The cozy, two-storied wooden frame house in Hope, Aransas, where former US president Bill Clinton spent the first four years of his life, is all set to become a National Historic Site from January 2011. The house, a museum till now, will be converted into a National Historic Site. This is being done to protect its history and to attract more tourists to the place, which had been transformed into a museum in 1997.
Clinton, along with his widowed mother, spent his early days in the house in the company of his maternal grandparents. The house still retains much of the old charm, with very little having changed over the years. The family sold the house in 1956 following the death of the former president’s grandfather. The gorgeous house was probably built in 1917 in the ‘American foursquare’ design.
Many tourists from the world over have visited this historical house which still has the original staircase and the floor boards in the nursery. The house will be temporary closed down for preparations and will be thrown open to visitors once again in early January 2011, and this time as a National Historic Site. The security, maintenance and upkeep are sure to improve with this shift.
VIA – csmonitor