What the childhood homes of 32 US presidents looked like

Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty Images, William J. Smith/APInside John F. Kennedy’s childhood home.
  • Some US presidents grew up on farms with no electricity or running water.
  • Others grew up in mansions.
  • Many of their birthplaces and childhood homes are now museums or national landmarks.
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Some US presidents as recent as Jimmy Carter grew up on rural farms with no electricity or running water. Others, such as Donald Trump, spent their childhood years in large mansions.

Many of the birthplaces and childhood homes of US presidents have also been turned into museums or national parks.

Here are the buildings that 32 US presidents called home.


George Washington grew up on Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Lawrence Thornton/Archive Photos/Getty ImagesGeorge Washington’s Ferry Farm in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 1955.

The historic site features a replica of Washington’s childhood home, where the family moved when he was 6 years old.


John Adams was born in 1735 in a rural cottage in Quincy, Massachusetts.

Faina Gurevich/ShutterstockQuincy, Massachusetts.

Joseph Penniman built the home now known as John Adams Birthplace in 1681, and John Adams’ father purchased it in 1720.


Thomas Jefferson was born on a plantation named Shadwell, but spent most of his childhood at Tuckahoe Plantation in Virginia.

Edith D. Tunis-Sale/National Park Service/Library of CongressTuckahoe Plantation.

Thomas Jefferson moved to Tuckahoe Plantation with his family when he was 2 years old. His education began in a one-room schoolhouse on the property that still stands today.


James Madison grew up in a plantation house called Mount Pleasant, later expanded and renamed Montpelier in Orange County, Virginia.

Andriy Blokhin/ShutterstockMontpelier in Virginia.

Growing up as the oldest son in a wealthy family, he studied maths, geography, and languages with a number of tutors. Reverend Thomas Martin studied with Madison at Montpelier and helped prepare him to attend the College of New Jersey.


James Monroe was born near Colonial Beach, Virginia, around 1752.

Virginia Department of Historic ResourcesJames Monroe’s birthplace.

Monroe lived in a 1,600-square-foot house with his parents and four siblings. The historic home no longer exists, but a replica of Monroe’s childhood home is under construction on the site and was scheduled to be completed in 2020.


William Henry Harrison was born at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia.

OJUP/ShutterstockHistoric Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia.

Berkeley Plantation was built in 1726 and is said to be the oldest three-story brick house in Virginia. William Henry Harrison’s grandson Benjamin Harrison, who served as the 23rd US president, also lived on the plantation.


The original log cabin where James K. Polk lived as a child no longer exists, but the President James K. Polk Historic Site recreates the homestead.

North Carolina Historic SitesThe President James K. Polk Historic Site.

The 11th president was born in 1795 on a 150-acre farm in Pineville, North Carolina. Polk lived there until he was 11 years old and his family moved to Tennessee.


Zachary Taylor’s boyhood home is located in Louisville, Kentucky.

Kentucky Historical Society/Library of CongressSpringfield.

Known as Springfield, the two-and-a-half story house dates back to 1790.


Millard Fillmore, the 13th president, grew up in a log cabin in New Hope, New York.

Hulton Archive/Getty ImagesMillard Fillmore’s childhood home in New Hope, Cayuga County, New York.

The cabin has been replaced with picnic tables and a plaque marking where it once stood.


Franklin Pierce lived in a two-story home near Hillsborough, New Hampshire, until he married his wife, Jane, in 1834.

Bettmann/Contributor/Getty ImagesFranklin Pierce’s childhood home.

Pierce’s father ran a popular tavern out of the house. It also featured a ballroom on the second floor.


Abraham Lincoln was born in a humble log cabin near Louisville, Kentucky.

Everett Historical/ShutterstockAbraham Lincoln’s birthplace.

A symbolic cabin similar to the one in which Lincoln was born is enclosed in a neoclassic memorial building.


Ulysses S. Grant’s boyhood home is located in Georgetown, Ohio.

ADC Bradley/ShutterstockUlysses S. Grant’s childhood home.

Grant lived there from when he was 1 year old until he left for West Point in 1839.


Grover Cleveland was born in a two-story house in Caldwell, New Jersey.

Kean Collection/Getty ImagesThe living room in the birthplace of President Grover Cleveland.

Cleveland is the only US president to serve two non-consecutive terms. He was the 22nd and 24th president.


William McKinley’s original birthplace burned down in 1937, but it was recreated at the McKinley Birthplace Home and Research Centre in Niles, Ohio.

C.H. Graves/Library of Congress/Corbis/VCG via Getty ImagesWilliam McKinley’s birthplace in Niles, Ohio as it appeared in 1902.

