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“I might be a bit biased” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hayes Presidential Center

Hayes Presidential Center
Fremont, OH
800-998-7737
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Ranked #2 of 9 Attractions in Fremont
Type: Historic Sites, Libraries, Cultural
Activities: Group tours/walking tour, Birdwatching
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Owner description: The first Presidential Library in America, the Hayes Center contains memorabilia pertaining to the country's 19th President, Rutherford B. Hayes.
Chicago, IL
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85 reviews 85 reviews
29 attraction reviews
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127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
“I might be a bit biased”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2012

On the return leg of a road trip from Chicago to the Finger Lakes area, I made a special stopover in Fremont to visit the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. That's because my mom's first cousin was married to a Hayes great grandson. My special interest aside, Spiegel Grove, the name of the estate, is full of history from the mansion to the presidential library. The two most interesting things I found were: 1) That the iron gates surrounding the grounds originally came from the White House, 2) That President Hayes had a passion for trees and asked all his famous visitors to the estate to touch any tree of their choosing on the extensive grounds. That tree then had a plaque in that person's honor. We are talking about people like Grover Cleveland, Admiral Nimitz and others. Some of the trees are over 200 years old.

In addition to the mansion and museum which have a entrance fee, there is the library which is free and where research can be done. The tombs or Hayes and his wife and of a son and his wife are also on the grounds.

Visited August 2012
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Fremont, Ohio
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
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“Good learning experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

Very beautiful place! Unique too. Probably the best thing in Fremont,Ohio. I know this because, I live here!

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Kelleys Island, OH
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“Surprise in central Ohio”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2012

Amazing grounds and equally wonderful tour of the area. Beautiful Center filled with detailed historic treasures .

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Ohio
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48 reviews 48 reviews
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“SO LUCKY TO HAVE THIS IN OUR AREA”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

We are so fortunate to have such a wonderful place to visit, when I was in grade school we went there frequently, setting is on beautiful grounds and such a interesting place to visit. The presidents home that is adjacent is a must see esp. at Christmas

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Lima, Ohio
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“Partial Family Reunion Day Trip”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

This is at least the third time we have visited. They are completing some renovations of rooms inside the home to return them to the time of the President Hayes' living there. They even took the time to have special rugs made in England using the same techniques the originals were done. Can't wait to return when they complete some more of the rooms.

Visited June 2012
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