"...a position where I can do the most good..." Eleanor Roosevelt

First Ladies National Historic Site consists of two properties in downtown Canton, Ohio - the home of First Lady Ida Saxton-McKinley and our Education Center. Come learn about how the position of First Lady has evolved over time to include a public role.

Snowflakes fall around the Saxton Home

Winter Hours Begin November 1st

Starting November 1, 2021, the site will be open Thursday – Saturday 9 am – 4 pm, through April 30th. Click here to learn more

Front of the Saxton House with red, white, and blue bunting between the 8 pillars on the front porch

Top 10 Tips for Visiting

Plan like a park ranger and use these insider tips to have a great visit to First Ladies National Historic Site.

external shot of Saxton home taken as a screenshot from the video tour

Virtual Tour of the Saxton Home

Watch this virtual tour of the Saxton Home to learn more about Ida and her role as first lady, and to collect your virtual Passport stamp.

Michelle Obama sits at desk and uses a laptop computer

New Virtual Programs

We offer a variety of virtual programs for both school and scout groups!

Eleanor Roosevelt addressing the troops

Who is a First Lady?

Explore how the position of First Lady has been defined and developed over time.

Portraits of Abigail Adams, Mary Lincoln, Edith Wilson, Mamie Eisenhower, and Barbara Bush

First Ladies of the United States

Over 48 women have held the role of First Lady as of 2021. Who are they?

Ida McKinley in inaugural gown

History and Culture

Learn more about the lives and legacies of the first ladies, the historic buildings at the park site, and our museum/archival collection.

Michelle Obama hugs Girl Scouts

Girl Scout Programs

Girl Scouts have a long connection to First Ladies and we celebrate that here by helping troops earn patches.

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Junior Ranger

Complete a Junior Ranger book to earn your Jr. Ranger Badge!

Last updated: October 29, 2021

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205 Market Avenue South
Canton , OH 44702-2107


(330) 452-0876

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