A Presidential Tour Through Ohio
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!
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.
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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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