Break-in Reported at Woodrow Wilson’s Boyhood Home in Georgia

June 18, 2013

Sheriff’s officials in east Georgia are investigating a break-in at the boyhood home of former President Woodrow Wilson.

The Sunday afternoon burglary at the Augusta home caused $750 in damage, authorities said.

An alarm was tripped at the home at 419 Seventh St. around 4 p.m., The Augusta Chronicle reported.

Deputies found a rear window that had been pried open and a piece of window casing on the ground, according to a report from sheriff’s officials.

Richmond County Deputy Tracy Ponder found the curtain thrown aside and items on an inside table scattered.

Erick Montgomery, the executive director of Historic Augusta, told officers that no items were missing. No witnesses had come forward.

The home was built in 1859 by a local stove merchant. It was sold shortly after that to the Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church, according to the home’s website.

Thomas Woodrow Wilson, known as Tommy while growing up in Augusta, lived in the home from 1860 to 1870. As a child, he experienced the hardships of the American Civil War and Reconstruction before going on to become the nation’s 28th president, according records from the home.

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