Site Rental

Event Planning at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

Having an event? Consider having it at the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library. The gardens and Don Wilson Hall in the Library and Research Center are available to rent for special events.

By hosting your wedding or other special event here, you will be helping to preserve the historic Manse and advance the interests of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. Special use is subject to procedures and guidelines necessary to protect the historic integrity of the site and the safety and health of visitors and staff.

Individuals or organizations wishing to rent the Presidential Library properties must be a member of the League of Friends. A complimentary Family membership is included in the rental fee for non-members.

Size of Groups/Occupancy Restrictions

Group sizes are limited by space considerations and consideration for the security of historical collections. The following locations may accommodate a group size totaling up to and including the following number of persons:

  • Historic Gardens: 150
  • Terrace: 75 - 100
  • Don Wilson Hall: 50

Fee Schedule

Fees are based on four hours use of the site (the period excludes set-up and clean-up time) and include service facilities (restrooms and service areas).

  • Historic Gardens $1,200
  • Terrace $800
  • Gardens and Terrace $1,600
  • Don Wilson Hall $500

Application for special use of the WWPL facilities should be made to the Administrative Officer at least 30 days in advance of the event.

A non-refundable deposit of 50% of full fee is required at the time of application. The balance is due 3 weeks before the event.

If you would like to download the wedding brochure, please click here.

For a copy of our rental policies and a rental application, please click here.

To learn more about our facility rentals, please contact Karen Dodson - Administrative Officer, (540) 885-0897, ext. 113.


did you know?

Wilson was president throughout World War I. He attempted to keep America out of the war and even won reelection with the slogan "He kept us out of war." Nonetheless, after the sinking of the Lusitania, continued run-ins with German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram, America became involved. with the Lusitania, the continued harassment of American ships by German submarines, and the release of the Zimmerman Telegram meant that America joined the allies in April, 1917.

Woodrow Wilson was President when the 19th amendment was ratified in 1920 giving women the right to vote.

Wilson piloted the ship that brought America onto the world stage. He made the first steps of leading us out of isolationism, violating Washington's tenet of avoiding foreign entanglements.

He led America during World War I. His fervent hope was for the US to join a League of Nations, the precursor to the United Nations.

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "Life does not consist in thinking, it consists in acting."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "The Constitution was not made to fit us like a straitjacket. In its elasticity lies its chief greatness."

A Woodrow Wilson Quote: "I believe in democracy because it releases the energies of every human being."

The Seventeenth Amendment was formally adopted on May 31, 1913. Wilson had been president for almost three months at the time. The amendment provided for the direct election of senators. Prior to its adoption, Senators were chosen by state legislatures.

Wilson was the first president to receive a PhD which he got in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. He had received his undergraduate degree from the College of New Jersey, renamed Princeton University in 1896.

Woodrow Wilson could not read during the first decade of his life. Though undiagnosed, he may have suffered from a learning disability

Woodrow Wilson was known as "Tommy" until his college years.

Woodrow Wilson during his boyhood, helped establish the "Lightfoot Baseball Club" with his friends. Wilson played second base and was an avid sport fan throughout his adult life.

Woodrow Wilson was the first president to attend the Major League Baseball Fall Classic. He saw the debut of a young 20 year old pitcher by the name of George Herman "Babe" Ruth.

Woodrow Wilson was a graduate of Princeton University and Johns Hopkins University and the only president to hold an earned doctoral degree.

Woodrow Wilson image is on the $100,000 bill although it is no longer in circulation