Visiting Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace


Visiting presidential birthplaces is a great way to learn about our American history. Recently we were on a road trip coming home from Philadelphia and saw a small brown sign telling us that we were close to Woodrow Wilson’s birthplace. We followed the signs and got a chance to learn a little about our 28th President in Staunton, Virginia. (We saw something else pretty cool in Staunton, Virginia – a giant flowerpot and watering can!)

Woodrow Wilson Birthplace

Visiting Woodrow Wilson’s Birthplace

Learning about the Presidents of the United States is always more interesting when you are actually walking where they were born and lived. We found President Woodrow’s birthplace before most people in the community had even gotten their day started so we couldn’t go into the buildings.

Sitting atop the crest of a hill in downtown Staunton’s Gospel Hill historic district is the birthplace of President Woodrow Wilson. The house is often referred to as a manse which is the term the Presbyterian Church uses to identify the residence of their minister.


But we did get a chance to walk through the gardens and get our picture in front of the house where President Wilson was born.


The Bow Tie shaped gardens are a beautiful place for pictures as well as enjoying the history of the greenery.

The first gardens, designed in 1933 by Richmond landscape architect Charles F. Gillette was done as a project by The Garden Club of Virginia. The Victorian restoration, suitable to the 1846 construction date of the house, the gardens included two terraces, the lower one featuring boxwood-lined bowknot beds, the only bowknot garden that Gillette created.

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Visit the Museum and Birthplace

See more details on their Website, Facebook and Twitter.
Address: 20 N Coalter St, Staunton, VA 24401
Phone:(540) 885-0897
Hours: Open · 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
There is an admission fee to tour the Presidential Library & Museum

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Have you visited any Presidential Birthplaces or historical sites? Do you think it’s important to take family road trips to places with historical significance?

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