First Ladies National Historic Site
Visit First Ladies National Historic SitePlan Your Visit
Visit the Victorian ancestral home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and, later, President William McKinley. Also located at this site is the 1895 City National Bank Building, home to the Education and Research Center. This building hosts changing museum exhibits and films about the lives and legacies of America’s First Ladies. Not all first ladies were the wives of presidents. Some presidents were unmarried, widowed, or married with wives that are not interested or able to do the job. In those situations a sister or daughter would often fill in. The position of first lady comes with no official responsibilities. This has allowed many first ladies the freedom to attach themselves to a cause of their choosing.