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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

October 2015 Events

Dear Fellow History Lovers -

Here’s the October 2015 edition of The Central Virginia History Blast! Our region hosts lots of history-related events—talks, classes, special tours, presentations, etc. This is where you’ll find them! Please forward The History Blast to anyone who might be interested. And, if you’ve received this second-hand, let us know if you want to be added to our e-mail list! 

The listings contain all the info you’ll need including dates & times, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, Web addresses, etc. Events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, Oct. 8 & Saturday, Oct. 10 - MONTICELLO hosts a “Thomas Jefferson and Natural History Walk.” Jefferson’s passion for gardening arose from his curiosity about nature and the “tranquil pursuits” of science. Peggy Cornett, Monticello’s curator of plants, will lead this two-hour hike through Monticello’s forests to examine wildflowers, seeds and nuts, trees, birds, the skies, and geology—all through the historical perspective of the sage of Monticello.

Charge is $18. Tour starts at 9:30 a.m. For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit www.monticello.org, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to info@monticello.org

Wednesday, Oct. 14 – 6 p.m. - THE SENIOR CENTER, INC. hosts a FREE talk by historian Rick Britton entitled “Revolutionary Victory: The 1781 Yorktown Campaign.” Amazingly, the American Revolution avoided Virginia for its first five years. Then, suddenly, 1781 witnessed a whirlwind Old Dominion campaign featuring lightning raids, an unexpected French naval victory, and, finally, the overwhelming Allied victory at Yorktown. This talk features full-color Yorktown maps. Join us!

Wednesday, Oct. 28 - Join us for the related day-trip to the Yorktown Battlefield – In the morning we’ll take in the Yorktown Battlefield Museum (which features a short film). After enjoying our picnic lunch (provided by the Carving Board), we’ll spend the afternoon visiting the largest British fortification—the Hornwork—then the French Grand Battery, Redoubts #9 & #10 (where the victory was sealed), and the Surrender Field. Tour departs at 8:00 am.

Charge: Senior Center members - $82; Guests - $92. Lunch included. Bus tour departs at 8:00 a.m., returns at approximately 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, or go to www.seniorcenterinc.org.

Saturday, Oct. 17 – 4:30 to 5:45 p.m. - JAMES MADISON’S MONTPELIER hosts a talk & book-signing by award-winning historian Rick Britton. His 2015 book—Virginia Vignettes (Vol. I): Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History—presents a wonderfully rich tapestry of colorful people, momentous events, and long-forgotten anecdotes. It features: express rider Jack Jouett, First Lady Dolley Madison, Edgar Allan Poe at U.Va., local Black Baptist Churches, Pony Express founder B. F. Ficklin, the 1895 U.Va. Rotunda Fire, the local Civilian Conservation Corps, and Medal of Honor winner Frank Dabney Peregoy.

At the Visitor Center. Reception 4:30 to 5:00 p.m. Book talk 5:00 to 5:45 p.m. 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.

Monday, Oct. 19 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Monte Akers speaking on “Year of Desperate Struggle: J.E.B. Stuart and His Cavalry From Gettysburg to Yellow Tavern.” With a lifelong passion for history, Akers has been writing both fiction and non-fiction for over 30 years, including Year of Glory: The Life and Battles of Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry, June 1862-June 1863, and Year of Desperate Struggle: Jeb Stuart and His Cavalry from Gettysburg to Yellow Tavern. An attorney as well as a historian, author, song lyricist, and collector of historical artifacts, Monte is also a former Texas State University adjunct professor. 

The Charlottesville CWRT is a great organization of American 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). 

Note that the meeting venue, meeting date, & talk time have all changed! Monthly meetings will now be held the third Monday at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on 250 East starting at 7 pm. Dinner (optional) starts at 6 pm. Dinner menu: salmon, steak, or crab cakes with salad & desert for $20. For more info call Sandy vonThelen at (434) 971-8567.

