The home was built in 1940 and was purchased by the Bush family in 1951 for $9,000 (equivalent to $83,000 in 2016). They lived in the 1,400-square-foot (130 m2) home until late 1955. It was also the earliest childhood home of Governor Jeb Bush. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2004. It was purchased for $100,000 to become the museum, which had its opening dedication on April 11, 2006.