History & Culture

  • A massive oak tree towers over the Rose Garden and the Oval Office.
    Commemorative Tree Plantings

    Explore trees planted on the White House grounds by presidents and first ladies, or in their honor.

  • A small plaza with flowers and trees.

    Several gardens on the White House grounds serve a variety of practical and aesthetic purposes.

"I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am a living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has."

-Abraham Lincoln, speech to 166th Ohio Regiment, August 22, 1864

Few places in America have histories as amazing and well-documented as the White House. On the White House's grounds and throughout President's Park's 82 acres are countless opportunities to reflect on the history and of the United States.

Learn about the monuments, memorials, and the commemorative landscape of President's Park. These points of interest include military memorials, tributes to foreign heroes who helped America win its independence, and even friends of the White House who died on the Titanic.

The History of the National Christmas Tree goes back generations, from simple occasions to a nationally-televised spectacle. If you're interested in an upcoming event, visit the National Christmas Tree page for information.


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    Last updated: October 13, 2023

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