February 14, 2014

Fun facts about the Woodrow Wilson Family Home

Saturday is the grand reopening of the 28th president’s teen-age dwelling

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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