• Saxton House at First Ladies National Historic Site

    First Ladies

    National Historic Site Ohio

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  • Site Temporary Closed During Pro-Football HOF Enshrinement Activities

    Please note that the site will be closed all day on Sunday, July 17th and open at noon on Sunday, July August 1st. These temporary closures will ensure visitor safety during local Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrinement festival activities. Thank you.

Plan Your Visit

Begin your visit to First Ladies National Historic Site with an orientation in the Education and Research Center (ERC), located in the 1895 City National Bank Building. Explore exhibits located on the first floor of the ERC or watch a movie in the 91-seat Victorian theatre located in the building's lower level. The site's research library occupies much of the remaining ERC space and is available by scheduled arrangement only.

Continue your visit by joining a costumed docent for a tour of Ida Saxton McKinley's restored Victorian home.

Did You Know?

Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-68175 DLC

When British troops burned the White House in 1814, Dolley Madison fled taking with her state papers, pieces of silver and a full length portrait of George Washington. The Madisons would never live in the White House again but were committed to rebuilding it as a symbol of the republic.