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Visiting the Presidents

Joe Faykosh

Visiting the Presidents takes listeners through the birthplaces, homes, gravesites, libraries, and other historical sites associated with the Presidents of the United States. Join Dr. Joe Faykosh as we explore the childhoods, lives, loves, careers, and deaths of these presidents through the sites that were touched by them.

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BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitor Brittany Faykosh Mellin
Yesterday
BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitor Brittany Faykosh Mellin
A Visiting the Presidents BONUS! Brittany got to see my love for Presidents firsthand, and we shared a lot of formative memories as a family around traveling. Hear her perspective on these presidential travels! Listen to Brittany's version of events and the importance of travel!Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, and other information!Support the show
BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitor Brittany Faykosh Mellin
Yesterday
BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitor Brittany Faykosh Mellin
A Visiting the Presidents BONUS! Brittany got to see my love for Presidents firsthand, and we shared a lot of formative memories as a family around traveling. Hear her perspective on these presidential travels! Listen to Brittany's version of events and the importance of travel!Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, and other information!Support the show
S2 E17 Andrew Johnson and Greeneville
4d ago
S2 E17 Andrew Johnson and Greeneville
Tennessee Johnson built a real home for himself at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains, rising from illiterate tailor to 17th President of the United States! Learn about Andrew Johnson's political career and beliefs, his tumultuous term as vice president and even more tumultuous term as President, his wife, Eliza, and children, as well as his home(s) in Greeneville!Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1's Andrew Johnson Episode: "Andrew Johnson and Raleigh"Support the show
S2 E16 Abraham Lincoln and Springfield
Jun 14 2022
S2 E16 Abraham Lincoln and Springfield
Honest Abe is so iconic: the log cabin, the stove pipe hat, the beard! Let's explore Abraham Lincoln and the 16th  President's home in Springfield, Illinois--not just his house, but the neighborhood, as we learn about his political rise, his presidency, his wife, Mary, and sons, as well as the place he called home. Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1's Abraham Lincoln Episode: Abraham Lincoln and Sinking Spring!Support the show
S2 E15 James Buchanan and Wheatland
Jun 7 2022
S2 E15 James Buchanan and Wheatland
Check out Ol' Buck in Wheatland! Learn about James Buchanan, 15th President of the United States, and his home in Lancaster, Pennsylvania! Listen to his political rise, his tragic administration, his personal life, and, of course, his great home! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 James Buchanan Episode: “James Buchanan and Cove Gap”Support the show
S2 E14 Franklin Pierce and Concord
May 31 2022
S2 E14 Franklin Pierce and Concord
Handsome Frank of the Granite State, Franklin Pierce, 14th President of the United States! We will explore his homes in Concord, New Hampshire, as well as his melancholic home life, his political career of starts and stops, as well as his administration! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Franklin Pierce Episode: “Franklin Pierce and Hillsborough”Support the show
BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitors Nate Scheidler and Alex Sycher
May 27 2022
BONUS! Interview with Presidential Visitors Nate Scheidler and Alex Sycher
A Visiting the Presidents Bonus! Nate and Alex have indulged my love for travel and we've met up in several places across the country, so I wanted to get their perspective on these presidential travels! Listen to Nate and Alex's version of events and the importance of travel!Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, and other information!Support the show
S2 E13 Millard Fillmore and East Aurora
May 24 2022
S2 E13 Millard Fillmore and East Aurora
"Millard Fillmore was President?!" And he lived where? Learn about Millard Fillmore, 13th President, and his political rise and administration, his wives and children, and his homes in Buffalo and East Aurora! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Millard Fillmore Episode-"Millard Fillmore and Moravia"Support the show
S2 E12 Zachary Taylor and Louisville
May 17 2022
S2 E12 Zachary Taylor and Louisville
Tracking down Ol' Rough and Ready, Zachary Taylor, 12th President, and his homes in locations like Louisville, Baton Rouge, and along the Mississippi River! Learn about Zachary's military career and turn to politics, his brief administration, his wife, Peggy, and children, as well as what happened to his homes! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Zachary Taylor Episode-"Zachary Taylor and Montebello"Support the show
S2 E11 James Polk and Columbia
May 10 2022
S2 E11 James Polk and Columbia
Young Hickory around the house! Heading back to the Volunteer State for Columbia, and the home of James Polk, 11th President! Learn about Polk's unique approach to work, his political rise and election, his tumultuous administration, his wife, Sarah, and his homes! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 James Polk Episode-"James Polk and Pineville"Support the show
S2 E10 John Tyler and Sherwood Forest
May 3 2022
S2 E10 John Tyler and Sherwood Forest
