We happened to be traveling through this area and we noticed the signs that stated that President Eisenhower’s birthplace was located in Denison, Texas. We made an effort to visit this place and we were not disappointed. It was well preserved and a beautiful place to visit.
After parking (for free) the first place to visit is the Visitor Center and Gift Store. This is not the house that Eisenhower was born in – only a neighborhood house. We were expecting a single house but found an entire neighborhood that had been saved and restored.
The Visitor Center is filled with displays from the time that Eisenhower was born through his Presidency and his retirement years. This display depicts life in Texas during the time that Eisenhower was born.
Of course Eisenhower was best known as a General that helped lead the Allies to victory during World War II against Germany and Italy primarily. Ike, as he was affectionately known, gained so much popularity from the war that both Democrats and Republicans were recruiting him for candidate for president.
His time as President is documented here as well. It was a great history lesson on some great times in American history.
No good museum would be without a gift store. This one is in the front as you walk in. If you would like a guided tour of the home that Eisenhower was born in it will cost $4.00 each. If you wish to browse the grounds, it is free. Donations are accepted to help maintain the grounds. We choose to just browse the grounds.
While the trains do not run far from this location, there are some tracks laid near the house as they were back when Ike was born. In fact the house was so close to the tracks that it would collect the smoke and dirt from the passing trains and not look as clean as it does here in this picture.
The rear of the house has an old oak tree that rivals the house in beauty.
Not far from the house is a small park-like area with this statue of Eisenhower as the centerpiece. We watched the butterflies swarm the flowers as we strolled through.
Great place to learn about one of the most prosperous times in American history. While Eisenhower did not spend much time here after his birth, Texas has preserved this site perfectly and filled it with information about Dwight D. Eisenhower and his life.
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