Presidents Day was first established to nationally honor George Washington in 1885 (it had been celebrated in Washington, D.C. beginning in 1800). Over time, it has morphed into a holiday celebrating the births of both Washington (February 22) and Abraham Lincoln (February 12).
Most school kids know it as that three-day weekend in February. As such, what better time to visit the homes of America's first 10 presidents (most of which are clustered in Virginia). The homes, many of which were plantations, each have their own unique history. Did you know that "Taps" was first played at The Berkeley Plantation, the home of both William Henry Harrison (9th president of the U.S.) and his grandson Benjamin Harrison (our 23rd president)? Or, did you know that the Charlottesville home of James Monroe, Ash Lawn Highland, is now run by the College of William & Mary?
For more trivia and info on the homes of our first presidents, check out the slideshow below.