Dixon, Illinois is most famous for being the hometown location of 40th President, Ronald Reagan. The Reagan’s lived in the Dixon home for 3 years, between 1920-1923, making Ronald 9 at the time of move in. The house opened to the public in the mid 80’s. Tours currently run from April to October each year.
The house is located at 816 S. Hennepin Ave. Dixon, IL 61021. In 2002, when the house was named a National Historic site, the street was renamed Reagan Way.
Before the guided tour, you will watch a 10 minute video. Next, the tour guide will take you through each room of the Reagan house, giving information about Reagan’s early and later life. During the tour, I had the opportunity to learn plenty of new & interesting facts ( I never knew that Reagan was an announcer for the Chicago Cubs!)
None of the original furniture remains in the house, however, it has been remodeled to resemble the look of a 1920s residence. Take a look below at my photo gallery of the house.
The room that Ronald shared with his brother Neil.
Ronald used to hide his money under the piece of broken tile by the parlor fireplace. Even though he wasn’t allowed in the parlor room, he was tall enough to reach the fireplace without stepping foot into the room.
On his visit to Dixon, Reagan told the story of his hiding place and placed pennies under a tile again. In the frame below, you can see the actual picture of Ronald putting the pennies down. The pennies displayed in the frame are authentic.