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LITTLE WHITE HOUSES AROUND
THE UNITED STATES

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The stories of our American presidents can be traced across the United States. With countless historical sites preserving the birthplace, residence and vacation homes of previous and current presidents, history buffs can gain further insight into our country and the leaders who have shaped it through the years.

In Key West, the Harry S. Truman Little White House was the vacation home for President Truman throughout the 1940s and 1950s. He even visited once his presidential tenure was complete. A former naval station, it's also hosted Presidents William Howard Taft, Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton through its years. Residing on a beautifully landscaped green lawn overlooking Key West Harbor, it's a fascinating historic home and museum open to visitors. Here are additional famous and historic presidential homes and Little White Houses open to the public today.


George Washington's Mount Vernon

It all started with our Founding Father George Washington and his historic Mount Vernon home in Virginia, just outside of today's Washington, D.C. The 18th century plantation's sprawling grounds include the presidential mansion, outbuildings, landscaped gardens, a pioneer farm, gristmill, slave memorial and the tombs where George and Martha Washington rest today. There's also a museum and education center dedicated to the birth of our nation and our first president.


Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Monticello is one of the most famous and frequently visited presidential homes. Situated on acres of land in Charlottesville, Virginia, Jefferson spent 40 years designing and redesigning this home and its gardens in a Roman Neoclassical architectural style, inspired by his travels abroad. As the third president of the United States and the author of the Declaration of Independence, Jefferson is deeply embedded in the identity of the United States and his home offers further insight into the man and our nation's history.


Andrew Jackson's The Hermitage

Known as "the people's president," Andrew Jackson's home The Hermitage is found in Nashville, Tennessee. Jackson was orphaned at the age of 13 and went on to become a military hero in the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Afterwards, he transitioned into politics as a US Senator and later the seventh president of the United States. Today, visitors can explore The Hermitage with its mansion, grounds, cotton fields and tomb of President Jackson and his wife Rachel.

 

Lincoln Home National Historic Site

Abraham Lincoln, our 16th president, has gone down in history for ending the Civil War and abolishing slavery. The Lincoln Home National Historic Site is located in Springfield, Illinois and encompasses the president's home and a historic district where he lived from 1844-1861. It's the only home he and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln owned and they lived there before he was elected president. Visitors to the site should plan for at least an hour to tour the district, visit the home and watch a film about Lincoln's life.

 

Franklin Delano Roosevelt's Little White House

Franklin Delano Roosevelt built his Little White House in Warm Springs, Georgia while he was still Governor of New York, the same year before he was elected president. Roosevelt suffered from polio and was wheelchair-bound through must of his adult live, beginning in 1921 when he was first diagnosed. The home in western Georgia was situated near 88° F springs, which proved to be rehabilitative for the president. Famous for pulling the country out of the Great Depression with his New Deal legislation, the Little White House has a permanent exhibition dedicated to the president as well as rotating exhibitions throughout the year.

 
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