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“Woodrow Wilson Library and Birthplace”

Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum
Ranked #3 of 35 things to do in Staunton
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West Palm Beach, Florida
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Woodrow Wilson Library and Birthplace”
Reviewed August 29, 2012

We visited the Woodrow Wilson Library and Birthplace in Staunton VA. Quite a well planned location. He lived in his house only until he was 2 years old and then moved South. The visit is more to a setting of a living site from the late 1800's rather than a president's upbringing. The library is not an "official" presidential library. Rather, it's a local effort to preserve much of his personal history, his accomplishments and his frustrations. There were many who disagreed with the US entry into World War I. To memorialize this, the basement has a replica of a European trench with models of weapons and a GI (doughboy?).. Overall, it's a good - but not exceptional - history tour. A restored pierce Arrow was a highlight Overall, a must if you're in the area. But not worth a long detour.

Visited August 2012
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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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97 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
“A Good Man”
Reviewed August 26, 2012

While returning home from a few days at the Homestead in Hot Springs, Va, we stopped at this attraction. Admission price includes a tour of the home next door where he grew up and a visit to a modest exhibit about his life and presidency. This is not your average Presidential Library as it is not supported by the federal government. 2 hours is plenty of time to learn about the life of Woodrow Wilson. Parking is easy, food is accessable within walking distance and it's easy to reach off interstate 81. Don't miss the WW1 exhibit in the basement as it literally walks you through the trenches of this historic conflict. A visit is a nice way to break up a long car ride if your in the area.

Visited August 2012
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Lake Elsinore, California
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“while visiting the town”
Reviewed July 30, 2012

A bit pricey for a family but since I was alone it was ok. There are lots of pieces from the era and if you're a history buff, you'll love it. If your not a history buff, and I am not, there are many things to enjoy. The guided tour was my favorite part and the guide was very knowledgeable. The only downfall of the tour is that we could not visit the third story of the house.

Visited July 2012
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“A good stop on a road trip.”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

We stopped by on the way down 81. They offer discounts for students and AAA so don't forget your card!

The house tour was very thorough but not too long either and definitely worth going on to get more information about both the Wilson family and Staunton.

His restored car is in the museum down the street along with some other artifacts from his life.

A good pre-dinner stop on a road trip.

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“Very nice Library and Museum”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

There is a guided tour of Wilson's birthplace. It was informative. The house is very nice and in excellent condition. They have guiding tour group around the premises down to a science. The house is next to the library. The library and museum is small but nicely done. This is a self guided tour. Everything you would to know about Wilson and his family is presented. Downstairs is a WWI trench and information about that war. There is also his beautifully restored car. It takes about 2 hours if you read everything.

Visited July 2012
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