Directions & Parking

From the South:

Traveling on Interstate 81, take exit 222 and follow Route 250 west toward downtown Staunton.
Go 2.4 miles.  Turn right on to Route 11 north/Route 250 at a stoplight. 
Go under the railroad pass, stay straight in the middle lane and follow North Coalter Street.  
Go straight through the stoplight at Beverley Street. 
The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum will be on your left covering one city block between Beverley and Frederick Streets.  
Just past the President's Birthplace, turn left onto East Frederick Street into the left lane.  (The street is one-way.)  
After one-half block on East Frederick Street, turn left into the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum parking lot.

From the North:

Traveling on Interstate 81, take exit 225 and turn right onto the Woodrow Wilson Parkway/Route 262 west.   
Go 1.6 miles.  At the first traffic light, turn left onto Route 11 south toward downtown Staunton. 
At the fork, bear right and continue on North Augusta/Route11 Business.  
Less than a quarter mile at the next fork, bear left onto North Coalter Street.  
Continue past Mary Baldwin College and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library is just past the college on the right side of North Coalter Street. 
Turn right onto East Frederick Street into the left lane.  (The street is one way.) 
After one-half block on East Frederick Street, turn left into the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum parking lot.

From the East:

Traveling on Interstate 64, take exit 87.
Stay in the right lane on Interstate 81 and take exit 222. 
Follow directions above from exit 222. 

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Free, including (limited) handicapped and motorcoach.

Handicapped parking is not located in the general parking lot, but is located off Coalter Street down the alley next to the Museum. Turn into the driveway directly in front of museum near the Pierce-Arrow limousine display. One handicapped parking spot is immediately on the right. A second handicapped parking spot is just behind the Museum on the left.


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