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William Howard Taft National Historic Site
Ranked #32 of 191 things to do in Cincinnati
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Owner description: Birthplace of America's 27th president, now a museum containing momentos of Taft's personal life and political career.
Reviewed 17 June 2014

I can always count on the quality of a National Park Service historic site to be a pleasurable and informative experience. Taft's boyhood home was no exception.

1  Thank Sally L
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Reviewed 1 June 2014

Not the most thrilling attraction in Cincinnati, but it fit the bill for a manageable dose of history and education - and it's free, too!. The Site is located downtown, and there is a small parking lot with free parking. Free guided tours of the house are given every half hour, and even though we arrived early the desk attendant at the visitor's center told us we could go ahead and start the tour. He took us across to the Taft house itself, where our guide led us through several rooms, telling us the history of the Taft family and pointing out which furnishings were actual Taft family belongings and which were merely period antiques. After our tour of the first floor, we were free to explore the second floor, which rather than being restored to its 19th century appearance is instead set up as a museum. We exited through the basement, which once held the Taft's kitchen and dining room but has not been restored yet. Returning to the visitor's center, we viewed an exhibit of photograph's taken during Taft's trips to Japan, the Philippines, and China. We also watched a short video about Taft's life and accomplishments. In all, we spent about an hour in the house & visitor's center. It's a good site for adults and older children with an interest in history, it's not too large, and it's free! Another bonus: nice clean restrooms :)

3  Thank tessarat
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Reviewed 25 May 2014

If you like Presidential History and are in the Cincinnati area, you need to put this on your agenda. The home was the Taft family home in the era of the Civil War and its aftermath. The home has been restored to look as it did when the Tafts lived there when William Howard Taft was born and his boyhood. The exhibits capture the remarkable life that this man lived and how he was involved in his times. It is free. The Rangers give a guided tour of the home and try to answer questions about the history of the neighborhood as well as the lives of the people who lived in this house.
But the house is a little hard to find. There are no signs on the Interstates pointing the way and I think that doesn't help visitors find their way to this hidden gem. The Rangers were kind and friendly and helpful.

3  Thank John L
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Reviewed 20 May 2014

In the heart of downtown Cincinnati, this informative and free Presidential site didn't disappoint. The house itself belonged to Taft's parents and it is where he spent his childhood. It's a 19th century Empire revival that has been faithfully restored by the National Park Service. The Taft artifacts present are arranged and presented well. This is a small site and you are likely to get a personal tour by one of the Rangers who are expert on President Taft, his family and the house. The adjoining visitor's center has easy parking, a small auditorium where you see an intro film about Taft's life and times, restrooms and more exhibits. This is a nice way to spend an hour or two if you are visiting Cincinnati.

2  Thank flabbit
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

The Taft Site consists of a small visitor's center and the house where he was born. There is a 15-minute video about Taft, followed by a guided tour of three rooms of the house and a self-guided tour of the rest of the house, which is set up as a museum with exhibits and Taft artifacts.

All I knew about Taft before I came here was that he was the fattest President. But he was actually incredibly accomplished - Secretary of War, governor of the Philippines, Yale Law School Professor and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, too. And he was the rare politician who was free from corruption.

As a place to visit, though, there is not a lot to see here. Only 3 rooms have been restored to Taft-era appearance and furnishings; the rest is just set up as a museum and meeting room. It was also not maintained professionally, as A/V equipment and spare window parts were laying around the house in view of visitors; and the lone video exhibit did not work.

You'll learn a lot about Taft here, but it's missing the historical feel you get at houses that are more fully-restored and where more efforts have been made to take visitors back in time rather than just show some exhibits and photos from that time.

1  Thank Brendan S
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