Monday, January 23, 2017

Slavery & Freedom: Monticello and the NMAAHC - Presentation by John Franklin

Saturday, February 4 – 2:00 to 3:15 p.m. - MONTICELLO hosts John Franklin speaking on “Slavery & Freedom: Monticello and the National Museum of African American History & Culture” (in Washington, D.C.). Come hear an insider’s view on the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. John W. Franklin, Senior Manager in the museum's Office of External Affairs, shares the exciting happenings at the newest museum on the National Mall. Held at the Milstein Theater at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center at Monticello.

Talk is free and open to the public but online registration is required. For complete information about Monticello tours and special events, visit, call (434) 984-9816, or e-mail to

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tour Montpelier's Landmark Forest - Sunday, Jan 22

MONTPELIER will host its first “Big Woods Walk” of the new year on Sunday, January 22 at 2pm (fee $5 per person). Join Montpelier Horticulturist Sandy Mudrinich for a wonderful hike through Montpelier’s Landmark Forest—a rare hardwood old growth forest consisting of towering poplars, stately oaks, and sprawling beeches. This tour begins at the David M. Rubenstein Visitor Center. The trail is a gentle 1-mile loop. Dogs on leashes are welcome!

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, January 10, 2017

The First Campaign of the Civil War - January 16 CWRT Presentation

Monday, January 16 – 7 p.m. - THE CHARLOTTESVILLE CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE hosts Bob Stone speaking on the “The First Campaign of the Civil War.” 

A graduate of West Virginia University, Bob worked for the Arlington County, Va., government for 36 years as an administrator. Bob—who’s been fascinated with the Civil War since the age of 6—has taught the Civil War curriculum for Encore Learning of Arlington (an OLLI-like program) since 2005, and has conducted numerous battlefield tours over the past 20 years.

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.

The Early History of Albemarle County - First lecture January 26

Thursday, January 26 – 10:30 a.m. – OLLI at UVA commences its special Winter Session at Michie Tavern“The Early History of Albemarle County!” is a series of FOUR lectures presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton.

Albemarle County has been an impressive place since time immemorial. With an amazingly fertile soil, it’s boasted a wide diversity of native flora and fauna. It’s earliest known inhabitants—the Monacans—built semi-permanent villages, and warred against the Powhatan. In 1762 Dr. Thomas Walker laid out the town of Charlottesville, which at first could not compete with our region’s most prominent settlement, Milton on the Rivanna. Traveling was difficult in the early days: the roads were infamously bad, and the fords were frequently impassable. Taverns offered travelers a much-needed respite. Join us at Michie Tavern—one of Albemarle’s most beautiful historic settings—as we explore “The Early History of Albemarle County!”

Jan. 26 – Albemarle’s Beginnings: the Monacans, the Land and Its Settlement by Europeans
Feb. 2 – Brilliance Forgotten: Dr. Thomas Walker & the Founding of Charlottesville
Feb. 9 – Albemarle’s Lost Town: Milton on the Rivanna
Feb. 16 – Traveling Albemarle: The County’s Roads, Taverns, & Rivers

The lectures begin at 10:30 a.m. A Q&A period follows at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The $22 fee for each event includes the lecture, lunch with the speaker, a book signing, and a complimentary ticket for a tour of historic Michie Tavern. 

Registration begins on January 17. To register, or for more info, go to the web-site ( or call (434) 923-3600.

While you're at Michie Tavern:

THE ARMORY & ARTIFACTS SHOP at MICHIE TAVERN features a fantastic collection of antique muskets and rifles, as well as pistols and swords. (Beautifully laid out, the shop looks like a museum, but all of its items are for sale. Ask the salesperson if you can handle the Civil War cavalry carbines, or the Revolutionary War-era flintlocks!) The Armory also carries books, Civil War currency and newspapers, military accouterments, 19th-century civilian and military photographs, and a large supply of excavated battlefield relics including cannon balls. Every item for sale is authentic. The Armory is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (434) 977-1234 or go to the web-site (