William Howard Taft National Historic Site

We arrived at the childhood home of President Taft early Sunday morning upon opening.  That said, we were the only visitors.  My husband and I knew very little about Taft (literally nothing except he was a plump past president) and really did not expect to enjoy this site very much.  We were pleasantly surprised.

The site’s Visitor Center offers a video and information about Taft.  Taft was a man with a wide variety of experiences including serving as a Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Justice and Governer-General of the Philippines.  A park ranger took us next door and provided us with a guided tour of Taft’s childhood home, which is would have been an upper class mid-1800’s home.  Here we learned more about young Taft’s upbringing and his parents’ strong emphasis on education.  All in all, we learned more and were far more interested in the life of Taft than we would have expected.

A couple hours after arriving, we were on our way to our last National Park stop (Dayton Aviation Heritage) before reaching our destination in Michigan.

National Park Service website: http://www.nps.gov/wiho/

Posted March 7th, 2010 at 12:00 AM by in Midwest


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