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10 Can't-Miss Presidential Sites in Ohio

Gain some new historical perspectives on presidential history throughout Ohio. Plan your next visit and check out these 10 sites – from southwestern Ohio and Cincinnati, to the northeast region and Cleveland, you'll cover nearly the entire state.


1. U.S. Grant Birthplace

Make your way to the Cincinnati area of Ohio and check out the U.S. Grant Birthplace. Celebrate the life of the 18th President of the United States by exploring this house from 1817. Just one of the many places to explore within the Grant Commemorative Sites Historic District, the Grant Birthplace offers tours lasting up to an hour.

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Visit the McKinley Library & Museum

2. U.s. Grant Boyhood Home & Schoolhouse

Stick with the President Grant theme – his boyhood home and schoolhouse can be found in Georgetown, just a short drive southeast of his birthplace. Open from May through October, this site was Grant's home from 1823 to 1839.

3. National McKinley Birthplace Memorial

When your visit to Ohio has you in northeastern region, near Cleveland, be sure to spend an afternoon exploring the life of President William McKinley. The McKinley Birthplace is in Niles, an almost direct drive east from Akron. Be sure to celebrate the life of the 25th President of the United States.

4. William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum 

Plan a stay in Canton where you'll want to treat the family to a tour of the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. See historic artifacts relating to the McKinley presidency and his life. After you've experienced the McKinley Birthplace, make a full day of McKinley with a few hours spent at his official library and museum.

5. James A. Garfield National Historic Site

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Plan a Visit to the Warren Harding Tomb

Found just west of downtown Mentor, the James A. Garfield NHS is a premier presidential destination in the area. Learn more than you ever thought possible about the 20th U.S. President – and the accompanying Eleanor B. Garfield Park to the west is great for an afternoon picnic. The Garfield NHS features a robust visitor center, and the Garfield Home.

6. Warren G. harding Home

Make the most of your next stay in Marion. Plan a tour of the Warren G. Harding Home, one of the premier destinations in all of central Ohio. This site preserves the home of Harding and wife Florence Mabel Harding. See more than 5,000 Harding-related artifacts inside the home – tours are available from May through November.

7. Warren G. Harding Tomb

Continue the afternoon of Harding-themed tours with a stop at the Warren G. Harding Tomb. Found only minutes west of the Harding Home, his tomb is the main attraction within Harding Memorial Park. Dedicated in 1931, the tomb is made of white marble in a large, circular fashion.

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Don't Miss the William Howard Taft NHS

8. Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center

Be sure to visit the northwestern corner of the state where you'll have a chance to see the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Opened in 1916, this center features a 12,000-volume library, and the total size of the Hayes Center is 52,640 square feet. This site features the very first presidential library ever constructed.

9. William Howard Taft National Historic Site

Built in 1842, the Taft NHS is the birthplace of President Taft – he was born there in 1857, and it's where he lived for most of his first 25 years. Maintained by the National Park Service, the Taft NHS has two main buildings – his birthplace home, which has been restored, and the Taft NHS Visitor Center. Visit today and tour both!

10. First Ladies National Historic Site

While the city of Canton is often known more as the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, don't miss a chance to explore the First Ladies National Historic Site. It's the youngest of all the Ohio presidential sites – it was only opened in 2000. Tours of the First Ladies NHS begin at the Education & Research Center, one of the two main buildings here. The other, and where the tour will guide you, is the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home.

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