We had a guided tour of the house, which is reportedly one of the finest of the presidential homes open to the public. On the first floor the floor and wall treatments have been restored to what they looked like in 1863. Furnishings of the home have remained in the house over the years, with very few exceptions. It is one of the most interesting older Victorian homes which we have toured. Of special interest to us was President Hayes' "inner sanctum", which, beside the usual bathroom amenities of the late 1800s, also has a library and a large window overlooking the spacious yard.
Thursday, July 3, 2014
Estate and Home of President Rutherford B.Hayes
This museum is about 50 miles east of Toledo. I knew little to nothing regarding our 19th president, for that matter, I am even more ignorant as to what was happening politically in our country during the one term Hayes was in office from 1877 to 1881. I was adamant that we visit the place. President Hayes center was the first presidential museum to be built, and opened to the public in 1916. In 1928 the White House gave, as a gift to the center, 6 entrance gates which were at the White House during the Hayes administration.
equals a mile. President Hayes discovered that fact when inclement weather did not allow him to take his daily walk of six miles on the estate. Pictured below is the backside of the mansion, which should give you an idea as to how immense the place is.