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Gettysburg in Adams County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Follow in the Footsteps

Eisenhower National Historic Park

 
 
Follow in the Footsteps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
1. Follow in the Footsteps Marker
Inscription. When my father was president, he developed the habit of bringing visiting world leaders to the farm. Such informality, he reasoned, would make them feel at home.
John Eisenhower

Walk in the footsteps of presidents, prime ministers and kings as you follow the path through the heart of the Eisenhower farm. Eisenhower originally bought the farm as his retirement home, but during his two terms as President he used it as a retreat from Washington’s pressures and as a temporary White House. Believing that the relaxed farm atmosphere encouraged free discussion, the President treated every visiting world leader to a tour of the farm.

Trail Information
The path before you follows an old road that connected the Eisenhower farm with Farm 2. The trail continues along a gravel road through Farm 2.

Distance       Approximately 0.5 mile round-trip
Slope           Gradual incline
Surface       Wood chip and gravel
                  (not recommended for wheelchairs)
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Location. 39° 47.587′ N, 77° 15.828′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker can be reached from Eisenhower Drive. Touch for map. Marker
Marker at Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
2. Marker at Eisenhower Farm
is located at the Eisenhower National Historic Park. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Pond (within shouting distance of this marker); The Helicopter Landing Pad (within shouting distance of this marker); Guest House Railings (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Guest House (about 300 feet away); The Stables (about 300 feet away); Secret Service Office (about 400 feet away); A Herd of Modest Size (about 800 feet away); I shall leave the place better than I found it. (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker features a map of the Eisenhower Farm and indicates the locations of the Eisenhower Home, Farm 2, Reception Center and the marker.
Two photos of Eisenhower with a guest at the farm appear on the upper right of the marker. The first has a caption of “Eisenhower and business partner W. Alton Jones walk the grounds near where you are standing. More than just a retreat, The Eisenhower Farms functioned as a business.” The other has the caption “Eisenhower shows one of his Angus cows to Prime Minister Nehru of India. Nehru was the first of
Follow in the Footsteps Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
3. Follow in the Footsteps Marker
many world leaders to visit the farm.”
 
Also see . . .
1. Eisenhower National Historic Park. National Park Service website. (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Dwight D. Eisenhower. Biography of President Eisenhower from the White House website. (Submitted on November 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

3. Eisenhower receives the VP of China at his Gettysburg Home . (Submitted on July 1, 2013, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.)
 
Categories. Notable Persons
 
Eisenhower Home image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
4. Eisenhower Home
This photo of Eisenhower's home was taken from near the Follow in the Footsteps marker. The right, stone-faced portion is the original structure.
Stables at Eisenhower Farm image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, November 4, 2010
5. Stables at Eisenhower Farm
The small structure attached to the front of the stables served as the office of the Secret Service during Eisenhower's presidency.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 4, 2010, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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