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Monday, February 20, 2017

The Genius of Thomas Jefferson - A Lecture Series by Rick Britton


Image - The United States Declaration of Independence - July 4, 1776

Tuesday, March 7 – 3:00 p.m. – THE SENIOR CENTER of CHARLOTTESVILLE begins a brand new class: “The Genius of Thomas Jefferson.” The lecturer is historian Rick Britton, author of the award-winning Jefferson, A Monticello Sampler. It’s the perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Despite being born in the Virginia backcountry, Jefferson became one of America’s most brilliant Founding Fathers. We’ll examine his most famous and notable achievement—authorship of the Declaration of Independence—and we’ll explore many of his lesser-known accomplishments such as the dredging of the Rivanna River, the founding of the U.S. Patent Office, and designing of the Virginia State Capitol. We’ll also learn about Jefferson’s foray into the fascinating science of paleontology. Join us as we explore “The Genius of Thomas Jefferson!”   

• Tues., March 7 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson’s Greatest Hits: Accomplishments Galore!”
• Tues., March 14 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson’s Greatest Hits: Part Two!”
• Tues., March 21 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson, the Declaration, & the Fourth of July” 
• Tues., March 28 - 3:oo pm – “Jefferson, Father of the American West”
• Tues., April 4 - 3:oo pm –  “The Megalonyx Jeffersonii: Jefferson’s Great Claw”
• Tues., April 18 – Travel Session: A fabulous day-trip to downtown Washington to see the recreation of Jefferson’s book collection at the gorgeous Library of Congress, and the stunningly beautiful Jefferson Memorial. For lunch we’ll dine at the U.S. Capitol Cafeteria. (Tour departs 8:00 a.m., returns between 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Travel Session is a separate charge. Note that Library of Congress tour is limited to 25 participants.)

Sign up today! The class will be held at the Senior Center Inc. beginning on Tues., March 7, 3:00–4:00 pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00. To register, or for more information, call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, go to www.seniorcenterinc.org, or e-mail RHBritton@aol.com.

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Stonewall & the 1862 Battle of McDowell, VA


Monday, February 20 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Keven Walker, CEO of the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation, speaking on “Stonewall & the 1862 Battle of McDowell, Va.” Fought on May 8, 1862, the Battle of McDowell witnessed an uphill attack by an outnumbered Union force. Despite winning the day, Jackson was unable to mount an effective pursuit. The Charlottesville CWRT is a wonderful organization of history enthusiasts who get together to dine (optional) and enjoy a presentation on our nation’s fascinating Civil War. Visitors can come the first time for free, children are welcome. Individual year-long memberships are $25.00 (a great deal).

Monthly CWRT meetings are held the third Monday at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on 250 East starting at 7 p.m. Dinner (optional) starts at 6 p.m. Dinner menu: salmon, steak, or crab cakes with salad & desert for $20. For more info call Sandy vonThelen at (434) 971-8567.

Madison and the Constitution - President's Day



Presidents’ Day Weekend- Sat. Feb. 18 to Mon. Feb 20 –MONTPELIER is offering tours every half hour from 10 a.m.  - 4 p.m. The specialty tours include (at 10:30 a.m. each day): "Madison and the Constitution."  Liberty, democracy, and the ideas that inspired a nation and changed the world come alive in this tour. Gain a deeper understanding of one of our country’s most influential documents, and the man who inspired its creation.

Tour costs $20 for adults, $7 for children 6-14, and is FREE for kids under 6. James Madison's Montpelier is located on Route 20 in Orange, Virginia, 4 miles south of Orange, 25 minutes north of Charlottesville, and 2 hours south of Washington, D.C., at 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957. For more information go to www.montpelier.org or call (540) 672-2728 x450.

