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Taft National Historic Site and Home

Taft National Historic Site and Home
Taft National Historic Site and Home

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The William Howard Taft National Historic Site, located in Cincinnati's Mount Auburn Historic District, is the birthplace and childhood home of William Howard Taft. Taft remains the only man in American history to have obtained both the highest executive and judicial positions - after his term as the 27th President of the United States (1909-13), he was elected Chief Justice in 1921.

Taft lived in this elegant home for the first 25 years of his life before moving to Connecticut to attend Yale. After graduating, he returned to Cincinnati in 1878 to attend the University of Cincinnati Law School. Today, 30-minute tours of his Greek Revival home are given seven days a week. The guided tours provide education and insight into Taft's life and professional accomplishments, while showing off the 19th century home's first floor rooms and second floor exhibits.

The Taft National Historic site is also home to the Taft Education Center, which sits adjacent to the house. It features programs and exhibits that provide in-depth education on the entire influential Taft family. A life-size animatronic figure of Charles P. Taft II, William Howard Taft's son, fishes and recites stories of the Taft family to visitors. Guests can also watch a short biographical film on William Howard Taft, or visit the gift shop. The historic site was established in 1969 and is maintained by the National Park Service.

Attraction Information

  • Hours:
  • Monday through Friday: 8am to 4pm
  • Admission:
  • The William Howard Taft National Historic Site is a fee free park site
  • Contact:
  • Location: 2038 Auburn Ave., Cincinnati, OH
  • Phone: 513-684-3263
  • Website: www.nps.gov/wiho/planyourvisit/index.htm
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