By Craig Turpin | for NJ Advance Media
U.S. Military encampment at the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township
First to vacation at the Jersey Shore
Kenneth Serfass, as Ulysses S. Grant, talks with Robert Costello, as President Abraham Lincoln, during a 2014 weekend encampment held on the grounds of the Cooper Gristmill in Chester Township. (NJ Advance Media file photo)
President Ulysses S. Grant became the first to vacation at the Jersey Shore, buying a home in Long Branch. He spent each summer of his presidency there.
Benjamin Harrison (1889-1892) was the next president to fall in love with The Shore, traveling in the summer to Congress Hall in Cape May. Woodrow Wilson spent one summer in 1916 at Shadow Lawn in West Long Branch.
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Escaping the ‘great white jail’
Former President Harry Truman and President Lyndon Johnson chat in the new Chief Executive’s old vice presidential offices near the White House. (Associated Press)
Sports Illustrated reported this week that Trump called the White House “a dump,” a claim the president took to Twitter to refute. But, he has said it is a hard place to call home.
While President Harry Truman may not have made similar comparisons, he certainly sought escape from the White House.
“This great white jail is a hell of a place in which to be alone,” Truman wrote in his White House diary in 1947. His retreat was the Little White House in Key West, Fla.
President George Washington’s Mount Vernon plantation in Alexandria, Va., served as the first president’s refuge away from Philadelphia. The nation’s second president, John Adams, was the first to live in the executive mansion in Washington, D.C., as the White House was originally known.
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