Trip Planner USA  /  Ohio  /  Canton  /  Historic Sites  /  The National First Ladies' Library

The National First Ladies' Library, Canton

Categories: Historic Sites, Libraries, Traveler Resources, Tourist Spots
Inspirock Rating:
3.2/5 based on 100+ reviews on the web
First Ladies National Historic Site is a United States National Historic Site located in Canton, Ohio. During her residency in Washington, D.C.. Mary Regula, wife of Ohio congressman Ralph Regula, spoke regularly about the nation’s First Ladies. Recognizing the paucity of research materials available she created a board to raise funds and for a historian to assemble a comprehensive bibliography on American First Ladies. From these inspirations came a National First Ladies’ Library, established in 1996 and First Ladies National Historic Site. The site was established in 2000 to commemorate all the United States First Ladies and comprises two buildings: the Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home and the Education & Research Center. Tours start at the Education & Research Center, located one block north of the Saxton McKinley house on Market Avenue. The 1895 building, formerly the City National Bank Building, was given to the National First Ladies’ Library in 1997.The first floor features a theater, a large exhibit and meeting space and a small library room with a collection of books that replicates First Lady Abigail Fillmore's collection for the first White House Library. The center's second floor is home to the main National First Ladies' Library. Other floors contain conference rooms, storage and office space.The Ida Saxton McKinley Historic Home preserves the home of Ida McKinley, the wife of U.S. President William McKinley. The brick Victorian house, built in 1841 and modified in 1865, is furnished in the style of the Victorian era. Costumed docents provide tours, and exhibits focus on President and Mrs. McKinley, photos of First Ladies, and Victorian decorations.
Using our international travel planner, Canton attractions like The National First Ladies' Library can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
Create a full itinerary - for free!
going to
read all reviews »
  • We visited the National First Ladies Library because tickets were acquired through a charity auction. Didn't know what to expect. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Worthwhile. 
  • The house Ida McKinney grew up in is the main part of the tour. However, most furnishings, decorations, wall paper etc. are not original or part of her life. Her life story is explored & explained in ...  read more »
  • Start the tour with a short video (maybe 10 minutes) and then head to the one room featuring gowns (maybe 7 or 8) of former first ladies. The part of the tour is only about 30 minutes, then you walk a...  read more »
  • The docents and tour guides are very well-informed. I learned a lot and the buildings themselves were beautiful! The Saxton House tour was very interesting, Ida Saxton McKinley is not a first lady that normally shows up in history, but she probably should! Definitely worth checking out if you are in the area!
  • A growing National treasure.
Nearby Attractions
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h 30​m
Visit for 1​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m
Visit for 2​h
Visit for 1​h 30​m