Visiting The Lbj Ranch And Park
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of the 36th president through its Visitor Center, his boyhood home, the Johnson Settlement, and the LBJ ranch.
The Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park includes the Lyndon B. Johnson Visitor Center, the 36th president's boyhood home, the Johnson Settlement, and the LBJ ranch.
The park visitor center is located in Johnson City, Texas just two blocks south of U. S. Highway 290 at 100 Lady Bird Lane. Exhibits include the Great Society Wall which highlights the accomplishments of the Lyndon Johnson presidency in the fields of civil rights, consumer protection, arts and humanities, health, poverty, education, foreign affairs, space, and environment. An audio and video timeline chronicles Lyndon B. Johnson's life, career, and 20th century world events. The education exhibit recreates the scene where Johnson signed a landmark education bill. A book store and educational gift shop are also available.
One block from the visitor center is the home where Johnson lived from age 5 until he married at age 26. This Victorian home was built in 1901 and purchased by Sam Ealy Johnson Jr. in 1913. During the presidency of Lyndon Johnson the home was used as a community center. In 1969 Congress designated it as an Historic Site. The National Park Service restored the home to its appearance during the mid-1920s, which were Johnson's teenage years, and opened it for public tours in 1973.
The Johnson Settlement is about a ten minute walk from the visitor center. (A road is available only for use by handicapped persons.) Johnson's paternal grandparents, Sam and Eliza Johnson, lived here during the 1860s. Visitors may tour their original dog-trot cabin and a stone barn. A corral of longhorn cattle, a windmill, and a chuckwagon can also be seen. The exhibit center explains life on the open range. This is a self-guided walking tour; tour maps are available.
The LBJ Ranch, which is 14 miles from the visitor center, can only be seen on a ranger-guided bus tour that lasts about one hour and fifteen minutes. Sites passed include the home of Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson, which was known as the Texas White House during his presidency. Visitors can tour his reconstructed birthplace which is the only presidential birth place reconstructed, historically furnished, and interpreted by an incumbent president. The tour continues through the working ranch where Johnson showcased prize-winning Hereford cattle past the one room schoolhouse he attended. The tour bus ride concludes with a visit to the Johnson family cemetery where Johnson was laid to rest with four generations of his family.
Special programs conducted throughout the year include talks by rangers, wildflower walks, and lectures by guests. The visitor center can provide details of upcoming programs.