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“Gets better each time...” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Eisenhower National Historic Site

Ranked #11 of 36 Attractions in Gettysburg
Type: Historic Sites
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Owner description: President Eisenhower used this farm as a retreat from the White House, then retired here.
Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
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“Gets better each time...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2013

We visited this site several years ago when our now 17 year old could still do the special program for young children and it was a warm late summer day. The day we went this time was blustery, but the house was decorated for Christmas and you could just tell that people really "lived" here and it was not just set up for show. We still walked to the barns despite the cold. Ike walked these same roads and paths!! We even saw some of the angus cattle raised there today. The reception center was small, a short film about Ike was very interesting, but the best part was that books written by Ike and Mamie were sold there. This is true American history and it was fascinating. Tour guides were very informative. A must-see in Gettysburg.

Visited December 2013
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Reading, Pennsylvania
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“The Age of Ike and Mamie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

I thoroughly enjoyed seeing the home and outbuildings on this beautiful farm at the edge of Gettysburg. You need to get a bus ticket at the Visitor's Center, but that allowed the foundation to keep the site as is. After touring the home, I took a stroll to the show barn. There is an audio tour available, so with a cell phone you are able to stop at the various buildings and hear something about them. They are still raising black angus steers on the farm to this day.

Visited November 2013
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Baltimore, Maryland
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“I Like Ike, and Mamie”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

This was worth every bit of the $7.50 admission and bus ride out to the farm. If you don't care about history, or one of our greatest presidents or his life at the farm with Mamie, don't go. I learned so much that I went home and continued to find out more about Ike, Mamie and the farm. The tour of the house is remarkable. Basically, it's a time capsule of the 50s and 60s. You pretty much have access to every room in the house. This site has a bus that comes by every hour on the half-hour, so stay as long as you like. There is a 1/4 mile walk to the largest barn so pick a nice day. If you travel to Gettysburg, this site is not to be missed.

Visited November 2013
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Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
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“We Like Mamie's Place”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2013

After service as Supreme Allied Commander, General Eisenhower chose to buy a farm right next to one of the greatest civil war battlefields. The rebuilt a very simple farm house where they would host various world leaders and it served as a presidential retreat and his retirement home. You can tell that this was really Mamie's place because the only place that looks like it would suit a general is the den (the 1950s version of a man cave). Everything in the place was the way it was when she died, so its a blast from the past. The visitor's center there needs an upgrade and a better movie, but the guide's do a great job. His home office is incredibly small, but make sure you check out the contents on its walls. Its still a working farm and the setting is really beautiful.

Visited November 2013
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Binghamton, New York
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“Beautiful Home!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2013

This was an excellent tour. The person giving the tour was very knowledgeable. It was nice to see how "normal" they lived and hear all about their life. They had a lot of interesting little facts about the Eisenhower's. It was fun to see all the rooms and how they were decorated. If you have time, this is a great tour!

Visited October 2013
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