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Eisenhower National Historic Site


The Eisenhower National Historic Site was once the farmhouse of Dwight D. Eisenhower who, unlike many Presidents, owes his rise to the presidency more to his accomplishments than to family wealth.

Eisenhower National Historic Site
© National Park Service
The Eisenhower National Historic Site was once the farmhouse of "Ike" and
Mamie Eisenhower and is located on the edge of Gettysburg battlefield.

Eisenhower attended the U.S. Military Academy, perhaps in part because his family couldn't afford to send him to college. He steadily rose in rank, and in 1943 he was named Supreme Allied Commander for the cross-Channel invasion. His wartime success made him a favorite of the American people, who elected him President in 1952. Anticipating retirement, the Eisenhowers had purchased a small Pennsylvania dairy farm two years earlier. Nearly ten years later, Eisenhower finally retired after serving the country for 50 years.

A tour through "Ike" (a nickname from childhood) and Mamie Eisenhower's farmhouse on the edge of Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania helps illustrate his place in middle-class America. The couple rarely used the formal living room, except when the thirty-fourth President was entertaining dignitaries, because it was too stuffy. Their favorite room was the glassed-in porch overlooking southern Pennsylvania's rolling hills. There they ate breakfast, played cards, read, and simply relaxed.

In 1967, Ike and Mamie gave their home to the U.S. government under the agreement that they would reside there for the rest of their lives. Ike died two years later at age 78; Mamie stayed on until her death in 1979.

Eisenhower National Historic Site Information

Address: 250 Eisenhower Drive
Gettysburg, PA 17325
Telephone: 717/338-9114 ext. 10
Hours of Operation: Daily, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. except Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day
Admission: Adults $6; Ages 13 - 16 $4.50; Ages 6 - 12 $3.50

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Eric Peterson is a Denver-based freelance writer who has contributed to numerous guidebooks about the Western United States.