February 16, 2015 | Home & Happiness Team | Comments Off on 14 Interesting Facts About Presidential Homes
Ever wonder how many windows are in the White House?
We did. So, in honor of President’s Day, we pulled together this group of random and intriguing facts about the homes of our nation’s leaders.
Did you know?…
1) There are 412 doors and 147 windows in the White House.
2) George Washington’s mansion at Mount Vernon is nearly 10 times the size of the average home from that time.
3) Thomas Jefferson grew more than 170 varieties of fruit and 330 varieties of vegetables in his gardens at Monticello.
4) The White House was completed in 1800. It took eight years to build, for a cost of more than $230,000.
5) At James Madison’s Montpelier, you will find one window that still has the original glass intact. The window is circa 1760…talk about standing the test of time!
6) Corn, peanuts, sugar cane and cotton still grow in the fields surrounding Jimmy Carter’s childhood home, which is now a national historic site.
7) The first national remote radio broadcast was made from the home where President Woodrow lived after his presidency, now known as The President Woodrow Wilson House. The home features many interesting architectural details, including a marble entryway and Palladian windows
8) John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.
9) Abraham Lincoln bought his five-room home for $1,500.
10) Upon leaving the White House, Harry Truman returned to the home he lived in prior to his presidency. It’s reported that people waited outside of his home each day, hoping for an autograph.
11) The first stove was brought into the White House kitchen in 1801. Prior to the stove’s appearance, all meals were cooked in the kitchen’s fireplace.
12) Calvin Coolidge took the oath of office from his childhood home, only hours after the passing of President Harding.
13) Harry Truman called the White House “a glamorous prison”.
14) Electricity was installed in the White House when Benjamin Harrison was president, but he was horribly afraid of being electrocuted and would never touch the light switches.
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