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Woodrow Wilson was born in Staunton!

Staunton, a city of 24,000 people in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, is placed on hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The city was originally named Augusta Courthouse and was the westernmost courthouse in British North America prior to the American Revolution 1776. It's best known as the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson but I was lucky to find a bit more in this extremely picturesque corner of our world.

He was born in this house!

Thomas Woodrow Wilson was born on December 28, 1856 in Staunton, Virginia to the Reverend Joseph Ruggles Wilson and his wife Janet (Jessie) Woodrow Wilson. It happened in this brick house in my picture - the Staunton Presbyterian Manse. His family moved to Augusta, Georgia when he was 11 months old.

He was 28th President of the USA in 1913-1921 and founder of the League of Nations. In Europe he is most known as top politician working on Treaty of Versailles 1919, the peace treaty which officially ended World War I. This treaty confirmed independance for my country, Poland after over 100 years of being divided into Germany, Austria and Russia. Point 13 of Wilson's Fourteen Points said: "The establishment of an independent Poland with access to the sea." So, I simply had to visit Wilson's birthplace.

Charming historic downtown!

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Little, old, charming and very picturesque city; fog :-)
  • Cons:Fog :-)
  • In a nutshell:Go when US historical movies are filmed
  • Last visit to Staunton: Oct 2004
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • traveldave's Profile Photo
    Mar 5, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    I never knew where Woodrow Wilson was born. Looks like a pleasant little town.

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 11, 2007 at 3:29 AM

    That sounds scary to be in the mountains during very thick fog conditions. I was surprised that the soup was so good!

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2006 at 9:43 PM

    the buildings in the historic district look great !

  • acemj's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 5:18 PM

    I can't believe that was the best soup you had in the USA! ;-)

  • SLLiew's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 11:04 AM

    Now, I have been to Staunton, more or less. Cheers, SL

  • deecat's Profile Photo
    Sep 16, 2006 at 5:05 AM

    It's always so fascinating, Matt, to see your reaction and comparisons of US and Poland. Love the emphasis on architecture and history and everyday life from another's point of view. Great use of extra photos.

  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2006 at 7:24 PM

    Matt, excellent tips here on your views of life in Staunton! I had not realized the very significant link between President Wilson and Poland's history! Great pics of a very nice little town as the trees are starting to turn.

  • b1bob's Profile Photo
    Sep 15, 2006 at 3:14 PM

    I like it! i think I've been here before too.


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