Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Woodrow Wilson's Birthplace: Staunton, Virginia

My son and I drove into Staunton, Virginia not knowing anything about Woodrow Wilson's birthplace until we saw the signs along the main road.  Hey, if you're this close and you have time, why not?

Wilson was the 28th President of the United States and was born in this house on December 28, 1856.  Clearly, Wilson was born into privilege.  This stately house sits at the top of a hill overlooking the town below.  I suspect in 1856 it was one of the larger houses in town.  

We opted not to pay the $12 per person to tour the house and museum, but walked around the house and looked into the museum window, where his presidential car is on display.  Because of bad reflections on the window, I din't get a good picture of the car, but you can see it online.  

An interesting fact I did not know is that Wilson was unable to read until he was 10 years old.  Who knew?


  1. $12? That's a little rediculous. I understand there is overhead and so on, but a $3 entry fee would not prevent people from entering, therefore more people would come through the museum and they would collect more fees. Just sayin'.

  2. Even a modest $5 or $8 would have been reasonable to me, but $12 was just the tipping point for me.

  3. I just received my May 2012 edition of Smithsonian Magazine. As it happens, Staunton, Virginia is listed as one of their Top 10 small towns in America! When I was in Staunton, looking over the downtown area from the hill housing Wilson's birthplace, it looked like a great place to explore and take pictures, but I didn't have a lot of time. Perhaps I will revisit this town in the future.