Retired at Last! travel blog

Gardens in the courtyard of the home where Wilson was born

Desk used by Wilson's father

Entrance to the Woodrow Wilson museum

Bust of Wilson in the museum

Display inside the museum

President Wilson's Pierce Arrow

Picture of the dashboard in the Pierce Arrow

Life in a WWI trench

Inside the WWI trench

Hurricane Harvey finally caught up to us. We had rain showers off and on all day. Luckily, we weren’t in the Nashville TN area any more. I heard they had flash flooding there last night.

While here, we took a short trip to Staunton VA to visit the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Thomas Woodrow Wilson was the 28th president of the United States. As president, he was responsible for many social and economic reforms including the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, the Child Labor Reform Act, and legislation that supported unions to ensure fair treatment of working Americans. The 19th Amendment was ratified during his second term, guaranteeing all women the right to vote.

Growing up during the Civil War, Wilson saw the effects of war first hand. One of his biggest goals as president was to eliminate all future wars. When World War I broke out, he resisted entering the fray, but in the end, he had no choice but to join the Allies in the fight. After the war, he proposed the League of Nations to settle disputes between nations. Congress voted against the league and so his biggest hope for his presidency went unfulfilled. Wilson and his second wife (his first wife died during his first term) are buried in the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

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