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“Learned some interesting things....” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Woodrow Wilson Birthplace

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
Ranked #4 of 35 things to do in Staunton
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Jackson
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68 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Learned some interesting things....”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2013

We enjoyed this tour of the home of his birth. Interesting to see how they lived back in the day.
Small tour but tour guide did a good job with interesting stories. His beautiful old car, good
short movie and make sure to go downstairs in the museum, great war info. Glad we went, nice memory. Interesting to see how much about politics remains the same 100 years later! $12.00 entrance fee. The town of Staunton has a nice historic district with some good antique stores and places to eat!

Visited August 2013
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washington dc
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79 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
“Well done”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2013

We took the tour with our teenage son, and each of us enjoyed it. Our guide shared a lot of information and could answer most of the questions that the group shot at him. And he didn't sugar-coat things like Wilson's dyslexia, the family's use of slaves, etc.

The house itself is impressive, a 4000-sq-ft brick home built in the 1830s or so for the leader of a Presbyerian congregation (Wilson's dad was hired for that job). A few pieces in the home belonged to the Wilson family, but most are of the right period but not of the family.

Visited August 2013
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Adrian, Michigan
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2,118 reviews
562 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 822 helpful votes
“Good Tour”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2013

We visited the Wilson Birthplace after going through the museum (one inclusive ticket). It turned out Wilson only lived there during the first few months of his early life but it was still interesting to hear a bit about that household. Born in a Presbyterian parsonage, Wilson seemingly received a very good upbringing and the tour highlights his early years. We did feel that the tour was a bit rushed as our guide was hesitant to answer questions because she was afraid that the next tour would be on our heels. As it turned out, however, we only used 35 of the 45 minutes allotted so it seems like she had been rushed unnecessarily. It was still an informative tour, however, and worth the time.

Visited May 2013
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Aurora, Colorado
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Very informative, a piece of history!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2013

My wife and I visited this home and took the guided tour. We got to the office where you buy your tickets just as a young woman was leaving to take a group on a tour through the home so the man selling tickets just took us right outside so we could join the group and told us "You can just come back and settle up later." When is the last time you had that happen?!

You can start off with about a 10 minute video about Woodrow Wilson where you buy yourt tickets and then take a tour through the home. The tour probably only took about 20 minutes but was very interesting. You see the "basement" which is where the cooking took place and the slaves lived, and the first floor, where the Wilson's entertained, etc. You don't get to see the second floor.

The young woman providing the tour was fairly knowledgable and it was particularly interesting to see some of the items in the house that belonged to the the Wilsons themselves. All of the furnishings are from the period so it provides insight into what a household in that era was like - cooking, cleaning, hosting guests, etc. Between that and the narrative provided by the guide you get a good idea of what life was like in the period, as well as lots of background on Woodrow Wilson himself.

There is a small pubic parking lot right behind the home, which is very convenient, and the museum is right next to the home. As I mentioned earlier, the gentleman selling tickets was awesome and very friendly.

Visited May 2013
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Perth, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013

This is a great place to visit, very interesting, especially his Scottish roots which we found very interesting. The staff are very friendly and told us about him being buried in Washington Cathedral and we were able to visit this when we returned to Washington DC, we were proud to see that his tomb bears Scottish thistles.

Visited April 2013
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