Presidents Day Itinerary

January 18, 2016
Presidents Day Itinerary

A presidential tour through Ohio

Jackie Spencer

What started as a commemoration of George Washington's birth is now a national holiday to honor all presidents of the United States. Those interested in exploring the country's presidential past need look no further than Ohio. Eight of our 44 presidents were elected from the Buckeye State, which is more than any other. With numerous presidential and historical locations in Northeast Ohio, Cleveland is a great place to start your fun and educational outing.


10 a.m.: 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

11 a.m. 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
(216) 431-1060

12:30 p.m. The Corner Alley Uptown
Located in Cleveland's University Circle, The 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
(216) 539-0741

2 p.m. 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 President 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
For a tour of the monument, contact Mary Krohmer,

3:30 p.m. 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

4:30 p.m. 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
(440) 255-8722

6 p.m. Sokolowski's University Inn
Where President Clinton once enjoyed Lake Erie perch, Sokolowski'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
(216) 771-9236


A great stop on the presidential tour is Canton, Ohio, located 60 miles south of Downtown Cleveland.

9 a.m. 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
(330) 455-7043

11 a.m. 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. You can explore the research center and the Saxton-McKinley House.
Note: Hours of operation vary throughout the year.

205 S. Market Ave., Canton
(330) 452-0876


Another tour option is to head 90 miles west to Fremont before exploring Ohio's other presidential markers.

10 a.m. 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
(419) 332.2081

William Henry Harrison Tomb - North Bend, OH near Cincinnati;

Benjamin Harrison Historical Marker - North Bend, OH near Cincinnati;

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

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

William Howard Taft National Historic Site - Cincinnati, OH;

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

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