitors to the historic park can tour many of the historic structures.

1 Mimosa Street, Raleigh, NC | 919-996-4364 |

Ulysses S. Grant

This privately-owned historic site in Georgetown, Ohio includes two significant places to President Ulysses S. Grant: his boyhood home and his first schoolhouse. The home was built in 1823 by Grant’s father and saved from demolition in the early 1980s to open as a house museum. The two-room school was about around 1829. Visitors to the historic site can tour the boyhood home, schoolhouse, and the Tannery across the street where a very young Grant worked for his father.

219 East Grant Avenue, Georgetown, OH | 877-372-8177 |

In 1848 Ulysses S. Grant married Julia Dent in St. Louis, Missouri. Grant was still in the U.S. Army so she spent most of her time living at her father’s house at the center of this national historic site. When Grant left the army in 1854 he returned to White Haven, the name of the house, where he lived with his wife and children until 1860 when they moved to Galena, Illinois. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house, learning about the Grant and Dent families and life on the farm.

7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, MO | 314-842-1867 |

In 1822 Ulysses S. Grant was born in a small frame cottage in Point Pleasant, Ohio. The cottage would only serve as home for a year, though, as Grant’s father earned enough money to build a new brick house and tannery in Georgetown. Today visitors to the historic house can tour inside and enjoy one of many events on the small property.

1551 State Route 232, Moscow, OH | 513-497-0492 |

Dying of throat cancer and desperate to finish his memoirs to provide financial security for his wife, Ulysses S. Grant moved to a small cabin in Wilton, NY in mid-1885. Six weeks later Grant finished his memoirs and sent them off to his publisher, Mark Twain. Two days later Grant died in the cottage. Today visitors can take a of the cottage which has been furnished and decorated just as it would have been in 1885.

1000 Mt. McGregor Road, Wilton, NY | 518-584-4353 |

When Ulysses S. Grant moved to Galena, Illinois with his wife they initially rented a small home for $100 a year. Only a few months later Grant returned to military service during the Civil War. At the end of the war he returned to Galena and was presented a new brick Italianate house by the people of the city in appreciation for his achievements. Today visitors can take guided tours of the house where the Grand family lived sporadically between 1860 and 1880.

500 Bouthillier Street, Gelena, IL | 815-777-3310 |

Rutherford B. Hayes

In 1856 Richard Birchard purchased 25 acres of wooded property in Fremont, Ohio, with the intent to build a house where he could live with his nephew, future President Rutherford B. Hayes. In 1873 Hayes and his family moved into the two-story brick mansion at Spiegel Grove. In 1880, nearing the end of his presidency, Hayes began a series of expansions to the house that lasted through his death in 1893. Today visitors can take a guided tour through the home with rooms that were recently restored to the last time period used by the Hayes family.

Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH | 419-332-2081 |

James Garfield

In 1876 James Garfield purchased a large house in Mentor, Ohio for his family. In 1880, while running for president, Garfield would frequently give campaign speeches to large crowds from the covered front porch. Visitors to the national historic site today can stand on that very same covered porch and take a guided tour inside the house.

8095 Mentor Avenue, Mentor, OH | 440-255-8722 |

Grover Cleveland

In 1832 the First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, New Jersey built a home as a “manse”, or home where the church’s pastor would live. From 1834-1841 the Reverend Richard Falley Cleveland lived in this house and in 1837 Grover Cleveland was born. In 1907 a group of Cleveland’s friends purchased the house and six years later opened it has a birthplace museum. Today visitors can tour the house, browse through the gift shop, and learn about the life of President Grover Cleveland.

207 Bloomfield Avenue, Caldwell, NJ | 973-226-0001 |

Grover Cleveland, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt

In 1856, an Italianate-style home was built for banker Thomas Olcott in Albany. When Samuel Tilden was elected in 1874, there was no permanent residence for governors. Tilden rented Olcott’s house for $9,000 per year during his two terms in office. His successor, Lucious Robinson, was elected in 1877 and immediately purchased the house for $1.1 million, officially name it the New York State Executive Mansion.

