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WOODROW WILSON BIRTHPLACE                                                 AT THE PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY                            540-885-0897
888-4WOODRO (Toll Free)  
24 North Coalter Street, Staunton, VA  24402

DIRECTIONS: I-81, Exits 222 or 225, follow signs.

GENERAL DESCRIPTION:  Fully restored Antebellum era home gives authentic picture of Shenandoah Valley life at the time of the birth of President Woodrow Wilson. The Manse is decorated with Wilson family treasures and period furnishings.  The Museum guides visitors through Wilson's public life, from his Princeton study to his historic World War I peace efforts, and encompassing his service from 1913 to 1921 as the 28th President of the United States.

The museum is located on the first floor of the building and contains seven exhibit galleries which represent through historic photographs, documents and objects, the life and public service of Woodrow Wilson. The first floor only is open to the public.

PARKING:  Wheelchair accessible parking 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.  If stairs and hills are a problem for you, you may want to consider street parking in the neighborhood across from the Manse.

TYPES OF PATHS:  Brick and slate.  To access second floor, there is an outside path from the first floor with a grade requiring assistance for persons in wheelchairs.  Interior has flat carpet or wood floor.

ENTRANCE:  Front of museum.  Glass entry doors, 40 in. wide, easily open out with clearly marked knob handle located 38 in. above floor.  Birthplace building has a portable ramp leading to a door approximately 40 in. wide.  Guide opens door.

PUBLIC REST ROOMS:  In museum.  Doors are 31 in. wide, and open in.  Turns to enter.  Accessible stalls have 33 in. wide doors opening out and handrails.  15 in. between commode and wall.  Sink height 32 in.  Pipes wrapped.  Accessible stall checked for obstructions.  Rest rooms are identified by a raised figure with pants or skirt on door to designate men or women.

ELEVATOR:  Wheelchair accessible elevator with sound indicator  located in museum.

For guests with hearing disabilities, printed birthplace and film scripts are available to those with hearing problems.

For guests with visual disabilities, there are signs with contrasting background, printed on a non-glossy surface. 

For guests with mobility disabilities, there is a pictorial exhibition of third floor rooms. The 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.

Since this is campus type museum, there is a fair amount of standing and walking. However, there are benches and chairs to serve as rest areas as you visit the campus.

GIFT SHOP:  Not accessible to guests in wheelchairs.  Clerks assist customers with special needs.  Aisles clear of temporary displays.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Accepted credit cards V and MC. Admission fee.  Group rates.  Open 9 – 5 Mon - Sat, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Sun. Closed Easter Sunday


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