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Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum

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Address: 145 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382
Phone Number: 276-223-3484
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Description: The First Lady's Birthplace Museum, also her childhood home, speaks to the...
The First Lady's Birthplace Museum, also her childhood home, speaks to the life of one of the most influential, controversial, and politically significant women of the twentieth century. Edith Bolling [Galt] Wilson was not only the First Lady of President Woodrow Wilson, but is also a descendant of: Pocahontas, Martha Washington, Thomas Jefferson, J.E.B.Stuart and Robert E. Lee. The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum houses Bolling furniture, books, letters, art, photographs, and documents owned by Mrs. Wilson or donated by Bolling family members and friends. The second floor Bolling Home where the family lived is located above the Museum. While many historians have referred to Mrs. Wilson as “The Secret President” because of her role in our country’s history during the recovery of President Woodrow Wilson's debilitating stroke in 1919, there is much more to this 'story' … Please stop by to learn more about First Lady Edith Bolling [Galt] Wilson, from her birth to her incredible journey to the White House and beyond.
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Fascinating First Lady Museum

This fascinating museum is across the street from the Bolling Wilson Hotel. I did not recall knowing very much about Edith Bolling Wilson and enjoy learning more of the history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
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Blanchester, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

This fascinating museum is across the street from the Bolling Wilson Hotel. I did not recall knowing very much about Edith Bolling Wilson and enjoy learning more of the history of our great nation, so this museum did not disappoint. The co-founder of the museum was present to show us the collection and answer all our questions. We left the... More 

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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Our visit on 08/20/15: This recently opened tribute to a First Lady of great character and caring for her Presidential husband and our country is more than worth your time. We recommend the optional tour of Edith's birthplace/home as it will add much more meaning to what you will see and hear about in the museum. Additionally we recommend a... More 

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Knightdale, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

My husband and I with a couple friends visited this museum. We learned alot about an incredible woman in history who did so much for our country. I have three daughters and I will be finding a way to bring them all back. It is worth taking the tour upstairs plus you will learn alot more and see a "hint"... More 

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the birthplace and childhood home of Mrs. Wilson and for your kind review. Mrs. Wilson was such a forward-thinking woman for her times and a wonderful role model for young girls today. We hope you will return with your daughters so they can learn the story of Edith Bolling Wilson's journey from Wytheville to the White... More 

Taylors, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

I love the museum and plan on visiting it again and take the tour of Edith Bolling's living quarters on my next visit.

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you and we hope you will come back soon! More 

Malvern, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Her birthplace was above famous Skeeter's Hot Dogs. Bolling Wilson Hotel across st. Nice stop on vacation.

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum and Bolling Home and we hope you will come back again. More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

A local family has chosen to preserve this building and the contributions of Edith Bolling Wilson. The video presentation and artifacts were interesting. We really enjoyed the personal tour (small fee) which enhanced everything else in the museum. We even found out that Girl Scouts can earn a badge here. The founder suggested we head across the street to check... More 

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the birthplace of Edith Bolling Wilson and we are glad you found First Lady Mrs. Wilson's connection to Girl Scouts of interest. As First Honorary President of Girl Scouts in 1917, Mrs. Wilson was a role model for young girls at that time and continues in that role today. Too, we hope you enjoyed visiting the... More 

Keeling, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Didn't know it existed but we really enjoyed it. It would be great for a history lover or as a extra credit trip for a school kid.

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

Yes, the museum is a wonderful resource for students and school groups. Mrs. Wilson's journey from Wytheville to the White House is so intriguing and we invite all age groups to visit! More 

West Chester, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

A small start up museum, arranged very well with a video introduction. The staff are passionate in their mission to preserve and spread the word. Buy, try the hoecakes, a recipe from Mrs. Wilson, direct descendent of Pocohontas!

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

We appreciate your kind remarks about our media presentation and the personal recommendation of Mrs. Wilson's Hoecake Mix. The Hoecake Mix is the First Lady's own recipe and is simply delicious! (The Hoecake Mix is available for purchase on the museum's website.) More 

Fishersville, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

This little museum truly takes you back in time. Nothing fancy but so much history of Woodrow Wilson's second wife, her birth in the building, her life before becoming the Presidents wife. A must if you go to Wytheville.

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting the only birthplace museum of a First Lady in Virginia and for sharing your experience to the museum with others. The Bolling Home is such a treasure and worthy of preservation. Please come back and visit again! More 

Chesterfield, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

My wife and I and another couple were in Wytheville Sprint for Scholarships 5K Race/Walk. After the race we stayed to visit some of the sites. We found the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum on the official Wytheville Internet page. The museum is on the first floor of the building where Ms. Wilson was born. It is in a business... More 

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edithbollingwilson, Manager at Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum, responded to this review

We are so happy you visited Wytheville and found the Edith Bolling Wilson Museum. Thank you for your detailed positive review of your tour and for haring your thoughts about the importance of this influential and historically significant First Lady. It is rewarding that others recognize the contributions she made during her "stewardship to our country". More 

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