Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Enjoy a Sunset Pass to Monticello

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays thru September – 1:00 to 8:00 p.m. – MONTICELLO offers its wonderful Sunset Pass! Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Monticello at the end of the day with this exclusive pass that allows you to delight in the vistas from Jefferson’s “little mountain” after the regular closing time. Arrive in the afternoon, and take part in guided tours of Monticello’s gardens and Mulberry Row. And then browse the exhibition galleries and Museum Shop on your own before your guided house tour which includes newly restored upstairs rooms and the third-floor Dome Room. After the tour, enjoy spectacular views of the late afternoon sun from the mountaintop; you can choose to roam the grounds or engage in conversation with knowledgeable guides who will continue to offer insight into Jefferson’s world.

Available through September, the Sunset Pass includes: free parking; a multi-floor guided house tour; a guided “Slavery at Monticello” tour; a guided “Gardens and Grounds” tour; and complete access to the Visitor Center including its 15-minute “Thomas Jefferson’s World” film, the Museum Shop, and the cafĂ©.

Charge is $55. Access to gardens & grounds until 8:00 p.m. First house tour begins at 5:30. For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to

Monday, August 15, 2016

American Girl Tea with Elizabeth Monroe at Highland

Saturday, August 27 – 10:30 a.m. - HIGHLAND (the Home of James Monroe) is hosting “American Girl Tea with Elizabeth Monroe.” Perfect for grandmothers and their granddaughters! Bring your American Girl doll and a picnic blanket to enjoy craft activities, American Girl trivia, and tea and refreshments with Elizabeth Monroe! Mrs. Monroe will also be available to pose for pictures with you and your doll. Participants must be accompanied by an adult. This event is in partnership with Charlottesville’s Barnes & Noble.

Charge is $5 per participant. Event is FREE to children under 5 and adults. 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 (

Monday, August 8, 2016

A Study of the Life & Times of Edmund Ruffin

Monday, August 15 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Will Davis presenting “A Study of the Life & Times of Edmund Ruffin.” Davis received his B.A. in History from the University of Virginia in 1995. The topic of his history thesis was Edmund Ruffin. Will is an amateur historian currently working on a few topics, including a book about the Stonewall Jackson cemetery, his family burial site.

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.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Historic Landscape Tour at Montpelier

Saturday, August 6 – 1:00 p.m. - MONTPELIER presents its Historic Landscape Tour. Peel back 250 years of landscaping, one layer at a time, to learn how the grounds of Montpelier evolved through generations of owners from a working plantation to a trove of champion trees and unique plantings.

Tour is FREE and starts at the Visitor Center. 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.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Albemarle County in the Civil War

Thursdays in August – 4 p.m. –  OLLI at U.Va. in Partnership with Michie Tavern is offering a special Summer Session presented by award-winning Civil War historian Rick Britton entitled “Albemarle County in the Civil War!” Albemarle County supported the Confederacy in several significant ways—war materiel was produced for the army; medical care was provided on a massive scale; and, of course, thousands of local men and boys fought, bled, and died. One locally raised scrapper became the war’s most famous partisan leader. And the locally raised infantry regiment, the 19th Virginia, became one of Robert E. Lee’s most steadfast units. During Albemarle’s one combat—when future Indian-fighter George Armstrong Custer paid an unwelcome visit—the plucky Southern defenders used every trick in the book to turn the tide.
Join us as we learn about “Albemarle County in the Civil War!”
Aug. 9 – Blood & Treasure: Albemarle County’s Confederate War Effort
Aug. 16 – Albemarle Boys in Pickett’s Charge
Aug. 23 – John Singleton Mosby: Guerilla Fighter Extraordinaire
Aug. 30 – The “Battle” of Rio Hill: George Armstrong Custer Comes A-Callin’

The events begin at 4 p.m. Lectures begin promptly at 4:30. Q&A follows until 5:30. The $16.00 fee for each includes the lecture, cheese, two glasses of wine, a book-signing, and a complimentary tour of historic Michie Tavern. Sign up today! Go to OLLI’s online registration system:  NOTE: You must be an OLLI member for the fall 2016 semester to participate in this special Summer Session.