Richard Nixon's Childhood Home

The front entrance to Richard Nixon's Childhood Cottage

We ventured into Yorba Linda, California today to see the holiday train exhibit at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum.

Never having been to a presidential library before I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I figured we'd check out the trains and then head off for lunch. We ended up staying most of the afternoon and exploring the various exhibits. If you want to brush up on your American history from 1940's through the 1970's this is a great way to spend the day.

The library, built on the citrus orchard where President Nixon was born and raised, offers something for architecture buffs too. Nixon's childhood home still stands and is open to the public for tours - albeit brief ones since the footprint is relatively small. The California Bungalow kit home was built by Nixon's father, Frank. The two bedroom white clapboard structure was home to five boys as well as Nixon's parents, Francis Anthony and Hannah Milhous.

Pretty modest beginnings from a man who eventually became President.

All photos are from Vincent.


living room/parlor

master bedroom (also the bed where Nixon was born)

the kitchen (miniscule by today's standards - although Hannah Nixon did have a pantry too!)

Backyard facing the citrus orchards. Really quite charming.


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