President Warren G. Harding Home & Museum

President Warren G. Harding Home & MuseumPresident Warren G. Harding Home & Museum

Since it’s President’s Day, I thought a fitting theme for today’s post would be something about one of our Presidents.  There were some obvious presidential choices, but never being one to make the obvious choice, I looked at some that might typically get overlooked.  And that led me to President Warren G. Harding, the 29th President of the United States.

President Warren G. Harding

With a rousing speech from the front porch of his home in Marion, Ohio, Warren Gamaliel Harding launched his campaign for the presidency of the United States.  Historians may argue that Harding was one of the least effective Presidents, but he was certainly an interesting and colorful man, who, right up to his death, led an administration filled with scandal.

The Harding Home, located at 380 Mt Vernon Avenue in Marion, Ohio (map) has been restored to its original Victorian splendor, and now serves as a historical site dedicated to Harding’s life and Presidency.  Nearly all the furnishings in the home were pieces originally owned by President and Mrs. Harding, making a tour of the home a wonderful step back in time.

Next to the home itself is a separate house that was used as the press house during Harding’s presidential campaign.  It now is used as a museum.

The President Harding Home and Museum is closed during the winter months, and is only open for public tours from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, and on weekends during September and October.  Hours of operation are Thursday – Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Admission is $6 for adults, $3 for children 6-12, FREE for children 5 and under.  AAA, Senior and Military discounts available.

A visit will appeal to fans of presidential history, lovers of Victorian architecture and furnishings, and political enthusiasts.  For a home tour, along with some time at the museum, allow about an hour and half or so.

Photo credits:  Portrait from wikipedia; home from wikimedia

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Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

5 Responses to “President Warren G. Harding Home & Museum”

  1. May 4, 2011 at 8:07 am #

    There is a really wonderful book written by the same person who did a Biographty of Jackie Kennedy on Florence Harding. Do a search for it on Amazon but it is a fascinating read of their relationship, his presidency and the scandals etc.

    I had no idea the 20s were that wild and Bill Clinton was not the first president to get some action in the Cloak room!

    • May 9, 2011 at 10:49 am #

      @Jim,

      I’m going to check that out Jim, and thanks for the suggestion!

  2. June 8, 2011 at 5:26 am #

    Thanks for this. I’m from the UK and I’ve been fascinated by Warren Harding ever since I read Francis Russell’s wonderful biography ‘The Shadow of Blooming Grove’. I’m hoping to see the Harding house in July when I’m visiting some friends.

  3. November 12, 2016 at 6:52 am #

    First of all, the address of the Harding Home is listed incorrectly in this article: it is NOT 3890 Mt. Vernon Ave.; the correct address is 380 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, Ohio 43302.
    Second, he did not just “launch” his campaign with “a rousing speech” from the front porch; he gave about 100 speeches from that porch. The porch was the central location of the entire campaign, not just the launching point.
    Third, the Harding administration is FAR more than just the scandals! He did many positive things during his presidency for which he gets little credit.
    Fourth, the comment from poster “Jim” that says Harding “got action in the Cloak room” of the White House is incorrect and actually ridiculous, because neither of his 2 affairs occurred while he was president!
    Fifth, the 2 books referred to, “The Shadow of Blooming Grove,” by Francis Russell, and the book about Florence Harding by Carl Anthony, have both been proven to be deeply flawed and incorrect in many important details. They are NOT recommended by serious researchers.
    Sixth, the costs of a visit to the Harding Home are listed incorrectly, as are the dates that the site is open. The site is open from the first weekend in May through the first weekend in November. The cost is $7 for adults, $6 for seniors, AAA members and retired veterans, $4 for students 12 through college age (with college ID), $3 for children 6 to 12 years of age, and free for children under 6. Active military are free with military ID.

    It is suggested that the author of this article, as well as some of the posters, do some better research before stating things as “facts.”

    • November 15, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

      Thank you for your comment. The typo in the address for the Harding Home has been corrected, thanks for letting me know.

      This blurb was written nearly seven years ago and the hours and pricing was accurate then, but obviously is not now. It was not intended to be a political or historical discuss on Harding’s time in office or his legacy. This is a travel blog, and the information was conveyed so anyone interested in Presidential homes, libraries, history, etc., would know that this existed and be able plan a visit if they were in the area.

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