Grouseland, William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison was not an especially impressive president — in case you don’t recognize his name, he’s the one who died a month into office of pneumonia, which he contracted by refusing to wear a coat to his cold and wet March inauguration, at which he spoke for a record two hours — and Grouseland is not a particularly impressive estate. But Indiana is very proud of it. It’s advertised as “the first brick home in Indiana,” “the center of Indiana government,” and ‘a fortress in times of unease.” To the extent that William Henry Harrison is mentioned at all in its promotional materials, it’s as the Governor of Indiana more than the short-lived President of the United States. But it’s still worth a visit, if only to pay homage to our shortest-lived president, and more importantly, to the last season of Parks and Recreation, during which William Henry Harrison plays a role perhaps even more prominent than the one he played in the Oval Office. Besides, when else are you going to visit Indiana?
Local tip: Do not, under any circumstances, bring up the reason for William Henry Harrison’s absurdly short stint in office.
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