June 21, 2023 (wednesday)
Drive from Williamsburg to Montpelier, Virginia
This morning we will drive through the rolling Piedmonts Lest you think bus time will be an opportunity to catch up on sleep, be aware bus time will be used to share presentations, content lectures and pedagogical activities.
Montpelier, the home of James & Dolly Madison
James Madison's Montpelier, located in Orange County, Virginia, was the plantation house of the Madison family, including fourth President of the United States, James Madison, and his wife Dolley. The foundation that holds the home does so with the mission of engaging the public with the enduring legacy of Madison's most powerful idea: government by the people.
Archeological investigations in the 21st century revealed new information about African-American life at the plantation, and a gift from philanthropist David Rubenstein enabled the National Trust to restore the slave quarters in the South Yard and open a slavery exhibition, The Mere Distinction of Colour, in 2017.
Lunch will be onsite
Drive to Charlottesville VA. Participants will engage in a two hour Pedagogy and Content seminar led by the directors. Please bring required assignments to ensure your learning experience is optimal.
Dinner on own
Participants will have time to dine on their own at "The Mall" in downtown Charlottesville. For large group we recommend reservations.
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As home to one of America’s most transformative thinkers, Montpelier is an influential, historical landmark. Learn about the furnishings, books, and art that reveal the brilliant mind of President, James Madison and the lively personality of our beloved First Lady, Dolley Madison. These objects and decorative items reflect their curiosities, interests and personalities.