Fun facts about the Woodrow Wilson Family Home

February 14, 2014 

The remodeled and renovated Woodrow Wilson Family home officially reopens Saturday. Here are some fun facts about the house at 1705 Hampton St.

•  This home was occupied by Dr. Joseph Ruggles Wilson and his family, including a teenaged Woodrow, for three years, from 1871 to 1874

•  It took nine years for the renovation to the house and grounds to be completed.

Ninety-two percent of the foundation had to be replaced

•  The gardens were restored through a $100,000 grant from the Columbia Garden Club.

•  The house was saved and opened as a museum in 1933.

The opening day festival is 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature tours, food trucks, live music, crafts and shopping.

Festival tickets are free; tour tickets are $8 for the general public, $5 for youth and free for Historic Columbia members.

Home and garden tours also will be offered from 1-5 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday.

Free admission to the grounds on Sunday and Monday, plus crafts for the kids and shopping. (803) 252-1770, ext. 23; www.historiccolumbia.org

ONLINE: See a photo gallery of the restoration process, with this story at thestate.com/gocolumbia

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