Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home

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Wilson, Thomas Woodrow, Boyhood Home
Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, 1705 Hampton St., Columbia (Richland County, South Carolina).jpg
Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home
Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home is located in South Carolina
Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home
Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home is located in the United States
Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home
Location1705 Hampton St., Columbia, South Carolina
Coordinates34°0′29″N 81°1′38″W / 34.00806°N 81.02722°W / 34.00806; -81.02722Coordinates: 34°0′29″N 81°1′38″W / 34.00806°N 81.02722°W / 34.00806; -81.02722
Arealess than one acre
Architectural styleCottage Style
NRHP reference #72001222[1]
Added to NRHPFebruary 23, 1972

The Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home is located in Columbia, South Carolina[2][3] and was one of the childhood homes of the 28th President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson.


The home, built in 1872, was the only home ever owned by the Wilson family.[4] They lived there for four years, before Wilson's father resigned his position as pastor.[5]

The home in 1971

A grassroots movement in 1928 preserved the home and prevented its scheduled demolition. It opened to the public as a museum in 1932. The house is furnished with period pieces from the 1850s–1870s, although only a few were owned by the Wilson family. They include, although he was not born in the house, the bed on which Wilson was born.[5] Stewardship of the home was granted to the Historic Columbia Foundation in 1967.[6]


In October 2005, the home closed to tours in preparation for a complete renovation of the structure and landscaping.[7] In April 2009 the first of three phases of renovation began, starting with structural repairs.[8] Phase two, which included a new building on the property, electrical upgrades and minor carpentry work, was completed in late 2012. The new building, located in an area where previous support buildings stood in the past, includes bathrooms, a catering kitchen and mechanical and electrical rooms to offer the ability to host events at the home.[9] The renovation was completed in 2013, with re-opening to the public planned for 2014.[10]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ McCorkle, Norman (November 19, 1970). "Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Thomas Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home, Richland County (1705 Hampton St., Columbia)". National Register Properties in South Carolina. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. Retrieved October 14, 2013.
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  5. ^ a b Archived 2010-10-05 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "Organization History". Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  7. ^ "Follow Preservation and Progress with Historic Columbia Foundation". Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "WWFH Phase 1 Rehabilitation: Sills and Studs". Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Family Home Rehabilitation Update". Retrieved October 14, 2013.
  10. ^ "Woodrow Wilson Family Home: Hard Hat Tour". Retrieved October 14, 2013.

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