Most people couldn't name the eight presidents hailing from Ohio—or even recognize their pictures. But this political breeding ground gave us Harrison, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, a second Harrison, McKinley, Taft and Harding. You can learn about some of their quirky histories—and their families'—across Ohio, with Garfield ruling Cleveland, Taft claiming Cincinnati and McKinley starring in Canton. The lessons arise from solemn tombs, wacky paraphernalia, and passionate guides who tell great stories and speculate on crazy coincidences. (Did Harding's election really hinge on his looks because women first voted in 1920?)
Come on the Presidential Journeys that led these eight men to the White House.
Day One - Monday July 22, 2019(Dinner included)
7:30 am – Departure from Vienna VA and travel to Rockville MD.
8:15 am - Last pick up Departure from Rockville Maryland
Travel 325 miles into Canton Ohio – Allow 5 ½ hours of travel time plus ½ hour morning comfort and 1 hours lunch stop.
3:00 pm - Arrival to the McKinley Museum. Canton, Ohio, is proud to have been home to one of eight Ohio presidents from 1867 to 1923. (The other seven are: William Henry Harrison, Ulysses S. Grant, Rutherford B. Hayes, James A. Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, William Howard Taft, and Warren G. Harding) Born in Niles, Ohio, it was from his Canton home that William McKinley built his career as lawyer, prosecuting attorney, congressman, governor and president. William McKinley and his wife, Ida Saxton McKinley of Canton, spent many years of their married lives living in the Saxton family home in Canton, Ohio.
The museum has exciting, scientific, industrial, and historic exhibits, featuring an 18th century street of shops, planetarium and train layout. Using objects and images from the Museum's vast collection, the McKinley gallery contains the largest collection of McKinley artifacts in the world and chronicles the life and career of our 25th President from his birth to his tragic death at the hands of an assassin.
A visit to the McKinley memorial, a landmark in the City of Canton, is the final resting place for the 25th President of the United States, William McKinley. Residents of Canton pass by the Monument or run up and down the 108 steps every day. Why is such a magnificent building in Canton? The answer is quite simple. William McKinley was and is Canton's favorite son.. After his death, it was fitting that the President be laid to rest in the city where his career began, the place where he found his true love and ran for the highest office in the land.
5:30 pm - Dinner tonight is at Gervasi Vineyards. As you drive through the welcoming arches you will feel like you have been transported to Tuscany! Dine on a delicious FEAST by one of the area's finest culinary teams in a beautifully decorated area of the villa. Guests will have free time to visit the gift shop.
7:45 pm – CHECK IN Fairfield Inn – Canton, Ohio
Day Two – Tuesday July 23, 2019 Breakfast and dinner included
7:00 am until departure - Start the morning with a deluxe continental breakfast at host property.hot and healthy choices like eggs, sausage, oatmeal, fresh fruit and yogurt.
8:00 am – Departure with GUIDE and travel to Mentor Ohio – Home of President Garfield.
9:30 am - A tour of Lawnfield. Better known as the James A Garfield Historic Site, Lawnfield was the home of the 20th President, and has recently undergone major renovations. The tour interprets life in the late 1800s, when Garfield conducted his famous "front porch" campaigns. It's a great place to learn about 19th century state and federal politics. The wallpaper in James A. Garfield's home and a side table in the Memorial Library have a spider web motif. Victorians believed that house spiders brought good luck and good fortune to the inhabitants.
11:30 am – Departure and head to Lake View Cemetery. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the James A. Garfield Monument is the final resting place of the 20th President of the United States. The monument is open daily, from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The building combines Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles of architecture. Offering over 110 figures all life size, depicting Garfield's life and death. The panels include Garfield as a teacher, as Major General in the Civil War, an orator, taking the oath of office and lying in state in the rotunda of the Capital in Washington DC.
The Memorial Hall includes rich, gold mosaics, beautifully colored marble, stained glass windows and deep- red granite columns. The stained glass windows and window like panes represent the original 13 colonies, plus the state of Ohio, along with panels depicting War and Peace. Standing in the main floor is a statue of the President sculpted by Alexander Doyle.
Venture up 64 steps from the lobby to the outdoor balcony. On a clear day you can see 40 miles of the Lake Erie shore. We are called Lake View Cemetery due to the magnificent view that one can see of Lake Erie from the outdoor balcony.
