I spent Father’s Day weekend at my parents’ house in Maryland. On my way back to North Carolina on Monday afternoon, I took a Staunton, Virginia, exit off of I-81 to stretch my legs and fuel up. A brown and white road sign for the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library caught my eye, so out of curiosity I traveled the 3.2 miles down into town. The route was well marked and I found the historic attraction easily.
The Woodrow Wilson Library is actually a series of buildings that includes Wilson’s birthplace, an Admissions & Gift Shop, and the Woodrow Wilson Museum. I was told that the library per se, with all its documents and archives, is not open daily to the public but is available by appointment for research purposes.
I was feeling a bit stingy and a bit tight on time so I didn’t pay the $14 Admission fee, which covered a self-paced tour of the museum and a guided tour of Wilson’s birthplace. I did, however, peer through the glass panels of the museum where I spied President Wilson’s shiny black 1919 Pierce-Arrow limousine. An advocate for the automobile, Wilson took rides nearly every day during his presidency. The Pierce-Arrow was a beauty!
Behind the buildings was the best free attraction I could have hoped for: historic gardens! The grounds were sloping, so the gardens had a tiered effect. Here are some of the pictures I took before hitting the open road once again. Enjoy!