Today is Day 166 of “365 Things to do in Cincinnati” and today we’re featuring the William Howard Taft National Historic Site.
The William Howard Taft National Historic Site includes the childhood home of William Howard Taft as well as the Taft Education Center. Both the Taft house and the Education Center are open to the public. Tours of the house are offered every 30 minutes and are free.
We started our tour with a short documentary about the life of William Howard Taft. I would highly recommend the short film. You’ll be amazed at the number of photographs they include in the documentary. It also provides a great look at the Cincinnati man who went on to become our President.
William Howard Taft was our country’s 27th President and he also served as the 10th Chief Justice of the United State Supreme Court. Taft was born in 1857 and was raised, along with his siblings, in this home.
After spending some time in the Taft Education Center we headed over to the house with our tour guide. The home has been restored and features four period rooms that reflect the way it may have looked when the Tafts lived here. Letters and journals have been used to restore the rooms and to place the furniture where it was most likely to have been.
The restoration and period furnishings are gorgeous. The library table includes Cincinnati newpapers from the 1800’s and the parlor holds a gorgeous piano as well as portraits of the Taft family.
One of the rooms had its original fireplace with a tile surround. The tiles, as you can see in the picture above, feature fairy tale images and are quite intricate.
I would highly recommend a visit to the Taft site. The movie about Taft is very enlightening and really makes you appreciate the great things that have come out of our fine city!
The Taft Historic Site is located at 2038 Auburn Avenue