Portrait of James Madison by John Vanderlyn

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Trusty Servants: The Life and Work of Enslaved Manservants to the Presidents

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Feb 16, 2017, 4-5pm - Emmanuel Dabney, National Park Service Historian,
guest lecturer at Highland, the Home of James Monroe, Charlottesville, VA

Thursday, February 16 – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m.– HIGHLAND the Home of JAMES MONROE is hosting a lecture by National Park Service historian Emmanuel Dabney titled “Trusty Servants: The Life and Work of Enslaved Manservants to the Presidents.” Throughout the history of slavery in America, some medium to large-scale slaveholders used certain enslaved people as personal servants. The subject of this talk focuses on several of the valets of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe.
Emmanuel has given many programs on the issues facing African-Americans in antebellum, wartime, and immediate post-war America.

Although free and open to the public, advanced registration is recommended. Please RSVP to Nancy Stetz at education@highland.org. Highland, located at 2050 James Monroe Pkwy., is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April through October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. November through March. Admission is regularly $14 and $8 for local residents. For more information, visit ashlawnhighland.org., call (434) 293-8000, or contact Events Manager Jason Woodle (jbwoodle@wm.edu).

Monday, January 23, 2017

Slavery & Freedom: Monticello and the NMAAHC - Presentation by John Franklin



Saturday, February 4 – 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. - MONTICELLO hosts John Franklin speaking on “Slavery & Freedom: Monticello and the National Museum of African American History & Culture” (in Washington, D.C.). Come hear an insider’s view on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. John W. Franklin, Senior Manager in the museum's Office of External Affairs, shares the exciting happenings at the newest museum on the National Mall. Held at the Milstein Theater at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello.


Talk is free and open to the public but online registration is required. For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit www.monticello.org, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to info@monticello.org.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tour Montpelier's Landmark Forest - Sunday, Jan 22



MONTPELIER will host its first “Big Woods Walk” of the new year on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm (fee $5 per person). Join Montpelier Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich for a wonderful hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. This tour begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Dogs on leashes are welcome!


James Madison's Montpelier is located on Route 20 in Orange, Virginia, 4 miles south of Orange, 25 minutes north of Charlottesville, and 2 hours south of Washington, D.C., at 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957. For more information go to https://www.montpelier.org/events/big-woods-walk or call (540) 672-2728 x450.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The First Campaign of the Civil War - January 16 CWRT Presentation

Monday, January 16 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Bob Stone speaking on the “The First Campaign of the Civil War.” 

A graduate of West Virginia University, Bob worked for the Arlington County, Va., government for 36 years as an administrator. Bob—who’s been fascinated with the Civil War since the age of 6—has taught the Civil War curriculum for Encore Learning of Arlington (an OLLI-like program) since 2005, and has conducted numerous battlefield tours over the past 20 years.

The Charlottesville CWRT is a wonderful organization of history enthusiasts who get together to dine (optional) and enjoy a presentation on our nation’s fascinating Civil War. Visitors can come the first time for free, children are welcome. Individual year-long memberships are $25.00 (a great deal).


Monthly CWRT meetings are held the third Monday at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on 250 East starting at 7 p.m. Dinner (optional) starts at 6 p.m. Dinner menu: salmon, steak, or crab cakes with salad & desert for $20. For more info call Sandy vonThelen at (434) 971-8567.

The Early History of Albemarle County - First lecture January 26


Thursday, January 26 – 10:30 a.m. – OLLI at UVA commences its special Winter Session at Michie Tavern“The Early History of Albemarle County!” is a series of FOUR lectures presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton.

Albemarle County has been an impressive place since time immemorial. With an amazingly fertile soil, it’s boasted a wide diversity of native flora and fauna. It’s earliest known inhabitants—the Monacans—built semi-permanent villages, and warred against the Powhatan. In 1762 Dr. Thomas Walker laid out the town of Charlottesville, which at first could not compete with our region’s most prominent settlement, Milton on the Rivanna. Traveling was difficult in the early days: the roads were infamously bad, and the fords were frequently impassable. Taverns offered travelers a much-needed respite. Join us at Michie Tavern—one of Albemarle’s most beautiful historic settings—as we explore “The Early History of Albemarle County!”