Tuesday, Oct. 27 – SENIOR CENTER INC. presents a Bus & Walking Tour of Richmond, an entire day with U.Va. Architecture Professor Emeritus Ed Lay! In the morning we’ll tour the inside of the Hancock-Wirt-Caskie House (1808-09), then lunch at the Tobacco Company Restaurant. In the afternoon we’ll tour the inside of the Governor’s Mansion (1810-13)—the oldest continually occupied executive mansion in the U.S.—then, on our walking tour, we’ll see: Morson’s Row (1853); the Jefferson-designed State Capitol (1785-92) and its Bell Tower (1814); St. Pauls Episcopal Church (1845); St. Peters Roman Catholic Church (1835); Old Richmond City Hall (1887-94); the John Marshall House (1788-91); the Valentine-Wickham House (1812); the White House of the Confederacy (1818); the Egyptian Building (1846); the First African Church (1876); and the Monumental Church (1812). Join us! (Bus tour departs 8:30 a.m., returns 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Itinerary subject to change. Note: Tour requires walking. Afternoon tour of Richmond is a walking tour of the historic district.)

Sign up today! Charge: Senior Center members - $74; Guests - $84. Lunch included. Bus tour departs at 8:00 a.m., returns at approximately 6:30 p.m. To sign up, or for more information, call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, or go to www.seniorcenterinc.org.

WWW.CVILLEPODCAST.COM offers literally dozens of FREE history podcasts! Check it out. Go to the web-site, scroll down until you see “Categories” on the left-hand side, then push either “History,” or “Rick Britton” (they’ll take you to the same page). Enjoy! 



The Central Virginia History Blast
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Thursday, September 3, 2015

September 2015 Events

Dear Fellow History Lovers -

Here’s the September 2015 edition of The Central Virginia History Blast! Our region of the Old Dominion has lots of history-related events—talks, classes, special tours, presentations, etc. This is where you’ll find them! 

The listings contain all the info you’ll need including dates & times, phone numbers, e-mail addresses, Web addresses, etc. Events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.


• Wednesday, Sept. 9 – 6 p.m. - THE SENIOR CENTER, INC. hosts a FREE talk by historian Rick Britton entitled “Robert E. Lee on the Mississippi.” Lee is famous as the commander of the Army of Northern Virginia, and as President of Lexington’s little Washington College (now Washington & Lee). Few people, however, remember that he spent most of his career as an U.S. Army engineer. Come hear this fascinating story of how Lee tamed the mighty Mississippi!

Wednesday, Sept. 23 - Join us for the related day-trip to Arlington National Cemetery & the Manassas Battlefield – We’ll enjoy the Manassas Battlefield in the morning, eat nearby at Cracker Barrel, then take in Arlington in the afternoon, including: Arlington House—Lee’s home—the U.S. Marine Corps Memorial, J.F.K.’s gravesite, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, and more!

Charge: Senior Center members - $94; Guests - $104. Lunch included. Bus tour departs at 8:00 a.m., returns at approximately 6:30 p.m. For more information call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, or go to www.seniorcenterinc.org.


• Saturday, Sept. 12 - MONTICELLO celebrates the Ninth Annual Heritage Harvest Festival! Calling all gardeners, chefs, farmers and seed savers: Come celebrate the legacy of revolutionary gardener Thomas Jefferson, America's "First foodie." Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. Come and taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables, and learn about organic gardening, seed saving, and land preservation. Discover locally made foods and gifts during this fun, affordable, family-friendly festival unlike any other. This year boasts a spectacular line-up of speakers including Tom Burford, Damon Lee Fowler, Sandor Katz, Craig LeHoullier, Aaron Keefer, and Suzanne Pollak.

For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit www.monticello.org, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to info@monticello.org

• Sunday, Sept. 13 – 1 to 3 p.m. – ASH LAWN-HIGHLAND presents—especially for young people—a gameshow-style “U.S. Presidents” event hosted by New York Times best-selling author Kenneth C. Davis! In celebration of National Literacy Month, Ash Lawn-Highland invites young people to participate in an afternoon dedicated to learning about the Presidents (and other aspects of American history). Davis is best known for writing the Don’t Know Much About® series for adults and children, including Don’t Know Much About® History and Don’t Know Much About® the Presidents. A book signing by Mr. Davis will follow.

