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Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home

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Address: 816 S Hennepin Ave, Dixon, IL 61021-3646
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+1 815-288-5176
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Pleasant side jaunt

I ended up here in Dixon by accident and went looking for something to do. The home is easy to find just off the main drag before hitting the river. Just follow the signs. Once... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2016
Palatine, Illinois
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Palatine, Illinois
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202 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

I ended up here in Dixon by accident and went looking for something to do. The home is easy to find just off the main drag before hitting the river. Just follow the signs. Once there the house next door is were you get the tickets for the tour and a small video about Reagan and his ties to Dixon.... More 

1 Thank bLiselotte
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1,791 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016

Ronald Reagan, the 40th President of the United States, lived in his family home at 816 South Hennepin Avenue in Dixon for only fours from 1920 to 1924. But he later said that Dixon "was the life that has shaped my body and mind for all the years to come." This isn't Lincoln's home in Springfield or Grant's home in... More 

1 Thank Taylor B
Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

To tour this home, and the visitor's center nest door, is to step back in time. I'm a history geek, and love old homes. I also happen to think Ronald Reagan was a fine human being. This house was lovingly and accurately restored (and that was no small feat considering the condition it was in). The original pocket doors,coal furnace... More 

Thank Ruth L
Moline, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2016

Walking into the childhood home of Ronald Reagan was a heartwarming experience. During such a terrible time of turmoil in our country, during this election year, it was comforting to feel connected to a former leader who loved and led our country with strength and dignity. The home underwent quite a renovation in the early 80's, and the care and... More 

1 Thank sybil k
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Located off the beaten path. Visitor center next to the actual boyhood home. He only lived here three years. Neat place to visit. As of this writing tours are $5.

Thank Mary H
Durham, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2016

This is a fun little place to visit if you're interested in history. You have to take a one hour guided tour and they start on the half hour. There are a few rooms which are in good shape and the docent tells stories about the President during the tour. There's also an adjacent park and small museum and video... More 

Thank Sal_Paradise767
Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

A bit of a look into the President's childhood home. A small entrance fee. After watching a brief, interesting video in an adjacent home, visitors enter the boyhood home. We were greeted by a wonderful volunteer, David A., who was a wealth of information, making the tour so enjoyable as we traveled from room to room in this Sears "kit... More 

Thank Mamamary1102
Dixon, Illinois
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8 reviews
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Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

Was very informational. Defiantly worth a visit with the family if your interested in history! Very small and very limited moving areas.

Thank kerrie19874
Rolling Meadows, Illinois, United States
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19 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2016

Very lovingly and accurately restored home of one of our greatest presidents. To see and hear about RR's humble beginnings makes him more impressive than ever. The docents were very knowledgeable, friendly and patient with questions. This is a must-see!

Thank HopDip
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62 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016 via mobile

I've been to Dixon a few times to visit family, but hadn't visited Ronald Reagan's home. For $5 you watch a short video in the house next door and then a guided tour of the Reagan home. Our guide was very knowledgable and answered all our questions. Lovely home, interesting visit and photo opportunities outside. Took about an hour in... More 

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