When did the White House Easter Egg Roll begin?

John Riley, Director of Education at the White House Historical Association in Washington D.C., describes the history of the White House Easter Egg Roll.

Eastern Traditions in the White House


Children in Washington D.C. enjoyed to do roll eggs on the Capitol grounds. However the Congress passed a law to prohibit kids to play in the area. In 1878, Rutherford Hayes and his wife ntroduced the custom of Easter egg rolling by children on the White House lawn.
Rutherford Hayes told the guard to let the children in and play on the south lawn. That started the tradition of Easter Egg Roll in the White House and it still has the tradition today.


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