We decided a few years ago that we wanted to see all the Presidential Museums and Libraries and birthplaces etc throughout the country. It was well worth the trip.
The site is small but it has a lot of interesting things about it. The birthplace home is where you get your $12 tickets and see the 10 minute over view movie.
Staunton, VA was a booming place back in the 1850 because of the railroads and the concentration of farming, mills and manufacturing there. Once the city voted to secede, it became an important staging and supply area.
Woodrow Wilson's father was a Presbyterian minister who moved to Staunton in 1855 where he was pastor. T. Woodrow Wilson was born at the family parsonage (known as the 'manse'). The docent explained that the manse was the Presbyterian name for parsonage. I remember hearing the word three summers ago in New England outside of Boston and didn't realize 'manse' meant 'parsonage'.
Woodrow Wilson wasn't known as 'Woodrow' until he studied at for the bar and became a lawyer. He thought the name 'Tom' or 'Tommy' was not as dignified as 'Woodrow'.
We began our tour in the museum and saw the displays and informational artifacts.
There were no pictures allowed in the home, so I found these online. The tour started inside the backdoor near the formal dining room.
Then we went into another room where this gem was located. This was much more than a stove. It in fact had a number of different areas to cook and bake food. In the picture, the pots are on the back burner (which is where we get the term 'back burner').
Children had their own eating area in another room. They ate here with the servants until their table manners and maturity were more well developed.
After the house tour, we went back to the museum and saw the Presidential limousine, the Pierce Arrow, built in 1919.
And the very well done WW I display in the basement.
On the way back, we took a short side trip along the famous Skyline Drive in the Shenandoah National Park
Thanks for joining us on the Roadrunner Chronicles!