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Southern retreats fit for a president

Published: Jan/Feb 2001

Several U.S. presidents found solace in the South, including Grover Cleveland.

Between his two presidencies, Cleveland vacationed and hunted in Jefferson Island, La., where he visited his Massach-usetts neighbor Joseph Jefferson, an American comedian best known for playing the lead role in Rip Van Winkle.

At Jefferson’s Louisiana hunting lodge, Cleveland would sit beneath a 300-year-old oak tree which still stands in the midst of the Rip Van Winkle Gardens. The gardens, Joseph Jefferson Home and adjacent guest cottages are open to the public.

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– Lynn Grisard Fullman

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