Ohio is home to several historic homes that once housed individuals who significantly influenced the course of history—for both our state and nation. The following homes are worth a day trip for visitors to tour and temporarily travel back in time.
1) Adena Mansion and Gardens
Located in Chillicothe, this 2,000 acre estate was once home to the sixth governor of Ohio and one of the state's first United States Senators, Thomas Worthington—who is also considered by many to be the father of Ohio and the Ohio-Erie Canal.
2) Birthplace of Thomas A. Edison
Built by his father, Samuel O. Edison in 1841-42, this historic brick house was the birthplace of the American inventor Thomas A. Edison and sits on a hill in Milan.
3) Hawthorn Hill
Oakwood is home to the the post-1914 home of Orville, Milton, and Katharine Wright.
4) James A. Garfield House
Located in Mentor is the former home of the 20th President of the United States, James Abram Garfield.
5) William Howard Taft National Historic Site
In Cincinnati you can find the house where former President and Chief Justice of the United States William Howard Taft was born.
6) Baum-Taft House
This was formerly the home of Charles P. Taft, half-brother of President TaftIn. In the early 1900s, Taft passed the home on to the city of Cincinnati along with a painting collection, oriental porcelains and sculptures inside it. A few of the pieces in this historic home are landscape murals by Robert S. Duncanson, who became the first African-American artist to gain international recognition.
7) Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home
President William McKinley and his wife's home in Canton has been preserved as the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home. It is also now one of two buildings that houses the National First Ladies Library.
8) Birthplace of Ulysses Grant
The Grant Birthplace in Point Pleasant is the fully restored birthplace of U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant, who was born there in 1822.
9) Grant Boyhood Home
The Grant Boyhood Home in Georgetown was where the 18th president, Ulysses S. Grant, lived from 1823 until 1839.
10) Warren G. Harding Home
The Harding Home, located in Marion, was once the residence of Warren G. Harding, the 29th president of the United States.
11) Rutherford B. Hayes Home
Fremont is home to the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center, the former home of the 19th president of the United States.
12) Jay Cooke House (Cooke's Castle)
This historic house, located in Put in Bay on Gibraltar Island, is the former summer home of Jay Cooke, a financial magnate involved in financing the Union during the American Civil War, and whose failure caused the Panic of 1873.
13) John Parker House
Located in Ripley is the historic home to former slave and inventor John P. Parker. This house also served as a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Sometimes, we can find history literally down the street from us. Which of these historical homes have you seen?