12:45 pm- Lunch on own following in Ohio City- GUIDE WILL MAKE SUGGESTIONS
Ohio City restaurant guide
The neighborhood surrounding Cleveland's West Side Market is a foodie paradise booming with great restaurants and bars. You can start, of course, by noshing your way through the various food vendors in the market itself. But step outside and explore. The area spreading out from W. 25th Street and Lorain Avenue is dotted with an array of fine, independent restaurants.
2:30 pm – Travel to Fremont, Ohio
4:00 PM – Check into host property in Fremont Ohio Comfort Inn and Suites. Upon check-in, guests of this Fremont hotel will receive free Otis Spunkmeyer cookies. Other amenities include free USA Today , free local calls and fitness center. Guests will also enjoy the indoor pool and hot tub. The spacious guestrooms include coffee makers, hair dryers, irons, ironing boards and safes. Jacuzzi rooms and kitchenettes with microwaves and refrigerators are also available.
5:30 pm Dinner this evening at the Neeley center at Terra State Community College. . Cash Bar is available.
Following dinner – Re enactor - Ralph P. Buckland came to Sandusky County in 1837 to practice law in the small town of Lower Sandusky (now Fremont) with $50 that he had borrowed from his uncle. In the years to follow, he would become mayor, state representative, senator, but was maybe best known for organizing the Ohio 72nd in the civil war. With no military training whatsoever Buckland proved himself at the battle of Shiloh. Time has passed but Buckland is remembered by name, with a street and a downtown block named after him.
Day Three- Wednesday July 24, 2019 (Breakfast and Managers Reception with heavy food included)
6:30 am- until departure - Full hot breakfast at host property featuring eggs, meat, yogurt, fresh fruit, cereal and more, including your choice of hot waffle flavors!
8:15 am departure for Spiegel Grove Fremont, OH 43420
8:30 am – Tour of Hayes home and museum -Among Fremont's most prominent residents was Rutherford B. Hayes, an Ohio governor as well as the nineteenth President of the United States. Hayes moved to his home, Spiegel Grove, in 1873, just three years before the American voters elected him President. Silas Birchard, Hayes's uncle, originally built the house from 1859 to 1863. Hayes remodeled it on several different occasions, primarily to accommodate his numerous guests. Today, Spiegel Grove is part of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Founded in 1916, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center was the first presidential library in the United States. Guests will tour the home and museum.
11:00 am – Departure and travel United States Air Force Museum
2:30 pm – United States Air Force Museum – PRESIDENTIAL PLANES GALLERY The William E. Boeing Presidential Gallery gives visitors the opportunity to view an historic collection of presidential aircraft, and walk through four of them, including aircraft used by Presidents Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower as well as the Boeing VC-137C also known as SAM (Special Air Mission) 26000, which was used by eight presidents -- Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton -- in addition to carrying heads of state, diplomats and other dignitaries and officials, on many historic journeys
5:00 pm – Head to host property Drury Inn Middletown Oh (based on availability) Group can enjoy a relaxing evening at host property and enjoy HEAVY appetizers and adult beverage that change on a nightly basis along with TWO adult beverages.
Day Four- Thursday July 25, 2019 (Breakfast and dinner included)
Full hot breakfast buffet at host property
8:30 am – Departure for Cincinnati
9:45 am- Departure William Howard Taft Historic Site High atop one of Cincinnati's most prominent hilltops stands the two-story Greek Revival house where William Howard Taft was born and grew up. Hard work, a good education, and an interest in civic duty are attributes that made the Taft family outstanding leaders over the years. The environment that shaped Taft's character and philosophy is highlighted on a visit to the site.
11:15 pm- Following tour of William Howard Taft Historic Site guests can enjoy a BOXED lunch to enjoy on the coach en route to next stop.
12:15 pm – Visit Grant Birthplace Tour the birthplace of Ulysses S. Grant, Civil War general and two-term president of the United States. See how the Grant family established themselves in southern Ohio in the early 19th century and hear the fascinating story of the house and how it traveled across the country by train later in the 19th century.
1:00 pm – Travel U.S. Grant Boyhood Home Explore young Ulysses S .Grant's life by visiting the school he attended and his boyhood home, restored to its 1839 appearance, the year Grant left for West Point. At this National Historic Landmark, hear from the young man himself as he describes growing up in rural Ohio and learn how his early days formed the character of a future general and president. Average visit time: Allow 1 hour
The U.S. Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown, Ohio was the home of Ulysses S. Grant, 18th president of the United States, from 1823, when Grant was one year old, until 1839, when he left to attend West Point. Grant lived in this home longer than any other house during his lifetime.
