It's interesting to see the how the journey of a United States President began. Born in Denison, Texas, Dwight D. Eisenhower is one of two United States Presidents actually born in Texas. He came into the world inside the bottom bedroom of this cute little two story house. Going inside the house is a glimpse of how hard life was back then, even though I do believe they enjoyed most of the creature comforts of the time period.
So much free to see
There is a small museum detailing Eisenhower's life right at the welcome center where the home tour tickets can be purchased. It's a combination of ticket sales/gift shop/museum. His life and career covers a lot of our nation's history. There is no cost to walk around the little museum and no cost to walk the grounds.
Going inside the house is treat and requires purchasing tour tickets. We went on one of the coldest days of the year, but it was climate controlled warm and toasty inside the house. Honestly, the house looks bigger from the outside than it seems on the inside.
Upon entering the house is a bedroom to the right. It's "THE" bedroom where he was born. I can just imagine how that whole scenario played out in the absence of running water. Home births are kind of a novelty now, but back then there wasn't really an option to go to the hospital to deliver, especially in rural areas.
The kitchen is in the rear of the home and the highlight revolves around a wooden stove where all the dinnertime magic happened. I can imagine how hot that kitchen got in the summer. Moms back then had to be tough and patient. On display in the kitchen are basic staples and examples of prepared food, such as a loaf of bread.
The kids kind of had a wake up call when they realized there was not a fancy KitchenAid mixer to be found. No microwave. No refrigerator. Not even a sink with running water. How did she do it?
I know why they moved away
Eisenhower's parents moved to Denison for his father's railroad job. In fact, the house was built directly next to the railroad tracks. They didn't live there very long, and I can imagine how THAT conversation went. I"m fairly certain with a new baby, his mom was determined to get away from the noisy tracks! The family packed up and moved, but Denison got to have a future president among its citizens for enough time to claim him.
All my kiddos were very attentive during the tour and during the museum visit. It's full of information, some of which they'll discuss in the classroom during school. What a great little chunk of history right here in our backyard.