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Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums

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Tom C wrote a review Jan 12
Fremont, Ohio2 contributions
Was great visit. never was there before and enjoyed the library. Seems to be on a really nice sunny day. Good place to walk also.
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Date of experience: April 2020
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j_wenner wrote a review Nov 2020
Cleveland, Ohio209 contributions23 helpful votes
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Today, we visited the Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library, Museum and House over in Fremont, Ohio. We did not know that this was the first ever Presidential Library and Museum in the nation. Our tour guide at the house was fantastic!! He was very knowledgeable about President Hayes. We especially found it fascinating about President Hayes' controversial election back in 1876. It was the closest in history! There were recounts and more recounts after election day (sound familiar???) since the election was so close between Hayes (Republican candidate) and Tilden (Democrat candidate)! This uncertainty lasted for 4 months and the decision was finally made by Congress 2 days before the Inauguration on March 4, 1877. Since March 4th that year fell on a Sunday, the Official Inauguration was scheduled for that Monday, March 5th. President Grant and Secretary of State Fish feared that the Democrats would try to install Tilden as president on that Sunday before Hayes could be inaugurated on Monday. So President Grant and Secretary of State Fish had Hayes take the oath that Sunday night in the Red Room of the White House. It is amazing that these type of political shenanigans happened even 144 years ago, so we shouldn't be surprised that they still happen today. When we left the museum that afternoon, the lady at the reception desk told us that we were the only 2 people visiting the house and museum that day. That is so sad!!! The Rutherford B Hayes Presidential Library, Museum and House are tremendous and very interesting! We would highly recommend them to everyone!!!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Porthos7 wrote a review Nov 2020
West Chester, Ohio5,833 contributions215 helpful votes
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Excellent museum of our former President, of his life, his family and his tenure in office. His home next door is not to be missed. You'll need about 3 hours, and there might be some handicap accessible issues with the home tour, so check with them. Enjoy!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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mauieric wrote a review Oct 2020
Dayton, Ohio55 contributions25 helpful votes
This is an interesting presidential library and former home of Rutherford B Hayes. I found it informative and it gave me insight on the former president's lifestyle and the things he faced when he was in office
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Date of experience: October 2020
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TouristMD wrote a review Sep 2020
Baltimore, Maryland2,450 contributions394 helpful votes
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This is a great historic site and I had a great time visiting. Both the museum and the home were interesting. There are also some very nice grounds to walk around as well. We spent about 3 hours there.
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Date of experience: September 2020
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