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Friday, January 10, 2014

The Woodrow Wilson House–Virtual Tour

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L. Contemporary Image of Wilson on Porch. R. Current Image of Wilson House (Photo Credit: Todd A. Smith)

The Woodrow Wilson House is the home that the President and his second wife, Edith, moved into following the end of his presidential career. The house, located on S Street, was the home of the former president from 1921 to his death in 1924; his wife continued to reside there until her death in 1961. Upon Mrs. Wilson’s death, the house was given over to the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has been maintained in the manner it was when the President lived there in the 1920’s. Wilson was the only president who continued to live in Washington D.C. following his presidential retirement, so it is certainly a site you could visit while checking out the other D.C. sites.

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The Garden of the Woodrow Wilson House – Photo Credit: Mr. T in DC Flicker

The Woodrow Wilson House maintains a blog where they periodically discuss pieces that are within their collection. They also host regular events (some of which are free) – such as the upcoming Vintage Game Night and they recently hosted author A. Scott Berg, author of the new book, Wilson.

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Wilson Drawing Room – Photo Credit: Todd A. Smith

There is a great collection of images and description of a tour at the following blogs: The World is Our District and Turn-of-the-Centuries.  There are also some images from Tim Evanson’s Flicker of many detailed images of the Wilson House.

You can also watch these short video tours from American Artifacts of the home and learn more about the Wilsons post-presidency:

American Artifacts Episode–General House Tour


American Artifacts Episode–Featuring Artifacts from Wilson’s Closet


American Artifacts Episode–The Wine Cellar

You can also keep up on the happenings at The Woodrow Wilson House on Facebook and Twitter.

The house is currently opened for tours Tuesday through Sunday at $10 for adults and $5 for students/children.  Located at 2340 S St NW, Washington, D.C.

Looking Toward Dining Room – Photo Credit: Todd A Smith


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