The tri-state area is full of presidential history. Almost a dozen presidents have ties to New York, New Jersey and Connecticut all together.
Theodore Roosevelt’s birthplace is a National Historic Site located a 28 East 20t St. in Manhattan. The townhouse that was his childhood home once housed a gym that his father installed to help a young, ill Roosevelt gain physical strength.
Visitors can tour the townhouse turned museum free of charge and see the rooms furnished similarly to when the former president and his family lived there.
Morris-Jumel Mansion is another one of New York’s historic sites. The oldest standing house in Manhattan was built in 1765 and became a headquarters for President George Washington and Patriot officers during the time of the American Revolution.
The house’s location was a strategic advantage for the Patriots, offering a view of Manhattan and the Harlem and Hudson Rivers. The Mansion which now operates as a historic museum preserves the residence and provides educational tours.
Across the river in New Jersey is the birthplace of President Grover Cleveland. Cleveland was born in a Mase, a Pastor’s residence. His father was the minister for the first Presbyterian Church in Caldwell.
Grover’s political ascension fueled interest to preserve the Mase, which now operates as a public museum.
Connecticut found its presidential history in George W. Bush. The 43rd President of the United States was born in Connecticut in 1946 at the Grace-New Haven Hospital while his father was attending Yale University.
The hospital which was renamed Yale-New Haven Hospital is still operating.