The Sunday before I flew back home to dry Arizona, husband & I took a humid stroll through Embassy Row in Washington DC to visit Woodrow Wilson's house!
Woodrow Wilson was America's 28th president. After his presidency ended in 1921, he retired to this house and lived there until his death in 1924. His (2nd) wife lived in this house until she passed away in 1961.
We arrived just a couple minutes after opening (10 AM) and were lucky enough to be in a small party of 4 for the tour.
Where the tour starts with a short video. This room served as sort of the gentleman's parlor during Woodrow's occupation.
Drawing room which was composed primarily of gifts from other countries. The Gobelin tapestry on the wall is hundred of years old and is a gift from France.
Most of the keepsakes in this Drawing Room were given to Woodrow Wilson during his "victory tour" of Europe after WWI. In the back right is a mosaic of St. Peter, given to Wilson by Pope Benedict XV. The painting on the left behind the sofa is an Impressionist work donated by the people of Italy.
Woodrow Wilson's office.
Woodrow Wilson's last public address was given on the WCAP radio microphone. He was in very poor health and did not want to be televised. His broadcast on November 11, 1923, was the first remote radio broadcast made by an American politician or national figure.
Solarium in which Woodrow Wilson preferred to take his meals.
Formal dining room.
Cedar lined storage closet.
3rd floor "office", where Woodrow Wilson would work when he felt too unwell to go to the 1st floor office or 2nd floor library.
Woodrow Wilson's bedroom.
A painting by a US soldier hangs over Woodrow Wilson's bed.
Nurse's bedroom. The chair on the right is where Woodrow Wilson would receive medical treatment, like electro-shock therapy.
Edith Wilson's bedroom.
Several childhood momentos of Edith Wilson.
Edith Wilson is a direct descendant of Pocahontas. There are several portraits of Pocahontas in her bedroom. There is a full sized statue of this replica at Historic Jamestowne.
Kitchen and pantry. The wooden cabinet to the right is a fridge!
Woodrow Wilson House Museum
: 2340 S Street, N.W., Washington, DC
: $10/Adult; $8/Sr; $5/students; Children (12-) FREE
: Tues – Sun 10am – 4pm
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