The Journey to Freedom

The Journey to Freedom

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Woodrow Wilson House

Elder Anthony had a chiropractic visit this morning.  It was a good thing we left early because mass transit was so messed up. There was a big race going on and some kind of rock band and the buss were being diverted.  So buses that we needed didn't even come by. We finally headed for the metro trains.  We had to do the walk of shame because we were headed the wrong way and then we got off one stop to soon and had to wait to get back on.  But we made it on time.  When we left we decided to go see the Woodrow Wilson House.  We got on the bus and then it stopped and said she was not doing her route and that is as far into town as she went.  So we had to walk a little over a mile to get there.  But we were going through some of the most beautiful mansions you could ever imagine.  So it was a great adventure.  President Wilson while he was president lost his first wife.  She passed away and he remarried.  He had a stroke while president.  


This is a sample of the houses in the area. 

The President Woodrow Wilson House is the home to which President and Mrs. Wilson retired from the White House in 1921. President Wilson lived here until his death in 1924, and Mrs. (Edith) Wilson lived in the home until her death in 1961, at which time she bequeathed the home and its furnishings to the National Trust for Historic Preservation to serve as a monument to President Wilson.




President Wilson loved baseball and cars. 


Edith Wilson kept this house and lived in it for over 30 years after Pres. Wilson died.  She kept it as a memorial to him.  Everything in here belonged to them.  
























Cool old phone.

Looking out the window of the Wilson home we saw this old thing hanging on the back of the house across the way.  In Europe that was the outhouse.  I wonder if it is an outhouse two stories up. 



This is a red wood table that can have seven leaves added to it.  It was so pretty and reminded us of our grand piano.  I loved the wood in the table and in the grand. 


Edith Wilson before she died invited all the first ladies that were still alive to come to her home for dinner.  Jacqueline Kennedy was there in this room. 








Pres.Wilson's bedroom.



He had over 50 canes. 


Most of his canes were gifts.  



This was a small room off of his room were his physician would sometimes stay.  He was paralyzed on the left side.  He was left handed.  He also had high blood pressure but in those days they said don't be stressed.  They didn't have medication for it.



Edith Wilson's room. 


This is her sewing machine.  At one point she made pajamas for soldiers injured during World War I.











There was a kitchen off of the dining hall upstairs.  They had a dumb waiter to bring food up from the kitchen. 




In the main kitchen they had two huge sinks.  One for washing dishes and the other for produce.  

This is a plate warmer. 




Edith Wilson kept this stove and had it updated to gas. 


This basket thing was for popping pop corn.  My cousin Trish and I made some at my Grandfathers and started it on fire.  My grandfather had had a fire in his up stairs and everyone freaked out when they came home and found we had had a fire.  We just put it under the sink.  










Ice Box











This Steinway Grand was used by his daughter.  She recorded album and played them on the phone graph player and sold them for the war effort. 



The one daughter also played the harp. 



He had over 8000 books.  They were given to the library of congress but they have replaced them with other books.  



His desk.  

He was the first president to use the radio for broadcasting.  





Pres. Wilson's first wife and three daughters.  



Closet.  There is build in everywhere in the house.  In all the closest and kitchen.  These are made out of cedar wood and the builder put sky lights in so you could see. 





Presidents Wilson's brush and combs. 





















Edith kept the house as a tribute to her husband. She left his things the way he left them.  So when she died and turned it over for a historical site it was just the way it stands today.  Very little had to be done.  Pres. Wilson was before the day when ex-presidents received a salary for the rest of their lives.  Pres. Wilson had very little money.  It was the money that Edith got when her first husband died that kept and maintained the house and kept them both.  Her first husband had been a jeweler.  So we need to thank her for preserving this treasure for the people to see. 



 It really was a fun day.  Because of the buses we walked home which wasn't to bad.  A little over a mile.





4 comments:

  1. Truly an impressive house. It is a tribute to his wife that she sewed pajamas for the soldiers. I'll bet the First Ladies of presidents since that time have never done anything quite like that.

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  2. What a neat home! The pink furniture was a nice touch...obviously by a woman. It was cool to see their real, personal furniture in the home.

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  3. That is a neat, impressive home. I'm amazed at all the things you can see out there.

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  4. I think if you lived in DC another 10 years you still wouldn't see it all. What an incredible city!

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