First Ladies National Historic Site

Overview

Two properties, the home of First Lady Ida Saxton McKinley and the seven-story 1895 City National Bank Building, are preserved at this site, which honors the lives and accomplishments of First Ladies throughout history. The site is managed by the National Park Service and operated by the National First Ladies' Library. First Ladies National Historic Site is currently located at the Saxton McKinley House. The City National Bank Building has been renovated for use as the National First Ladies' Library Education and Research Center. The library functions as a national archive of the contributions of America's first ladies and other notable American women.

The weather at First Ladies National Historic Site is typical of Northeastern Ohio: four distinct seasons offering something for everyone. Winter is cold, cloudy, and sometimes snowy. Spring brings rain and warming temperatures. Summer is often hot and humid, with frequent thunderstorms and hazy skies. Fall offers some relief from the heat, as nights cool.

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Activities

Seasonality / Weather

Both the Saxton House and Education and Research Center are open by guided tour only.

Monday: No tours available. Research library is open by appointment only.

Tuesday - Saturday: Tours begin at 9:30, 10:30, 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

Summer Hours (June 1 - August 31): In addition to regularly schedule hours, First Ladies National Historic Site is open on Sundays for the summer. Tours are scheduled for 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. All visitors should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of their scheduled tour.

Directions

Driving: 

The First Ladies National Historic Site is located in downtown Canton, Ohio. Free parking is available behind the Saxton House or at the gated lot on the corner of Market Avenue South and 3rd Street SW (entrance from Market Avenue South).

From the South:
Follow I-77 North to the Downtown/Tuscarawas Exit. Turn right onto Tuscarawas and travel to Market Street South. Turn right onto Market Street South. Travel through two lights and immediately after the 2nd light is the gated parking on the right hand side.

From the North:
Follow I-77 South to the Downtown/Tuscarawas Exit. Turn left onto Tuscarawas and follow to Market Avenue. Turn right onto Market Avenue. Travel through two lights and immediately after the 2nd light in the gated parking on the right hand side.