The John & Annie Glenn Historic Site, housed in John Glenn's boyhood home on Main Street in New Concord, Ohio, recognizes and honors the lives of the Glenns and relates the story of 20th Century America through the prism of their lives.
Visitors experience the past in a living history presentation on the main floor of the home. An actor in costume (one of five different characters) will greet you at the door and guide you through as though it is the day you are visiting only in 1937 (during the Great Depression) or 1944 (during WWII). You'll gain an understanding of how lives were significantly affected by these events. Learn why, in 1944, people were saving their grease and tin foil and why so many homes were displaying blue star flags. Enjoyed by all ages, it's a nostalgic trip back in time for older folks and a unique history lesson for younger ones.
Also included in the tour is a 20-minute movie on the lives of John & Annie Glenn and a guided tour of the top floor and galleries. You will see John's bedroom as it was when he was growing up there in the 1920's and 1930's. In another room, among many of his childhood toys, is his train and tricycle. Galleries contain memorabilia from Glenn's military and space careers. You'll see a 1/3 scale replica of the Friendship 7 space capsule in which he made his historic flight in 1962 and the original jumpsuit he wore immediately afterwards. Also proudly displayed are 3 of his military uniforms.
An elevator is available for handicapped use. A small gift shop is packed with lots of souvenirs.