Accessibility

Information for Visitors Requiring Special Assistance

The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum welcomes special needs visitors. In order for you to be comfortable during your visit, we would like to share details about our campus. The area where the Museum and Manse is located is on one level, but is located in Staunton's Gospel Hill Historic District that features brick sidewalks that are sometime uneven. Because we are a campus type Museum, there is a fair amount of standing and walking, however, we have placed benches and chairs to serve as rest areas as your travel throughout the spaces. The only location that does not have this is the Manse, due to its historic nature. If stairs and hills are a problem for you, you may want to consider street parking in the neighborhood across from the Manse. There are steps and a paved incline from the Visitor Center parking lot to the Admissions and President's Shop.

Handicapped Parking

Handicapped parking is not located in the general parking lot, but is conveniently located off of Coalter Street between the gray and the brick building. When turning into the light colored brick driveway, handicapped parking is to the immediate right. A second handicapped parking spot is a short distance down the same driveway on the left. 

Visitors with Limited Mobility

The Woodrow Wilson Museum includes exhibit galleries which are easily accessible on the first floor. The World War I trench exhibit located on the ground floor is not accessible, but visitors may watch a movie tour of the trench exhibit while in the museum.

The birthplace manse is accessible on both the first and lower floors. Due to the concern of the historic structure, we are unable to allow motorized scooters in the manse. A wheelchair is available for those who are unable to walk around the Museum or the birthplace. Certified service dogs are allowed in the house only when utilized for assistance care. Printed birthplace and film scripts are available to those with hearing problems.

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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