The Historic Columbia Foundation’s monthly tour of the Woodrow Wilson Family Home will take place on Tuesday,January 8. The tour normally takes place on the first Tuesday of the month, it was delayed a week by the New Year's holiday. The tour is part of a series of specialty tours which the Foundation offers on a monthly basis. The tour is scheduled for 11 a.m.
Phase one of the rehabilitation of the Wilson Family Home is now complete. This tour will allow visitors the opportunity to visit the site which is currently under construction. The tour will review the significance of this historic house, the only presidential site in South Carolina, and what is being done to preserve it from additional deterioration. Visitors will learn about the progress being made during the first phase of the project and then walk through the house to get a better understanding of the work that lies ahead. Phase two of the rehabilitation is complete with the construction of an outbuilding. Also, funding has been received to complete the interior renovation and that project is now underway.
The Woodrow Wilson Family Home is the only house the Wilson family ever owned. Wilson’s father, Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson, moved the family to Columbia from Augusta, Georgia, in 1870 when he accepted a teaching post at the Columbia Theological Seminary, then located in the Robert Mills House, and was also the interim pastor at the First Presbyterian Church on Marion Street.
The house was built in 1872 with an inheritance left to Wilson’s mother, Janet, known as Jessie. Unfortunately, the Wilsons did not enjoy the house for that long. Dr. Wilson had a falling-out with the seminary authorities and the family left Columbia in 1874. However, President Wilson’s parents are both buried in the First Presbyterian Church’s graveyard and when Wilson himself died in 1924, Columbia was considered as his burial place. Unfortunately, the family plot was full and Wilson was buried at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
The tour costs $6 and is free to foundation members. Tickets may be purchased at the museum shop on the campus of the Robert Mills House at 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia. For further information, please call 803-252-1770 ex 24 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The accompanying "Today in History" video is included because it includes Woodrow Wilson's birthday which was December. 28.
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