Sunday, February 14, 2016

February 14, 1826 - Edgar Allan Poe enrolled at UVA

"A talented artist, Edgar Allan Poe spent some of his time sketching. The walls of his dormitory room on the University's West Range--ironically, No. 13 'Rowdy Row'--were often seen covered in charcoal and crayon sketches... Poe was also known to entertain his school chums by writing on small scraps of paper a seemingly impossible number of words."
Excerpt from the book, VIRGINIA VIGNETTES (Vol. 1): Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History by Rick Britton

Monday, February 8, 2016

February 15, 2016 - Charlottesville Civil War Round Table with Gary Gallagher

Monday, February 15 – 7 p.m. -
The Charlottesville Civil War Round Table hosts well-known Civil War historian Gary Gallagher speaking on “Stephen Dodson Ramseur and the Confederate Nation.” The author or editor of more than 35 books, Gallagher teaches at the University of Virginia and is the director of U.Va.’s new Nau Center for Civil War History. Active in the field of historic preservation, he was a founder and president of the Association for the Preservation of Civil War Sites, a member of the Board of the Civil War Trust, and has given testimony about preservation before Congressional committees.
          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.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

February 13, 2016 - Journey from Slavery to Freedom - Black History Month Tour at Montpelier

Saturday, February 13 – 2:00 p.m. -
JAMES MADISON’S MONTPELIER presents a special Black History Month tour: “Journey from Slavery to Freedom.” 
          Visit sites and original structures that bring to life the generations of enslaved individuals who lived at Montpelier, and learn how citizenship in America evolved through Emancipation, Reconstruction, segregation, and the Civil Rights Movement. This walking and driving tour will visit sites of enslavement near the mansion, as well as the Gilmore Cabin (pictured) and the 1910 Train Depot.
          Begins at 2:00 p.m. at the Visitor Center. Charge is $10 a person, or $5 a person with purchase of a mansion ticket. 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 or call (540) 672-2728 x450.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

February 10, 2016 - James Monroe's Relationship with George Washington - Lecture by William Ferraro

Wednesday, February 10 – 4 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ASH LAWN-HIGHLAND (the home of Fifth President James Monroe) hosts U.Va. scholar Bill Ferraro speaking on “Highs and Lows: James Monroe's Relationship with George Washington." FREE and open to the public, Ferraro’s talk explores Monroe and Washington as military compatriots, political adversaries, and visionaries for the young nation. William M. “Bill” Ferraro is Associate Professor and Associate Editor of The Papers of George Washington at the University of Virginia.

Although free and open to the public, advanced registration is recommended. To register, please visit Ash Lawn-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, call (434) 293-8000, or contact Events Manager Jason Woodle (

Monday, February 1, 2016

February 9, 2016 - Martha Washington's World - A One-Day Program at the University of Virginia

Tuesday, February 9 – 8:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. –
THE UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA presents a “One-Day U.Va.” program entitled “Martha Washington’s World.” A different kind of President’s Day program, it offers the chance to celebrate the life and times of our first First Lady. Events include a lecture on the “Founding Partners: George and Martha Washington” by U.Va. Professor Ed Lengel, (Director of the Center for Digital Editing); a thought-provoking talk entitled “The Lady of His Excellency” presented by Lynn Price, (Assistant Editor at the Washington Papers); and three breakout sessions covering Martha’s closest confidants, the Family Papers Project, and Martha’s relationship with African Americans and slaves (followed by a panel discussion on Women and History).
          On the U.Va. Grounds. Charge is $125 (which includes coffee and pastries to start off, and lunch). For more info, or to register, contact Cecelia Magargee ( or visit their website.