Admission to the event is $10 per child (13 and under). Adults, as well as children under 6 years of age, get in for FREE. Ash Lawn-Highland 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 hours, directions and more information, visit ashlawnhighland.org, call (434) 293-8000, or e-mail info@ashlawnhighland.



• Tuesday, Sept. 15 – 6 p.m. - THE SENIOR CENTER, INC. commences a fabulous new Ed Lay class: “Post-Jefferson Architecture in Virginia (1830-1939).” Ed Lay is the authority on architecture in Virginia. The Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture at U.Va, Ed Lay has been enlightening young and old about Virginia’s beautiful and historic built environment for over 4 decades. Now, this fall, join Professor Lay as he explores the fascinating architecture of “The Post-Jefferson Period.”

• Tuesday, Sept. 15th – “An Overview of Architecture in Virginia, 1607-1839; intro to the Greek Revival, 1830-1860; the Classical Orders”
• Tuesday, Sept. 22nd - “The Greek Revival, 1830-1860”
• Tuesday, Sept. 29th - “The Gothic Revival, 1830-1860; the Victorian Era, 1860-1890”
• Tuesday, Oct. 13th - “Eclectic and Modern Public Buildings, 1900-1939”
• Tuesday, Oct. 20th - “Eclectic and Modern Houses, 1900-1939; Later Trends”
• Tuesday, Oct. 27th - Travel Session: Bus & Walking Tour of Richmond – An entire day with Professor Lay!

Sign up today! Charge: Senior Center members: $75.00—guests: $85.00. For more information call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, 9go to www.seniorcenterinc.org), or e-mail RHBritton@aol.com.

• Saturday, Sept. 19 - JAMES MADISON’S MONTPELIER celebrates Constitution Day! Learn, feast, and play at this family-fun event featuring mansion tours, live music, children's activities, and the third annual Taste of Freedom Wine Festival, co-hosted by the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. Buy tickets online.

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.

• Weekend, Sept. 19 & 20 – 11:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. - SWANNANOA PALACE (on Afton Mtn. in Nelson County) holds an open house! Major James Dooley—a C&O executive who also owned the Maymont estate in Richmond—completed Swannanoa in 1912 for his beloved wife, Sally May. Employing over 300 artisans, and using only the highest quality materials, Dooley created this 52-room marble replica of the Villa de Medici in Rome. The price tag was 2 million dollars. Visitors today can enjoy the 4,000-piece Tiffany stained-glass window and a domed ceiling bearing the likeness of Mrs. Dooley. The name “Swannanoa” refers to her fondness for swans.

Swannanoa is located at 497 Swannanoa Lane, Afton, VA 22920. There is a fee for admission. For information call (540) 942-5201.

• Monday, Sept. 21 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Col. Keith E. Gibson on “Lives of Purpose: The New Market Cadets After the War.” Many of the young V.M.I. Cadets—after the May 15, 1864 Battle of New Market—went on to lead fascinating lives, including Moses Ezekiel, who became a world-renown sculptor. Colonel Gibson, a great speaker, is the Director of the V.M.I. Museum System. The Charlottesville CWRT is a great organization of American history enthusiasts that gets 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).

Note that the meeting venue, meeting date, & talk time have all changed! Monthly meetings will now be held the third Monday at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge on 250 East starting at 7 pm. Dinner (optional) starts at 6 pm. Dinner menu: salmon, steak, or crab cakes with salad & desert for $20. For more info call Sandy vonThelen at (434) 971-8567.



WWW.CVILLEPODCAST.COM offers literally dozens of FREE history podcasts! Check it out. Go to the web-site, scroll down until you see “Categories” on the left-hand side, then push either “History,” or “Rick Britton” (they’ll take you to the same page). Enjoy!