President Arthur’s Holiday at the Soldiers’ Home
By Erin Carlson Mast
Chester A. Arthur is the first and only President known to have resided in the Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home during the winter months, living there in the winter of 1882, and returning to the White House to entertain for the New Year.
Shortly after taking office, Arthur had 24 wagonloads of White House furnishings (some dating back to the early 1800s) carted off and sold at public auction. While the White House was being remodeled, Arthur lived at the Soldiers’ Home.