National Historic Site Devoted to First Ladies of the USA
Posted On 07/27/2021 09:32:27
Ohio | Canton | Cleveland | First Ladies National Historic Site | National Park Service | President's Wives | Ida Saxton-McKinley
Downtown Canton is the home to the First Ladies National Historic Site. In addition to self-guided tours of
the more traditional but small visitor center, the home of former First Lady Ida Saxton-McKinley is open
for guided tours. President McKinley and his wife Ida lived in the home (formerly the Saxton family home)
during the years that William McKinley served in the U.S. House of Representatives.
The Wordy Explorers
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Do you enjoy visiting sites with a focus on women?
During a visit to the James A. Garfield National Historic Site, we learned that there was a First Ladies
National Historic Site not too far away. We had some time, so we hit the road to see a place that we
didn't even realize existed!
We spent most of our time exploring the visitor center. After seeing replicas of dresses worn to various
events by many of the First Ladies, we learned a lot about the lives of Ida Saxton-McKinley and President
McKinley, both whose hometowns were Canton, Ohio.
Fun fact: There have been more first ladies than presidents! Female relatives or friends have sometimes
been called upon to perform the traditional responsibilities of the first lady. This has happened when the
wife of a president was unable (or unwilling) to fulfill the role and also when the president was a bachelor
What places with a specific focus on women have you visited?