While Woodrow Wilson spent his teenage years in Columbia, in a house on Hampton Street, there are 3 other Wilson homes open to the public. The Woodrow Wilson birthplace in Staunton, VA, the Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson in Augusta, GA and the Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC. The Woodrow Wilson Family Home in Columbia, managed by the Historic Columbia Foundation, is currently closed for restoration.
This month marks the 87th anniversary of Wilson’s death. He died on February 3rd, 1924, so for that and in honor of President’s Day, we rerun this article which originally appeared on February 1st, 2010.
The Wilson birthplace is part of the Woodrow Wilson Library and Museum . Operated by the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace Foundation, the centerpiece here is the former manse of the First Presbyterian Church where Wilson’s father served as pastor and where Wilson was born on December 28th, 1856. Adjacent to the house is the Woodrow Wilson museum which follows Wilson’s career from college professor and President of Princeton University to Governor of New Jersey to President of the United States. Exhibits include a replica of Wilson’s study at Princeton and his Pierce Arrow Limousine complete with Princeton Tiger on the hood. The Wilson Birthplace is about a 7 hour drive from Columbia.
The Woodrow Wilson Family Home at 1705 Hampton Street in Columbia was where the young President-to-be lived in Columbia from 1872-1874 when his father, Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson, taught at the Presbyterian Seminary then located at the Robert Mills House, and also served as the “Stated Supply” or interim minister at the First Presbyterian Church on the corner of Marion and Lady Streets. While the Wilsons were only in Columbia for four years, they had strong ties here and Dr. Wilson and his wife were buried in the First Presbyterian Church Cemetery. When Woodrow Wilson died in 1924, Columbia was considered as his burial place but the family plot was already filled. He was buried at the National Cathedral in Washington.
The Woodrow Wilson House in Washington, DC at 2340 S St NW, was Wilson’s retirement home after he left the Presidency in 1921. It is a property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has a large collection of Wilson’s personal items. It was in this house that Wilson died and a private funeral was held. His widow, Edith, lived here until her death in 1961. The Wilson home in Washington is about 472 miles from Columbia.
The Boyhood Home of Woodrow Wilson at 419 Seventh St, Augusta, GA, was the Wilson’s home from 1858-1870. It was here that Wilson had one of his earliest memories, that of someone announcing that, “Mr. Lincoln’s been elected, there will be a war.”. The Wilson Home in Augusta is about 1 ½ hours from Columbia.
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