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Category: Historic Places

James and Dolley Madison at Montpelier

My favorite stop on this year’s presidential tour was Montpelier, home of James and Dolley Madison.  Located a few miles outside of Orange, Virginia along Constitution Highway, Montpelier was the […]

Jefferson, Monroe, Grant, and…..

Monticello High atop Montalto mountain sits Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s neoclassical, Palladian mansion, the centerpiece of his once 5,000-acre tobacco and mixed crop plantation.  Located outside of Charlottesville, Monticello offers extensive […]

Tippecanoe and Tyler Too!

Berkeley Plantation Located outside Charles City, Virginia, Berkeley Plantation dates back to the 1600s.  An original settlement, named after Berkeley, England, it survived just over 2 years before settlers were […]

Henry Clay – Lexington, Kentucky

Henry Clay was perhaps the most consequential mid nineteenth-century diplomat and politician who was not a United States president.   He served as Speaker of the House, Secretary of State […]

Martin Van Buren – Kinderhook, New York

Martin Van Buren was America’s eighth POTUS, serving after Andrew Jackson’s two terms from 1837 – 1841.  Van Buren was Jackson’s Secretary of State in his first administration and his […]

John Jay – Katonah, New York

John Jay was America’s first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court (not a President, but he was appointed by a President, so I think it counts).  At the time of […]

Dwight D. Eisenhower

Boyhood Home, Library, and Museum – Abilene, Kansas Dwight David Eisenhower was our thirty-fourth president, inaugurated on January 20, 1953, and leaving office on that same day in 1961.  I […]

James Buchanan – Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Last year, Richard Strauss published “Worst. President. Ever.:  James Buchanan, the POTUS Rating Game, and the Legacy of the Least of the Lesser Presidents.   It was released on October […]

Millard Filmore – East Aurora, New York

Millard Fillmore was our 13th POTUS, serving from July 1850 to March 1853.  Fillmore became president upon the death of President Zachary Taylor who died after serving just over a […]

Woodrow Wilson – Washington DC

Woodrow Wilson was our 28th President and served from 1913 – 1921,  He was known, most notably for promoting the League of Nations at the end of the Great War […]

Theodore Roosevelt – New York

Sagamore Hill, Oyster Bay Long Island Theodore Roosevelt built his home on Oyster Bay, Long Island.  After losing his first wife, Roosevelt left his infant daughter with his sister and […]

John F. Kennedy – Boston, Massachusetts

John Fitzgerald Kennedy was our thirty-fifth President of the United States.  He was born and raised until age three at this home in Brookline, Massachusetts.  In 1920, with three small […]