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The Woodrow Wilson Home reopened its doors for the first time since 2005. The Woodrow Wilson Home reopened its doors for the first time since 2005.
COLUMBIA, S.C. -

The Woodrow Wilson family home in Columbia is the only presidential site in South Carolina and after years of renovations and reconstruction the historic home is now a museum. The house has been closed since 2005 the reopened for Presidents Day.

“It took time to determine exactly what we needed to do from a structural perspective as well as all of the aesthetic treatments. Also, a tremendous amount of research was performed,” said John Sherrer, Director of Cultural Resources for Historic Columbia.

The 28th president spent his teen years in this house and some of the original pieces still remain, including the bed our past president was born in.

“The Woodrow Wilson family home is important to the state of South Carolina for a number of reasons, not the least of which it is a presidential site. Heritage tourism is an incredible generator of excitement and income for the state of South Carolina,” said Sherrer.

The renovations cost $3.6 million and were funded by Richland County, the Federal Government and individual and corporate sponsors.

Not only is this a presidential home, but also a Reconstruction and civil rights museum because Wilson lived there part of the Reconstruction Era, after the Civil War.

For more information about this museum and other historic sites visit http://www.historiccolumbia.org/.

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