Monday, March 18, 2013

Woodrow Wilson in Virginia

Did you know that the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library in Staunton, VA is the only Presidential Library in Virginia (despite Virgina's heritage as home to eight Presidents)?  I had the pleasure of touring the museum, Wilson's actual birthplace, and the gardens behind the house, even though the weather today was a bit damp and snowy. 

 (WWPL Photo)

Wilson only lived in Staunton for the first 16 months of his life (his father was a Presbyterian minister and they moved a few times) and his last visit was in 1912.  Today the complex comprises his birthplace, a museum with artifacts from his life and times, and the Presidential Library.

 The museum is housed in this building:

This is the left side of the house he was born in which is now furnished as it was when he lived there just before the Civil War.  

 Another photo of his lovely birthplace:

 The gardens behind the house are beautiful, even in snow:

The garden club of Virginia planted a boxwood garden.  Can't wait to see this in spring!

A highlight is Wilson's fully restored Pierce-Arrow.  Any car buff would drool over this:

We're so lucky in Virginia to have so much history right in our own backyard.  

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