The most well-known residence of any President is the White House, but what about where they lived before and after their Presidency. In honor of Presidents’ Day we are taking a look at some of the places they called home sweet home.
Mount Vernon was the plantation home of George Washington and his wife Martha. The estate is situated on the backs of the Potomac River in Virginia. In 1758 Washington began the first of many additions and improvements on the home. Most architectural historians believe that the design of Mount Vernon is solely attributed to Washington. The home has been restored to its appearance in 1799, the year Washington died.
The only home that Abraham Lincoln ever owned was purchased by him and his wife Mary Todd in 1844 for $1,200. The home is located at the corner of Eighth and Jackson Streets in Springfield, Illinois. During the time he lived here, Lincoln was elected to the House of Representatives in 1846, and elected President in 1860. The home was donated to the State of Illinois by Lincoln’s son Robert under the condition that it would forever be maintained and open to the public free of charge.
Sagamore Hill is located in Oyster Bay, New York on the North Shore of Long Island. In 1884 Theodore Roosevelt hired a New York architectural firm to design a shingle-style, Queen Anne home on the property. The home became the primary residence of Theodore and Edith Roosevelt. It was know as the “Summer White House” during the seven summers Roosevelt spent there as President. It is now the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site, the home and its contents have been preserved and are open to the public by guided tour.
John F. Kennedy
In 1929 the Kennedy family moved to a local area of ours; Bronxville, New York. John F Kennedy was 12 years old at the time. The estate they purchased was called Crownlands, a Georgian style mansion situated on 5.5 acres at 294 Pondfield Road. At the time this was the largest parcel of land in the village. Crownlands was demolished in 1953 with the acreage being subdivided into the development of Crown Circle.