Recommended Bus Directions

From the north:

Traveling on Interstate 81, take exit 225 and turn right onto the Woodrow Wilson Parkway/Route 262 west.
At the traffic light, turn left onto Route 11 south toward downtown Staunton.
At the fork (yellow blinking light), bear right and continue on North Augusta/Route11 Business.
After less than a quarter mile, turn left onto North Coalter Street.
Continue past Mary Baldwin College, and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum is just past the college on the right side of North Coalter Street.
Buses should not turn right onto Frederick Street for general parking. Instead, proceed straight ahead one-half block, and park on Coalter Street in the designated bus parking area in front of the museum, the large gray building on the right.

From the South:

Traveling on Interstate 81, take exit 222 (exit on the right).
Turn right onto 250 west/Richmond Road . After 1.7 miles, turn right onto Statler Boulevard at a stoplight.
Stay on Statler Boulevard. Cross railroad tracks and through the intersection of Statler Boulevard and Commerce Road (first stoplight).
At the next stoplight, turn left onto Coalter Street.
Continue past Mary Baldwin College and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Musem is just past the college on the right side of North Coalter Street.
Buses should not turn right onto Frederick Street. Instead, proceed straight ahead for one-half block and park on Coalter Street in the designated bus parking area in front of the museum, the large gray building on right.

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Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation