A Presidential Tour Through Ohio

November 3, 2015

A Presidential Tour through Ohio

Groups interested in exploring the country's presidential past need to look no further than Ohio. Eight of our 44 presidents were elected from the Buckeye State - that's more than any other state. With numerous presidential and historical locations in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland is a great place to start your group tour!

Day 1

10am         Soldiers and Sailors Monument
                  Built in 1894, Downtown Cleveland's Soldiers and Sailors Monument pays tribute to                   the Cuyahoga County residents who served in the Civil War. The monument depicts                   battle scenes on its façade and offers free tours of its interior Memorial Room.                   Note: Hours of operation vary throughout the year.

                  Public Square
                  (216) 621-3710
                   www.soldiersandsailors.com

11am         Dunham Tavern
                  Once a stagecoach stop on the Buffalo-Cleveland-Detroit postal road, Dunham                   Tavern quickly became a social and political center for the Whig party. Now listed on                   the National Register of Historic Places, Dunham Tavern offers free tours for groups.

                  6709 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44103
                  (216) 431-1060
                   www.dunhamtavern.org

12:30pm    The Corner Alley Uptown
                  Located in Cleveland's University Circle, Corner Alley features 17 lanes of bowling.                   Groups will have plenty of room to enjoy lunch followed by a game of the favorite                   pastime of Presidents Truman, Johnson, Nixon, Clinton and G.W. Bush.

                  11409 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
                  (216) 539-0741
                   www.uptown.corneralley.com

2pm           James A. Garfield Monument
                  In Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery, groups can tour the James A. Garfield                   Monument. Standing 180 feet tall, this is the final resting place of Garfield and the                   only location in the country to fully display a presidential casket.                                                 Note: Hours of operation vary throughout the year.

                  Lake View Cemetery, 12316 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106
                  For a tour of the monument, contact Mary Krohmer                   marykrohmer@lakeviewcemetery.com
                   www.lakeviewcemetery.com/garfield.php

3:30pm      American Garden
                  Drive through Cleveland's Cultural Gardens near University Circle and stop at the                   iconic American Colonial Garden. Memorializing some of the country's influential                   political figures, the garden features busts of John Hay, Abraham Lincoln, Artemus                   Ward, and Booker T. Washington.

                  1198 East Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44108
                   http://www.culturalgardens.org/garden/american-garden/

4:30pm      James A. Garfield National Historic Site
                  Led by uniformed park rangers, groups can learn about the life of President Garfield                   while touring his family's estate. Exhibits touch on Garfield's early life and                   educational pursuits, his military career and eventual political rise.                                   Note: Hours of operation vary throughout the year.

                  8095 Mentor Ave., Mentor, OH 44060
                  (440) 255-8722
                   www.nps.gov/jaga

6pm           Sokolowski's University Inn
                  Where President Clinton once enjoyed Lake Erie perch, Sokolowki's University Inn is                   Cleveland's oldest family-owned restaurant serving Polish delights. A favorite of                   presidents and celebrities who have visited Cleveland, the restaurant's walls are                   filled with famous photos and memorabilia.

                  1201 University Rd., Cleveland, OH 44113
                  (216) 771-9236
                   www.sokolowskis.com

Day 2 - Option 1

A great stop on the presidential tour is Canton, Ohio, located 60 miles south of Downtown Cleveland. For more information on additional group-friendly offerings visit www.visitcanton.com.

9am           William McKinley Presidential Library & Museum
                  The McKinley Presidential Library & Museum is an all-encompassing venue with an                   interactive science center, historical library, planetarium and much more. The                   McKinley Gallery displays the life and career of the country's 25th president.

                  800 McKinley Monument Dr. NW, Canton, OH 44708
                  (330) 455-7043
                   www.Mckinleymuseum.org 

11am         National First Ladies' Library
                  The only facility of its kind, the National First Ladies' Library and archive is devoted                   to educating groups about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women                   in history. Groups can explore the research center and the Saxton-McKinley House.                   Note: Hours of operation vary throughout the year.

                  205 S. Market Ave., Canton, OH 44702
                  (330) 452-0876
                   www.firstladies.org

Day 2 - Option 2

Another tour option is to head 90 miles west to Fremont before exploring Ohio's other presidential markers. For more information on Fremont's group offerings visit www.sanduskycounty.org.

10am         Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center
                  Located on the Spiegel Grove estate of President Rutherford B. Hayes, the                   presidential center includes The Hayes Research Library reflecting the president's                   special interests, a museum containing nearly 19,000 objects belonging to the                   president, and the Hayes family's mansion.

                  1337 Hayes Ave., Fremont, OH 43420
                  (419) 332.2081
                   www.rbhayes.org

Other Presidential sites in Ohio include:

William Henry Harrison Tomb - North Bend, OH near Cincinnati; www.hsmfmuseum.org

Benjamin Harrison Historical Marker - North Bend, OH near Cincinnati; http://www.presidentsusa.net/bharrisonbirthplace.html

Warren G. Harding Home & Memorial - Marion, OH near Columbus; www.hardinghome.org

Ulysses .S. Grant Birthplace - Point Pleasant, OH near Cincinnati; www.usgrantbirthplace.org

William Howard Taft National Historic Site - Cincinnati, OH; www.nps.gov/wiho/index.htm

Ulysses S. Grant Boyhood Homes & Schoolhouse - Georgetown, OH near Cincinnati; www.usgrantboyhoodhome.org


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