Brad & Barb Wright - Southwest Trip 2009/2010 travel blog

President & Mrs. McKinley's Tomb

Statue of President McKinley outside Tomb

View from the Tomb

Interior of McKinley Tomb

President McKinley's Masonic record located inside Tomb

First Ladies Museum located in home Mrs. McKinley grew up in -...

Most of you know that when we travel we try to visit as many Presidential Sites that are close to our route as we can. Today we went to the President McKinley Library/Museum. It is run by the county historical commission and extremely well done. You not only learn a lot about President and Mrs. McKinley but the museum integrates their lives into the history of Canton at that time. In addition there is quite a hands on Discovery Center on the lower level that we didn't get into at all. Unfortunately, I haven't figured out how to turn the flash off on my camera so we weren't able to take any pictures inside.

The second stop we made was the First Ladies Museum. It is located in the house that Ida McKinley grew up in, and where the President and First Lady lived for many years with Ida's sister and her family. The home has been restored to what it looked like when they lived there. The docent (portraying Harriet Lane, President Buchanan's niece & Hostess since he never married) did a great job with the tour of the house and museum located in the ballroom on the third floor. She also had several anecdotes about the First Ladies.

We debated staying an extra day as we haven't gotten to any of the Amish sites, but we plan to stop here in August either on our way to or from the International Rally in Goshen,IN that we plan to attend.

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