"The proudest thing I can claim is that I am from Abilene."
Dwight D. Eisenhower, June 22, 1945

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2022 Preservation Project

Like other aging houses, the boyhood home, built in 1887, needs some attention. A preservation project is underway to complete necessary structural rehabilitation.

The home is closed for public tours while this project is in progress. These repairs are necessary for the preservation of this historic home and our ability to continue sharing this history. We are excited to complete this project and once again open the home for guests. We will continue to update this page as project completion draws closer and are able to identify when we can resume providing tours.

Eisenhower Boyhood Home Guided Tour

This short video takes you on a guided tour of Ike's boyhood home and provides a glimpse into daily life growing up in the very heart of America.

A Window to the Past: Life Inside the Eisenhower Boyhood Home
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Progress continues to move forward with the preservation work. Next up: roof replacement! We hope to resume tours early 2023.

History of the Home

Opened for public tours in 1947, this typical 19th century home was occupied by the Eisenhower family from 1898 until Mrs. Eisenhower's death in 1946.

David and Ida Eisenhower purchased their home on South East Fourth Street from David's brother, Abraham Lincoln Eisenhower. The family moved into the six-room home in late 1898. The title changed from Abraham to Ida on April 4, 1899, for the sum of $1,000. Ida in turn sold the house to David for $1.00 on May 18, 1908. The real estate consisted of all but two lots of the block bordered on the west by Chestnut (now Kuney) Street, the east by Olive Street, north by South East Third Street and the south by South East Fourth. The Eisenhower property had between 2.5-3 acres which contained the house, a large barn, chicken house, smoke house, outhouse, orchard, strawberry patch, and a large kitchen garden located to the east of the house.

In 1900, Grandfather Jacob Eisenhower moved in with David, Ida and their six sons. At that time, two bedrooms and a walk-through closet were added to the east side of the house. The new south bedroom was used by David and Ida, with Jacob using the smaller north bedroom. Jacob lived with the family until his death in 1906.

The north bedroom was converted to the indoor bathroom around 1908. The last addition to the Eisenhower home consisted of a small kitchen, pantry and an enclosed back porch added in 1915. The home is furnished as it was at the time of Ida Eisenhower's death in 1946. The furnishings are original to the home although some have been moved to accommodate visitors touring the home. The wallpapers in the two parlors, dining room, and hallway are identical to the papers in the home in 1946.

When Ida Eisenhower passed away in 1946, her six sons donated the property to the Eisenhower Foundation. It has been open to the public since early 1947, originally as a World War II Veterans Memorial and now as the boyhood home of Dwight David Eisenhower, 34th President of the United States.

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Boyhood Home, SE Fourth St., Abilene, Kansas [77-12-77]
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Interior Photos

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Last Revised Date
October 20, 2022