Cape Gazette

Farm offers glimpse into president's life

By Ron MacArthur | Jun 03, 2013
Photo by: Ron MacArthur The Eisenhowers managed a working farm of prize-winning black Angus cattle.

Eisenhower National Historic Site is the home and farm of General and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Located adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm served as a weekend retreat and a meeting place for world leaders.

The Eisenhowers, who moved dozens of times and lived all over the world, considered this their first real home. The Eisenhower National Historic Site is open daily from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. The home, grounds, barns and cattle operation are available for public tours. Visitors can reach the site via a shuttle bus which departs from the Gettysburg National Military Park visitor center.

The home and farm have been preserved as they looked 50 years ago.

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The Eisenhower National Historic Site has been restored to the way it looked in the 1960s. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The main room and fireplace in the Eisenhower home. They spent more than $250,000 ($2.1 million in today's dollars) to restore the home in the 1950s. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
A view from a cattle barn shows some of the 690 acres on the farm near Gettysburg. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Mamie Eisenhowser's room as it looked in the 1960s. Although renovations were completed in 1955, the couple did not move to the farm until after Dwight Eisenhower's second presidential term ended in 1961. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Ike Eisenhower's signature as it appears in a guest book. A host of world leaders' names fill the book on display in the house. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
The farm's cattle barns were state-of-the art during the 1960s. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Spring wild flowers cover a field on the Eisenhower farm. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Tours are available of the Eisenhower farm. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
Walking the grounds of the farm is like stepping back 50 years. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
An old air pump remains as a reminder of a bygone era.
Dwight Eisenhower loved the out-of-doors, hunting and playing golf. The farm includes a skeet-shooting range, as well as a putting green. (Photo by: Ron MacArthur)
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