Jan. 26 – Albemarle’s Beginnings: the Monacans, the Land and Its Settlement by Europeans
Feb. 2 – Brilliance Forgotten: Dr. Thomas Walker & the Founding of Charlottesville
Feb. 9 – Albemarle’s Lost Town: Milton on the Rivanna
Feb. 16 – Traveling Albemarle: The County’s Roads, Taverns, & Rivers

The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. A Q&A period follows at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The $22 fee for each event includes the lecture, lunch with the speaker, a book signing, and a complimentary ticket for a tour of historic Michie Tavern. 

Registration begins on January 17. To register, or for more info, go to the web-site (http://www.olliuva.org/events/2017-winter-session-at-michie-tavern/) or call (434) 923-3600.





While you're at Michie Tavern:

THE ARMORY & ARTIFACTS SHOP at MICHIE TAVERN features a fantastic collection of antique muskets and rifles, as well as pistols and swords. (Beautifully laid out, the shop looks like a museum, but all of its items are for sale. Ask the salesperson if you can handle the Civil War cavalry carbines, or the Revolutionary War-era flintlocks!) The Armory also carries books, Civil War currency and newspapers, military accouterments, 19th-century civilian and military photographs, and a large supply of excavated battlefield relics including cannon balls. Every item for sale is authentic. The Armory is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (434) 977-1234 or go to the web-site (http://www.michietavern.com/the-armory-artifacts-shop/).

Friday, November 4, 2016

November 10 - Day Trip to Downtown Richmond


THE SENIOR CENTER, INC. of Charlottesville, VA will be taking a bus group to downtown Richmond! In the morning we’ll tour the fascinating Virginia Historical Society (they’ve got lots of new exhibits), then we’ll lunch at the Tobacco Company (everyone’s favorite Richmond eatery). In the afternoon we’ll take in the Maggie Walker House and the new Black History Museum. Guiding the tour will be historian Rick Britton. Sign up today! (Tour departs at 9:00 a.m. and returns between 5:30 & 6:30 p.m.)

Charge is $83 for Senior Center members & $93 for guests. (Price includes lunch!) To register call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or go to http://seniorcenterinc.org/programs/detail/category/day-trips

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Home Educator Day at James Monroe's Highland


Monday, Nov. 7 – 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – HIGHLAND, the home of Fifth President James Monroe, hosts a Home Educator Day. Tucked up against the Southwest Mountains, beautiful Highland invites you to enjoy a variety of educational offerings and activities. Admission includes a guided tour!

Admission is $5 per person, FREE for children under 6. Registration is encouraged. James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland is located at 2050 James Monroe Parkway, Charlottesville, Virginia, 22902. For more information call (434) 293-800, e-mail info@ashlawnhighland.org, or go to http://ashlawnhighland.org.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Appomattox Campaign

Monday, Sept. 19 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts NPS historian Patrick Schroeder speaking on “The Appomattox Campaign.” With an M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech, Schroeder has written, edited and/or contributed to more than 25 Civil War titles and articles, including More Myths About Lee’s Surrender, The Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox, and Images of America: Appomattox County. He has been the historian at Appomattox Court House since 2002.

The Charlottesville CWRT is a wonderful organization of history enthusiasts who get together to dine (optional) and enjoy a presentation on our nation’s fascinating Civil War. Visitors can come the first time for free, children are welcome. Individual year-long memberships are $25.00 (a great deal).

Monthly CWRT meetings are held the third Monday at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on 250 East starting at 7 p.m. Dinner (optional) starts at 6 p.m. Dinner menu: salmon, steak, or crab cakes with salad & desert for $20. For more info call Sandy vonThelen at (434) 971-8567.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Constitution Day Celebration at Montpelier

Saturday, Sept. 17 – MONTPELIER hosts its annual Constitution Day Celebration. Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier! Free admission to the house between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and free hands-on history activities around the grounds. Free "Montpelier's Enslaved Community" walking tours offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Active archaeological dig sites, the archaeology lab, and the Gilmore Cabin all will be open and free to the public all day. The award-winning Barbeque Exchange will be offering an Edna Lewis-inspired buffet lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $15 per person; enjoy live music while you eat. Early Mountain Vineyards, Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, and Albemarle Cider will be on site to offer tastings, and their products will be available for purchase.