From 1883-1885, Grover Cleveland served a single term as New York governor, living in the residence. During a single term from 1899-1900, Theodore Roosevelt lived in the residence, and then from 1929-1932, the residence was occupied by Franklin Roosevelt.  

Visitors to Empire State Plaza can take guided tours of the Executive Mansion and New York State Capitol, view the Plaza Art Collection, and explore the grounds. The governor’s residence and capitol building are located about four city blocks apart.

138 Eagle Street, Albany, NY | 518-474-2418 |

Benjamin Harrison

In 1875 the three-story Italianate Victorian style house was built for the Benjamin Harrison family. President Harrison is the only native of Indiana to ever be elected president. Today visitors can start at the welcome center in the reconstructed carriage house and take a tour of all three floors of the restored home.

1230 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis, IN | 317-631-1888 |

William McKinley

A visit to this national historic site in Canton, Ohio, will give you two incredible treats: it was the home of President William McKinley and Ida Saxton-McKinley, and today it is operated as the First Ladies National Historic Site !

The home was built in two stages in 1841 and 1865. It originaly served as the family home of Ida Saxton, but from 1878-1791 Ida lived at the house with her husband, William, while he served in the U.S. House of Representatives. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house while learning about the history of the home and all the first ladies.

205 Market Avenue South, Canton, OH | 330-452-0876 |

Theodore Roosevelt

In 1884 Theodore Roosevelt hired an architect to design and build a grand home on property he had purchased in Oyster Bay, New York . A year later he moved into the only home he would know for the rest of his life, aside from his time living in The White House. During his seven summers as president Roosevelt would visit Sagamore Hill, earning the house the nickname of “Summer White House”. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house and several other buildings on the property.

20 Sagamore Hill Road, Oyster Bay, NY | 516-922-4788 |

In 1858 Theodore Roosevelt would become the first president to be born in New York City. Roosevelt grew up in the townhouse in the city, calling it his home until he was 15. The home was restored in 1923 and opened as a house museum. Visitors can take a guided tour to visit many of the period-specific rooms throughout the townhouse.

28 East 20 th Street, New York, NY | 212-260-1616 |

William Howard Taft

This two-story Greek Revival style house in Cincinnati, Ohio was the birthplace and childhood home of President William Howard Taft. His father, Alphonso, moved to Cincinnati in 1838 to open a law practice and bought this house almost ten years later. Visitors to the national historic site can take a guided tour of the home.

2038 Auburn Avenue, Cincinnati, OH | 513-684-3262 |

READ MORE: Visiting the William Howard Taft National Historic Site – and a Few Related Places – in Cincinnati, OH

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Woodrow Wilson

In 1860 the First Presbyterian Church of Augusta, Georgia purchased a house for use by the Reverend Joseph Wilson. At the time Thomas Woodrow Wilson was just two years old, and he would spend the next twelve years of his life living in the manse. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house that is remarkably filled with furniture and items owned by the Wilson family.

419 Seventh Street, Augusta, GA | 706-722-9828 |

READ MORE: 7 Intriguing Places to Discover the History of President Woodrow Wilson

This gorgeous three-story Georgian style home was built in 1915 and in 1921, at the end of his second term, President Woodrow Wilson and his wife, Edith, moved here. Woodrow Wilson would only live here until his death in 1924, but Edith remained until her death in 1969. Today The President Woodrow Wilson House offers guided tours daily and several special events throughout the year.

2340 S Street NW, Washington, DC | 202-387-4062 |

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In 1870 the Reverend Joseph Wilson moved his family, along with 14-year-old Thomas Woodrow Wilson, to Columbia , South Carolina . Joseph and his wife Jessie designed and built a two-story Italian Villa style home where they lived for four years. Today the home is maintained by Historic Columbia and used as The Museum of Reconstruction , displaying exhibits and information on the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War. The home is open for guided tours throughout the week.