Every “outlaw” needs a Sherwood Forest! Head back to the James River area for Sherwood Forest, home of John Tyler, 10th President, outside Charles City, Virginia! Hear about Tyler's complex political rise, his unprecedented ascension, his sprawling family, and his iconic home!Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 John Tyler Episode-"John Tyler and Greenway Plantation"Support the show
S2 E9 William Henry Harrison and Grouseland
Apr 26 2022
S2 E9 William Henry Harrison and Grouseland
Way down on the Wabash River, Far, Far, From Home! in Vincennes, Indiana, is Grouseland, the home of William Henry Harrison, 9th President of the United States! While he doesn't get to serve for long, learn about the long path he took to get to the Executive Mansion, his sprawling family, and his homes! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 William Henry Harrison Episode-"William Henry Harrison and Berkeley Plantation"Support the show
S2 E8 Martin Van Buren and Lindenwald
Apr 19 2022
S2 E8 Martin Van Buren and Lindenwald
We are heading back up to Ol' Kinderhook, New York, and the striking home of Martin Van Buren, 8th President, Lindenwald! Hear about Martin's political rise and skill at building connections, his wife and children, his presidency, and the great Lindenwald! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 Martin Van Buren Episode-"Martin Van Buren and Kinderhook" Support the show (
S2 E7 Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage
Apr 12 2022
S2 E7 Andrew Jackson and The Hermitage
Old Hickory at Home! We are on the road to one of the most iconic Presidential homes, The Hermitage, home of Andrew Jackson, 7th President, outside of Nashville! Learn about his pre-Presidency, his campaigns and administration, as well as his wife, Rachel, and of course, his home! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page:  1 Andrew Jackson Episode-"Andrew Jackson and the Waxhaws"Support the show (
S2 E6 John Quincy Adams and Peacefield
Apr 5 2022
S2 E6 John Quincy Adams and Peacefield
We are heading back to the Old House at Peacefield, the home of both John and John Quincy Adams, 2nd and 6th President, in Quincy, Massachusetts! Learn about John Quincy's extensive pre-presidency resume, his controversial election and term, his wife, Louisa, and unique approach to parenting, as well as his contribution to his parents' home! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 John Quincy Adams Episode-"John Quincy Adams and Quincy/Braintree"Support the show (
S2 E5 James Monroe and Highland
Mar 29 2022
S2 E5 James Monroe and Highland
Heading to James Monroe's Highland, just up the road from Thomas Jefferson's Monticello. Learn about the fifth President, his political career and presidency, his wife, Elizabeth, and their homes, especially Highland! One of the most interesting historical interpretations currently underway! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page: 1 James Monroe Episode-"James Monroe and Colonial Beach"Support the show (
S2 E4 James Madison and Montpelier
Mar 22 2022
S2 E4 James Madison and Montpelier
The Father of the Constitution and fourth President, James Madison, had a beautiful mansion, and spent the most time at the same site of any president besides FDR, his lovely home, Montpelier! Learn about Madison's pre-presidency, his election and tumultuous administration, as well as his vivacious wife, Dolley, and, of course, his Montpelier!  Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information!Episode Page:   Season 1 James Madison Episode-"James Madison and Port Conway"Support the show (
S2 E3 Thomas Jefferson and Monticello
Mar 15 2022
S2 E3 Thomas Jefferson and Monticello
Thomas Jefferson, the "Sage of Monticello," the President most tied to his home and whose fingerprints are around every corner. Learn about Jefferson's pre-Presidency, his election and term, his family and scandals, as well as his iconic home! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information! Episode Page:    Season 1 Thomas Jefferson Episode-"Thomas Jefferson and Shadwell"Support the show (
S2 E2 John Adams and Peacefield
Mar 8 2022
S2 E2 John Adams and Peacefield
You think "Peace" and think "John Adams," right? We head back to Quincy for Peacefield, the home of John, Abigail, and John Quincy Adams, with four generations helping put an imprint on this home. Hear about John's growing political career, presidency, and about the impact of Abigail on his rise! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information! Episode Page:   Season 1 John Adams Episode-"John Adams and Braintree"Support the show (
S2 E1 George Washington and Mount Vernon
Mar 1 2022
S2 E1 George Washington and Mount Vernon
Our King—sorry, President—of Firsts and his mansion: George Washington's precedence setting presidency, his relationships, and, of course, his home, Mount Vernon! Both Washington and Mount Vernon are legendary for a reason! Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information! Episode Page:   Season 1 George Washington Episode-"George Washington and Pope Creek" Support the show (
On Presidents and Plantations: Exploring Slavery and the Presidents
Feb 24 2022
On Presidents and Plantations: Exploring Slavery and the Presidents
Season 2 is dominated by iconic Presidential Homes, many of which were built and operated using enslaved labor. What are we talking about when we discuss Presidents as slaveholders? How do sites interpret Presidents and a Plantations' past? Check out the website at VisitingthePresidents.com for visual aids, links, past episodes, recommended reading, and other information! Episode Page:   Support the show (