Attached to the side of the former Carlisle City Church in Lowther Street, Carlisle is this tablet to commemorate the visit of a President to the City.
As part of his ‘Pilgrimage of the Heart’ in 1918, President Woodrow Wilson visited the area where his mother, Janet (Jessie or Jeanie) Woodrow Wilson, was born.
President Woodrow Wilson, was the 28th President of the USA.
The party then visited Annetwell Street where he saw the site of his late grandfathers chapel.
Later in the day The President was asked to address those gathered at the Lowther Street Congretational Church by the Pastor Rev. Edward Booth.
A full description of the visit is available via The New York Times.
This was the second visit to the city. His first was as an unknown tourist in the 1890’s.
The Presidential link to the City
Janet Woodrow,(his mother) was the daughter of the Rev. Thomas Woodrow and his first wife, Marion Williamson.
He preached at a church in Annetwell Street, Carlisle, between February 1820 and June 1835.
In 1836 the family emigrated to New York.
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