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Ronald Reagan’s movie star ranch opens to guests for one day only

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Ronald Reagan’s movie star ranch is only open to guests for one day as John Hinckley Jr. – who was convicted in 1981 of murdering the former president – is released unconditionally

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Former President Ronald Reagan’s swanky movie-star ranch, which once served as the “Western White House,” opened its doors on October 3 for just one day. home circa 1872, where the former president would go to relax and get away from the hustle and bustle of Washington DC. Reagan’s property includes a visitor center complete with exhibits that guests are welcome to visit, but Sunday’s event gave a select few the chance to get a much more accurate look at his and his wife Nancy’s former living quarters. Reagan was seen in photos during his time as president and governor of California riding his horses on land, meeting members of the press and foreign dignitaries, and spending time with his family.

Former President Ronald Reagan's 688-acre ranch includes a lake, a garage for his trucks, and a stable for his horses.

Former President Ronald Reagan’s 688-acre ranch includes a lake, a garage for his trucks, and a stable for his horses.

It sits atop the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara County, California.

It sits atop the Santa Ynez Mountains in Santa Barbara County, California.

The property features a small house from 1872 where Reagan would retire to escape the hustle and bustle of DC.

The property features a small house from 1872 where Reagan would retire to escape the hustle and bustle of DC.

The property also included a garage for Reagan to store his trucks and cars.

The property also included a garage for Reagan to store his trucks and cars.

On Sunday, a select group of people were allowed to view the property.  Normally, visitors are only allowed to visit an adjacent visitor center, complete with Reagan-themed exhibits.

On Sunday, a select group of people were allowed to view the property. Normally, visitors are only allowed to visit an adjacent visitor center, complete with Reagan-themed exhibits.

The Reagans bought the ranch in 1974 and renamed it Rancho del Cielo.  “From the first day we saw it, Rancho del Cielo mesmerized it,” Reagan once said, according to the Young America's Foundation.

The Reagans bought the ranch in 1974 and renamed it Rancho del Cielo. “From the first day we saw it, Rancho del Cielo mesmerized it,” Reagan once said, according to the Young America’s Foundation. “No place before or after has ever given Nancy and me the joy and serenity it gives.”

Reagan and his wife Nancy posed with their dog at the ranch for a photo while he was president.

Reagan and his wife Nancy posed with their dog at the ranch for a photo while he was president.

A portrait of Ronald Reagan with Nancy and his son Ronnie at the ranch when he ran for governor of California.

A portrait of Ronald Reagan with Nancy and his son Ronnie at the ranch when he ran for governor of California.

In an interview, Reagan once said that he and Nancy fell in love with the property when they first saw it.

In an interview, Reagan once said that he and Nancy fell in love with the property when they first saw it.

Reagan is pictured enjoying his 1980s ranch, after branding it his favorite spot.

Reagan is pictured enjoying his 1980s ranch, after branding it his favorite spot.

Reporters asked Reagan and Nancy questions at the ranch in 1980.

Reporters asked Reagan and Nancy questions at the ranch in 1980.

In his spare time, Reagan liked to groom his horses and go horseback riding.

In his spare time, Reagan liked to groom his horses and go horseback riding.

He and Nancy also used the site to greet Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

He and Nancy also used the site to greet Queen Elizabeth II in 1983.

Reagan spent much of his time on the ranch chopping wood.

Reagan spent much of his time on the ranch chopping wood.

The private tour of his property comes when Reagan's would-be killer is released unconditionally.  Last week, a federal judge ruled that John Hinckley Jr., now 66, could be released from all of his remaining restrictions next year.  Pictured: Hinckley Jr's mugshot in 1981.

The private tour of his property comes when Reagan’s would-be killer is released unconditionally. Last week, a federal judge ruled that John Hinckley Jr., now 66, could be released from all of his remaining restrictions next year. Pictured: Hinckley Jr’s mugshot in 1981.

John Hinckley Jr is now 66 years old and facing unconditional release from the restrictions imposed on him.  He was just 25 when he shot and injured the 40th president outside a Washington hotel.  The shooting left Reagan's press secretary James Brady paralyzed and injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty.

John Hinckley Jr is now 66 years old and facing unconditional release from the restrictions imposed on him. He was just 25 when he shot and injured the 40th president outside a Washington hotel. The shooting left Reagan’s press secretary James Brady paralyzed and injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy and Washington police officer Thomas Delahanty.

The shooting outside a Washington hotel injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy.  Reagan was shot in the arm and spent several days in the hospital.

The shooting outside a Washington hotel injured Secret Service agent Timothy McCarthy. Reagan was shot in the arm and spent several days in the hospital.

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