• presidents,  Tennessee,  travel

    Presidential sights in Nashville, Tenn.

    When people think about visiting presidential places, it’s easy to get caught up in visiting Washington, D.C.  However, there are a couple of presidential sights in Nashville people can visit. Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage Andrew Jackson, who served as the seventh president from 1829 to 1837, is the most famous presidential resident of Nashville.  He moved to Nashville in 1788 following his appointment as a prosecutor in the Western District of North Carolina.  Tennessee did not become a state until 1796, and was a part of North Carolina up until that time.  Jackson eventually married Rachel Donelson in 1794, and purchased the plantation that would become known as The…

  • Massachusetts,  presidents,  travel

    John F. Kennedy Library in Boston, Mass.

    Prior to his death, John F. Kennedy explored potential sites for his presidential library in Boston around the campus of his alma mater, Harvard University.  He had wanted a library to be built near an academic institution to increase scholarly use of the facility.  However, following his death resident of Cambridge objected to the construction of the library because of the perceived negative impact on the community. Eventually, a location on Columbia Point in the Dorchester neighborhood was chosen.  Construction of the facility began in August 1977 and was completed two years later.  The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum was dedicated on Oct. 20, 1979.  In 1993, a…

  • presidents,  travel,  Virginia

    William Howard Taft Burial Place in Arlington, Va.

    Following his defeat for re-election in 1912, William Howard Taft and sought the opportunity to practice law.  He ended up becoming the Kent Professor of Law and Legal History at Yale Law School.  Taft held the academic position until 1921 when he was appointed chief justice of the Supreme Court, which made him the first person to serve as both president and chief justice.  He served as chief justice until 1930 when he retired because of his poor health.  On March 8, 1930, Taft died from cardiovascular disease.  He was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, thus becoming a first president buried at the cemetery.

  • presidents,  travel,  Virginia

    George Washington Burial Place in Mount Vernon, Va.

    The estate that is George Washington’s final resting place sits along the Potomac River near Alexandria, Va.  However, Washington did not purchase the property, but inherited it in 1754 and did not become the sole owner until 1761.  Mount Vernon is closely linked to Washington because it served as his country home for the majority of his life.  Following his death, the property fell into disrepair, but was saved from demolition when The Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association purchased the property in 1858 and eventually restored the mansion to its previous grandeur.  In 1960, the Palladian-style mansion became a National Historic Landmark. Immediately following his death, Washington was interred on the…

  • New York,  presidents,  travel

    Martin Van Buren Burial Place in Kinderhook, N.Y.

    Following his failure to be re-nominated as the Democratic Party’s candidate for president in 1844, Martin Van Buren retired to his home Lindenwald (now the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site).  He stayed active in national politics and sought the presidency as the Free Soil Party’s candidate in 1848.  By 1861, he was bedridden and suffering from pneumonia.  On July 24, 1862, Van Buren died from bronchial asthma and heart failure at Lindenwald.  He was buried next to his wife Hannah in the Kinderhook Reformed Dutch Church Cemetery.

  • New York,  presidents,  travel

    Ulysses S. Grant Burial Place in New York, N.Y.

    Several years after leaving the presidency and suffering from throat cancer, Ulysses S. Grant worked tirelessly on his memoirs at a friend’s cottage on Mount McGregor in Saratoga County, N.Y.  Shortly after completing his memoirs, Grant died on July 23, 1885.  Preceding his death Grant has not declared where he wished to be buried, except that he wanted to be buried next to his wife Julia.  New York Mayor William Russell Grace offered to provide space in the city for the Grant memorial, which did not come to fruition until 1897.  Initially, Grant was buried in a temporary vault before his remains were transferred to the completed memorial on April…

  • New York,  presidents,  travel

    Franklin D. Roosevelt Burial Place in Hyde Park, N.Y.

    Suffering from poor health following the historic Yalta Conference, Franklin D. Roosevelt spent little time in Washington, D.C., and instead retreated to the Little White House in Warm Springs, Ga.  Roosevelt complained of a severe headache and slumped forward in his chair on April 12, 1945.  He died later that afternoon.  After a funeral procession in Washington, D.C., Roosevelt was buried in the rose garden of his Springwood estate.  Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor was buried beside him after her death in 1962.

  • Ohio,  presidents,  travel

    William Henry Harrison Burial Place in North Bend, Ohio

    It is commonly believed that due to not wearing a heavy coat during his inauguration despite poor weather that William Henry Harrison contracted pneumonia and died nearly a month after he took office.  A contemporary analysis of the doctor’s notes and records about the White House water supply lead to the conclusion that Harrison died from septic shock due to enteric fever.  Regardless of the cause of death, Harrison died just after midnight on April 4, 1841. Following a brief internment at Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., Harrison was buried on his estate in North Bend, Ohio.  The family chose a spot at the crest of Mount Nebo, which became William…

  • Kentucky,  presidents,  travel

    Abraham Lincoln Birthplace in Hodgenville, Ky.

    In the fall of 1808, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln moved to a farm in LaRue County in Western Kentucky.  On Feb. 12, 1809, at the Sinking Spring Farm Abraham Lincoln was born in a one-room log cabin.  The original cabin was likely dismantled prior to 1865 and used in the construction of a nearby house, which was later dismantled and used to re-create the Lincoln cabin.  The Lincoln Farm Association believed it purchased the original logs from the cabin and attempted to reconstruct the building, but soon learned they did not have the authentic logs.  Eventually, the organization built a replica cabin on the site that resides inside the Memorial…

  • presidents,  travel,  Virginia

    William Henry Harrison Birthplace in Charles City County, Va.

    On the banks of the James River, a group of 38 English settlers arrived at Berkeley Hundred on Dec. 4, 1619.  The 8,000-acre site later became known as Berkeley Plantation and eventually the home of the Harrison family.  In 1726, Benjamin Harrison IV built a Georgia-style three-story brick mansion overlooking the river.  On Feb. 9, 1773, William Henry Harrison, the youngest child of Benjamin V and Elizabeth Bassett Harrison, was born at the house. In the early 1900s, Malcolm and Grace Jamieson bought the house from his father John and restored the home.  They ultimately opened the house to the public.  In 1971, the home became a National Historic Landmark.