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“Combined museum and house visit”

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace
Ranked #4 of 37 things to do in Staunton
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Reviewed July 18, 2014

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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Reviewed July 12, 2014

We had an excellent docent for the tour...she was knowledgeable and put what we were seeing into the historical context.

Thank William E
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

We had an educated and enjoyable tour of Woodrow Wilson's original birthplace and home. Our tour guide was experienced and she certainly knew what she was talking about. A great stop for history lovers!

Thank Rich C
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Reviewed June 14, 2014

Staff were really nice, so warm and welcoming. There is a fee but it does cost money to maintain historic sites so the admission amount is reasonable. We forgot to ask for senior rate and could have saved a few bucks. You can spend about 2-3 hours at the location. Informational video, small gift shop, guided tour of the house, and a small museum with artifacts from President Wilson's personal and professional history at Princeton and Washington DC. Located in historic section of Staunton so the streets are hilly and one way so I got a little confused when trying to find parking. We parked in a metered parking lot we found on the next block but later discovered that there was a small parking lot around the back of the property. Buildings are sort of accessible and there are two handicap parking spots near museum. But otherwise, you are walking up and down hilly streets to get around the neighborhood.

I really didn't know much about President Wilson's presidency so this visit provided a lot of information and perspective about what was occurring in the country with respect to slavery and religion when he was born and what shaped him as man who would become president. I think the location is more for adults or perhaps teens interested in history.

Thank RestedSister
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Reviewed May 18, 2014

The house where Woodrow Wilson was born is an interesting place to visit. You purchase a ticket at the museum and are then assigned to a guided tour. It is a short tour, your visit the "slave rooms" first which are in the basement and then go upstairs to where the family lived. The room where the future president was born is there. His father was a minister and the house belonged to the church. Next door is the museum with lots of memorabilia and even the presidential limo. Allow at least an hour for the museum and another half hour for the house tour and to visit the gift shop. It will be time well spent.

Thank Zabelle
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