Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens, Omaha

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The Gerald R. Ford Birthsite and Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska marks the location of the house at 3202 Woolworth Avenue where U.S. President Gerald R. Ford lived for a couple of weeks after his birth in July 1913. It was the home of his paternal grandparents, Charles Henry and Martha King.HistoryThe King house at 3202 Woolworth Avenue was located on the border of the Hanscom Park and Field Club neighborhoods of Midtown Omaha. A three-story, fourteen-room Victorian mansion, it was razed after a 1971 fire caused substantial damage.Omaha businessman James M. Paxson, who lived in the neighborhood, purchased the vacant lot for $17,200 after Ford became president in 1974, and planned for it to be used as a memorial. Although Paxson donated the site to the city, officials said they couldn't afford to build a memorial. Paxson then set up the Paxson Foundation to fund the memorial and associated gardens. The site includes a portico evoking the north side of the White House and a pagoda resembling a portion of the original home.Memorial and conservation centerThe memorial was dedicated in 1977. Ford partnered with Paxson on some fundraising. The former president returned in 1980 for the dedication of a rose garden in honor of Betty Ford. An exhibit kiosk contains information about Ford.Adjoining the site is the Gerald R. Ford Conservation Center, a regional center of the Nebraska State Historical Society founded in 1995. It provides conservation services for historic and artistic works. The Center also contains a small exhibit of Ford memorabilia. Both conservation and exhibit are available by appointment only. http://www.nebraskahistory.org/fordcenter/index.shtml
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  • My son and I visited here in May 2017. It was a bit of an impromptu stop. The gate was open and we were able to walk around a bit. I was disappointed as the grounds did not appear to be well maintaine...  more »
  • Gorgeous place for a wedding. Has the perfect setting. Especially in the spring with the flowers and greens. Kind of off the beaten path.  more »
  • This is the spot where Gerald Ford was born. The house is gone but the memorial is on the right spot. Probably our most "accidental president" his service to the country in the House and as President ...  more »
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  • Why is this in Omaha? Ford lived in Nebraska for 16 days before his dad tried to murder the family. That’s it. I’ve taken longer vacations than that. Anything honoring Ford should be in Michigan, where he was raised. The dude didn’t even know he was from Omaha until he was like 20 years old. Realistically, Ford is a Michigan President.
  • Great place to walk around if you're looking for something to do.
  • Would probably be a lot better in the summer time...
  • Great for Pokémon stops. But surprised the sound booth didn't mention how Gerald Ford's Omahan father attempted to stab baby Jerry at 16 days old. Forcing the mother and newborn to flee to her family in Michigan and remarry to a man named Ford. This is history.
  • The garden is nice, but I wish they had more to do here and more information about the president's early childhood in Omaha.
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