Harding Home

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President Warren G. Harding’s Home, open to the public as a museum, is known for its Death Clock and Finch of Doom. The Death Clock, a wedding gift to the Hardings, hangs on the wall above the staircase. On August 2, 1973, at 7:30 p.m., the clock inexplicably stopped. The time was exactly 50 years after Harding’s death. One week later, it started to run again. The Finch of Doom was Mrs. Harding’s pet finch Petey, but Mrs. Harding wasn’t fond of him — she had named him after an ex-husband. Petey never sang at night, except one time, and Mrs. Harding thought it a bad omen. Mr. Harding died shortly after, but Petey outlived both President Harding and Mrs. Harding. Petey is now stuffed under a glass jar.

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Geographic Information

Address:
380 Mt Vernon Ave
Marion, OH 43302
United States

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GPS:
40.586573, -83.12160699999998
County:
Marion County, Ohio
Nearest Towns:
Marion, OH (0.4 mi.)
Green Camp, OH (6.0 mi.)
Morral, OH (8.5 mi.)
Caledonia, OH (8.7 mi.)
Waldo, OH (9.1 mi.)
Prospect, OH (10.0 mi.)
New Bloomington, OH (10.2 mi.)
Harpster, OH (12.6 mi.)
Cardington, OH (13.4 mi.)
Edison, OH (13.8 mi.)

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Web:
http://www.hardinghome.org/

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  1. Your information on President Harding’s home is not correct. The clock didn’t start up again a week later; it has to be started manually and all you have to do is make sure it’s wound and just give the pendulum a push with your hand.

    And your comments about Petey the bird aren’t entirely correct either. How do I know? I have worked there for more than 20 years.

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