Visitors tour presidential history

Monday, Feb. 20, 2012 12:53 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2012 2:14 AM
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The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson was the first stop on an exploration around the city that Augusta resident Linda Lawrence planned for Presidents Day. She brought along her friend’s son, 10-year-old Zachary Hubble.

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Visitors tour the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson on Presidents Day. The future president lived in the home at 419 Seventh St. for 10 years, from 1860 to 1870, the longest period he stayed in any house.   EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
Visitors tour the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson on Presidents Day. The future president lived in the home at 419 Seventh St. for 10 years, from 1860 to 1870, the longest period he stayed in any house.

“We felt that it’s Presidents Day, and we ought to go exploring a president’s home,” Lawrence said. “We’re lucky enough we have one here in Augusta.”

Volunteer Ed Holmes led about a dozen visitors through the house Monday morning. The home, operated by Historic Augusta Inc., offered admission discounts and guided tours for Presidents Day.

The Wilson family moved into the 1-year-old house in 1860, when Woodrow was 3. The nation’s 28th president was raised in Georgia and South Carolina. He lived at 419 Seventh Street for 10 years, the longest period he stayed in any house.

Amanda and Lee Weyrick, of Grovetown, toured the historic home with their 15-month-old daughter, Heidi, and Sandy Woelfel, a relative visiting from Austin, Texas. Tour highlights for the family included 19th-century wooden toys, a rocking horse and a kitchen stove that stood at Heidi’s tiny height.

PLAN A VISIT

Visit the Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, at 419 Seventh St., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Prices are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students through high school and free for children younger than 5. For more information, call (706) 724-0436.


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