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

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