C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb’s 5 Favorite Presidential Grave Sites

C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb has seen them all, but these 5 are his favorites.


Brian Lamb, who founded C-SPAN, isn't just a Congress buff. He's likes all history, even that of dead presidents. After all, he and C-SPAN just reissued their Who's Buried in Grant's Tomb? A Tour of Presidential Gravesites with a new note from historian Richard Norton Smith.

And while Lamb is a famous nonpartisan, we got him to pick his five favorite presidential grave sites in honor of Presidents Day. But first, a little background. Like his pal Smith, Lamb has visited all of the presidential graves, but he has one-upped the historian. Lamb has also visited all but one vice presidential site. The missing one: the private grave of Nelson Rockefeller.

So Lamb has a good idea of what makes a notable resting place. And for him, it's one that incorporates a president's home with his approach to life and country. As a result, four of his top five picks are for presidents who were buried at their homes. The fifth, Ronald Reagan's Simi Valley, Calif., grave, is on top of a mountain and, says Lamb, has a view just like that of the Gipper's favorite ranch home.

The List:

  1. Calvin Coolidge, Plymouth Cemetery, Plymouth, Vt.
  2. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Hyde Park, N.Y.
  3. Ronald Reagan, mountaintop in Simi Valley, Calif.
  4. James Madison, Montpelier Station, Va.
  5. Lyndon B. Johnson, LBJ Ranch, Texas
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