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Review of Eisenhower National Historic Site

Eisenhower National Historic Site
Ranked #8 of 98 things to do in Gettysburg
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Owner description: President Eisenhower used this farm as a retreat from the White House, then retired here.
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“One of my favorites”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2013

I've taken this tour several times and enjoy it every single time. I'd recommend it to anyone visiting Gettysburg

Visited October 2012
Thank Donna C
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Martinsburg, West Virginia
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57 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“It's the Presidents House!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

Anytime you can visit a president's house I recommend it. Great tour and worth the trip! It contains several personal belongings to Eisenhower and his family. Very cool!

Visited July 2013
Thank anonymous59185
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Dover, New Hampshire
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817 reviews
368 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 19, 2013

A visit to the Eisenhower National Historic Site begins with buying a shuttle/tour ticket for a specific time at the Gettysburg National Military Park's Visitor Center. Visitors are driven there by shuttle bus. Visitors cannot drive there on their own. There is no place to park.
On arrival, a ranger meets the tour bus and begins the orientation. Then, for the house tour, the group is split in two due to space constraints inside the house.
Due to Ike’s career with the U.S. Army and then as President of the United States, The Eisenhowers never had a home to call their own until Ike’s retirement. They decided on this farm in a picturesque setting.
Most of the furnishings originally belonged to The Eisenhowers. One striking thing about the home is that Mamie Eisenhower had exceptional taste in interior decorating. Another is Ike’s paintings. The story is that, after commissioning a painting of Mamie, Ike watched the artist and became fascinated with the process. He then took up painting on his own. His work shows that he had considerable natural talent.
After the ranger-led tour of the living room, visitors are allowed to browse the rooms off the hallways upstairs and downstairs. Visitors are met again on the way out.
Then, after the house tour, visitors are allowed to roam the grounds and the barns of this working farm.
At the bookstore/visitor center, one can watch a brief video. There is also a National Parks Passport Cancellation Station there.
Our tour was in conjunction with a visit to Gettysburg National Military Park on July 3rd, the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Battle of Gettysburg. It was a welcome side trip to break away from the crowd of thousands awaiting reenactment of the battle in the afternoon.
We enjoyed out visit here. It was a nice counterbalance to the somber atmosphere at Gettysburg National Military Park, site of the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on North American soil.

Visited July 2013
4 Thank Maurene_K
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Tucson, Arizona
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98 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“The interns were great”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2013

I have been to Gettysburg multiple times and this is the first time visiting the Eisenhower ranch. It was worth the time and modest cost. The prerecorded tour narration on the air-conditioned bus while traveling from the visitor's center was excellent. The best part was the intern guided tour programs. I attended the general orientation that provided abundant information about the president and first lady during the 50s and the house and property. The secret service program was also outstanding. They allow you to wander around the home and property, which is extensive, at your leisure. Everything is preserved from the 50s (look through the garage window to see the golf cart and presidential limousine). There is a program about the president showing continually in the gift shop/mini museum/visitor center. We even got an added bonus tour narration by the bus driver on the way back to the Gettysburg visitor's center about the battlefield.

Visited July 2013
Thank Prussik
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Chesterfield, Missouri
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16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Eisenhower National Historic Site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 13, 2013

We added this stop to our Gettysburg exhibit last week. We enjoyed our visit very much! The house contains the many gifts that were given to the Eisenhower family by world leaders and friends. It is still a working farm which is neat.

Visited July 2013
Thank Phyllykess
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