First, we drove just a few short miles right here in North Bend to the William Henry Harrison Tomb State Memorial. William Henry was our 9th president. As president he didn't get a chance to complete many things on his bucket list because the poor guy kicked the bucket just 32 days into his term. He contracted pneumonia and then pleurisy and nothing the doctors did helped him and he died. He lies in peace now in this tomb up on a small hill overlooking the Ohio River. There are a lot of steps here, but to the side of this memorial site is a wheel chair path.
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Annie went, too.
After checking this out and signing the register, we moved on to the next dead presidents historic site. This one belongs to William Howard Taft and it is in Cincinnati. There is no presidential library or large museum but we did go to a small visitor's center. They had a short film on Taft's life and a few display boards on his life of public service. We met up with Dennis, the volunteer tour guide, and he then took us next door to the birthplace and boyhood home of William Howard Taft. It is not a self-guiding tour but we were the only ones here so good old Dennis gave us his full attention. Cool....and he said I could take photos and use the flash indoors, too!
Here is the front of the home, which is in the Mount Auburn section of Cincinnati.
The house eventually was sold off by the Taft family and turned into 7 apartments and remodeled. In 1960 descendents of William Howard Taft decided to buy back the family home and have it restored to the way it looked in 1850 when President Taft was a boy. Details found in letters written by Taft's mother helped determine how the house looked in the mid 1800's. They also uncovered an actual photograph of the Taft home around 1850 to use for guidance. Some of the furnishings are original to the Taft family and some are period pieces from other sources but identical to those the family owned.
This is the front door and then the side of the home.
This is your view as you enter through the front door. The formal parlor was to the right of the entry.
This is the library where the family spent a great deal of time. The children would do their studies here and they had a large home library of books to assist them.
The children's room was on the main floor and held a crib and then a double bed for older children. All rooms had fireplaces for heat, which had been converted to coal heaters rather than a wood fire.
This was an interesting place to visit and completely handicap accessible. The Taft home has been fitted with an elevator for visitors. There was no charge to visit or tour the historic site. If you need further information look at http://www.nps.gov/wiho to assist you. Come on over and meet William Howard Taft like I did.
Until next time......so long for now!