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Friends, Neighbors, Presidents: The World of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe

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Itinerary for Mar 8 — Mar 13, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or one king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning, cable TV with HBO, telephone with voice mail, and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-7:00pm, but reservations are needed. The shuttle can also pick up at the train and bus stations. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the nearby fitness center, Gold's Gym, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily USA Today newspaper available Monday-Friday from the front desk. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 08 - Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Ori...
Arrival and Check-in / Program Registration / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Introduction to Three Presidents

Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 p.m.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table from 4:00-5:00 pm to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Dinner: In the pleasant ambience of the Windsor Room, enjoy a buffet meal that offers an entrée, side dishes, and beverage choices including coffee, tea, water.

Evening: With our local expert, get a lively and detailed introduction to three Presidents from Virginia: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe. Learn fascinating details of their public and private lives as well as their friendships and their world. Explore the activities and contributions of the “Founding Fathers” to America from the colonial era through the Revolutionary War and development of the young republic from the Constitution to the Monroe Doctrine.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or one king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning, cable TV with HBO, telephone with voice mail, and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-7:00pm, but reservations are needed. The shuttle can also pick up at the train and bus stations. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the nearby fitness center, Gold's Gym, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily USA Today newspaper available Monday-Friday from the front desk. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 09 - A Society to Our Taste / University of Virginia a...
A Society to Our Taste / University of Virginia and Monticello Field Trips / Perspectives on Jefferson

Note: UVA field trip involves walking about 3/4 mile; 10-15 steps. Those who prefer not to walk/climb steps may remain by the Rotunda. Monticello is at the top of a steep hill, reached by shuttle. The mansion is handicapped-accessible; parts of the grounds are steep and/or reached only by stairs; uneven pathways. The longest walk, past the Jefferson cemetery, is about 1/2 mile. Visitor Center exhibits provide an alternative for those who prefer something less physically demanding.

Breakfast: In the Windsor Room, the breakfast buffet typically includes selections such as scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage links, pancakes or French toast, grits, hot cinnamon apples, hash browns, biscuits and gravy, English muffins, bagels, cereals, fruit, milk, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: Gain perspectives on the social order and lifestyles of Virginia’s landed gentry — including our three Presidents — and “a society to our taste.” Learn about life on plantations and estates far from the colonial hub of Williamsburg, Jefferson’s conceptions of the ideal society, and how he encouraged and supported his friends in joining that rare circle.

We will also have an illustrated overview of the University of Virginia (UVA).

Next we embark via motorcoach on a field trip to UVA, founded by Jefferson in 1819. He considered the creation of this “academical village” one of his greatest achievements. Led by an expert, we’ll walk through the Grounds to observe the impressive Rotunda and the Lawn, both designed by Jefferson. See Jefferson's vision of higher education as it unfolds in the layout of the classroom and residential buildings, student housing on the Lawn and Ranges, still in use today. Take in the gardens, serpentine wall, and pavilions, all part of Jefferson's concept and a model for university design throughout the country.

At the conclusion of our exploration, we take our motorcoach to Monticello.

Lunch: At the Café at Monticello, we will have box lunches including a sandwich, fresh fruit salad, potato or pasta salad, a brownie, and water. You may sit indoors or outdoors (weather permitting) with views of the surrounding forest.

Afternoon: If you knew nothing else about Jefferson and then visited Monticello, you would recognize the man as a genius. The house and gardens were designed, redesigned, built, and rebuilt over more than 40 years. Today, it is considered an “autobiographical masterpiece.” Led by an expert, we will have a guided exploration, walking through this exceptional mansion where you see the architecture he favored and some of the many innovative contrivances he devised. The furnishings, art, books, gadgets, and objects such as the 7-day clock and the alcove bed reveal Jefferson's unique and inquiring mind. It is astonishing to comprehend that one man conceived all of this. Leaving the house, you will have free time to walk through the extensive kitchen and ornamental gardens, and the Jefferson family cemetery where you see what he had carved onto his memorial stone.

Dinner: In the Windsor Room.