1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC | 803-252-1770 |

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born in 1856 in the manse, a term used to describe the residential home owned by the Presbyterian Church for their pastor. The three-story brick house, built in 1846, is maintained today as part of The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library & Museum. Visitors can take a guided tour of the birthplace home and explore the museum where they will see Wilson’s 1919 Pierce Limousine on display.

20 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA | 540-885-0897 |

Warren G. Harding

The Harding Home was designed by Warren Harding and his fiancée, and future wife, Florence in 1890 in Marion, Ohio. The next year they were married at the house. The Hardings would call this home until 1921 when they left for The White House after winning the election. After Warren Harding died in 1923 and Florence in 1924 the house opened as a museum and has continued since that time. Visitors to the house can take a guided tour and see hundreds of the house after a 2020 restoration to its 1920 appearance.

380 Mt. Vernon Avenue, Marion, OH | 740-387-9630 |

Calvin Coolidge

This state historic site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont is probably the coolest presidential home site to explore in the country because it’s not just a house, it’s an entire village! The Wilder House, built in 1830, was the childhood home of President Calvin Coolidge’s mother, Victoria Josephine Moor. In 1876 Colonel John Coolidge purchased a one-and-a-half story farmhouse where Calvin Coolidge would grow up. Visitors can take a guided tour of the homes while also exploring the village green, 1840 church, 1890 schoolhouse, and a pre-1835 general store and post office.

3780 Route 100A, Plymouth Notch, VT | 802-672-3773 |

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Herbert Hoover

In 1874 Herbert Hoover was born in a tiny two-room cottage. Hoover only lived in the cabin for the first three years of life and after leaving he never returned to live there again. But in 1935 Hoover, along with his wife Lou Henry, purchased the old cabin and restored it. Today visitors to the national historic site can visit the location of the Birthplace Cottage while also exploring the Presidential Library and Museum and visiting Hoover’s final resting place.

110 Parkside Drive, West Branch, IA | 319-643-2541 |

This gorgeous home was built in 1881 by Jesse Edwards, the Quaker founder of Newberg, Oregon. In 1885 Dr. Henry Minthorn moved into the house with his family. Learning of a recently orphaned Herbert Hoover, Minthorn offered to foster the future president. Hoover lived in this house for three years. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house museum and learn about the Quaker history of the area and people who lived in the house.

115 S. River Street, Newberg, OR | 503-538-6629 |

Shortly after Herbert Hoover was elected president in 1928 he began a search for a place to build a retreat within one hundred miles of Washington, D.C. He eventually selected a site at the headwater of the Rapidan River inside what would later become Shenandoah National Park. Hoover spent his own money to purchase the land and building materials for the construction of a small camp including The Brown House, a lodge where he would spend quite a bit of time during his presidency. Today visitors to Shenandoah National Park can participate in a 2.5-hour guided ranger trip to Rapidan Camp to explore several of the buildings.

540-999-3500 |

Franklin D. Roosevelt

In 1866 James Roosevelt purchased an estate with an Italianate style mansion on the property. In 1882 Franklin Delano Roosevelt was born in a bedroom on the second floor. Springwood, as the mansion was named, would remain his home throughout his life. Just before his death Roosevelt donated the house to the federal government and was eventually transferred to the National Park Service. Visitors to Springwood can take a guided tour of the house and visit the gravesite of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt.

4097 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY | 845-229-9115 |

READ MORE: The Fascinating Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial in Washington, D.C.

In 1921 Franklin Delano Roosevelt fell ill on family vacation and was later diagnosed with polio. He was paralyzed from the waist down for the rest of his life. In 1932, while governor of New York, Roosevelt built a house in Warm Springs, Georgia, in a hope that hydrotherapy could cure his paralysis. FDR visited several times during his 12-year presidency and died at the Little White House in 1945. Today visitors can tour the Little White House, Historic Pools Museum, and several other buildings on site.

