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Woodrow Wilson said, "My earliest recollection is of standing at my father's gateway in Augusta, Georgia, when I was four years old and hearing someone pass and say that Mr. Lincoln was elected and there was to be war."
Thomas Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the 28th President of the United States on March 4, 1913. His two-term administration was among the most notable in U.S. history. In 1917, during his second term, the United States entered the First World War and Wilson played an international role in the negotiation of the Treaty of Versailles and the organization of the League of Nations.
"Tommy" Wilson (1856-1924) lived in this Presbyterian Manse from 1860-1870. Tommy spent the formative years of his childhood in Augusta, years that would affect him for the rest of his life. While living in Augusta Wilson experienced the hardships of the Civil War and Reconstruction. He also began his education, tasted leadership as president of the Lightfoot Baseball Club, and grounded his deep Presbyterian faith.
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson is owned and operated by Historic Augusta, Inc. Historic Augusta preserves and maintains the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson in order to inform and educate the public as to how Woodrow Wilson's childhood in Augusta, Georgia affected him as he later served as President of the United States.
Built in 1859 as a speculative real estate investment, this house was acquired in 1860 by First Presbyterian Church to be used as a manse. Woodrow Wilson's father, the Rev. Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson, served as minister of the First Presbyterian Church from 1858 to 1870. President Wilson lived in this house as a boy between the ages of three and thirteen. The house is being preserved and restored by Historic Augusta, Inc. (NR)
The Wilson House is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Admission is $5 adults, $4 seniors over 60, $3 students K-12, free for pre-schoolers. Group rates area available, call 706-724-0436 to arrange a group tour.