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This is a collection of the private residences U.S Presidents have stayed in over the years. It does no include official state residences such as the Whitehouse or Camp David.


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1) Walker's Point (George Bush Senior)

The Bush compound (originally Walker's Point), is the summer home of 41st President of the United States George H. W. Bush. Located adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean in southern Maine, near the town of Kennebunkport, the property has been a family retreat for more than a century. The estate was purchased in the late 19th century by St. Louis banker George H. Walker, a mansion was built in 1903. Later, the estate passed on to his daughter Dorothy Walker Bush and her husband Prescott Bush. The estate has since remained in the Bush family. President George H. W. Bush spent much of his childhood at the Kennebunkport estate. He inherited the property after the passing of his parents. As an adult, Bush, his wife Barbara, and their children George W., Jeb, Marvin, Neil, Dorothy, and Robinspent most summers at the estate. The estate has been a backdrop of family weddings, holidays, and receptions. While at the "Summer White House," Bush hosted world leaders including Margaret Thatcher.

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2) Mount Vernon (George Washington)

Mount Vernon, located near Alexandria, Virginia, was the plantation home of the first President of the United States, George Washington. The mansion is built of wood in neoclassical Georgian architectural style, and the estate is located on the banks of the Potomac River. Mount Vernon was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1960 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is owned and maintained in trust by The Mount Vernon Ladies' Association and is open every day of the year, including holidays and Christmas. When Augustine Washington owned the estate, it was known as Little Hunting Creek Plantation after the nearby Little Hunting Creek. Lawrence Washington, George's older half-brother, inherited the estate and changed its name to Mount Vernon in honor of Vice Admiral Edward Vernon. Vernon had been Lawrence's commanding officer in the British Navy, and Lawrence greatly admired him. When George Washington inherited the property he kept the name Mount Vernon.

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3) Monticello Estate (Thomas Jefferson)

Monticello, located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, was the estate of Thomas Jefferson, the principal author of the United States Declaration of Independence, third President of the United States, and founder of theUniversity of Virginia. The house, which Jefferson himself designed, was based on the neoclassical principles described in the books of the Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. It is situated on the summit of an 850-foot (260 m)-high peak in the Southwest Mountains south of the Rivanna Gap. Its name comes from the Italian "little mountain." An image of the west front of Monticello by Felix Schlag has been featured on the reverse of the nickel minted since 1938 (with a brief interruption in 2004 and 2005, when designs of the Westward Journey series appeared instead). Monticello also appeared on the reverse of the two-dollar bill from 1928 to 1966, when the bill was discontinued.


4) Montpelier (James Madison)

Montpelier was a large tobacco plantation and estate of the prominent Madison family of Virginia planters, including James Madison, fourth President of the United States. The manor house of Montpelier is four miles (6 km) south of Orange, Virginia, and the estate currently covers some 2,650 acres (10.7 km2). It is a declared National Historic Landmark (1960), listed on the National Register of Historic Places (1966), and since 1984 has been owned and operated by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The land, in the Piedmont of Virginia, was acquired by James Madison's grandfather, Ambrose Madison, and his brother-in-law Thomas Chew, in 1723. Ambrose and his family moved to the plantation, then known as Mount Pleasant, in 1732. When Ambrose died only six months later, poisoned, it was said, by three African American slaves, his wife Frances managed the estate.


5) Berkeley plantation (William H. Harrison)

Berkeley Plantation, one of the first great estates in America, comprises about 1,000 acres (4.0 km²) on the banks of the James River on State Route 5 in Charles City County, Virginia. Berkeley Plantation was originally called Berkeley Hundred and named after one of its founders of the 1618 land grant, Richard Berkeley. Among the many American "firsts" that occurred at Berkeley Plantation are: The first official Thanksgiving: 4 December 1619, and the first bourbon whiskey distilled in 1621, by George Thorpe, an Episcopal priest. During the American Civil War, Union troops occupied Berkeley Plantation, and President Abraham Lincoln twice visited there in the summer of 1862 to confer with Gen. George B. McClellan. The Harrisons were not able to regain possession of the plantation after the war, and it passed through several owners' hands and fell into disrepair.