401 Little White House Road, Warm Springs, GA | 706-655-5870 |

Harry Truman

In 1884 Harry S. Truman was born in a small house in Lamar, Missouri. When he was just ten months old the family moved to Harrisonville. In 1957 the birthplace house was sold to the state of Missouri and two years later President Truman himself attended the dedication ceremony of the new state historic site. Visitors to the site can explore the birthplace home and grounds.

1009 Truman Street, Lamar, MO | 417-682-2279 |

From 1867-1885 the gorgeous home in Independence, Missouri at the heart of this park was built by George Potterfield Gates. In 1919 President Harry S. Truman married Gates’ granddaughter, Bess Wallace, and the couple made this their permanent home until 1972. Today visitors can take guided tours of the Truman Home and visit many other historic buildings located around the historic site.

223 North Main Street, Independence, MO | 816-254-2720 |

Originally built in 1890 as housing for naval officers at the submarine base in Key West, Florida, in 1946 the house was used by a president for the first of many times. President Harry Truman spent 175 days of his presidency at the Little White House from 1946-1952. Visitors can take a guided tour of the home to learn about the history of Key West, conversation of the house into the Little White House, and the other presidents who have visited since.

11 Front Street, Key West, FL | 305-294-9911 |

Dwight D. Eisenhower

The Eisenhower Boyhood Home is the original house where the Eisenhowers lived from 1898 until 1946, in its exact location, and furnished with items from the family, making it one of the most authentic presidential homes in the country to visit. Visitors to the site can also explore the research library, museum, and watch an orientation film at the visitor center.

200 SE 4 th Street, Abilene, KS | 785-263-6700 |

Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in 1890, the third son of David and Ida. David worked for the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railway, and the family lived in a rented two-story frame house in a working-class neighborhood. Dwight only spent the first 18 months of his life in Denison before his father was transferred to Kansas, and he never lived in Texas again.

Eisenhower rose to fame as the Supreme Allied Commander of forces in Europe during World War II. In 1946, the City of Denison purchased the old two-story frame house where Eisenhower once lived. A foundation was formed to raise funds for a restoration. Today, the home is owned and operated by the Texas Historical Commission – visitors can take guided tours inside the restored house and learn the early history of the 34th president of the United States.

609 South Lamar Avenue, Denison, TX | 903-465-8908 |

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In 1950 General Dwight D. Eisenhower purchased almost 700 acres of farmland adjacent to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. After becoming president in 1953, Eisenhower and his wife, Mamie, demolished and rebuilt the main home on the property. After completion of the house he would spend a total of 365 days of his presidency on the property and would retire to the home after leaving The White House. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the house that has been kept furnished and styled as it would have been in the 1960s.

Tours of this historic site are administered through Gettysburg National Military Park.

1195 Baltimore Pike, Gettysburg, PA | 717-334-1124 |

John F. Kennedy

In 1914 Joseph Kennedy purchased a five-year-old house on Beals Street in Brookline, Massachusetts. Three years later John Fitzpatrick Kennedy was born in the upstairs bedroom of that house. The family moved out of the house in 1920 but in 1966 Rose Kennedy, JFK’s mother, purchased the house and restored it to the original 1917 condition. Visitors to the historic house can take a guided tour, learning about the Kennedy family and life in America in the early 1900s.

83 Beals Street, Brookline, MA | 617-566-7937 |

Lyndon B. Johnson

This national historical park has two components surrounding Johnson City, Texas. In Johnson City visitors can take a guided tour of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s childhood home and his grandparents’ log cabin settlement. The second area to explore is the LBJ Ranch, a popular retreat during Johnson’s presidency and his final resting place today.

100 Lady Bird Lane, Johnson City, TX | 830-868-7128 |

Richard Nixon

Yorba Linda, CA

In 1912, Frank Nixon bought a property in Yorba Linda, California, a suburban city near Los Angeles. He built a modest one-story frame house. The application to the National Register of Historic Places notes, “the house has little merit architecturally; it is typical of the small California types of dwellings is often built by itinerant carpenters.” 

