While waiting for Pangor to finish with his dental appointment, Bob & I have just enough time to visit the grounds of the Hayes Presidential Center.
Note the Presidential Seal on the gates which once did grace the White House in Washington DC. The plaques on either side of the post contain historical markers, and the history of the area. Note the mention of connecting the Ohio River to the Great Lakes & the Mississippi River. The word Spiegel in German means mirror, and describes the clarity of the pond water at the Hayes residence.
Although the property is still owned by the Hayes family, this little guy, and hundreds of others, consider this their home as well.
This is the Hayes residence. Since we don't have the time today to buy tickets and take the tour of the interior, outside photos of the grounds and the house will have to make do for now.
Note the plaque on the tree denoting it's age. Dozens more, if not hundreds, exist on the grounds just like this one. Today, the property encompasses about 25 acres, but originally it was over 100 acres.
President Hayes invited his friends over and would have them touch a tree. Thereafter, the tree received a plaque and became known, in this case, as the Chester W. Nimitz tree.
Just beyond the family burial ground, I come across this rock bearing the story of how this Harrison Trail connected the forts in the Valley of the Sandusky during the War of 1812. So much history here!
These gates on the side of the property look out towards property which once belonged to President Hayes, also were donated by the White House, and again, bare the Presidential Seal.
This last photo shows the Museum & Library, which we will return to on Sunday.
For further information: America's First Presidential Library
Address: Spiegel Grove, Fremont, OH 43420-2796
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