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Presidential Museums – Visiting Cincinnati and the Home of America’s 27th President

Posted on October 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

This is another in a continuing series of travelogue articles showcasing presidential museums, homes, and historical sites. Join us as we visit the Queen City, Cincinnati, and the home of America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft.

President Taft: An Overview

America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, was born in Cincinnati just before the Civil War. He pursued the legal profession early in his career, which ultimately led him into public service and politics. In the 1908 elections, he won the presidency and served in office until 1913.

Taft is the only U.S. president who also served as chief justice of the Supreme Court, a position Taft held in higher regard than the presidency. He was appointed to the court by President Harding and served for several years until just before his death in 1930.

The Taft Home In Cincinnati

Located about a mile north of downtown, the Taft Historic Site welcomes visitors free of charge. This is the home where the future president lived up until the time he left for Washington.

Guided tours are conducted daily by National Park Service rangers. You will see period rooms which have been restored to their appearance when Taft lived here, along with fascinating political memorabilia from Taft’s presidential campaign.

An overview of his many accomplishments as president and chief justice are spotlighted, and you can stroll around the grounds to see the home’s exterior and the adjacent visitors center.

Visiting Cincinnati

Nearby in downtown Cincinnati, there are numerous attractions, especially along the Ohio River. Take a river cruise in the summer, or dine in one of the many waterfront restaurants with a view of the Cincinnati skyline.

While you’re here, be sure to try the chili at either Skyline, Gold Star, or Camp Washington, three of the area’s best known chili parlors. The chili is a slightly sweet, slightly spicy mixture that is served over spaghetti, along with onions, cheese, and beans.

For an historic lunch in a beautiful urban courtyard, we recommend Arnold’s Bar and Grill on 8th Street downtown. This is Cincinnati’s oldest bar and restaurant, open since 1861. Try one of the daily specials and soak in the historic ambience.

Just a mile from downtown, and almost straight up, is a well known city entertainment area, Mt. Adams. Here you’ll find specialty shops, restaurants, and nightlife options dotting the narrow, winding streets. An under the radar gem is the City View Tavern, well known for its outdoor deck overlooking the city below. They have a limited food menu but be sure to try a mettwurst, a mildly spicy sausage that is famous in these parts.

There are numerous other attractions in and around the city, like a world class aquarium and the famed white Bengal tigers at the Cincinnati Zoo. You’ll find an active local sports scene, dozens of great local restaurants, and a real sense of history.


Accessible from just about anywhere in the country, Cincinnati is an ideal weekend destination. Visit the home of America’s 27th president, William Howard Taft, and then explore the many attractions and great local cuisine the city has to offer.

Presidential Museums – Visiting the Birthplace of America’s 14th President

Posted on October 22, 2018 in Uncategorized

For history travel lovers, there is no better area in America than New England. From the Revolutionary War heroes of early Boston to the many historical sites dotted across the area, New England is a treasure trove of American history.

Once outside of Boston, visitors can find many interesting sites, particularly those associated with American presidents. One such destination is located in Hillsborough, New Hampshire in the south central part of the state. In addition to a wealth of scenic beauty, you can also explore the life of America’s 14th president, Franklin Pierce. His birthplace and boyhood home is located in this typical New Hampshire small town, located about an hour from both Manchester and Concord, the state’s capital.

President Franklin Pierce: An Overview

Franklin Pierce was born into a prominent family in 1804, and the home which visitors can tour was once a gathering place for writers, politicians, and philosophers of the day. Pierce, a lawyer by trade, was highly regarded as a statesman and public servant. He added to his rapidly growing national reputation with exemplary service in the Mexican-American war of 1846.

In the election of 1852, Pierce was chosen as a compromise candidate, favored by influential leaders from both northern and southern states. At age 48, he was at the time the youngest man ever to become president in 1853. Faced with a rapidly dividing nation, Pierce was able to stave off civil war, at least temporarily.

During his term as president, the nation experienced a tremendous amount of economic growth, despite growing political instabilities. Pierce oversaw the completion of the Gadsen Purchase, a key piece of legislation that acquired important land in the southwestern area of the country.

Sensing he could not win a second term as president, he traveled to Europe for several years after leaving office in 1857. He lived to witness the reemergence of the United States and the beginning of reconstruction after the Civil War. The former president passed away at age 65 in 1869.

Visiting The Pierce Homestead

The home where Franklin Pierce was born and spent his formative years is now beautifully restored to reflect the time period in which he lived. A large ballroom and spacious parlor are the centerpieces, as well as the gardens and grounds surrounding the home.

Guided tours of the home are given, or you can take a self guided tour. The homestead is only open seasonally, so plan your visit for summer months. The site is open daily in July and August, and weekends only in June and September. There is a nominal fee for adults, and admission is free for those under 18.

The surrounding area showcases the natural beauty of New England and New Hampshire. Both nearby cities of Concord and Manchester are interesting in their own right for shopping and leisure activities. Hillsborough is also a charming small town with several interesting shops and restaurants serving New England style cuisine.

Presidential Museums – Visiting the President Carter Museum in Atlanta

Posted on October 21, 2018 in Uncategorized

This is another in an ongoing series of travelogue articles about presidential historic sites, homes, and museums. The Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum is located just east of downtown Atlanta, not far from the city’s many attractions. Let’s take a closer look…

Visiting Atlanta

Atlanta, one of the deep south’s most enduring cities, is a popular destination for business and leisure travelers alike. Vibrant and energetic, Atlanta boasts several appealing neighborhoods for visitors, along with ample nightlife, family attractions, and outstanding restaurants.

We recommend you rent a car, but it is possible to navigate Atlanta via the MARTA transportation system, an above ground metrorail. Stops are located conveniently to most attractions, and if you’re staying downtown, it is a viable option.

Although the downtown area is reasonably compact, you will need a car to explore many of the neighborhoods. Spring, fall, and even winter are great times to visit. Summer is usually hot and humid, but bearable for the most part.

When visiting downtown Atlanta, you will want to tour the visitors centers of both the giant soft drink manufacturer Coke and the CNN media headquarters. Both are fascinating tours, and at CNN you can see live shows being filmed and even participate as an audience member.

Nearby is a below ground shopping area called Underground Atlanta, a several square block area of shops and market stalls directly below the busy streets above.

Atlanta’s Neighborhoods

Two neighborhoods in particular are well worth a visit for dining and shopping opportunities. The Virginia-Highland area, named after its two main streets, is a stretch of stores, restaurants, and nightlife options. It is ideal for a stroll, window shopping, or bar hopping.

Just north of the city is the upscale Buckhead area, sort of a miniature version of Rodeo Drive. Here you’ll find fine dining, trendy nightlife clubs, and shopping for the latest fashions. Either neighborhood is the perfect destination for an afternoon or evening.

Visiting the Carter Library And Museum

A few miles east of downtown is the President Jimmy Carter Library and Museum. The former president still has his offices here. The site is partially owned and administered by the federal government and also by private interests.

The museum is open for tours daily and was remodeled in 2009. There are numerous rotating exhibits, depicting not only crucial events in American history but also specific to the presidency. Carter’s career and presidency are chronicled, along with his family life and many contributions after he left office.

At the museum, you can view a life size replica of the Oval Office, and learn about Carter’s unlikely ascent to the presidency as a relatively unknown governor from Georgia. His years in office are spotlighted, with numerous multi media presentations and a display of memorabilia from his presidency.


A visit to Atlanta and the Carter Museum is perfect for travelers of any age and interest level. Family activities abound in Atlanta, and there are several great neighborhoods to explore. You can also learn about President Carter’s life and presidency and the impact he had on American history.