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60 2 0 1 7 o h i o h a s i t ! g r o u p t r a v e l g u i d e AT HOME WITH HISTORY T hese historic homes showcase the lives of three influential Ohioans: Warren G. Harding, John Johnston and William Tecumseh Sherman. WARREN G. HARDING HOME AND MEMORIAL | M A R I O N Sit on the porch where President Warren G. Harding began his 1920 Front Porch Campaign. Harding and his wife, Florence, lived in the home, now restored, for 30 years. Groups learn about Harding's home life and see many of its original furnishings on a one-hour guided tour. As Harding died in office in 1923, visitors may not know some of the achievements of his short presidency. Harding authorized the first formal budgeting process and established the Veterans Bureau. Groups can reflect on what they have learned about the former president at the stately Harding Memorial, located nearby. JOHNSTON FARM AND INDIAN AGENCY | P I Q U A Even the most well-traveled among us probably haven't been aboard a mule-drawn canal boat. This unusual voyage at the 250-acre Johnston Farm and Indian Agency allows visitors to experience a piece of the state's 19th-century history that many have never heard about. The farm restored a section of the historic Miami and Erie Canal for the canal boat ride. John Johnston's 1829 farm and its outbuildings have also been restored and during tours, groups hear about Johnston, a well-respected federal American Indian agent who settled the land with his family. The site also explores 2,000 years of history at Native American mounds and in a museum devoted to the Eastern Woodland Indians in Ohio. SHERMAN HOUSE MUSEUM | L A N C A S T E R The birthplace of William Tecumseh Sherman offers contrasts. It was a lively family home where 11 rambunctious children grew up. But it was also a home deeply affected by the brutalities of war, as Sherman became a famed general in the Union Army. The Sherman House Museum remembers the family and its life, with rooms restored to their appearance when Sherman and his siblings lived there. Upstairs, some rooms display family memorabilia, while others explore aspects of the war with a re-created military tent, a video presentation about the general and other exhibits. Courtesy Marion County CVB Courtesy Marion County CVB Tour of Harding Home Harding Home Courtesy Miami Co. VCB Johnston Farm Courtesy Fairfi eld Co. VCB Sherman House Museum H I S T O RY