LBJ’s boyhood home is in Johnson City. The ranch was in his family and he then purchased the house and property from his aunt. When you come off the highway, you first go through the State Park. Leave there, cross the Pedernales River, and you’ll come to the National Park portion. Driving the ranch is self guided, but you will need to purchase tickets to tour the house.
Along the National Park tour is a one room schoolhouse he attended, a replica of his boyhood home, and the cemetery where he, Ladybird, and his family are buried. The road takes you around a good portion of the land, so you see the show barn and various houses where I’m guessing caretakers or park rangers live. We also saw a few dozen deer, along with the cattle. We had to stop at one point for cows that were in the road. That’s the only kind of traffic issue I actually enjoy.
At the end of the tour is the house. It became known as the Texas Whitehouse because he spent a lot of time working from home. All the modern technology of the 60’s made that possible. They signed the house and a portion of the property over to the National Park service, but retained the right to live there. After Ladybird’s death in 2007, the house was put back to how it looked in the 60’s. Most of the items had been put in storage specifically for this. The ranger said some items had been found on Ebay as well. Honestly, the house was gorgeous. I would have moved right in, no renovations necessary.
We (all the adults and I) really enjoyed the tour. The little one got her Junior Ranger badge. The big one isn’t interested in that anymore, but he enjoyed it as well. On top of all the buildings, his plane is parked outside, and all his cars are housed in one building.