Come experience a piece of history in the beautiful Ozark Mountains. At one bedroom and 1,800 square feet, this unassuming house in Fayetteville, Arkansas, is like many other homes that surround it. However, this home has a special place in history.
Not only did a future U.S. president and U.S. senator call this their first home, but they were married right in the living room. Bill Clinton took Hillary Rodham's hand in marriage 17 years before he would be elected president of the United States. Here is your chance to see the house that served as a backdrop for that day in October of 1975. Come view a faithful replica of Hillary's wedding dress.
Witness rarely seen memorabilia of Clinton's early political career, building his campaigns for U.S. House of Representatives and state attorney general. Also, study some of Clinton's earliest political speeches showcasing his unique style that would eventually be discovered by millions across the globe.
Follow a timeline to put their Fayetteville years in perspective. Explore the University of Arkansas campus, where the Clintons taught at the law school. Visit our unique Gift Shop, discovering books, mementos, and much more.
Hillary Clinton received a thunderous applause and a downpour of balloons on Thursday, July 28, 2016, as she accepted the Democratic nomination for President of the United States of America. The first woman to be nominated for President by a major political party, this marks a major historic milestone in American history.
“And so it is with humility … determination … and boundless confidence in America’s promise … that I accept your nomination for President of the United States!” Hillary stated.
Her speech recounted memories of growing up and working hard for opportunities. There is no doubt that she and Bill Clinton were setting the stage for history during their time in Fayetteville, Arkansas in the 1970’s though they may not have thought so at the time. Hillary mentioned her start with Bill and how it paved the way for where she is today - “And Bill, that conversation we started in the law library 45 years ago is still going strong.”
Former President Bill Clinton recounts their time together in Northwest Arkansas
On the night in which delegates at the Democratic National Convention officially nominated former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as the party's candidate for president of the United States, former President Bill Clinton recalled the couple's early days, including their first house where they eventually married -- now the Clinton House Museum.
By formally securing the nomination, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton becomes the first woman in the United States to lead a major party's ticket for the White House.
As the keynote speaker Tuesday, Bill Clinton shared stories about their life together in Arkansas, first recounting their time in Fayetteville. Both Clintons taught at the University of Arkansas School of Law and Secretary Clinton founded the first legal aid clinic in Northwest Arkansas before Bill became attorney general. They then would go on to serve as the state's governor and first lady.
In the speech President Clinton said:
“[O]ne day I was driving her to the airport to fly back to Chicago when we passed this little brick house that had a for sale sign on it. And she said, boy, that’s a pretty house. It had 1,100 square feet, an attic, fan and no air conditioner in hot Arkansas, and a screened-in porch.