One of the few original Presidential birthplaces open to the public, this property offers an authentic picture of family life ... More
Woodrow Wilson Birthplace & Presidential Library
One of the few original Presidential birthplaces open to the public, this property offers an authentic picture of family life in the pre-Civil War Shenandoah Valley. Adjacent to the birthplace is the nation's only gallery museum featuring the life and times of this remarkable leader and the research archives are open to the public by appointment.
I enjoyed seeing the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson. Although he only lived in this house for a short time, it was interesting to see a house with some of the original furniture and fixtures from that time. The house and gardens were big and beautiful. The museum had more to see and read than we could get to before they were ready to close. It even had a little area for kids to dress up in vintage clothes.
The place was supposed to be open on a Sunday, but we waited for more than an hour after "opening" time and then left because nobody came to open up the museum and library! The gardens are beautiful, but the visit was disappointing.
I found this a very interesting place to visit. The museum part took us at least 45 minutes to review. It gives you a lot of background on his family, his roots, his education and his presidency.
The tours of the house are guided so try to time your visit to allow enough time for the museum.
If you are taking the free trolley there is a stop right at the house.