William Howard Taft National Historic Site


The William Howard Taft National Historic Site commemorates the only man to serve as President and Chief Justice of the United States. The house that Taft was born in has been restored to its original appearance. A visit to the site includes a tour of the restored birthplace and four period rooms that reflect the family life during Taft's boyhood. The home also includes second floor exhibits highlighting Taft's life and career. The Taft Education Center, located adjacent to the Birthplace, houses an orientation video, exhibits on later generations of the Taft family, and classrooms for visiting schools. The signature exhibit of the center is an animatronic figure of the President's Son, Charlie Taft. Charlie tells stories about different family members. Visitors to the site will experience the role William Howard Taft's family and social environment had in molding his character and philosophy during his boyhood in Cincinnati, Ohio, and his later years of public service.



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Operating Hours & Seasons

The site is open seven days a week from 8:00 am. to 4:00 p.m. Closed January 1,Thanksgiving Day, and December 25. Guided Tours of the Taft House are every thirty minutes starting on the hour and half hour. The last guided tour of the day is at 3:30 p.m.



The Taft house is in the Mount Auburn section of Cincinnati. From I-71N, take Exit 2 (Reading Road and Eden Park Drive). Stay in right lane; turn left at first stoplight onto Dorchester Avenue, and go to the top of the hill. Turn right on Auburn Avenue and go 1 ½ blocks to the site.

From I-71S, take Exit 3 (Taft Road). Go 0.75 mile to Auburn Avenue. Turn left and go 0.5 mile to the site. Follow signs to designated parking areas.


The nearest airport for scheduled passenger flights is Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. Other airports within proximity are Dayton International Airport and Port Columbus International Airport. Nearby general aviation airport include Lunken Airport.

Public Transport: 

The METRO bus stop is located in front of the Taft Education Center the # 24 bus can be boarded downtown on the corner of 6th & Main Street.