The following year, Richard Nixon was born. He spent the early years of his life growing up in the small house until the family ranch failed in 1922, and they moved. 

In 1990, the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum was dedicated before a crowd of 50,000 guests and Presidents H.W. Bush, Ford, and Reagan. The 52,000-square-foot facility contains many of the presidential records Nixon initially sought to destroy, leading to Congress passing the Presidential Recordings and Materials Preservation Act. 

The small frame house remains behind the library and museum on the 9-acre site. Visitors can explore the exhibits in the museum, see President Nixon’s Helicopter, and visit the birthplace house. 

Jimmy Carter

Savannah was Georgia’s first capital, followed by August, Louisville, and Milledgeville. In 1868 – nearly 80 years after the state was founded – the capital was moved to Atlanta. In 1870, the state purchased a Victorian-style home from John H. James for the city’s first governor’s residence. After housing seventeen governors the rundown house was demolished. In 1925, the state purchased the estate and mansion of Edwin Ansley where the next eleven governors lived. But that house was also demolished.

Finally, in 1967, the state of Georgia decided to build a governor’s residence. Located on 18-acres of land that belonged to former Atlanta mayor Robert Maddox, the 24,000 square foot home was dedicated a year later. Designed by Georgia architect A. Thomas Bradbury, the three-story Greek Revival-style house features thirty rooms and 24-foot-high columns made from California redwoods.

Elected in 1971, Jimmy Carter was just the second governor to live in the mansion. Carter lived in the mansion throughout his single term as governor, and just two years later was elected the 39 th president of the United States.

Guided tours are offered free of charge on select days of the week throughout the year.

391 West Paces Ferry Road NW, Atlanta, GA | 404-261-1776 |

In 1928, Earl Carter moved his family, including a four-year-old Jimmy, into a three bedroom house in Plains, Georgia. Jimmy lived in the house for thirteen years until he attended college in 1941. After a multiyear restoration, the National Park Service restored the house to its 1937 appearance. Today, visitors can take a self-guided tour of the boyhood home of Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States.

300 North Bond Street, Plains , GA | 229-824-4104 |

Ronald Reagan

President Ronald Reagan was born in 1911 in an apartment above a bakery in Tampico, Illinois. He only lived there four months before his family moved into a house down the street. Today the second-floor apartment has been restored and the first floor restored as an early 1900s bank. Visitors can take guided tours of the apartment beginning at the gift shop next door.

111 Main Street, Tampico, IL | 815-622-8705 |

Throughout the 1920s the family of President Ronald Reagan lived in this small house in Dixon, Illinois. Visitors today can take guided tours April – October to see the home where Reagan lived as a young boy and learn about his history in the small town.

810 S. Hennepin Avenue, Dixon, IL | 815-288-5176 |

George W. Bush

In 1951 George H.W. Bush spent $9,000 to buy an 11-year-old house in Midland, Texas. For the next four years the house would be home to President George H.W. Bush, his son President George W. Bush, and his other son Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Today visitors can take a guided tour of the childhood home and explore the life of the Bush family in 1950s Texas.

1412 West Ohio Avenue, Midland, TX | 432-685-1112 |

Texans wasted no time in building a permanent residence for their governor – Texas was admitted to the union as the 28 th state in in 1845, and just eleven years later the Governor’s Mansion was completed.

The Greek Revival-style house was built by Abner Cook – many of the bricks came from his clay pit on the Colorado River. The 6,000 square foot home featured four bedrooms, but not a single bathroom. A 1914 renovation of the house added an additional 3,000 square feet of living space and seven bathrooms.

Since its completion in 1856, the Governor’s Mansion has been the primary residence of every Texas chief executive and their family. In 1994, George W. Bush was elected governor. He lived in the mansion with his family from 1995-2000, until he resigned midway through his second term as governor when he was elected the 43 rd president of the United States.