James Madison's Montpelier is located on Route 20 in Orange, Virginia, 4 miles south of Orange, 25 minutes north of Charlottesville, and 2 hours south of Washington, D.C., at 11407 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station, VA 22957. For more information go to www.montpelier.org or call (540) 672-2728 x450.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

RICK BRITTON
Historian, Speaker,
Guide, Cartographer
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 6 p.m. – THE SENIOR CENTER, INC.  of Charlottesville starts up a brand new 5-session history class presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton“A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County.” It’s the perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper! The Civil War’s end plunged Albemarle County into a political, economic, and social abyss. It also meant freedom to over 13,000 local residents. Thanks to emancipation, a number of Black Baptist churches were established and several local African Americans rose to prominence. Technology and more railroads modernized the county. One of Albemarle’s manufacturing firms gained a national reputation for excellence. In the century’s final years Charlottesville became a city, Mr. Jefferson’s gorgeous Rotunda was gutted by fire, and one of Albemarle’s own was named the nation’s “most beautiful blonde.” Join us for this fabulous new lecture class!  

• Wed., Sept. 21 - 6:oo pm – A New Beginning: Albemarle in the Late 1800s
• Thurs., Sept. 29 - 6:oo pm – A Choir of the Whole: Albemarle’s Black Baptist Churches 
• Thurs., Oct. 6 - 6:oo pm – Clothing a Nation: The Charlottesville Woolen Mills  
• Thurs., Oct. 13 - 6:oo pm – Educating the Poor: The Samuel Miller Story
• Thurs., Oct. 20 - 6:oo pm – Maud Coleman Woods: America’s Most Beautiful Blonde  

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. 6:00–7:00 p.m. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00. To register, or for more information, call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or e-mail RHBritton@aol.com.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Fredericksburg: Historic Port on the Rappahannock

Wednesday, Sept. 14 – 6 p.m. – THE SENIOR CENTER, INC. of Charlottesville hosts a FREE talk by Virginia historian Rick Britton entitled “Fredericksburg: Historic Port on the Rappahannock.” Established in 1728—and named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, father of King George III—Fredericksburg was one of Virginia’s most important port cities. Since its founding, it’s witnessed arriving immigrants, economic success, and more than its share of bloodshed and strife. Historian Rick Britton tells the story!

Wednesday, Oct. 5 - Then join us for the Fredericksburg day-trip to historic Kenmore and Belmont. In the morning we’ll take in Kenmore, a beautiful Georgian-style mansion built prior to the Revolution by Fielding Lewis, George Washington’s brother-in-law. Nearby we’ll visit the Gen. Hugh Mercer Monument, and the final resting place of President Washington’s mother. After lunch we’ll experience Belmont, once owned by world-class artist Gari Melchers. Built in the first decade of the 1800s, Belmont was later the residence and studio of one the most famous painters in the world! Tour departs from Covenant Church at 9 a.m. and returns between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 14 talk is FREE. Oct. 5 Senior Center day-trip charge is: members $105—guests $115 (and includes lunch). To sign up call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or go to http://seniorcenterinc.org/calendar/event/3937

10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello


Saturday, Sept. 10 – MONTICELLO presents its 10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival celebrating Thomas Jefferson, America’s “first foodie!” Fascinated with the foods eaten by various cultures, Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. He also enjoyed macaroni and loved serving ice cream! At this year’s unique, family-friendly Festival—held on the grounds of Jefferson’s beautiful Monticello—taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables, and learn about organic gardening and seed-saving. The 2016 keynote speaker will be Patrick O’Connell, proprietor and chef of The Inn at Little Washington.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate during the festival through 4 p.m. For more information, visit http://www.heritageharvestfestival.com/