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“Very informative”
Reviewed January 24, 2014

Having gotten to the Independence Visitors Center way before they opened, I wandered across the street to the President's House Site. It was very informative. There were re-enactment videos and lots of things to read. It gave me a lot of insight into President Washington's life while he was in Philadelphia. There was even the foundation still standing below ground and covered up for protection. The only down side was that the whole thing was outside. It is a good way to kill a little time

Visited December 2013
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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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“More accessible because of creative design”
Reviewed November 12, 2013

Archeologists and preservationists always have difficulty in determining the best way to preserve and interpret a site of historic interest. They could have rebuilt this house, but it would have been just a reconstruction, and access would have been limited to a single door into a confined space. The way this site is interpreted, more people can enter and exit more freely, get an interpreted interior space, and view the archeology involved. I thought they made a good choice here. And, after all, it is free and not one of the bigger draws for the park.
Food and bathrooms are available nearby in the Visitor Center.

Visited November 2013
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Bentonville, Arkansas
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“A little disappointed... ”
Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

Since I'm a history nut I was very excited to see this. It was amazing to see the footings of our first presidents' house, but I was very disappointed in the information displayed. It was 90% slavery-related. While slavery shouldn't be ignored or forgotten, I was hoping to
walk alway with more presidential knowledge, but instead I learned slave names and how Martha Washington must have been an awful person since she didn't release hers when George Washington released his.

It really wasn't at all what I had hoped to walk away with. They should have simply touched on it a bit and put more educational information.

I was impressed how from the visitors' center it looked a lot like a house.

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Jacksonville, North Carolina
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Reviewed September 23, 2013

I don't recall this spot from my visits as a kid but this tiny little corner of the park is chock full of history. Very nice complement to the other historical sites in the area.

Visited September 2013
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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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“Well done but wish it was more”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

This is not so much a telling of the lives of George Washington and John Adams, who both lived as Presidents at this site, but rather it provides information on Washington and his slaves. A lot of information. I truly appreciate this knowledge and view it as a vital piece of information but wish I could have walked away with more knowledge about George and John and their lives at the first president's house to get a full historical picture. If they wanted to, they could have at least done a bang-up job on John Adams who never owned slaves. The good part is it is outdoors so you can stop by and learn after all other historical sites are closed. I think we were there at 9:30 p.m. learning what the makers decided we needed to know.

Visited August 2013
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