6) Wallace House (Harry S. Truman)

The Wallace House is in Independence, Missouri. Wallace House (also called the Truman Home), 219 North Delaware Street, Independence, Missouri, would be the home of Harry S Truman, after his marriage to Bess Wallace, on 28 June 1919 until his death on 26 December 1972. Bess Truman's maternal grandfather, George Porterfield Gates, built the house over a period of years from 1867 to 1895. Bess's mother, Madge Gates Wallace, wanted the couple to live there with her. Bess had lived with her mother after Bess's father, David Willock Wallace, committed suicide in 1903, both of them moving in with Madge's parents. Also in 1919, Harry was putting all of his money into the men's clothing store of Truman & Jacobson open at 104 West 12th St. in downtown Kansas City, so living at the Wallace home made good financial sense.

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7) La Casa Pacifica (Richard Nixon)

La Casa is a mansion located on the beaches of San Clemente, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The home is known as President Richard Nixon's Western White House, used while working away from the official presidential residence, the White House. The large, Spanish-style, California Mission Revival mansion was modeled after a country home in San Sebastian, Spain and was designed by architect Carl Lindbom. Built in the early days of San Clemente by one of founder Ole Hanson's partners, the estate was originally owned by H. H. Cotton, a Democratic Party backer who entertained such party luminaries as President Franklin D. Roosevelt. By the time he took office in 1969, President Nixon asked a young campaign aide to search the coast of Southern California for a presidential hideaway. The aide found the home in then-little known San Clemente and Nixon bought the estate in 1969 from Cotton's widow. It came to be known as "The Western White House”.


8) Kennedy compound (JFK)

The Kennedy Compound or Hyannis Port Historic District is the name given to six acres (24,000 m²) of waterfront property on Cape Cod along Nantucket Sound in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts, United States. It contains the home of the prominent American businessman and political figure Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and his wife Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, along with the homes of two of their sons U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Their youngest son, US Senator Edward M. “Ted” Kennedy lived in the home of his parents and used it as his main residence from 1982 until his death in 2009. John used the compound as a base for his successful 1960 U.S. Presidential campaign and later as a summer White House and presidential retreat until his assassination in 1963. It was suggested on August 27, 2009 — following the death of Joseph Kennedy's last surviving son, U.S. Senator Edward "Ted" M. Kennedy — that the compound could be transformed into an education center and museum.


9) Sagamore Hill (Theodore Roosevelt)

Sagamore Hill was the home of the 26th President of the United States Theodore Roosevelt from 1885 until his death in 1919. It is located at the end of Cove Neck Road in the Incorporated Village of Cove Neck, New York, on Long Island,[2] 25 miles (40 km) east of Manhattan. Sagamore Hill is located within the Oyster Bay 11771 Zip Code. It is now the Sagamore Hill National Historic Site and also includes the Theodore Roosevelt Museum. It derives its name from Sagamore which is the title of the head of an Indian tribe. Although a native of New York City, Theodore Roosevelt spent many summers of his youth on extended vacations with his family in the Oyster Bay area. In 1880, by then a young adult of 22, Roosevelt purchased 155 acres (62.7 hectares) of land for $300,000 on Cove Neck, a small peninsula roughly 2 miles (3.2 km) northeast of the village of Oyster Bay. In 1884 he hired the New York architectural firm Lamb & Rich to design a shingle-style, Queen Anne home for the property.


10) The Hermitage (Andrew Jackson)

The Hermitage is a historical plantation and museum located in Davidson County, Tennessee, USA, 12 miles (19 km) east of downtown Nashville. The plantation was owned by Andrew Jackson, the seventh President of the United States, from 1804 until his death at the Hermitage in 1845. Jackson only lived at the property occasionally until he retired from public life in 1837. In 1889, the Hermitage was opened to the public as a museum, both of Jackson's life and the antebellum South in general. Each year, the home receives more than a quarter million visitors, making it the fourth most-visited presidential residence in the country (after the White House, Mount Vernon, and Monticello). The property was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1960. The tomb of Andrew and Rachel Jackson is located in the Hermitage garden.

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