Visitors to the Texas Governor’s Mansion can a free guided tour of the residence and grounds on select days of the week throughout the year. A background security screening is mandatory for all visitors, so tours must be booked at least a week in advance.

1010 Colorado Street, Austin, TX | 512-463-5518 |

Bill Clinton

In 1836, Arkansas became the 25 th state admitted into the union. Over one hundred years later, in 1947, the state legislation established a commission to build a residence for the governor. Design by architects Frank J. Ginocchio, Jr. and Edwin B. Cromwell, the two-story Georgian Colonial-style house was completed in 1950. In lieu of a dedication ceremony, the Governor’s Mansion was opened to the public for guided tours – over 180,000 people visited during the week-long event.

When Bill Clinton was elected in 1978 at the age of 32, he was the youngest governor in the country at the time. He served a term from 1979-1981, and then another five terms from 1983-1992. Clinton left the Governor’s Mansion when he was elected the 42 nd president of the United States in 1992.

Visitors to the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion can take guided tours of the residence or self-guided tours of the gardens. Tours are offered on select days throughout the year – check their website to book a tour in advance.

1800 Center Street, Little Rock, AR | 501-324-9805 |

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At this small National Parks site in Hope, Arkansas visitors can explore the two-story home where President Bill Clinton grew up. Begin at the visitor center for a walk through of Clinton’s life in a small museum, then take the guided tour of the birthplace home next door.

117 South Hervey Street, Hope, AR  | 870-777-4455 |

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I couldn’t write a list of presidential homes without mentioning the residence of the current president, even though it’s owned by the people. From 1792-1800 The White House was built in the newly designated Federal district of Washington, D.C. On November 1 of that year John Adams became the first president to occupy The White House. Guided tours are offered, but it takes a bit of effort. Anyone hoping to tour The White House must submit a request through their Member of Congress.

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Washington, DC | 202-456-7041 |

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23 Responses

James Buchanan died in 1868 at age 77 of respiratory failure

Mario, thank you for letting me know. I have corrected my error. I did not vet the information in this article like I normally would because it was such a complex topic. But, it looks like I did to polish this again. Thank you!

Is the Nixon birthplace in California not the original structure? I did not see it on the list.

At the time I wrote the article, the foundation that owns the house had closed it to the public. They had posted a notice that it might open again in the future. I will check into it and update the article if it’s open again.

I have been to several of these homes. My goal is to see as many as I can. Going to The Hermitage soon. Looking forward to it. Thanks for this great list.

Its also one of my goals now to visit every site on this list. I’ve been to Nashville twice and still haven’t visited The Hermitage, though. Have fun!

I didn’t see the James K Polk childhood home in Pineville, NC. It is open for visits. Great list, we love US history and this helps keeps the kids interested and the best way to help them connect with what they are learning.

Hi Mary! This list only includes original presidential homes. The house at the James K. Polk State Historic Site is not original – it was reconstructed from two nearby barns. So you can visit the land where he was born, but you can’t walk the same hallways he walked.

This is a great and informative list! I just wanted to tell you, you left out the Jimmy Carter boyhood farm in Georgia.

You’re right, Carson! Thank you so much for letting me know. I did research for days trying to find all these sites – but I still missed a few. I have updated this article. Thank you!

Hey! I looked some more, and saw you didn’t include James Monroe’s Highland in Virginia, the Zachary Taylor home in Louisville, The Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace in New York, and the Octagon House in Washington, D.C. I’m trying to reach out to you so that I can hopefully use this list to travel to some of these sights when I’m nearby. Thank you!

Carson, I did not include Highland because the original house where James Monroe lived burned to the ground in 1829. The Zachary Taylor Boyhood Home is a private residence and not open to the public for tours. I did indeed miss Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace National Historic Site and will add that to the list as soon as possible. I may eventually include The Octagon House, but currently – since early 2020 – tours are only given to groups of 5+. Thank you for keeping me updated on everything! I still have not included the homes where presidents lived while they were governors – it’s on my to do list.

