19. Rural Houses – The Wilson House.
The Wilson House in the outskirts of Strabane, is a good example of a typical rural house of this area. Any differences in custom between the houses of locals and settlers had been amalgamated by the Eighteenth Century in a use of common materials and a reaction to a common climate. Known as the ‘direct entry’ type, its entrance opens onto a living space with a fire on the furthest cross wall. A thatch roof covers lime washed stone walls. The raised portion with slate roof dates from the nineteenth century. This building has been preserved because it is reputedly the ancestral home of President Woodrow Wilson. His ancestors left this area in 1807 and emigrated to America. Other houses in the area had corrugated metal put over their roofs in the early twentieth century to ease maintenance. This example is near Plumbridge.