Former President Bill Clinton's story is being told, again, now that federal parks sites have been re-opened.
Former President Bill Clinton's story is being told, again, now that federal parks sites have been re-opened. The President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site returned to regular business hours on Oct. 17. The site is the home in which Clinton spent the first formative years of his life with his mother, Virginia Clinton Kelly, and grandparents. “We are excited, happy to be back at work and welcome visitors to President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site,” Superintendent Laura Miller said. “Autumn is a particularly special season to enjoy all that the National Park Service has to offer.” The facility had been closed to public access since Oct. 1 as the result of a lapse in Congressional funding for National Parks Service sites during Congressional budgeting and debt negotiations, which left federal facilities in limbo for about 16 days. “The site grounds are always accessible, and the visitor center is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.,” Miller said. “Admission is free.” The Clinton Birthplace Home, Virginia Clinton Kelly Memorial Garden and visitor center were formally accepted by the National Parks Service in ceremonies which Clinton attended on April 16, 2011, but had been operated by the NPS since December, 2010. The home was originally restored and furnished with period furnishings by the Clinton Birthplace Foundation, Inc., and first opened to the public under its operation in 1997.