Thursday, February 3, 2011

Why Wytheville?

Who was referred to as “The Secret President” and “The First Woman President?” 

She was of one of the most influential, controversial, and politically significant women of the twentieth century.

From Wytheville to the White House

It all began at Skeeters Restaurant in Wytheville
165 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 24382
Photograph courtesy of Library of Congress's Prints
and Photographs Division
Phone: (276) 228-2611
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Skeeters Restaurant is located in Downtown Wytheville within the historic district. It is best known for the millions of "Skeeterdogs" (hotdogs) that have been sold since the business opened in 1920. History buff will note that the building is also the birthplace of former First Lady, Edith Bolling Wilson. 

Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum
145 East Main Street
Wytheville, VA 24382

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From humble beginnings at her birthplace and childhood home in Wytheville, Va , Edith Bolling grew up to become one of the most influentional, controversial and politically significant women of the twentieth century. The Museum tells the story of a Pocahontas descendant who did more than just marry Woodrow Wilson, the 28th President of the United States. Visit us to learn more about the extraordinary life of Mrs. Wilson before, during and after her husband's presidency. When a stroke left the President incapacitated, she helped shield him from Congress and the public. Because of her extensive involvement during this time, she has been referred to by historians as "THe First Woman President". At the Edith Bolling Wilson Birthplace Museum discover how she was indeed a woman of all times. Open 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM Tuesday thru Saturday. 

Opens: 10:00 AM -Closes: 5:00 PM
Phone: (276) 223-3484


Wytheville is a scenic day trip from The Claiborne House B&B in Rocky Mount Virginia.  It is under 2 hours drive - either Highway 220 and then down I-81 or over US 221 through the Blue Ridge Parkway and Floyd VA.  Click here for mapquest directions.

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