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