White House Trivia


In D.C., 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue is the home of The White House, the brainchild of George Washington. When the idea of a house for the president was first conceived, however, our country was just in its early stage. Everything about the process of building a nation was new, involving coming up with a design for the home that would be the residence and working space of the president of the United States.

In order to brainstorm architectural ideas, Thomas Jefferson suggested an open forum for people to submit potential house designs. Ultimately, John Adams was actually the first president to sleep in the house on November 1, 1800.

The following day, he penned a letter to his wife, Abigail, which consisted of these words: “I pray heaven to bestow the best of blessings on this house, and all that shall hereafter reside it. May none but wise and honest men ever rule under this roof.” Remarkably, years later, Franklin Roosevelt had Adam’s words memorialized in the state dining room on the mantle.

Reconstruction began on the house immediately thereafter, and James Monroe was the first president to move back into the house when that project was finished. Once that framework was installed, the rooms were put back together essentially as they were before, and the timber from the demolished beams was sawn into paneling that was then installed in the house. During the Kennedy administration, Jackie Kennedy decorated the house in a style designed to reflect its marvelous story and history.

Moreover, even though the White House was the original structure, nowadays the complex encompasses several buildings that have been included in accommodate its purposes and the business that takes place there. The property sits on 18 acres, a sprawling, picturesque plot of land and gardens, and a number of the oldest trees on the site are magnolias that were planted by Andrew Jackson.

Another interesting facts?

The first public rally there was for the women’s suffrage movement on January 10, 1917.

Things changed shortly after the beginning of the 1900s, but up until then, all the staff at the White House were selected by the president himself, and they were compensated by him personally.

And, for some numbers? As it stands nowadays, the White House has 35 bathrooms, 28 fireplaces, and 5 full-time chefs.

What does any of this have to do with a modern motorcoach company? Well, just this. Some of the things we do is give quality group transportation to people who have an interest in sightseeing. We prefer being the wheels behind discovery, adventure, and knowledge, and viewing well-known locations is just one of the ways we facilitate this. Maybe you’re not headed to check out the White House for the very first time with a tour or sightseeing group, but you might want to see something else. And if that’s the situation, we will cater a sightseeing trip that’s specific to the interests of your group. So, next time you’re up for an adventure, let us make it a reality!

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