Evening: Jefferson was a man of mighty visions and contradictions who has been called an American sphinx. He wrote “all men are created equal” but owned slaves and may have had an affair with one of them. He wrote the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom that inspired part of our Bill of Rights but was himself not religious. He was an advocate of limited government but as President took executive action that doubled the size of the U.S. with the Louisiana Purchase. Led by a Jefferson scholar, we will engage in a thoughtful consideration of Jefferson’s public and private views, compare his philosophical positions with his actions, and develop a deeper understanding of this brilliant man who simultaneously shaped and was constrained by the time and place in which he lived.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or one king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning, cable TV with HBO, telephone with voice mail, and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-7:00pm, but reservations are needed. The shuttle can also pick up at the train and bus stations. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the nearby fitness center, Gold's Gym, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily USA Today newspaper available Monday-Friday from the front desk. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 10 - Perspectives on the Madisons / Montpelier
Note: Considerable walking and standing indoors and out; the round-trip walk between the Visitor Center and the mansion is approximately 2/3 mile on a pebble walkway that slopes up (no shuttle). The second floor is reachable only by stairs; there are exhibits and videos on the first floor. Exhibits in the Education Center provide an alternative for those who prefer something less physically demanding.

Breakfast: In the Windsor Room.

Morning: In an expert presentation, gain an understanding and appreciation of Dolley Madison. Though the title “First Lady” came later, there is no doubt that she defined the role, establishing a set of precedents by which we still tend to judge our First Ladies. Raised a Quaker and not formally educated, Dolley Payne Todd Madison displayed innate, highly attuned social skills. She charmed both men and women. At the same time she was an intelligent and savvy politician's wife who understood the effectiveness of nuanced relationship building. She and James Madison had an exceptionally successful 42-year union both on a personal level and as one of the nation's first power couples.

We take our motorcoach to Montpelier for a field trip to learn more about the Madisons and explore their home. Intertwined with the house exploration is a new look to Madison's role in the development of the Constitution. This in-depth experience will focus on what makes Montpelier significant as a historical site, and the place where the Constitution was inspired. It will help you gain a deeper understanding and appreciation for the rationality, mechanics, and purpose of the document as Madison saw it. The presentation will cover Madison's thinking prior to the Constitutional Convention; his contributions during the Convention; and his efforts to explain and secure the Constitution.

Lunch: In the Visitor Center’s Exchange Café adjacent to the DuPont Gallery, we’ll have box lunches with a sandwich, fruit, chips, cookie, water.

Afternoon: The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to see and do more of what interests you most at your own pace. Indoor exhibits include information on Madison's Presidency and the War of 1812, life at Montpelier during the tenure of the duPonts, and artifacts such as Dolley's engagement ring and James's walking stick, a gift of Thomas Jefferson. Outdoors, you are welcome to visit the duPont Formal Garden, the South Yard slave quarters, and the cemeteries.

Dinner: In the Windsor Room.

Evening: Delight in a lively performance called “Violins and Fiddles” by a talented musician who not only demonstrates the differing personalities of this single instrument, but also provides an informative commentary on music of the 18th century.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or one king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning, cable TV with HBO, telephone with voice mail, and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-7:00pm, but reservations are needed. The shuttle can also pick up at the train and bus stations. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the nearby fitness center, Gold's Gym, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily USA Today newspaper available Monday-Friday from the front desk. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 11 - Presidential Plantations / Free Afternoon and Eve...
Breakfast: In the Windsor Room.

Morning: In a two-part presentation this morning, we will examine the self-contained world of plantation life where a few lived in comfort supported by the many who labored in the fields and homes under the yoke of slavery. To separate fact from fiction, romanticized mythology from reality, our expert speaker will discuss issues such as family life, education, leisure, and other aspects of the parallel cultures on the plantation. We will also gain a sense of the contrasts between this elaborate and complicated lifestyle and the much simpler homesteads maintained by the vast majority of early American farmers. Our in-depth study includes time for question-and- answer interaction with the presenter.

Lunch: In the Windsor Room.

Afternoon: Free Afternoon. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions.

Dinner: In the Windsor Room.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Located in the beautiful and historic Piedmont region of Virginia at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers a variety of activities and attractions, all located conveniently near the English Inn. In addition to the sites included in the program, there are additional historical homes, museums, and venues within easy driving distance. Browse through the shops in historic downtown, tour the local vineyards, or take a short trip to the Skyline Drive, famous for its fall splendor and breathtaking vistas.

Contact info:
2000 Morton Drive
Charlottesville, VA 22903 USA
phone: 800-786-5400
web: www.wytestone.com

Room amenities: Rooms appointed with two queen beds or one king, dresser and a wide desk. In-room coffee-maker, refrigerator, microwave, iron, ironing board, hair dryer, alarm clock, air conditioning, cable TV with HBO, telephone with voice mail, and computer data port (Internet high speed access).

