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“Well-Worth Your Time” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Texas White House

Texas White House
Route 290 West, Johnson City, TX
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Johnson City
Type: Museums
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Rockville, Maryland
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“Well-Worth Your Time”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2014

The LBJ ranch is really the property to see. You can drive a large circle around the property and there are pull-out places where you can read the informational markers. Once at the ranch there is a $3/per person fee to tour the ranch house. Our tour guide was very personable and she drew from a wealth of information about the family and life on the ranch, and she was able to answer every question asked of her. Very good guide! You're taken through the rooms on the main floor, which include LBJ's office, the kitchen, dining room, living room, front sitting room and his/her bedroom suites. The upstairs is not open to the public because it is not handicapped accessible. You can also see the Air Force One small jet that LBJ used to fly from Washington, D.C. to the ranch. The home is not pretentious at all and you definitely get the sense a family lived there. Because the property remained in the family 99% of the furnishings are original. You really get the sense of who they were as a family. The cemetery is on the ranch property as well.

Visited January 2014
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Enders, NE
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“Worth the drive”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

This was one or our favorite things to see on a recent trip to San Antonio, about 70 miles away from the ranch.
The LBJ ranch is still a working ranch, with cattle, barns, horses and cowboys. Visitors are allowed to drive a marked road through the ranch. A CD can be purchased at the visitor center in Johnson City to the east for narration-very informative.

One of the most impressive things was the tiny country cemetery where the President and First Lady are buried. Modest stones, no concrete slabs or torches burning. The one room school where young Lyndon began his school days is open on the north side for visitors.

After touring the ranch by car, which costs nothing, there is a guided tour of the Johnson home itself, for a small fee. The hundred-year-old stone home has been added to a number of times through the years, is quite large, but we were struck at how modest the home actually was. Lady Bird's own bedroom set was purchased used and she never replaced it.

This nationally historic site is well worth a day trip into the Texas Hill Country if you are in the area. Highly recommended.

Visited January 2014
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Topeka, Kansas
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“An American legacy”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The restoration of the Texas White House to the time period LBJ is a treasure of history for American citizens. LBJ's office returns visitors to the days of typewriters, secretaries, wood paneling and all things of the 1960's. View the Joint Chief of Staff's tree where LBJ and his advisors involved the US more deeply in Vietnam. The home was expanded often and depicts the affluence of presidency and a Texas political figure.

Visited February 2013
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“Dont miss the Texas White House”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Small fee to get in but well worth it. It is a guided tour and it so interesting. The authentic furniture and information makes this a must do tour

Visited September 2013
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Helena, Alabama
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“Third visit is the best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was my third visit to the Johnson Ranch. Why go again? Well, I was in Austin. Loved it before. And, sadly Lady Bird has now died. That means there is more access to the ranch and the house.

Before we had to ride a tram and listen as the guide drove us on a preordained path. I understood that for the safety and privacy of the former first lady. But now, you are allowed to drive your own vehicle and stop to read the informative displays along the route. AND, you are given a guided tour of the Western White House.

LBJ's office is as it was when he died. The rest of the house if a mix of then and now. There are still three TVs in the family room so he could watch "all" the channels at once. Lady Bird's room is left as it was when she died.

There is now a display of autos and a nice gift shop in what was the hangar - this is also where you may view a very informative film.

The most impressive place is the cemetery where they are buried, alongside the Perdernales. It is unassuming and very peaceful. In fact the whole place is so restful, I know why the Johnsons loved it so.

Just watch for cows and deer while you are driving about. It is still a working ranch.

Visited September 2013
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