After McKinley was assassinated at the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, Teddy Roosevelt was sworn in as president at the Wilcox Mansion in downtown Buffalo. Jeff, Cindy and crew and I visited there a few years ago. This was what I posted about the visit.
PLACE: Wilcox Mansion, downtown Buffalo, New York
SHOULD-I-GO-THERE-IF-I’M-IN-THE-AREA FACTOR: Yes, if you’re interested in history. No, if your only interest is chicken wings or the Sabres.
KID FACTOR: Tough call. When we rang the door bell and the scholarly tour guide answered, I figured we were in BIG trouble with three little kids. But he was good with them and had unbreakable things for them to hold while explaining original furniture in original rooms filled with original and breakable stuff.
He told me he had more patience with kids than he did with adults who tried opening closed doors and touching things that shouldn’t be touched.
Kids also received certificates at the end saying they had been through the house.
Still, an historical house is a house and kids don’t know that much about history since they don’t have much history themselves.
COOL FACTOR: You can stand only a few feet from where the inauguration took place.