We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“W g Harding ”

Harding Home Presidential Site
Ranked #1 of 15 things to do in Marion
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: The Harding Home Presidential Site features the home that Warren and Florence Harding lived in from 1891 to 1921, just before moving to the White House. Harding conducted his famous Front Porch Campaign, which attracted more than 600,000 visitors, at the home en route to his tenure as the United States' 29th president.
Marion, Ohio
2 reviews
“W g Harding ”
Reviewed 26 March 2014 via mobile

President Hardings house is extraordinary I love it because it was said his wife's bird died and their click stopped when he died

Helpful?
Thank bugstriker99
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

113 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    81
    28
    3
    1
    0
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Adrian, Michigan
Level Contributor
2,128 reviews
565 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 832 helpful votes
“Interesting Visit”
Reviewed 16 February 2014

It is interesting that Harding is often seen as the worst, or least effective, President in US History. Interest in him re-emerged with greater intensity not too long ago by the speculation that his death might have been the result of poisoning by his wife. The simple explanation was that she was reputedly sick of his philandering but nothing was proven concerning this allegation. Apart from the soap opera, however, Harding's home is an interesting visit. This is partly due to his political career, partly due to his career before politics as a publisher and partly because the house is a beautiful example of the Queen Anne architecture that was one signature of an upper middle class Midwestern life in the late 19th and early 20th century. The tour guides do a great job of providing details without skirting the facts. After the tour, you will probably come to the realization that Harding did a better job than people generally think. However, even so, the scandals and problems were real and legitimate issues. As far as the house itself, one primary thing that strikes you is of both architectural and historical significance. The enormous wrap-around front porch with a built-in gazebo of sorts is both a striking feature of the house as well a key to the Harding presidential campaign. Harding conducted the so-called "front porch campaign" from this spot and it is said to have been a key PR aspect that boosted his popularity. Overall, if you are meandering through this part of the country, this is a great place to plan a stop-off.

Helpful?
Thank Debbie K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
40 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unknown History”
Reviewed 22 July 2013

Never knew the history of President Harding. He wasn't President too long. I was in town, I stopped by and was givin a very interesting tour of his home!

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank Mrmiller8
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Ashland, Ohio
Level Contributor
5 reviews
“Old and historic house”
Reviewed 8 July 2013

Nice part of history of our past President. The era of past Presidents on how they lived, a part of the era that seems that the class have left our newer President's. We could look up to them, they were distinguised gentelmen. Take you family and show them how people lived back then.

Visited June 2013
Helpful?
Thank Debbie V
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Tallahassee, Florida
Level Contributor
313 reviews
169 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Family Heirlooms Galore”
Reviewed 7 July 2013 via mobile

The house sits on a street like any other. Besides a brown historic marker it could easily be overlooked. What a shame that would be for you. You would miss out on a great home filled with what all of us always want in an a historic home - authentic furnishings. Give a thanks to Mrs. Harding who so thoughtfully willed the house and everything in it to the State. There are a number of items from their time in the White House. A restoration is in progress to make the house look like it did in 1920 instead of 1890. The guides are very knowledgeable and pleasant. I do wish that there was more to the mobile voting booth like sample campaign materials and ballots.

Visited July 2013
Helpful?
Thank grrprr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Harding Home Presidential Site also viewed

 

Been to Harding Home Presidential Site? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing