This entire "circle of life" gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America's most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of an American president. In this presidential park, it is possible to trace the ancestry and heritage of our 36th President as well as his birth, childhood, political career, retirement, and death. Time spent at the visitor center and each of the historic areas will offer you a different perspective of President Lyndon Johnson's life.
The park has two visitor areas separated by about 14 miles: the Johnson Settlement/Visitor Center/Boyhood Home/Park Headquarters in Johnson City and the LBJ Ranch near Stonewall. A permanent exhibit gallery at the Visitor Center showcases Lyndon Johnson's life and accomplishments. Some of the items on exhibit are campaign memorabilia, gifts that President Johnson gave, and two of the LBJ Ranch branding irons. The President lived at his boyhood home from the age of five until his high school graduation in 1924. The home is furnished in the early to mid-1920s period and as such depicts a rural Texas lifestyle of 75 years ago. The Johnson Settlement houses the cattle droving headquarters established by Johnson's grandfather and great-uncle. The LBJ Ranch was where Johnson was born, lived, died, and was buried. After the President's death in 1973, Mrs. Johnson continued to live at the Ranch part time until her death in 2007. All of these locations are encompassed within the National Historic Park.