Former Ohio home of President Hayes

It’s not very often at all I get a chance to visit a house once lived in by a United States President. Last year, while visiting Fostoria, Ohio, for the main purpose of seeing trains in a railfan park, I decided to take a short drive to Fremont, Ohio, to see the former home of our 19th president, Rutherford B. Hayes. He was president from 1877 to 1881. Hayes was a Civil War general, U.S. Congressman and governor of Ohio. The original portion of what became a 31-room mansion was built between 1859 and 1863. Hayes moved his family into the house in 1873 before he left to become governor. The house was added on to and remodeled before he came back from the White House. Hayes died in 1893. And indeed, the mansion is absolutely beautiful. It has been wonderfully restored and taken care of. The tour guide that day was very helpful and knowledgeable. She provided insight into pre-1900 life. I also walked around on the grounds and saw some interesting sights. Unfortunately the presidential museum was closed for renovation at the time I was there.

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Mansion of former President Rutherford B. Hayes.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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