Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
President Benjamin Harrison loved Christmas and all its traditions. When he was elected and moved his wife Caroline and family into the White House, Harrison took those holiday celebrations with him.... Read More
President Benjamin Harrison loved Christmas and all its traditions. When he was elected and moved his wife Caroline and family into the White House, Harrison took those holiday celebrations with him. Harrison is said to be the first President to put up a Christmas tree in the White House for the joy of his immediate family. The year was 1889. Today, the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site in Indianapolis is decorated to represent a gala Victorian Christmas house and guests are invited to visit on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Built in 1874-75, the 16-room home was considered a gem in its era. Inside the front parlor holds a large tree with authentic decorations such as wooden soldiers, hand-blown glass figures, candles and original Harrison tinsel. Displayed under the tree are Victorian toys, many of them Harrison originals, just as the children might have seen them on Christmas morning.
1230 N Delaware St
Indianapolis, IN 46202-2598
- Feb: -; May Mon-Sat; 10am-3:30pm Jun; -; Jul Mon-Sat; 10am-3:30pm
- Sun: 12:30pm-3:30pm Aug; -; Dec Mon-Sat; 10am-3:30pm
- Adult $10; Senior (65+) $9; Child (5-12) $5; Child (4) Free
- Things to Do in December: "One of the most unusual items at the museum is a handwritten letter from a little schoolgirl in 1892 sending get well wishes to Benjamin Harrison's wife Caroline. Although she was blind, Helen Keller had painstakingly written the letter when she was 12. Caroline Harrison died of tuberculosis in the White House in 1892."
- Best for Things to Do in December Because: This charming former home of America's 23rd president, Benjamin Harrison, is now a museum. At Christmas, the home is decorated as Harrison would have done.