Presidential Trail of Virginia

The Commonwealth of Virginia is known as the "Birthplace of Presidents" as eight U.S. Presidents were born in the state. 

Virginia has more than 25 Presidential Landmarks representing 13 U.S. Presidents. The Presidential Trail of Virginia offers travelers an itinerary highlighting many presidential homes, museums, birthplaces, memorials and gravesites across the state.  While visiting presidential landmarks, travelers can explore many other historical sites as well as experiencing modern day Virginia life. 

Travel the state and explore the Presidential Trail of Virginia!

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1) Northern Virginia

  • George Washington
  • William Howard Taft
  • John F. Kennedy

2) Fredricksburg Area

  • George Washington
  • James Monroe

3) Chesapeake Bay Area

  • George Washington
  • James Madison
  • James Monroe

4) Charles City County

  • William Henry Harrison
  • John Tyler

5) Richmond Area

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Monroe
  • John Tyler
  • William Henry Harrison

6) Orange County

  • James Madison
  • Zachary Taylor

7) Charlottesville Area

  • Thomas Jefferson
  • James Monroe
  • Theodore Roosevelt
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt

8) Lynchburg Area

  • Thomas Jefferson

9) Staunton, VA

  • Woodrow Wilson

10) Shenandoah National Park

  • Herbert Hoover

11) Winchester, VA

  • George Washington

12) Leesburg, VA

  • James Monroe

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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