Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Appomattox Campaign

Monday, Sept. 19 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts NPS historian Patrick Schroeder speaking on “The Appomattox Campaign.” With an M.A. in Civil War History from Virginia Tech, Schroeder has written, edited and/or contributed to more than 25 Civil War titles and articles, including More Myths About Lee’s Surrender, The Confederate Cemetery at Appomattox, and Images of America: Appomattox County. He has been the historian at Appomattox Court House since 2002.

The Charlottesville CWRT is a wonderful organization of 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, September 15, 2016

Constitution Day Celebration at Montpelier

Saturday, Sept. 17 – MONTPELIER hosts its annual Constitution Day Celebration. Celebrate the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution with family and friends on the historic grounds of Montpelier! Free admission to the house between 9:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., and free hands-on history activities around the grounds. Free "Montpelier's Enslaved Community" walking tours offered at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Active archaeological dig sites, the archaeology lab, and the Gilmore Cabin all will be open and free to the public all day. The award-winning Barbeque Exchange will be offering an Edna Lewis-inspired buffet lunch from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for $15 per person; enjoy live music while you eat. Early Mountain Vineyards, Devil's Backbone Brewing Company, and Albemarle Cider will be on site to offer tastings, and their products will be available for purchase.

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, September 13, 2016

A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Historian, Speaker,
Guide, Cartographer
Wednesday, Sept. 21 – 6 p.m. – THE SENIOR CENTER, INC.  of Charlottesville starts up a brand new 5-session history class presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton“A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County.” It’s the perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper! The Civil War’s end plunged Albemarle County into a political, economic, and social abyss. It also meant freedom to over 13,000 local residents. Thanks to emancipation, a number of Black Baptist churches were established and several local African Americans rose to prominence. Technology and more railroads modernized the county. One of Albemarle’s manufacturing firms gained a national reputation for excellence. In the century’s final years Charlottesville became a city, Mr. Jefferson’s gorgeous Rotunda was gutted by fire, and one of Albemarle’s own was named the nation’s “most beautiful blonde.” Join us for this fabulous new lecture class!  

• Wed., Sept. 21 - 6:oo pm – A New Beginning: Albemarle in the Late 1800s
• Thurs., Sept. 29 - 6:oo pm – A Choir of the Whole: Albemarle’s Black Baptist Churches 
• Thurs., Oct. 6 - 6:oo pm – Clothing a Nation: The Charlottesville Woolen Mills  
• Thurs., Oct. 13 - 6:oo pm – Educating the Poor: The Samuel Miller Story
• Thurs., Oct. 20 - 6:oo pm – Maud Coleman Woods: America’s Most Beautiful Blonde  

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. 6:00–7:00 p.m. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00. To register, or for more information, call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538 or e-mail

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

10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival at Monticello

Saturday, Sept. 10 – MONTICELLO presents its 10th Annual Heritage Harvest Festival celebrating Thomas Jefferson, America’s “first foodie!” Fascinated with the foods eaten by various cultures, Jefferson championed vegetable cuisine, plant experimentation, and sustainable agriculture. He also enjoyed macaroni and loved serving ice cream! At this year’s unique, family-friendly Festival—held on the grounds of Jefferson’s beautiful Monticello—taste a bounty of heirloom fruits and vegetables, and learn about organic gardening and seed-saving. The 2016 keynote speaker will be Patrick O’Connell, proprietor and chef of The Inn at Little Washington.

Tickets can be purchased at the gate during the festival through 4 p.m. For more information, visit