President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site is located in Hope, Arkansas. Hope is 30 miles east of Texarkana (on the Texas and Arkansas border) and 110 miles west of Little Rock, Arkansas, on Interstate 30. The site includes the Birthplace Home, a visitor center located in an adjacent historic home, and the Virginia Clinton Kelley Memorial Garden.
On August 19, 1946, Virginia Blythe gave birth to her son, William Jefferson Blythe, III. Named for his father, who died before he was born, he grew up to become William Jefferson Clinton - the 42nd president of the United States. He lived in this comfortable frame house in Hope with his widowed mother and her parents for four years after his birth in 1946.
In this house, he learned many of the life lessons that later defined his presidency and his emergence as a global statesman.
The non-profit Clinton Birthplace Foundation, Inc., acquired the home in 1994 and opened the restored house to the public three years later as President Bill Clinton’s 1st Home Museum & Exhibit Center. The foundation added the Virginia Clinton Kelley Memorial Garden to honor President Clinton’s mother. In 2010, the home was officially designated as a National Historic Site in the National Park System and the National Park Service assumed operation of the site in January 2011.
Check back for more information about special programming and events in 2021 to celebrate the decennial of President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site.
Last updated: December 1, 2020