In 1976, the house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Georgetown's nationally-known wildlife artist, John Ruthven, and his late wife, Judy, who was an active preservationist, bought the Grant Boyhood Home in 1977 to ensure its future. The Ruthvens restored and furnished the house, with one room dedicated to Grant memorabilia, and added a wing to the rear for exhibit space. It has been open to visitors since 1982 when it was named a National Historic Landmark, the highest designation awarded to historic properties by the federal government. In 2002, the Ruthvens donated the Grant Boyhood Home to the State of Ohio, which placed it under the auspices of the Ohio History Connection. A multi-year $1.4 million restoration of the Grant Boyhood Home was completed in 2013
5:00 pm – Check in to host property – Holiday Inn Riverfront Covington KY. Guests are welcome to take advantage of the TANK which is a local transit system that will run throughout Covington, Newport and Downtown Cincinnati. Guests have on/off privileges throughout the area for only $1.00
6:30 pm - Dinner at Taft Ale House In the mid-19th century as German immigrants flooded into Cincinnati, they quickly established places of worship. The Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, in particular, had huge Protestant and Catholic churches on almost every block. Attention to detail is seen throughout the space. Antiques tucked in different corners pay homage to PRESIDENT Taft: Keep an eye out for antique golf clubs, selected because Taft was a golfer; and an old sousaphone because his wife, Helen "Nellie" Taft, was into music. Handmade gavel tap handles, made by local artist JK Smith, were created using wood from the original front staircase.
Day Five –Friday – July 26, 2019 (Breakfast included)
6:30 am - Start the morning with a full hot breakfast buffet in restaurant area (vouchers will be in key cards) The full buffet will be with scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, biscuits/gravy or breakfast potato, sliced fruit, oatmeal with variety of spices, yogurt, variety of cereal, variety breakfast bars, muffins, Danish etc.
8:30 am – Departure and head to Columbus Ohio
10:30 am - Visit the BRAND NEW National Veterans Memorial & Museum (NVMM), the only place where the stories of our veterans, their families and the Fallen will be told together. The museum features dynamic exhibits, an outdoor memorial grove and a spiral processional that ascends to a rooftop sanctuary.
12:30 pm – Head out to lunch at The 94th Aero Squadron, a themed restaurant full of military memorabilia and aviation relics depicting the times of the WWI and WWII eras. The restaurant, which once was a French Farmhouse, is located between the runways of the John Glenn Columbus International Airport and offers a dramatic view of the arriving and departing traffic. Buffet lunch.
2:15 pm Departure for Canton Ohio
6:00 pm - MAPS Museum Enjoy PRIVATE dinner (with entertainment during dessert) and tour at MAPS Air Museum. This facility houses exhibits impacting aviation on the culture of man. The collection offers vintage US and foreign military, and civilian aircraft, many of which it preserves and rebuilds at that location. These volunteers have restored more than three-dozen vintage airplanes, among them a 1909 glider built by a local farm, and pulled by his plow horse, a B26 World War II bomber and modern jet fighters. Its Gallery of Heroes is a large exhibit of uniforms, weapons, medals and more from several wars. This is REAL history, not a textbook. You'll also enjoy the gift shop full of aviation items.
Guests will enjoy an ALL-AMERICAN BUFFET DINNER surrounded by 40 different aircrafts such as the 1908 Martin Glider to a supersonic F-14 Tomcat. A B-26 Martin Marauder, one of only seven known bombers left in the world. A Pearl Harbor Memorial featuring a piece of the Battleship Arizona.
After a wonderful meal guests will enjoy a visit by "General Dwight D. Eisenhower"! Go back to the days of WWII as he commanded the victorious European forces and won the 1952 election by a landslide victory with the irresistible slogan "I Like Ike!"
Day Six – Saturday July 27, 2019 (Breakfast at property)
Full hot breakfast at host property
8:45 am - Departure for FIRST LADIES LIBRARY HISTORICAL SITE Fascinating stories of First Ladies, the White House and more. Guided tours where guests will visit two buildings: a dry education-research center and the restored Victorian Saxton McKinley House. The real fun happens at the latter, where a "first lady" costumed interpreter gives a primer on the language of the fan or flirting. She also dishes on her counterparts, including Jacqueline Bouvier, who met husband JFK while she worked for a Washington, D.C. newspaper.
10:30 am – On the road to Rockville Maryland. Lunch on own en route and afternoon comfort stop.
ETA In Rockville – 5:00 pm
ETA in Vienna VA 6:45 pm
This itinerary is approximate. The exact times, days and destinations may vary due to unforeseen circumstances.