Category Archives: Presidential Sites

Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial

This park was nearly empty on this overcast, cool December afternoon. So much so that the National Park rangers decided it was a good day to wax the floors and we couldn’t enter half the building — one of those … Continue reading

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North Bend

On a rainy Monday afternoon, we saw the sights of North Bend, Ohio, located at the point where the Ohio River begins heading southwest toward the Mississippi. This tiny town just west of Cincinnati, and Quincey, Massachusetts, are the only … Continue reading

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Back to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

When Sally and I visited the Air Force Museum in Dayton, Ohio last November, we didn’t have time to visit the hangar where the presidential planes are kept. It isn’t connected to the rest of the museum, but is actually … Continue reading

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A Ghost Story (of sorts)

Looking for somewhere to spend a getaway weekend, we made reservations at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio. The hotel was opened in 1803 and moved into its current building about 10 years later. It’s generally recognized to be the … Continue reading

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U.S. Grant Boyhood Home and Schoolhouse

According to the Internet, and according to the sign on the door, Grant’s boyhood home on a backstreet in Georgetown, Ohio was supposed to be open at noon. It was 12:30, and the place felt decidedly empty. The doors were … Continue reading

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McKinley National Memorial

On a hill alongside the McKinley Presidential Museum was the memorial where William and Ida are buried. The statue of McKinley was modeled after a photograph taken of him in Buffalo, New York shortly before he was shot. Also buried … Continue reading

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McKinley Presidential Museum

This museum in Canton was very strange and very interesting. There was an exhibit on McKinley, with a lot of artifacts — and talking statues of William and Ida.   McKinley’s house in Canton which has been torn down. This … Continue reading

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First Ladies National Historic Site

This park was our primary reason for going to Canton. It’s the only house William McKinley lived in (apart from the White House) that’s still in existence. But before he lived here, it was the home of his in-laws, the … Continue reading

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Inside the Ohio Statehouse

After my circumperambulation of the Ohio state capitol, I wandered inside. The lower level, or at least those parts of it I had access to, were given over to displays and artifacts related to Ohio history. The first room had … Continue reading

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Outside the Ohio Statehouse

I spent an hour and a half on a rainy Monday morning exploring outside and inside the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus. Here in the approximate order in which I happened upon it, is what I saw. I parked on the … Continue reading

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