Category Archives: Presidential Sites

Hodgenville: The First Lincoln Memorial

More than a decade before the magnificent temple dedicated to the memory of the 16th President was built in Washington, DC… The Birth Place…ish … a fine new-classical Greek temple was designed, built and dedicated to house the birthplace and … Continue reading

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The Washington Monument and The Pope’s Stone

The Washington Monument took more than 40 years to build. Planning the Monument As one might expect, circa 1832 Congress planned to commemorate the man whose name became the nation’s capital. Dozens of ideas were proposed and debated. The arguments … Continue reading

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Mary Lincoln, Good Neighbor

Stories about Mary Lincoln’s “difficult” personality abound; stories about her good deeds and genuine generosity are less common. Miss Todd of Lexington, KY Mary Todd of Lexington, KY had lived in Springfield, IL since 1837. For five years, she made … Continue reading

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George Washington and The Royal Gift

George Washington’s heart was never far from his beloved plantation GW: Planter George Washington made his considerable mark and everlasting fame as a soldier, but his dearest love was Mount Vernon, his Northern Virginia plantation, situated just a stone’s throw … Continue reading

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The White House Conservatory: The Lost Treasure

 Arguably the largest of all lost White House treasures, is the Conservatory. The Greenhouse Concept Some three hundred years ago, the first greenhouse was built in Colonial America. The concept had been known in Europe for some time: to provide … Continue reading

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President and Mrs. Hoover at Rapidan Camp

Both Herbert and Lou Henry Hoover loved the great outdoors. The Outdoorsy Hoovers In the 1880s, when both Herbert and Lou Hoover were children transplanted to Oregon and California respectively, the Wild West was still “wild.” “Bert,” as he was … Continue reading

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Saving Mount Vernon for the Ages

Sometimes when men can’t do it, women can. Mount Vernon When George Washington died in 1799, he willed his great estate to Martha, his widow, for the remainder of her life, which was not that long. She died in early … Continue reading

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