Woodrow Wilson once called Augusta home

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Thomas Woodrow Wilson was known simply as “Tommy” throughout
his childhood, spent in Augusta.

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 Stephanie Herzberg (left), museum docent, leads a tour with Phoebe Dunn (center), of Augusta, along with Robert Dunn and Jessica Dunn (far right), both from Nashville, Tenn., at the restored boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson off Seventh Street in Augusta.    SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Stephanie Herzberg (left), museum docent, leads a tour with Phoebe Dunn (center), of Augusta, along with Robert Dunn and Jessica Dunn (far right), both from Nashville, Tenn., at the restored boyhood home of Woodrow Wilson off Seventh Street in Augusta.

Born in Virginia, the boy destined to become the nation’s 28th president moved to a home on Seventh Street with his family when he was 3 and lived there until he was 13, when his father, a Presbyterian pastor, moved to Columbia.

The home, purchased in 1991 and carefully restored by Historic Augusta Inc., is where the young Wilson
experienced the Civil War and Reconstruction years, which had a profound
impact on his beliefs and education.

“My earliest recollection is of standing at my father’s gateway in Augusta, Georgia, when I was four years old and hearing someone pass and say that Mr. Lincoln was elected and there was
to be war,” he said many
years later, discussing events that helped shape his
decisions in the White House.

Wilson also held his first supervisory role while in Augusta – as president of the Lightfoot Baseball Club, formed by local boys
who played ball together
and held meetings in
the hayloft above the
carriage house that still stands behind the Wilson home.

Visitors to the furnished home can tour the parlor, sitting rooms, bedrooms and other areas and learn about Wilson’s childhood and life
in Augusta from 1860 to 1870.

THE SERIES

Whether you are visiting this week or enjoying time off, there is always something to see.

SUNDAY: Aiken’s Thoroughbred
Museum

MONDAY: Magnolia Cemetery

TUESDAY: Aiken County Historical Museum

TODAY: Woodrow Wilson House

THURSDAY: Augusta Museum of History

FRIDAY: Augusta
Canal

SATURDAY: Morris Museum of Art

SUNDAY: Canal headgates

WOODROW WILSON HOUSE

LOCATION: 419 Seventh St., Augusta

TELEPHONE:
(
706) 722-9828

TOURS: Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to
5 p.m.

COST: $5 for adults,
$4 for seniors and $3
for students (K-12)

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specsta
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specsta 04/04/12 - 10:10 pm
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I wouldn't pay a mildewed

I wouldn't pay a mildewed penny to see the home of Woodrow Wilson.

Wilson was one of the most racist politicians of his era, bringing segregation to Washington with his Dixiecrats and his close ties to the KKK. Wilson segregated the Navy (previously unsegregated) and fired African-Americans from their posts in the federal government. Other racist policies enacted by Wilson are too numerous to mention.

Even before the Presidency, Wilson made it his stance to prevent blacks from applying to Princeton, where he served as president - a policy that remained in place until the 1940's.

Woodrow Wilson is not a person that Augusta should be bragging about.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 04/04/12 - 10:23 pm
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Yeah, and he likely learned

Yeah, and he likely learned those views from his father. But to internalize and act on those views is on Woodrow himself. He cannot blame his father for not listening to the Holy Spirit.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 04/04/12 - 10:32 pm
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Rob is showing the visitors

Rob is showing the visitors the THINGS about Augusta and I get that. The Wilson story pops up about once a year as someone was mentioning about stock stories the other day.

The Wilson link to Augusta is flimsy.

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