Monday, March 30, 2009

US20 In Ohio: Fremont, Home Of A President

In the north western area of Ohio, US Route 20 runs through the city of Fremont, the county seat for Sandusky County. As US 20 approaches from the east, it circles the city on the northern side via a bypass; however, it still technically runs through town as State Route 20 (State Street). The bypass is also named the “Grand Army of the Republic Highway), and it crosses the Sandusky River.
Not too far from where US20 runs through and around downtown Fremont is The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. Hayes was the 19th President of the United States. The Center is on 25 acres of wooded land that was originally a part of Hayes’ estate; Hayes named the area Spiegel Grove. The 31 room Victorian home of Hayes and his wife Lucy Webb Hayes which is on the property is open to visitors. This is where they retired after Hayes’ presidency concluded. The house still contains much of the family’s original furnishings from that era. Hayes and his wife are buried at a memorial on the property.

Also part of the The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center is the Hayes’ Presidential Library. This was created and opened in 1916, long before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt established a formal system for presidential libraries, but Hayes’ library is considered the first.

The site was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1964, and in 1966 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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