Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site
Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site in 2009
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The Eisenhower Birthplace State Historic Site is located at 609 S. Lamar Avenue in Denison, Grayson County, in the U.S. state of Texas. President Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in the house on October 14, 1890, the first United States President to be born in Texas.
Eisenhower's military success as Supreme Allied Commander Europe during World War II prompted local Denison school principal Jennie Jackson to correspond with General Eisenhower. She inquired if he was from the Eisenhower family she remembered in Denison. His family had moved to Kansas when he was two years old, and until he received Jackson's letter, he was unaware he had been born in Denison. Eisenhower's mother Ida Elizabeth Stover was still alive at the time, and he put his mother in touch with Jackson. Upon hearing from Eisenhower's mother that this was indeed his birthplace, Jackson set about to raise funds to purchase the two-story frame house. After the purchase, the house was then donated to the city of Denison, Texas. The museum was established in 1955. After Eisenhower was elected President, the Eisenhower Foundation was formed in 1953 for restoration. The Foundation created a park by removing several other houses in the nearby vicinity, and doing landscaping improvements. In 1958, the restored home and surrounding park was donated to the State Parks Board. On January 1, 2008, the Eisenhower Birthplace was transferred from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to the Texas Historical Commission.
Operated by the Texas Historical Commission.
The museum is open Tuesday–Saturday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sunday 1–5 p.m; closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Admission fee applies. Discounts available. Group tours and guided tours available.
No restaurant on site, but visitors are encouraged to bring their own food for outdoor dining. No food allowed inside the facility.
The entire site is a non-smoking area.
- Parent, Laurence (2008). Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites. University of Texas Press. p. 49. ISBN 978-0-292-71726-8.
- "Eisenhower Birthplace". Recorded Texas Historic Landmarks. Texas Historical Commission. Retrieved 1 February 2012.
- Hart, Brian. "Eisenhower Birthplace State Historical Site". Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 1 February 2012.