July 21, 2017
Becky and I have lived in Ohio for 40 years and neither of us have been to Harding's home or tomb. We've drove by it a lot and finally decided we should go. First was a stop at 29 Brew Pub. I had the Chicago dog and some of the best homemade potato chips I've ever had. Worth the stop alone!
On to Harding's home. The house was built in 1891 for Harding and his future wife, Florence. They lived there for 30 years before he was elected to the presidency. He died in office and Florence never returned.
The home is not accessible and the tour takes about an hour. Becky went on the tour and listened to the guide tell stories about the President. They have 5000 original artifacts belonging to the President and his wife. The family is donating another 2000. They will close the home in September of this year and reopen in 2020 after a restoration to 1921 when Harding was giving his front porch campaign speeches. A presidential library will be built to house the artifacts and his presidential papers.
What is accessible is a small house that Harding had put up for the reporters when he was doing his campaign speeches. The house was a kit he bought for $1000 from Sears and Roebuck and put up in two days.
We stopped by the tomb several weeks ago. Here are the pics.
To leave you off, a picture of the place we are staying from a distant hill.