From Farm Boy to Five Star General to President
Eisenhower National Historic Site preserves the home and farm of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th president of the United States. Consisting of 690 acres, the site includes four distinct farms: the Allen Redding farm, purchased in 1951 by General Dwight D. and Mamie Eisenhower and expanded over the next two decades; two adjoining farms purchased by Eisenhower’s associate W. Alton Jones and farmed in partnership with General Eisenhower; and an additional adjoining farm donated to the government to preserve the historic setting.
Today Eisenhower National Historic Site is maintained as it was during the Eisenhower years, and the Eisenhower family’s home retains nearly all of its original furnishings. The Reception Center, located next to the Eisenhower Farm barn, offers a short introductory video as well as an exhibit highlighting General Eisenhower’s life from his boyhood days in Abilene, Kansas, through his military and presidential years, to retirement at his Gettysburg farm. Ranger-led programs are offered seasonally, and children can participate in the Junior Secret Service Agent Program.
Last updated: January 17, 2018