The Reconstructed Birthplace
While Lyndon Johnson’s original birthplace was torn down in the 1940s, he took pride in his Texan roots and hired architect J. Roy White to reconstruct his birthplace in 1964. White relied on old photographs and descriptions from the Johnson family to make the home as similar to the original as possible; he even salvaged materials from the original home such as limestone and lumber which were used during the reconstruction of the house. From the teddy bear that resembles Lyndon Johnson’s favorite childhood toy to the authentic wood burning stove in the kitchen, admire the careful detail put into the reconstructed home. It will take you back to Johnson’s childhood.
The Johnson Family Home
The Johnson family home, better known as the Texas White House was not only where Johnson’s family roots were planted, but also became the center of political activity during the Johnson Administration. Johnson was one of the only presidents to create a functioning White House outside of Washington DC. The President and Mrs. Johnson generously donated this gift to the National Park Service; under the condition they would retain a lifetime right to use the home. The home was used by the Johnson family until the death of Mrs. Johnson in 2007.
The Structure of the Home
The original structure of the Johnson family home was built by a German immigrant from native limestone in 1894. The house has seen several generations of Johnsons and has had a considerable amount of additions and other renovations over the years that have expanded the size of the house.
Don’t Miss the Hangar and Airstrip
Shortly after purchasing the home, President Johnson had a hangar and airstrip constructed just behind the Johnson family home. While President Johnson’s Air Force One 707 was too large to land at the Texas White House, Johnson had smaller jets that often landed at the LBJ Ranch called Jetstars.
The Johnson Family Home Today
Take a self-guided tour of the first floor of the Johnson family home. See President Johnson’s office, a place he went to think as well as the living and dining areas where the family spent the majority of their time. Rooms restored to their 1963-1968 appearance will take you back to the days of the Johnson Administration.
History of the Johnson Family Cemetery
President Lyndon B. Johnson was laid to rest in the Johnson Family Cemetery in 1973 after suffering from his third heart attack. Other notable family members who have been laid under the southern live oak trees include Mrs. Lyndon B. Johnson and Frank and Clarence Martin, President Johnson’s aunt and uncle.
The Johnson Family Cemetery Today
While the Johnson Family Cemetery sits in the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park and you are welcome to admire the scenic surroundings that Johnson himself once described as, “quiet and peaceful”, it is privately owned by the Johnson family. It’s important you respect the family’s request and do not enter the cemetery.
While all facilities at the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch are accessible by wheelchair, it is important you let your reservations agent know ahead of time if you or someone in your party is handicapped, so that they can make sure to accommodate your group in the most convenient and comfortable setting.
Don’t forget your camera; whether it’s the scenic surroundings of the Texas hills, or the incredible landmarks throughout LBJ Ranch, there will be moments you won’t want to forget.
Take a personal look into the life of President Lyndon B. Johnson and discover what it was he loved so much about the Hill Country.