DIXON – The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home has been open to the public since the day the then-president visited in 1984.
On Thursday, that will have been exactly 30 years ago. To commemorate that day, the home’s board of directors, staff and volunteer will have a public kickoff of a yearlong celebration with an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. that day.
Refreshments will be served in the Visitors Center, and free tours will be offered of the home, 816 S. Hennepin Ave. Street parking and front-door access is available.
President Reagan visited the home on Feb. 6, 1984, with First Lady Nancy Reagan and his brother, Neil. During a birthday celebration speech later that day, the president remarked that if the house had looked that good when the family lived there, they might never have left. President Reagan received a key to the home that day.
The Reagan family moved into the home in 1920, just before the future president turned 10, and lived there until 1923.