Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites

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Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites

Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites
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The Warren G. Harding Presidential Sites re-opened in May 2021 following completion of the new Warren G. Harding Presidential Library & Museum and restoration of the Harding Home. Visitors are able to tour the Harding Home and explore the exhibit gallery in the presidential library, as well as the nearby Press House and grounds. The Harding Memorial, the final resting place of President and Mrs. Harding, is 1.5 miles from the library and home.
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Ricky M
Mason, OH23 contributions
Couples
My wife and I spent nearly a half day in historical Marion, OH touring the Warren G. Harding Presidential Library & Museum, presidential home and memorial. The new and beautifully designed library and museum building, with its friendly and helpful staff, was packed with flowing exhibits, artifacts and visual media, offering a detailed view into Harding’s family life, accomplishments and untimely death during his first term as President of the United States. Our guide for the presidential home tour, Shannon Morris, was a retired Marion school teacher, very friendly and knowledgeable, and offered many insightful and humorous stories related to the home life of the Hardings and his front porch presidential campaign. The home itself, recently restored to historical perfection, was full of original furnishings and belongings. It felt as if the Hardings had just stepped out for a bit while we visited. The memorial, just a mile or so away and adjacent to the Marion cemetery, was also a must see with its beautiful marble columns providing a peaceful and solemn resting place for Harding and his wife Florence. My wife and I were immersed in so much history while touring these easily accessible locations. I highly recommend visiting all these sites if you are ever in the area.
Written November 5, 2021
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Chris Brennan
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I took my seven year old daughter here opening weekend. She LOVED it. Her dad loved it too. We have been to many Presidential sites around the nation and this one is at the top. Tells a great story about Americas most underrated President. Pulls no punches either while telling the Harding Story, which by the way is a lot more than scandal. Staff was extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and took the time to answer our many questions. Sherry Hall, who is the site’s director has done a marvelous job setting up this new state of the art museum.
Shannon (the home docent) clearly knows his stuff. This seems like a labor of love for him. Kat (the education director) took the time to make my little person feel at home. Not all museums do that.

I would highly recommend this site to families, those interested in Presidential History, and those who love to learn.
Written May 23, 2021
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Beverly D
Morris Plains, NJ208 contributions
We enjoyed the tour of the Harding home conducted by Theodore, our knowledgeable and enthusiastic guide. 95% of the furnishings in the home belonged to the Hardings. The house contained a 100 lb. Icebox which was needed for their frequent, but small dinner parties. The front porch was where the presidential campaign took place and where 600,000 people came to hear his speeches. All the grass on the front lawn had to be replaced with gravel because the lawn was trampled by so many visitors.
The adjacent museum tells the story of Hoardings life. There is no attempt to hide the President,s infidelities nor the DNA evidence confirming the birth of an out of wedlock child. He was known for his Return to Normalcy program following WWl and the Teapot Dome scandal which came to light following his untimely death.
Well done.
Written July 28, 2022
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,226 contributions
The Harding House and Presidential Museum is well worth a stop if you are in the area, or even worth a short day trip. The house tour is a guided tour and the home contains a lot of personal belongings and furniture that belonged to the Hardings. The home is where he ran his “front porch” campaign. We didn’t spend a lot of time in the museum because we were pressed for time, but we did watch the short film which educates you about the Hardings.
Written October 11, 2021
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jennifer
Indianapolis, IN219 contributions
Museum has some interesting artifacts for Harding, but the house tour is really where this location shines! Our guide, Theodore, was super knowledgeable and added a lot of humor to the tour. The house is gorgeous. The only downside is no photos were allowed inside, wish the museum had a booklet that had pictures of the inside of the house available.
Written June 29, 2022
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James H
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Two friends and I visited and were delighted with both the house and the museum. The museum lays out the lives of Warren and Florence Harding in illustrated detail. Most surprising were the solid accomplishments of Harding as President. None of us, although we love history, knew about his contributions to our country.

The house, which we had visited 30 years ago, is wonderfully restored and brightened according to Mrs. Harding's choices of a hundred years ago. The tour has just 10 people, so we all fit in the rooms and could hear. The guides know their stuff and enjoy their vocation.

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.

We had lunch at Attaboy's--great food.
Written June 26, 2021
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John
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I visited the Warren G. Harding Presidential home and museum on 09/17/2021 and it is definitely worth checking out. The home is modest compared to other Presidential homes that I have visited. However, the home has recently been restored and 95% of the items in the home are original. which is impressive as several that I have visited have a lot of duplicates and period pieces. The tour guide, Shannon, was very welcoming and really knowledgeable. He did a great job explaining many aspects of the home and answering any questions that we had. At the time I write this, the museum is the newest one of the presidential museums. As with the home, the museum is not very large but it is immaculate and nearly all of the items are original and the staff is wonderful. Between the tour, videos, and strolling the museum, it was a great way to spend an afternoon. They allow pictures in the museum and the grounds but not in the home itself. I highly recommend visiting this home and museum.
Written September 18, 2021
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Sheila P
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Family
Every employee was engaging, enthusiastic and willing to answer any questions. The site is painstakingly taken care of and restored. Great place to spend 2/3 hours at library, grounds and home tour. Affordable too. $72 for 4 adults with one 14 year old. You can see where your admission goes. Beautiful
Written June 27, 2021
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Cory
Illinois96 contributions
Solo
Aug 2017 visit. I knew , after starting in the press cottage getting tickets to waiting on the beautiful front porch that this would probably be special in terms of presidential sites, and it did not disappoint. I’ve only been to a third of the presidential sites so far, but this one I’d say bar none felt the most like a HOME, rather than a house museum. It felt like the Hardings just went for coffee, or a drink...

They were just beginning plans to expand the facility with a museum, with hopefully more artifacts and more of a multimedia presentation of their lives and short presidency. The house didnt SEEM to need restoration to me, but if that’s going to keep it open another century, then great. Just hope they leave most of it intact as it was ;)

The docent was a local teacher and I don’t remember his name 3 years on, but he was great. I would definitely come back to see the completed projects.
Written May 18, 2020
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Melissa A
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Friends
Shannon was a magnificent guide. He was compelling, clear, and clever! His depth of knowledge and passion for the preservation and promotion of the Harding Home were palpable. I was so enthusiastic about him that I leaned a bit heavily on the alliteration.

The house itself is beautiful and remarkably well preserved. No photography is allowed inside and from a short Google search it looks like all the interior shots online from the National Park Service predate the 2017 restoration project and are outdated/inaccurate so you really need to see this place for yourself!

The museum is thorough, immaculate, organized, and contains many original artifacts. I came knowing almost nothing about Harding (I’m more versed on Revolutionary Era History since I work in Historic Philadelphia) and I feel like I came away from this experience with a complex understanding of his and Florence’s lives and the presidency.

The Harding Tomb monument is architecturally breathtaking in its manicured landscape. It’s only a short drive from the museum and we enjoyed a lovely picnic lunch there on a blanket under the shade of a tree.

All of these things are easy to find driving and affordable. A must see if you ask me.
Written August 13, 2021
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