“…and so began my stewardship.”

Edith Bolling Wilson, First Lady to President Woodrow Wilson

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Foundation and MuseumThese words were written by Edith Bolling Wilson in her autobiography,  My Memoir, describing a time when when she was caregiver to the President when he suffered a stroke in 1919 leaving him partially paralyzed. While the First Lady publicly minimized her involvement in the affairs of state, her stewardship of government duties earned her such titles as “The First Woman President” and “The Secret President.”

….History, Heritage, and Romance

 

These three words describe the story inherent to the life of First Lady Mrs. Wilson.  This is a story that embodies History – that of the 35th First Lady of the United States and her Bolling family; Heritage – a proud, prominent southwest  Virginia family, direct descendants of Pocahontas; and Romance.  There was a youthful “fascination,” a first marriage that was pivotal in Mrs. Wilson’s life helping her become a strong, independent woman; and the romance between a “lovesick” President and a forward-thinking widow.

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum is steward to the history and birthplace of this influential, popular, and politically significant woman of the twentieth century.

 

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum just launched its first online fundraising campaign using Indiegogo!   The museum's entryway must be renovated to make it ADA compliant and this 60 day campaign is an opportunity to reach many potential donors.  Please use the link below to read about our need and how you can help the museum become accessible to everyone.

The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum just launched its first online fundraising campaign using Indiegogo!   The museum’s entryway must be renovated to make it ADA compliant and this 60 day campaign is an opportunity to reach many potential donors.  Please use the link below to read about our need and how you can help the museum become accessible to everyone.


                                                               EVENTS

April 14 & 15   Tourism Open House at the Museum   April 14 11:00, April 15 5:30

April 19            Edith Bolling Wilson Girl Scout Patch Day (More Information)

April 26           “New Art of Willard Gayheart”   book signing at the museum

May 18              First Lady’s Tea, St. John’s Episcopal Church,  2:00

TBA                   Chautauqua Festival

October 15        The Edith Bolling Wilson Birthday Celebration Details TBA

For more information, call 276-223-3484 or email info@edithbollingwilson.org