Cumberland Township in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Secret Service Office
Eisenhower National Historic Site
— National Park Service —
Originally the barn’s milk house, this building was established as an office for President Eisenhower’s Secret Service detail in 1955. During the presidential years, one of the 8 – 10 agents who worked each shift would be stationed in the office to monitor the alarm control panel and radio communications equipment. The back room served as a firearms and ammunitions cache and was used by White House communication specialists who manned a plug-in switchboard, teletype machine, and microwave radio. Secured within a safe in the back room was the satchel containing nuclear codes that always accompanied the President.
The agents left the farm at the end of Eisenhower’s presidency, but returned in 1965 after Kennedy’s assassination prompted legislation providing protection to former presidents. Once again the agents utilized the old milk house as an office. The office today appears as it did in the late 1960s and includes some of the original furnishings. One Major improvement to site security in the 1960s was the addition of closed circuit TV cameras that allowed the agents to survey the grounds via monitors above their office desk.
Erected by National Park Service.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1955.
Location. 39° 47.647′ N, 77° 15.79′ W. Marker is in Cumberland Township, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Eisenhower Drive. Marker is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Stables (within shouting distance of this marker); Guest House Railings (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guest House (within shouting distance of this marker); The Helicopter Landing Pad (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Follow in the Footsteps (about 400 feet away); The Pond (about 600 feet away); A Herd of Modest Size (approx. 0.2 miles away); I shall leave the place better than I found it. (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cumberland Township.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 446 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on April 5, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of Woodland Park, New Jersey.