Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home

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Woodrow Wilson Family Home
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Location1705 Hampton St., Columbia, South Carolina
Coordinates 34°0′29″N81°1′38″W / 34.00806°N 81.02722°W / 34.00806; -81.02722 Coordinates: 34°0′29″N81°1′38″W / 34.00806°N 81.02722°W / 34.00806; -81.02722
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleItalian Villa
NRHP reference # 72001222 [1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 23, 1972

The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is located in Columbia, South Carolina [2] [3] and was one of the childhood homes of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.

Columbia, South Carolina Capital of South Carolina

Columbia is the capital and second largest city of the U.S. state of South Carolina, with a population estimate of 134,309 as of 2016. The city serves as the county seat of Richland County, and a portion of the city extends into neighboring Lexington County. It is the center of the Columbia metropolitan statistical area, which had a population of 767,598 as of the 2010 United States Census, growing to 832,666 by July 1, 2018, according to 2018 U.S. Census estimates. This makes it the 70th largest metropolitan statistical areas in the nation, as estimated by the United States Census Bureau as of July 1, 2018. The name Columbia is a poetic term used for the United States, originating from the name of Christopher Columbus.

President of the United States Head of state and of government of the United States

The president of the United States (POTUS) is the head of state and head of government of the United States of America. The president directs the executive branch of the federal government and is the commander-in-chief of the United States Armed Forces.

Woodrow Wilson 28th president of the United States

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was an American statesman, lawyer, and academic who served as the 28th president of the United States from 1913 to 1921. A member of the Democratic Party, Wilson served as the president of Princeton University and as the 34th governor of New Jersey before winning the 1912 presidential election. As president, he oversaw the passage of progressive legislative policies unparalleled until the New Deal in 1933. He also led the United States into World War I in 1917, establishing an activist foreign policy known as "Wilsonianism."



The house, completed by late 1871, was the only one that Woodrow Wilson’s parents would ever own. [4] They lived there for four years, before Wilson's father resigned his position as pastor. [5]

The home in 1971

A grassroots movement in 1928 preserved the home and prevented its scheduled demolition. It opened to the public as a museum in 1932. The house is furnished with period pieces from the 1850s–1870s, although only a few were owned by the Wilson family. They include, although he was not born in the house, the bed on which Wilson was born. [5] Stewardship of the site shifted to Historic Columbia in 1967. The revised interpretation of the site debuted in February 2014. Since that time, Historic Columbia has been recognized as a leader in interpreting this typically un- or under-interpreted history of our nation. [6]


In October 2005, the home closed to tours in preparation for a complete renovation of the structure and landscaping. [7] In April 2009 the first of three phases of renovation began, starting with structural repairs. [8] Phase two, which included a new building on the property, electrical upgrades and minor carpentry work, was completed in late 2012. The new building, located in an area where previous support buildings stood in the past, includes bathrooms, a catering kitchen and mechanical and electrical rooms to offer the ability to host events at the home. [9] The renovation was completed in 2013, with re-opening to the public planned for 2014. [10]

Today, the house interprets the Reconstruction period—as experienced by the Wilsons and other citizens of Columbia and Richland County—as South Carolina and the rest of the nation shifted socially, politically and economically to adjust to new freedoms for previously enslaved men and women following the Civil War. Their experiences would be the basis for our modern interpretation of citizenship in the United States.

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