I read an article the other day by Andrew Thomas at The Westmorland Gazette on the time when a U.S President visited the Lake District.
On December 29th, 1918 the 28th U.S President Woodrow Wilson was heading to Versailles to a Peace meeting at the end of World War One. On the way to Versailles, he stopped off in Carlisle, the place where his mother was born.
Thomas goes on explaining that before Wilson become president in 1913, he had visited the Lake District around five times. In June 1896 he had cycled into the area from Carlisle and he ‘fell in love with it.’ He then returned in 1899 on another bike tour and then in 1903 with his wife.
Wilson and his wife then returned once again three years later with their two daughters and rented Loughrigg Cottage. This is where Wilson met a local artist Fred Yates, they became quick friends.
In 1908, Wilson returned for his fifth time staying at what is now the Wordsworth Hotel in Grasmere.
After his presidency, Wilson had intended to return however, health reasons prevented this.
Woodrow Wilson would’ve had a great time if he stayed at the Hawksmoor Guest House. Unfortunately for him never had the chance but luckily for you, you do! Get in touch to book your room at the Hawksmoor today!
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