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“Very Nice Little Museum!”

The Grover Cleveland Birthplace
Reviewed July 16, 2013

On a recent Friday, we decided to take a spontaneous trip. We live in NYC and didn't want to go too far, spend too much money, or overextend the children. So I settled that morning on the Thomas Edison Labratory National Park in West Orange NJ. Never to waste a toll, I decided to find something else to round out our visit and came across Grover Cleveland's Birthplace Museum in Caldwell NJ. It is about 10 minutes from tom edison and definitely worth a side visit. The museum is small, only one floor of a parsonage built in the 1830's. Cleveland's Father was Pastor of the nearby church. Cleveland was born in the bedroom of the home. The admission is free, and there is a teeny tiny gift corner. The self guided tour begins in the kitchen, around to a back dining room where there are period toys for children to interact with, then the actually bedroom. The front room has many many artifacts from his Presidency. The best part was the 150 year old piece of wedding cake! For history buffs like us, this is exactly the kind of place we enjoy-inhaling history and seeing it first hand. I gave it 4 stars since I don't think this is enough to encompass an entire pilgrimage to NJ, but it is a nice side attraction if you are in the area.

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Reviewed May 27, 2013

The tour of the home was good and the tour guide was good as well. My kid's enjoyed playing with the toys of the times, and, all enjoyed learning more about Cleveland. The parking for this isn't very well laid out, so, some advice is just to park in a spot in the Catholic Church parking lot next to it and walk over. I felt comfortable doing it, as, I am Catholic!

1  Thank James W
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Reviewed April 30, 2013

This is one of those places that we have meant to stop in for years, and finally did. We were happy we did; the place where Cleveland lived for a time is a step back into time; the volunteers who run it deserve a lot of credit. In addition to the several period rooms from the late 1800s that look the way they did then, they have also amassed a very nice collection of Cleveland memorabilia on display in one of the rooms. It will take you maybe an hour to see it all, and it is well worth it!

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Reviewed March 13, 2013

This house made for an interesting presentation of one of America's lesser known Presidents. From Cleveland's younger days as a Pastor's son to his rise toward the Presidency, the information presented revealed not only a great deal about Cleveland, but also about the nation as a whole at that time. It is worth a stop if you have time.

1  Thank Debbie K
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Reviewed August 17, 2012

Hands down - the docent. Passionate and knowledgeable and engaging. We have visited at least 4 times over the years and learn something new every time.

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