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.
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