Great job! Been to about 30 sites. For another road trip, Route 66 is great. The people I have met are fantastic and helpful. This trip is really a great way to see America!

Rick, to be honest I may never drive Route 66. It’s been done to death haha. But I will eventually drive all the backroads across America.

Glaring omission! You have left out two Gerald R. Ford sites in Michigan. The Presidential Library in Ann Arbor and the Presidential Museum and Burial Place in Grand Rapids.

Susan, this is a list of presidential homes you can visit – Ford never lived at either of the sites you listed.

Hi Jason, a great list, thanks. Just informing that the Theodore Roosevelt Birthplace is actually a reproduction. There was only 7 years between the original building being torn down and the reproduction (the shortest time span between an original and a reproduction), so it’s likely to be a faithful reproduction due to recent records at the time the reproduction was built, but still a reproduction nevertheless. (See the book by Louis Picone “Where the Presidents Were Born”.) Cheers, Michael

Lincoln also has a boyhood home in Indiana and his birthplace in Kentucky.

The Lincoln boyhood home in Indiana no longer exists. The Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial is nothing more than a marker. At the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historical Park in Kentucky there is only a symbolic recreation of the cabin he was born in. I only included actual homes in this list; no recreations or memorial markers.

And what about all the state mansions of all the Governors who became president?

After reading your comment I thought about it, a lot, but decided not to add the governor’s mansions to this list. I mostly decided not to do it because it would have added an additional 15 items to this already massive list. But I also wanted to keep this list to private homes with one exception: the White House.

Thank you for this list. By my count I have visited 46 of these homes! I always enjoy your posts.

You’ve been to FORTY-SIX of these homes? Good grief that’s awesome! Thank you for being such an amazing fan of my travel writing!

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Blinken Tells Ukraine ‘You Are Not Alone’ as Russia’s Military Makes Gains

The Biden administration had warned for months that Congress’s delay in approving an aid package would leave the Ukrainians vulnerable.

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Secretary of state antony j. blinken made an unannounced visit to kyiv amid russian military gains..

We’re meeting at a critical moment. Putin is ramping up yet another offensive against Ukraine in Kharkiv and across the east, sending wave after wave of Russian soldiers, Iranian drones, North Korean artillery and tanks, missiles and fighter jets built with machines and parts supplied by China. The coming weeks and months will demand a great deal of Ukrainians, who have already sacrificed so much. But I have come to Ukraine with a message. You are not alone. The United States has been by your side from Day 1. We are with you today and we will stay by your side until Ukraine’s security, its sovereignty, its ability to choose its own path is guaranteed. Now, after the delay in approving the latest U.S. assistance package to Ukraine, a delay that left you more vulnerable to Russia’s attacks, some Ukrainians may be wondering whether you can count on America to sustain its commitment. The $60 billion aid package that was approved by our Congress with overwhelming support across both political parties and both houses of Congress, I think demonstrates that you can, and a significant majority of Americans believe we should continue to provide assistance to Ukraine. Indeed, the American people’s support for Ukraine has been consistent over the course of the war. It has never wavered.

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Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken sought to reassure Ukrainians on Tuesday that they could weather an ominous new Russian military offensive and count on long-term support from the United States and its European allies.

“You are not alone,” Mr. Blinken declared in remarks in the capital city, Kyiv, where he arrived by train on Tuesday morning for an unannounced visit at what he called “a critical moment” for Ukraine’s future as Russia makes fresh military gains around the northeastern city of Kharkiv.

It is Mr. Blinken’s fourth trip to Kyiv since Russia launched a full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2022, and the first by a senior U.S. official since President Biden signed a $60.8 billion aid package approved by Congress three weeks ago after months of infighting among House Republicans.

Mr. Blinken’s trip was planned before the Russian offensive, which has only underscored the importance of the American support that he came to highlight.

Hours after meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky at his presidential offices and hearing his pleas for still more military assistance, Mr. Blinken conceded that the delay in U.S. aid had “left you more vulnerable to Russia’s attacks.”

