The Little National Park with the Long Name

When the National Park Service designates new sites, officials take care to name the park in honor of its founding mission and purpose. But they don’t necessarily consider the name’s ease of use.  Case in point: President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site (whew!).  Let’s take a virtual tour around the park and inside the home.

This national historic site in Hope, Arkansas, became part of the National Park Service exactly 11 years ago today.  The focal point of the park is the 2½-story home where former President Clinton spent his formative years.  Constructed in 1917, the frame house was built in “American foursquare” style, so called because of its square floor plan.

The restored interior has been restored to look as it did in the 1950s, when little Billy lived there with his mother and maternal grandparents. Visitors can see his small childhood bedroom when they tour the home with park rangers, as well as other rooms upstairs and downstairs.  

The adjacent NPS visitor center features interpretive exhibits focusing on the life of the 42nd President, as well as JNPA’s park store, which features a range of curated products relating to the former President. 

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