Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Taylor B
    Chicago, Illinois8,086 contributions
    It isn't Monticello, but...
    Ronald Reagan's Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois, isn't a popular tourist attraction that compares to Mount Vernon or Monticello or even Lincoln's home in Springfield, Illinois. But the home that the 40th President of the United States lived in as a youth beginning in 1920 relates to modern generations. Located at 816 South Hennepin Avenue, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Built in 1891, its design is fairly typical of American houses during the time period. It is cast in the popular Queen Anne style, a two-story, three-bedroom wooden structure with a covered front porch resting on a stone foundation and topped with a gable roof which was originally covered with cedar shingles. Reagan and his family lived here from late 1920 to 1923. He was nine years old at the time and in elementary school. Reagan and his brother Neil shared a second-floor bedroom. They used the only outbuilding on the property for raising rabbits. In the side yard, they participated in pickup football games. The house is open to the public from April to October.
    Written November 20, 2021
  • Dewayne P
    Elizabethtown, Kentucky1,809 contributions
    Worthwhile stop
    This was a neat stop. There is parking nearby at no cost. You start at the visitor's center with a short film. They have a gift shop there as well as where you purchase tours of the home. The house tour itself was educational. There is only one piece of furniture actually used by Ronald Reagan, a chair, the home is furnished with period pieces. The docent did an excellent job capturing the essence of a young Reagan.
    Written July 14, 2021
  • Mobile11192019
    9 contributions
    Loved it!
    Highly recommend touring the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. Loved it! Mike was an excellent docent. It was so interesting learning about Reagan's childhood and also hearing humorous stories about his youth and his return visit as an adult.
    Written August 15, 2021
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Elizabeth A
6 contributions
Apr 2022
The site has very enthusiastic tour guides who capably share many detailed stories. In addition to stories about Reagan's boyhood, you will get an equal dose of lecture on today's conservative values (a turn off for me the way it was handled by one of the guides). The guides position Reagan entirely as a hero with no flaws except for a cute story or two of minor youthful misbehavior. It's disappointing they they didn't get deeper into Reagan's actual presidency and give a more balanced perspective of the great things he did alongside the things for which he was criticized. Other presidential sites I've been to have done a better job balancing given no one is 100% good or 100% bad. If you're interested in a highly mythologized version of Reagan it's a great tour. Prices were reasonable and they'll offer you free jelly beans at the end of the tour.
Written April 25, 2022
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SneakinDeacon
Christiansburg, VA1,427 contributions
Jun 2021
I drove to Dixon especially to visit the Boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan. However I should done a little more research as I visited on a Sunday and the site is closed on Sunday's. So I had to be content with walking the grounds and seeing the home from the outside. It was still good to see the boyhood home of the future President. There is a statue of President Reagan standing next to the home however another visitor said it really didn't look much like the President. I tend to agree but it was still nice to see. I was really disappointed that I was not able to tour the house but hopefully I can return one day.
Written August 5, 2021
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Angie W
Largo, FL77 contributions
Jul 2021
Very friendly employees. They even gave my granddaughter a stuffed item. Our tour person was named Jerry. If you want to hear a lot about this home and Ronald, ask for him. I think we were There a hour and half.
Written July 25, 2021
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Annaline
Park Ridge, IL7,031 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
I was disappointed to see that this house was closed for the season. On the website where I checked it was not listed as closed for the season. But it was still nice to see it from outside and walk around it and small plaza and his neighborhood ... it gives you an idea about his upbringing environment. And there was his high school open ( turned into the museum partially dedicated to him ).
Written February 29, 2020
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Indy-ND
South Bend, IN3,443 contributions
May 2021
There was no going inside, but the outside, little park and the house next door which serves as the visitor center and gift shop look great. They have taken the time to add information outside on info boards, which is nice. I walked around the property and took pictures and sat in the park for just a bit. I tend to be non-political and all history interests me, so I always stop at sites like this to check them out.
Written July 15, 2021
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peterglassman
Schaumburg, IL201 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
Their webs site says they are open until 5:00 pm. My wife and I walked in at 2:50 pm and were told that we just missed the last tour of the day. Apparently they only have one scheduled tour a day, but "may" do more based on people showing up. We were told the one tour guide wanted to go home so there would be no more tours that day. We were told that if we wanted to run we could catch up with the tour already in progress but it had left 10 minutes ago and since the whole tour is 30 minutes we would have missed one-third of it. My wife walks with a cane so we were not about to run to anything. There is a sign that if you miss the tour you can take a "virtual tour", which means seeing a video. So I asked to see the video. We were told that would be $8.00 each, the same price as if we were on a full tour. So why does this place stay open from 10:00 until 5:00 pm? There is a gift shop in the visitor center next door. They want to sell magnets and tee shirts. So we wound up seeing the house from the outside. Ronald Reagan was not born in this house, and he only lived there for three years. It looks like every other house around. It is considered a historical landmark by the Dixon historical society, not a national society. Of course, why wouldn't they. At least we saved the cost of admission.
Written October 15, 2018
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GoodeLady
Covington, TN272 contributions
Feb 2020 • Family
Very easy to find and well kept. However it was closed. It says open online but it wasn’t. I gave it 5 stars because it was still a super cool find.
Written February 8, 2020
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MikeMinCR
Playa Potrero, Costa Rica112 contributions
Jul 2019 • Friends
We visited the home on July the 4th. The Staff were amazing. They were so knowledgeable and were able to
Intersperse the tour with their vast knowledge of President Regan’s life and times in Dixon.

The home is small And compact, but you really get a sense of living in small town America in Tegan’s time.
Written July 6, 2019
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Robert M
Cornwall on Hudson, NY41 contributions
Jun 2016 • Family
I was 10 when Reagan become president. When he was 10, he lived in this modest middle class 3-bedroom house. Aside from the differences in technology ca. 1980 vs 1920 (no radio, no phone) it was not all that different from my own boyhood home. The result was that this place gave me a lump in my throat. I wasn't sure if I was feeling nostalgia for my own childhood or for Reagan's. He was such an everyman, such an all-American. I was proud and pleased to bring my kids here. The laid-back tour was led by a really great guy, transplanted from Atlanta, who had a lot of information about the house. Don't miss the loose tile by the fireplace where Reagan hid his pennies, the bed and room shared with his older brother, and the plates at the dinner table donated by his 5th grade teacher, Literally just down the road are his school, his public library (books borrowed: more than 300), and his church. He was baptized there after finding his alcoholic father passed out on the porch. This place is visceral and real. Highly recommended.
Written June 29, 2016
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zbicyclist
Chicago, IL35 contributions
Jul 2019
The best thing about this tour was the volunteer docents (a man at the gift shop, two women at the house) who did such a fine, charming summary of both the Reagan house and how Reagan and his parents fit into the ethos of small-town Dixon.
Written August 6, 2019
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