He was a hero of World War II and, many believe, one of America’s best presidents. But at heart, Dwight D. Eisenhower was a farmer. Discover the peaceful spot in the shadow of South Mountain that Ike and his wife Mamie called their home away from the White House.
Just steps from the Gettysburg Battlefield, the Eisenhower National Historic Site still looks much as it did in the 1950s. Most of the family’s original furnishings remain in the home. Here, President Eisenhower met with world leaders during the height of the Cold War. Here, Ike and Mamie relaxed, far from the hubbub of Washington, D.C.
Stroll the grounds of this working farm while listening to a free narration over your cell phone. There’s a new show herd of black Angus, the same breed Ike raised, in the barn. The skeet range is still out back. Keep your eyes peeled overhead for red-tailed hawks, black vultures, and the bald eagle that returns every fall.
Demonstrations and exhibits take you inside the life of the president and his family. Learn how the Secret Service secured the farm, recall Ike’s legendary military career, and discover what made Mamie one of the nation’s most popular first ladies.
Did You Know
Camp David, the Maryland retreat now used by U.S. presidents, was named for Eisenhower’s grandson.