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“More About Ike's Parents Than Ike”

Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Park
Ranked #1 of 26 things to do in Denison
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: Located in the heart of Denison, Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site showcases the home where the 34th U.S. President Dwight David "Ike" Eisenhower was born in 1890. Antique furnishings fill the modest frame house, illustrating the working class life of the Eisenhowers. The visitors center celebrates Ike with memorabilia and exhibits featuring his many accomplishments as president and war hero.
Conway, Arkansas, United States
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133 reviews
58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“More About Ike's Parents Than Ike”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Site is the actual birthplace home of Ike, which is the main benefit of this attraction. Many birthplace sites are just replicas or neighbor's houses, but this home is the actual birthplace. There is also a small but nice gift shop as well as a great statue of Ike. However, the information and tour itself just isn't that interesting. Since Ike moved to Kansas before he was two years old, the information here covers the lives of his parents and older siblings more than it does him. This information just isn't that interesting.

Visited January 2014
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Denison, Texas
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29 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Nice historical site, the birthplace and grounds are nicely maintained and restored.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2013

Nice historical site, the birthplace looks like it has been restored to period appearance.. Lot's of photo's and history info to view at visitor's center without admission charge.

Visited November 2013
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Tipton, Iowa
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64 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Extremely disappointed !”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

We checked the birthplace website to see when the facility was open. It listed visiting hours from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday. We arrived at approximately 11 am on a Wednesday and there was no one in the area. The visitor center was a run down home with a wooden plaque on the wall that indicated that this was the building. There was a light on but no one appeared to be present. The museum was dark and definitely not open. We drove by the home and it was also not open. From the outside it looked like it had been well kept. We enjoyed stopping by the statue of Ike and read the inscriptions on the base. This was the only thing worth seeing during our visit.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Ron S
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Northeast US
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147 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Great Little Snapshot Of History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2013

Although President Eisenhower didn't live in Denison for very long, I thought it was a wonderful tribute that the city purchased his birth home and maintain it as a very humble but important part of history. The house and property is kept in splendid condition and there is a very nice statue outside. I am really glad I stopped by.

Visited October 2013
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Sun City, Arizona
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230 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“Just interesting”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2013

We had stayed at a nearby Corp of Engineer park and wanted something to do. Denison was just down the street so we stumbled on to this Eisenhower place by chance...there was a road sign. The small museum in a period house was kind of interesting with photos etc. You can't drive to the birthplace house per se, but it is only a short walk. We didn't pay to go inside the house so it was just an OK place to visit....just interesting.

Visited November 2012
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