Revisiting the First Ladies’ Homes

The oft-overlooked lives of America's first ladies are on display in house museums across the country

Eleanor Roosevelt used Val-Kill, located in New York, as a retreat, office and “laboratory” for social change. This is the only national historic site dedicated to a first lady. (Courtesy of NPS WD Urbin)

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"People often crack that had these women not been married to these men, we'd never know of them," Anthony said. "But the other side of that truth is that had many of these men not married the women they did, we'd never have heard of these men."

First Ladies' homes – and sites of homes - open to the public:

  • Abigail Adams' birthplace, 180 Norton St., Weymouth, Mass., 781-335-4205 (open seasonally)
  • Dolley Madison – Dolley Todd House (shared with first husband, John), Fourth and Walnut streets, Philadelphia, Pa., 215-965-2305 (scheduled tours only)
  • Emily Donelson, Andrew Jackson's niece and de facto first lady, Tulip Grove, Lebanon Pike, Nashville, Tenn., 615-889-2941 (special tours only)
  • Mary Todd Lincoln childhood home – 578 W. Main St., Lexington, Ky., 859-233-9999
  • Julia Dent Grant childhood home – White Haven Plantation, 7400 Grant Road, St. Louis, Mo., 314-842-3298
  • Lucy Webb Hayes birthplace – 90 W. Sixth St., Chillicothe, Ohio, 740-775-5829
  • Ida Saxton McKinley family home – 331 S. Market St., Canton, Ohio, 330-452-0876 (also part of the National First Ladies' Library)
  • Edith Bolling Wilson birthplace – 145 E. Main St., Wytheville, Va., 276-223-3484
  • Eleanor Roosevelt home – Val-Kill Cottage, Hyde Park, N.Y., 800-FDR-VISIT
  • Bess Truman home – 219 N. Delaware St., Independence, Mo., 816-254-9929 (closed for renovations until spring 2010)
  • Mamie Doud Eisenhower birthplace – 709 Carroll St., Boone, Iowa, 515-432-1907
  • Pat Ryan Nixon – Pat Nixon Park, South Street and Ely Avenue, Cerritos, Calif.

Editor's Note: The location of the Edith Bolling Wilson was misspelled in a photo caption. The correct spelling is Wytheville, Va.


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