Facility amenities: Relax amid the warmth and charm of traditional British decor. Enjoy a bountiful, buffet breakfast every morning and tea and cookies in the afternoon. Indoor pool, sauna and workout room, adjacent to Rivanna Greenbelt Trail. The hotel offers a complimentary airport shuttle from 7:00am-7:00pm, but reservations are needed. The shuttle can also pick up at the train and bus stations. Conveniently located only one mile from UVA campus. Enjoy the nearby fitness center, Gold's Gym, free with your room key. Elevators are available to upper floors. Daily USA Today newspaper available Monday-Friday from the front desk. Guest Business Office open 24 hours with fax machine available. Safe deposit boxes available.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $75 plus tax, limited rooms
The English Inn can usually provide lodging before or after your program at the discounted Road Scholar rate. This rate is not always available, especially on football weekends in the fall.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 12 - Perspectives on Monroe / Jefferson as Architect /...
Perspectives on Monroe / Jefferson as Architect / Historic Michie Tavern / Ashlawn-Highland Field Trip

Note: Michie Tavern is located on a steep hillside with a flight of broad, shallow steps up to the Tavern; dining room only wheelchair accessible. The field trip to Ashlawn-Highland includes an exploration of the multi-level house that includes going up and down short flights of stairs. Participants who may have difficulty with the stairs can choose to view only the main floor then proceed out around the house on the landscaped grounds before rejoining the group in the lower level rooms.

Breakfast: In the Windsor Room.

Morning: Today’s first presentation focuses on James Monroe. He studied law as a young man with Virginia’s then-Governor, Thomas Jefferson, and the two became life-long friends and neighbors. Monroe’s long career of public service, began when he left The College of William and Mary to serve under Washington during the American Revolution. We will examine his time as a member of the Virginia legislature and the U. S. Senate and his terms as Virginia governor. We’ll also learn about Monroe’s public and private life including his Presidency and what was termed “the era of good feelings” remembered primarily for his declaration of the Monroe Doctrine.

Among his many accomplishments, Thomas Jefferson was an accomplished architect. With Jefferson as our focus, we will review architectural styles already observed on our field trips, consider popular architectural features of the era, and their relation to the culture of the new nation, reflecting not only the tastes and needs of owners but also their social status and relative wealth. Learn the meaning of some of those confusing architectural terms such as architrave, belt course, metope, and more.

Lunch: At historic Michie Tavern, journey back to the 18th century with a traditional Bill of Fare (good Southern cooking!).

This tavern founded in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie (rhymes with sticky) was a social center of the community. After lunch, we will explore the building with an engaging local expert.

Afternoon: For our next field trip, we explore the home of James Monroe. Some years after his marriage, Monroe and his wife established their domicile at Highland, adjacent to Monticello. The comparatively modest abode — renamed Ash Lawn-Highland after a later owner — contrasts with the mansions of the other two Presidents that are the focus of our program. Learn how the estate evolved over centuries, explore the elegantly furnished rooms of what Monroe called his “cabin-castle” and stroll the grounds to see gardens, reconstructed slave quarters, and impressive views of the surrounding mountains.

Dinner: In the Windsor Room.

Evening: Delight to the talents of an accomplished musician who will present an exclusive demonstration-concert for our group using a variety of fascinating instruments typical of the Revolutionary era. Some will be very familiar and others quite a surprise!

Then get a good night’s rest in anticipation of our concluding activities tomorrow.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 13 - Silent Voices: Women, Slaves and Free People of C...
Silent Voices: Women, Slaves and Free People of Color / Meet Colonel Monroe / Program Concludes

Note: Hotel check-out is by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: In the Windsor Room.

Morning: We have libraries full of information on the Founding Fathers, but society could not have functioned without those about whom early American history is largely silent. Learn about women whose support was crucial to the social structure, slaves whose muscle and sinew built an agrarian society, and free people of color who struggled to establish their place in a new nation that had declared “all men are created equal.”

Rounding out our experience, meet “Colonel Monroe” himself. Engage in a unique conversation with a knowledgeable and talented historical interpreter who provides first-person interaction with James Monroe. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Charlottesville
Historic CharlottesvilleDuring your free time, you may wish to explore further the University of Virginia, tour an area vineyard, drive the picturesque Skyline Drive/Blue Ridge Parkway, or explore Charlottesville's restored downtown pedestrian center. Within reasonable driving distance you will also find the Walton's Mountain Museum, the P. Buckley Moss Museum, and the Roaring Twenties Antique Car Museum. Your free time will be fairly limited, so consider extending your stay to enjoy all the Charlottesville area has to offer. Most of the historical sites have seasonal special events on the weekends that you may want to investigate by going to their individual websites.
For additional information, visit: www.wm.edu/learningodysseys

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
8 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
3 Performances

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