Happy Friday! Yay! I get to enjoy REAL 3 day weekend like a “regular” person (airlines still fly on holidays so because I’m a pilot I don’t always get these weekends). Since the reason we’re getting a 3 day weekend is because of President’s Day I wanted to share 5 favorite presidential homes today for my Friday Favorites series.
Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello is really to blame for my presidential home obsession. When I got hired at my first airline I was based in Charlottesville, Virginia. I didn’t know anything about the area when I moved there but quickly realized it was surrounded by many of our founding fathers and early president’s homes. While living in Charlottesville I visited Monticello many times.
2. Ash Lawn-Highland
James Monroe’s home, Ash Lawn-Highland is right down the road from Monticello … only separated by a few of my favorite wineries … so if you find yourself at either home you really should make time to visit both! Ash Lawn-Highland is not only another beautifully preserved presidential home but also a popular wedding venue. One of my good friends had their wedding there while I was living in the area.
3. Mount Vernon
Mount Vernon was George Washington’s home and is located just outside of DC. My mom and I visited Mount Vernon over Mother’s Day weekend one of the years while I was living in Charlottesville and was VERY busy that day. That day wasn’t any different than most at Mount Vernon though.. the mansion hosts over a million visitors now every year, but Washington himself hosted as many as 677 guests at the Mansion in one year, 1798… Read the other 9 of 10 fun facts about Mount Vernon here.
Montpelier was the home of James and Dolley Madison and is also located near Charlottesville, Virginia … just the opposite direction from downtown Charlottesville than Monticello and Ash Lawn. Unlike most of the other presidential homes that were either kept in the family or taken care of by historical societies, Montpelier was sold many, many times. During the time the DuPont family lived there for over 80 years they made many changes to the interior and exterior so the home we visit today is still under renovation restoring the home back to the Madison’s era.
The Hermitage was the home of Andrew Jackson and is located in Nashville, Tennessee. I was lucky to get to visit the Hermitage in March while many of the flowers were just starting to bloom in the beautiful gardens that surround the home. The home tour was excellent and the decor is amazingly almost all actual items that Jackson used while living in the home long ago.