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Ohio’s Presidential History

Ohio’s Presidential History

With eight Presidents and a few First Ladies who called the state home, it’s no wonder Ohio is known as the Mother of Presidents. As you travel across the state, get ready to explore and learn about Ohio’s inspiring presidential history.

Please note that several of the presidential and historical sites reduce visitor hours during the winter and will re-open in the spring. Please check the attraction website for the current visitor schedule and hours.


James A. Garfield National Historic Site

There are a few must-stops in northeast Ohio for James Garfield enthusiasts. The James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor includes the Victorian-area home where he greeted well-wishers during his presidential campaign.

Garfield Memorial

Another half hour northwest, in Cleveland, see where Garfield is buried in Lakeview Cemetery.

Hiram College

Hiram College's presidential connection is through James Garfield, who was a founding principal and student at the liberal arts institution. Visitors can see the Garfield Statue in front of Koritansky Hall, Garfield Robbins Zimmerman Home and Buckingham Place where Garfield is believed to have worked as a carpenter.

William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and McKinley Memorial

Located in the heart of Canton, the William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum and McKinley Memorial honors our 25th president's life and achievements -- offering a presidential museum and historic library, and other perks like a hands-on science center and a planetarium.

First Ladies’ National Historic Site

This one-of-a-kind site in Canton sheds light on the amazing women behind the chief executives -- detailing how the role of the First Lady has changed over the years. Don't miss the Saxton-McKinley House next door, childhood home of Ida Saxton-McKinley, where visitors can go on a guided tour.

Warren G. Harding Home

The Warren G. Harding Home is set to reopen in July 2020 after extensive restoration to bring the site to its 1920 front porch campaign condition. The memorial remains open in the meantime and pays homage to Harding and his wife, Florence.

U.S. Grant Boyhood Schoolhouse

In Georgetown, visitors can see where the Civil War general and former president grew up and attended school. The home has been restored to its original, 1839 appearance.

William Howard Taft National Historic Site

This Greek Revival home in Cincinnati, where William Howard Taft was born and grew up, offers visitors a glimpse into the former president's life through guided tours.

William Henry Harrison Tomb

This site is the tomb and memorial to our country's ninth president, along with 24 additional vaults containing his family members. The location also offers an amazing, panoramic view of the Ohio River Valley.

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Known as the oldest and largest military museum in the world, the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force boasts an extensive Presidential Gallery -- packed with multiple presidential aircraft, including those that transported Roosevelt, Kennedy and Reagan.

Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

Visitors will find lots to discover at the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums, from the former president's 31-room mansion and surrounding estate, known as Spiegel Grove; the Hayes Museum, which tells the story of Hayes and his family through artifacts; the nation's first presidential library; and Hayes' tomb.