Thursday, July 14, 2016

July 18, 2016 - A Handful of Important but Obscure Confederate Generals Who Defended Richmond in 1864

Charlottesville CWRT at Westminster Canterbury of the Blue Ridge

Monday, July 18 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts a talk by noted Civil War historian Robert E. L. Krick entitled “A Handful of Important But Obscure Confederate Generals Who Defended Richmond in 1864.” Since growing up on the Chancellorsville battlefield, Mr. Krick has worked in various historical capacities at several battlefields, including Custer Battlefield in Montana, and Manassas Battlefield in Northern Virginia. Since 1991 he has been a historian on the staff at the battlefield park in Richmond. Krick is widely published on Civil War topics and is a talented raconteur. Don’t miss this lecture!

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).

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.

NEW! Dolley Madison Exhibit at Montpelier

A glimpse of the Dolley Madison Exhibit at Montpelier.

MONTPELIER has a brand new exhibition called “Queen of Hearts: Dolley Madison in Popular Culture.” Presented in the Joe and Marge Grills Gallery, this wonderful collection of Dolley-related items explores the many popular-culture guises of our nation’s first “First Lady,” and the ways advertisers used her image in an evolving consumer culture, from the charismatic hostess on Dolley Madison cakes in the 1930s to Dolley collector dolls in the 1970s and 80s. The exhibit will be up until May of 2017.

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.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

July 13, 2016 - Cavalry in the American Civil War

Cavalry orderly, Rappahannock Station, Va., painting by Edwin Forbes

Wednesday, July 13 – 6 p.m. - THE SENIOR CENTER, INC hosts a FREE talk by award-winning historian Rick Britton on “Cavalry in the American Civil War.” On campaign, Civil War horsemen were their army’s “eyes and ears,” on the battlefield they protected their army’s flanks, and were many times called upon to charge en masse. Come hear Civil War historian Rick Britton speak on the cavalry’s many and varied experiences!

Then join us on the cavalry-related DAY-TRIP on Wednesday, July 27! Your host and tour will be Rick Britton. We’ll be experiencing the Brandy Station Battlefield, the Kelly’s Ford Battlefield, & the Graffiti House (all of which are just outside of Culpeper). The morning will find us touring the
Michael Bowman, 7th VA Calvary - Graffiti House
Graffiti House—where soldiers North & South scribbled on the walls—and the nearby Kelly’s Ford Battlefield. After lunch at the wonderful Kelly’s Ford Inn we’ll see the Brandy Station Battlefield, where 16,000 cavalrymen clashed sabers on June 9, 1863. Brandy Station was the war’s largest cavalry battle. Join us!

Sign up today! Tour departs at 9:00 a.m.; returns between 5:30 & 6:30 p.m. Charge (which includes lunch at the Kelly’s Ford Inn) for Senior Center members: $94.00—guests: $104.00. To register call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, or go to and click on first “Travel,” and then “Day Trips.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

July 9, 2016 - Winemaking Workshop and Monticello

Saturday, July 9 – 9:30 a.m. - MONTICELLO holds a Winemaking Workshop led by Gabriele Rousse, Monticello’s director of gardens & grounds, and “the Father of Virginia Wine.” Learn how to make your own wine in this fantastic participatory workshop!

Charge is $24. For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to

Thursday, July 7, 2016

July 6-7, 2016 - James Monroe's Highland Hosts Mandela Washington Fellowship

HIGHLAND (the Home of James Monroe) is in the news! On July 6 and 7, James Monroe’s Highland is hosting the Presidential Precinct with participants from the Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative. (The Presidential Precinct—an education-oriented non-profit comprising U.Va., William & Mary, and Central Virginia’s 3 Presidential homes—is 1 of 40 institutes, and the only consortium, to be selected for the Fellowship that will bring 1,000 emerging African leaders to the U.S. this year.)

During their time at Highland, the Fellows—who are between 21 and 35, and represent 17 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa—will learn about James Monroe and the issues he faced as a leader in a young nation struggling to build strength in foreign affairs. The Fellows have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.

Visit James Monroe’s Highland, located at 2050 James Monroe Pkwy. 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 more information, visit, call (434) 293-8000, or contact Events Manager Jason Woodle (