But he argued that American support for the country remained durable. Congress ultimately approved the aid package first proposed by Mr. Biden last fall with overwhelming bipartisan support, he noted, implicitly downplaying the significance of the minority of House Republicans who managed to tie up the package for months.

“The American people’s support for Ukraine has been consistent over the course of the war,” he said. “It has never wavered.” That statement is supported by many polls that have shown enduring support for sending aid to the country.

Mr. Blinken was unable to guarantee continued financial support for Ukraine of the kind he and Mr. Biden have overseen, given the unpredictable nature of the U.S. political system — and, in particular, the skepticism about arming Ukraine often expressed by Mr. Biden’s Republican challenger, Donald J. Trump.

But he cited ways in which, he said, the country had enjoyed a “strategic success” since the war began more than two years ago, even though Russia occupies about one-fifth of Ukraine’s eastern territory.

Despite efforts by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia to “lay waste” to Ukraine’s economy, he said, the country’s gross domestic product grew by 5 percent last year, and its steel factories have doubled their output over the past six months.

Mr. Blinken also reaffirmed the goal of Ukraine’s eventual membership in NATO. He said that “tangible steps” would be outlined at a NATO summit in Washington in July to help build its military and bring it closer to the alliance, including security agreements between Ukraine and each member country that extend for a decade and are not subject to political winds.

“These agreements send a clear message that Ukraine can count on its partners for sustainable, long-term support,” Mr. Blinken said. Such agreements involve intelligence sharing and military planning and cooperation, not direct financial aid.

“As the war goes on, Russia is going back in time,” Mr. Blinken said. “Ukraine is moving forward.”

Mr. Blinken shaking hands with President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in an ornate room.

But Mr. Blinken also cautioned that if Ukraine wanted to integrate with the West, including by joining the European Union, it must adopt legal and political reforms and commit to “rooting out the scourge of corruption — once and for all.”

“Winning on the battlefield will prevent Ukraine from becoming part of Russia,” he said. “Winning the war against corruption will keep Ukraine from becoming like Russia.”

Mr. Blinken, who arrived on an overnight train from Poland, met earlier in the day with Mr. Zelensky, who profusely thanked him for the “crucial” aid package for his country. Yet Mr. Zelensky quickly added that Ukraine was still in need, pointing to the Russian military advances near Kharkiv in recent days. Russian forces captured another village, Lukiantsi, overnight and bombed Kharkiv on Tuesday morning, injuring four people.

Calling air defense a “deficit for us,” Mr. Zelensky said, “We really need it today, two Patriots for Kharkiv.”

Mr. Blinken did not specifically respond to that request for the U.S.-made surface-to-air missile system. But he told Mr. Zelensky that incoming American aid — some of which he said had already arrived — would “make a real difference on the battlefield.”

Mr. Biden and Mr. Blinken had warned for months that Congress’s delay in approving critically needed U.S. arms would leave Ukraine’s military vulnerable along an eastern battlefront that has been at a stalemate for months. A senior U.S. official declined on Tuesday to draw a direct connection between the delayed aid and Russia’s gains near Kharkiv. But the official, who spoke of the condition of anonymity, said it was clear that the gap in funding had left Ukraine weakened as its military awaited ammunition and other critical equipment.

The official added that Ukrainian forces had held their positions and were exacting a toll on the Russians, and that they were likely to make gains as U.S. assistance flowed into the country.

A second senior U.S. official would not say whether Russia had been notified in advance of Mr. Blinken’s visit. Russian forces have frequently attacked Kyiv with missiles and drones.

Earlier, Mr. Blinken dined with Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, at a pizza restaurant founded and staffed by veterans of the war. He planned to make more stops around the city on Wednesday before returning to Washington.

Maria Varenikova contributed reporting.

Michael Crowley covers the State Department and U.S. foreign policy for The Times. He has reported from nearly three dozen countries and often travels with the secretary of state. More about Michael Crowley

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