We visit many Presidential sites, and we enjoyed this visit to the Museum and birthplace. President Wilson's home in Washington DC has many more personal objects, but this tour of his birthplace gives good background on his family and of family life of a well respected and well paid minister of the time (his father). A few tips.
It opens at 9:00 a.m. We parked in the parking lot in back (signs will direct you off of E Beverley Street.) There are two handicapped spaces next to the museum. If you park in the lot, you have a lovely short walk through the garden.We bought our tickets in the gift shop. They were $14 for adults and $12 for persons over 60. No government funds are used for upkeep fees are necessary. We then did a self tour in the museum which has timelines, objects, photos of his family , as well as displays on immigration and other pertinent social issues (WWII is not a focal point here.)
On the hour, starting at 10 AM, guided tours are given of the Birthplace. The downstairs has the kitchen, cook's bedroom, , and an informal dining room. Upstairs is the parlor, dining room, the parents' bedroom where the President was born, and his father's study. Some original furnishings from the Wilson's remain, but most are period pieces. Guides explain the functions of the items very well as share information on the president. If you ask questions, you will get a lot more information!
The museum and Birthplace are in a lovely part of old Staunton. Take time to walk or at least drive around a bit to see the houses and the Mary Baldwin College campus.
TheWilson Library is also in the same block with the Museum and birthplace, but it appears to be open by appointment for research.
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