Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home Garden

Woodrow Wilson, our 28th President of the United States grew up in this home, built by Wilson’s parents in 1872, and where they lived through Woodrow Wilson’s teenage years from 1872-1875 (age 16 through 19).

Wilson’s father taught at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary and was Pastor for a few years at First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.  Young Woodrow and his parents moved from Columbia in 1875, but his parents later chose Columbia’s First Presbyterian Church yard as their final resting place.

The house, a Victorian structure in the mode of a Tuscan villa, contains Wilson family memorabilia, original gas lighting fixtures and the bed in which the future President was born, with one room in the house depicting the life of President Woodrow Wilson with pictures and artifacts. The garden features magnolias planted by Mrs. Wilson over 100 years ago.

The Columbia Garden Club monitors the progress, and also directs and participates in the maintenance of restoring the Boyhood Home’s garden to historic design specifications.

In 2008, the Club began a five-year financial commitment to help restore the gardens in Columbia’s historic district.