In previous posts I have mentioned some of my sight collecting adventures, which so far have focused on visiting baseball stadiums, but I have not yet delved into sharing my pursuit of presidential sights. About six years ago, I started making an effort to visit presidential birthplaces, burial places, and libraries. While searching through the Internet I stumbled upon a great resource, which has been instrumental to my travels: Rachel Kochmann‘s book, Presidents: Birthplaces, Homes, and Burial Sites. She coordinated a summer trip with her husband and visited all the locations listed in her book. She has updated the book numerous times, but I have stuck with the original book I purchased.
Here is my tally of presidential sights:
- Birthplaces = 11
- Burial Sites = 18
- Libraries = 6
- Completed Presidents = 7 (Van Buren, W. H. Harrison, Grant, Taft, Coolidge, F. D. Roosevelt, Nixon)
I have also compiled a map that details the various locations I have visited. Unlike Kochmann, I do not try and visit all houses associated with presidents unless it is convenient to visiting the three primary sights. I have visited some presidential homes, but they can be difficult to visit because many are privately owned and there are often multiple locations with presidential ties.