Eisenhower National Historic Site
The farm has never looked better, mainly by virtue of the frequent gentle rains we have had since we have been here, and I have been happily renewing my acquaintance with my tiny Angus herd.
Eisenhower letter during recuperation from surgery, July 1956
The Eisenhower farm was the presidential and retirement home of Dwight D. Eisenhower, General of the Army and 34th President of the United States. Eisenhower purchased the 189-acre farm in 1950. After his election in 1952, the farm became his retreat where he relaxed with his family, raised prize-winning Angus cattle, and met informally with world leaders during those tense years of the Cold War. Having served two terms in office, Eisenhower retired to the farm in 1961 and lived there until his death in 1969. First Lady Mamie Eisenhower continued to reside at the farm until her death in 1979.
The farm's role in the Civil War delighted Eisenhower - one of the reasons he chose to retire to Gettysburg was his love of its history. He enjoyed taking his guests on tours of the battlefield.
Since 1980, the farm has been managed by the National Park Service and is maintained as it was in Eisenhower's day. Admission to the site is by shuttle bus only. Buses depart regularly from the National Park Service Visitor Center.