The First Ladies National Historic Site is one of Ohio’s most interesting and underrated parks. Located in Canton, this park offers exciting history, unique educational experiences and guided tours in an uncrowded national park atmosphere. Start planning your fall RV trip to Canton and the First Ladies National Historic Site, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by your experience.
An Under-Visited Park
The First Ladies National Historic Site has been open well over decade, yet still sees a small amount of visitors each year. Many travelers have simply not heard of the historic site, and many others think a visit will be boring or uneventful. But that’s certainly not the case, and the low amount of traffic is ideal for those who do visit the site.
So Much to Offer
The First Ladies National Historic Site is actually one of the country’s coolest and most unique parks. There are two gorgeous, historic properties on the site, and the most famous one is the former home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley. The second historic building was constructed in 1895 and is the seven-story-tall City National Bank Building. The McKinley’s Victorian home has been entirely refurbished with historic authenticity at the forefront. Tours are even performed by costumed guides.
Museum exhibits display belongings of many of our country’s First Ladies and their incredible life stories before, during and after their role in the White House. The National Bank Building is now the National First Ladies’ Library and Research Center featuring unique archives of remarkable American women.
The First Ladies National Historic Site is open Tuesday through Saturday for tours and visits to the library and research center. But it’s important to call the park at 866-841-7421 ahead of time to schedule tour reservations and confirm the hours of operation as the seasons change. It costs $7 for adults to visit the park, $6 for seniors and $5 for anyone under 18 years of age.
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