There’s also a replica of his home where it once stood, one block south of the McKinley Memorial and Museum in Niles.


Theodore Roosevelt grew up in a townhouse in New York City.

Joan Slatkin/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesTeddy Roosevelt Birthplace, New York City.

The townhouse is now a museum located at 28 East 20th Street in Manhattan. Roosevelt lived there until he was 14 years old.


William Howard Taft’s birthplace is part of the William Howard Taft National Historic Site in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Tom Engberg/NPS PhotoThe William Howard Taft National Historic Site.

Taft lived in this home from his birth in 1857 until he left for college in 1874.


Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton, Virginia.

Education Images/Universal Images Group via Getty ImagesWoodrow Wilson’s birthplace.

The house, located at 24 North Coalter Street in Staunton, was built in 1846.


Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office in the house where he was born and raised in Plymouth, Vermont.

John Greim/LightRocket via Getty ImagesThe Calvin Coolidge Homestead in Plymouth, Vermont.

Coolidge became the 30th US president when Warren G. Harding died in 1923.


Herbert Hoover was born in a two-room cottage in West Branch, Iowa, in 1874.

IN Dancing Light/ShutterstockHerbert Hoover’s birthplace.

Hoover lived in the cottage until he was 3 years old with his parents and two siblings.


Franklin D. Roosevelt’s estate, known as Springwood, is located in Hyde Park, New York.

Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty ImagesInterior of President Franklin Roosevelt’s library at his birthplace and home, as pictured in 1939.

Roosevelt was born on the estate in 1882 and is buried there, as well.


Harry Truman was born in a 20-by-28-foot house in Lamar, Missouri, in 1884.

Alfred Eisenstaedt/The LIFE Picture Collection via Getty ImagesThe birthplace of Harry Truman.

Truman is the only president who was born in Missouri.


Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in Denison, Texas, in 1890.

RaksyBH/ShutterstockDwight D. Eisenhower’s birthplace in Denison, Texas.

Eisenhower was born in the bedroom of a two-story house in Denison – the first US president to be born in Texas. His family then moved to Kansas when he was 18 months old.


John F. Kennedy grew up in Brookline, Massachusetts.

Lane Turner/The Boston Globe via Getty ImagesThe Kennedy family’s dining room.

Kennedy was born in the master bedroom of 83 Beals Street in Brookline in 1917 and lived there for the first 10 years of his life.


Lyndon B. Johnson hired an architect to reconstruct his childhood home in Johnson City, Texas.

Cynthia Dorminey/NPSLyndon B. Johnson’s childhood home.

Johnson lived there from when he was 5 years old until he graduated high school in 1924. The home had no electricity or indoor plumbing.


Richard Nixon’s birthplace and childhood home is located in Yorba Linda, California.

Pamela Brick/ShutterstockNixon’s birthplace and childhood home.

Nixon’s father built the one-and-a-half story house, where the future president was born in 1913. The Nixon family lived there until 1922.


Gerald Ford lived in this Grand Rapids, Michigan, home from ages 8 to 17.

Morry Gash/APThe boyhood home of President Gerald R. Ford.

Ford moved around a lot, but wrote in his memoir that he had the most vivid memories of 649 Union Street.


Jimmy Carter’s family moved to a farm without indoor plumbing or electricity in Plains, Georgia, when he was 4 years old.

Jeffrey M. Frank/ShutterstockThe Jimmy Carter Boyhood Farm.

Carter helped harvest and sell cotton, peanuts, sugar cane, and corn until 1941, when he left for college.


Ronald Reagan’s boyhood home is located in Dixon, Illinois.

David Mercer/APThe Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home in Dixon, Illinois.

Reagan moved many times throughout his childhood, but lived in this Dixon home from 1920 to 1924.


Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life in Hope, Arkansas, living with his mother and maternal grandparents.

Danny Johnston/APBill Clinton’s childhood home in Hope, Arkansas.

The two-and-a-half story house dates back to 1917.


George W. Bush lived in this Midland, Texas, home from ages 5 to 9.

Evan Vucci/APGeorge W. Bush’s childhood home in Midland, Texas.

His parents George H.W. and Barbara Bush, also a former president and first lady, bought the house in 1951.


Barack Obama’s childhood home in Honolulu, Hawaii, is listed for $US2.2 million.

Google MapsBarack Obama’s childhood home.

Obama lived in the 2,602-square-foot home from 1964 to 1967.


Donald Trump grew up in Queens, New York, and moved to this brick house when he was 4 years old.

Katie Warren/Business InsiderDonald Trump’s childhood home.

Trump lived in the 23-room house until he left for a military boarding school at 13 years old.

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