Welcome to the Harding Home
See the "real stuff" at the Harding Home
"This is a hidden gem."
"I feel like the Hardings are just around the corner,"
Real comments from real visitors. What impresses them? Our expert tour guides, for one, who weave context for you as you visit a home which seemingly has frozen in time. Our guides don't work from a script -- they let you meet the Hardings by pulling from a vast body of knowledge that we work hard to constantly build. Our stellar collection of original objects, for another. The Harding Collections encompass more than 5,000 original items, including 300 from the White House. Because most of what you'll see in the Home is original, you'll get the feeling that the Hardings have just stepped into the next room.
This year, we're featuring many newly displayed objects which President and Mrs. Harding used in the private quarters of the White House. Inspect a pristine portable movie projector that they used to view Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin movies. Marvel at an intricately carved meerschaum pipe that President Harding used in his private office, and examine Mrs. Harding's collection of carved elephant figurines that filled a curio cabinet in the family quarters.
It's all here waiting for you to explore!
If it's cold outside, it's time for Fireside Chats!
Tickets are on sale at the Harding Home (call or email us) and at the Marion Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for the 2014 Fireside Chats series. "The Harding Family Revisited" is our theme for the 7 p.m. programs on January 30, February 6 and February 13 at OSU Marion's Guthery Room. We provide the hot drinks, snacks and comfy seating, and you bring your questions, comments and fuzzy slippers for three great evenings!
Here's the lowdown:
January 30: "Ohio-bound: The Harding Migration." Join Jon Andersen and Sherry Hall in a discussion about the Harding family's roots, their harrowing experiences in Pennsylvania which nearly wiped out the family and their reasons for coming to Ohio.
February 6: "Doc Harding: Colorful Patriarch." George Tryon Harding, Warren Harding's father, was a warm, loving man but one who kept his family on their toes. He was the king of horse-trading and could get himself into some pretty shaky business deals. He also dealt with devastating loss. Find out more with Jon Andersen and Sherry Hall!
February 13: "Phoebe Harding: Gentle Fortitude." It's well known that Warren Harding idolized his mother, but what was she like? Let's explore the real Phoebe Harding: moral guide, midwife, doctor, grieving mother. It wasn't all roses for this fascinating woman. Jon Andersen and Sherry Hall lead the discussion.
Tickets: Buy in advance and save! $25 for all three programs, or $10 for individual programs. Admission is $12 per program at the door.
In the Off Season
During the Christmas and New Year's holidays, tours will be offered (requiring no advance appointment) at 1 p.m. on the following days: December 23, 26, 27 and 30, and January 2 and 3. Please note that the Harding Home is not decorated for Christmas this year.
Welcome to the Harding Home!
380 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, OH.
2014 HOURS OF OPERATION
Memorial Weekend (May 24-26) 12-5 p.m. each day
Wednesday through Sunday 12-5 p.m. through September 1
Open July 4; Open Labor Day
Open weekends in September and October, 12-5 p.m.
Weekday tours available by appointment in Sept-Oct
November through May – tours by appointment
Seniors: (60+): $6
Students: (ages 12-17): $4
Children: (ages 6-11): $3
Full-time college students (with ID): $4
Ohio Historical Society members: Free
Marion Technical College students & staff: Free
Active military (with ID & families): Free
AAA Members: $6