Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 6, 2008):
The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States and the first Southern president since the Civil War, is located in Augusta, Georgia. There, in what was then the First Presbyterian Church manse, Wilson spent the formative years of his boyhood and the first years of his adolescence between 1860 and 1870. His earliest memories were of the house, and while living there he absorbed his fathers religious teachings, experienced the Civil War and Reconstruction, and established his identity as a Southerner. Wilsons religious and literary education, his personal knowledge of war and its consequences, and his Southern roots influenced him for the rest of his life. The seeds of his interest in educational reform, political progressivism, and world peace can be found in his childhood in Augusta at the Presbyterian manse. The Boyhood Home of President Woodrow Wilson, as it appears today, retains an exceptionally high degree of integrity and well represents the period of Wilsons residence there.