United States Journals

Pastimes with Presidents

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A travel journal to United States by BawBaw

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Quote: This journal features reviews of attractions that are closely associated with American presidents.

The Academical Village

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Attraction | "Mr. Jefferson’s ‘Academical Village’"

The Rotunda Photo, Charlottesville, Virginia
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For Thomas Jefferson—counted among the founding fathers of the United States and the new nation's third president—few pursuits in life were more important than education. Often regarded as the epitome of the Renaissance man in America, Jefferson believed that learning was a lifelong process. To lay a proper foundation for educating young minds, he played the leading role in establishing the University of Virginia (UVA) in Charlottesville.Jefferson’s vision focused on creation of an ‘academical village,’ an arrangement that combined classrooms and living quarters for faculty and students in such a way as to encourage maximum interaction. He himself developed the plans and oversaw the const...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 19, 2012

The Academical Village
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, Virginia
(434) 982-3200

The White House

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Attraction | "Touring America’s ‘First Home’"

The White House Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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Himself and Yours Truly have toured the White House, home to the sitting president of the United States, on three different occasions spaced over a period of nearly four decades. During this time, growing security concerns have made for very different experiences—as did the particular circumstances of each visit.Our first tour occurred on October 21, 1973. I can be so sure of the date because Richard Nixon was president, and the previous night he had fired the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate break-in—an act that became known as the Saturday Night Massacre. We as a family were taking advantage of one of those rare occasions when the White House opened both the grounds and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 11, 2012

The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20500
(202) 456-2121

Theodore Roosevelt Island

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Attraction | "A Little-Known Regional Treasure"

Theodore Roosevelt Island Photo, Washington, D.C., United States
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On a small island in the Potomac River, one of the United States' most colorful and energetic presidents is remembered for his pioneering contributions toward conservation of the natural environment. For the most part, it is a nostalgic spot that is not frequently visited—certainly by DC standards.Theodore Roosevelt Island is such a well-kept secret precisely because of its location. Nestled between the District and Virginia shores of the Potomac and lying quite literally in the shadow of the Theodore Roosevelt Bridge, the island can be reached in only two ways: via a footbridge just off the George Washington Parkway in Virginia or from the river itself. Given the traffic on the GW, the a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 1, 2012

Theodore Roosevelt Island
Potomac River
Washington, DC

William J. Clinton Presidential Center

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Attraction | "Cousin Billy's Place Down by the River"

William J. Clinton Presidential Center Photo, Little Rock, Arkansas
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The SettingThe quip grew old rather quickly. I spent only two full days in Arkansas over Presidents' Day weekend in February 2005, but the line and its variations were repeated dozens of times: "Hey, have you seen Cousin Billy's double-wide down by the river?" As it turns out, the "double-wide" refers to the 148,000-sq-ft structure designed by the architects of the Polshek Partnership for the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Library. "Cousin Billy," of course, is former President Bill Clinton.Personally, I don't think this newest addition to the presidential library system looks much like a double-wide trailer. True, it has a shape that's roughly rectangular, b...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 12, 2010

William J. Clinton Presidential Center
1200 President Clinton Avenue
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
(501) 374-4242

Ash Lawn-Highland

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Attraction | "Monroe's 'Cabin Castle'"

Ash Lawn-Highland Photo, Charlottesville, Virginia
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Just down the road from Monticello--that being Thomas Jefferson's Monticello--and off at the end of a quiet country land lies Ash Lawn-Highland, an often-overlooked piece of Americana. Highland, as it was called by James and Elizabeth Kortright Monroe, was the home of our nation's 5th president (1817-25). At Jefferson's urging, James Monroe purchased the Highland estate in 1793. In his role as the foremost American patrician of his time, Jefferson had hoped to establish "a society to our taste" in Virginia's Albemarle County, with Monticello as its philosophical center. Monroe, his friend and protégée, would be a key member of this distinguished circle.Having recruited Monroe i...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on July 26, 2010

Ash Lawn-Highland
1000 James Monroe Pkwy.
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
(434) 293-8000