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Three Friends: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe

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Program #9113RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
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Itinerary for Mar 15 — Mar 18, 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 15 - Arrival and Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinn...
Arrival and Check-in / Orientation / Welcome Dinner / Introduction to Jefferson, Madison and Monroe

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. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

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 16 - A Society to Our Taste / University of Virginia /...
A Society to Our Taste / University of Virginia / Monticello / Insights into James Monroe

Note: The field trip to UVA includes an extended walk on the Grounds which are terraced with steps between levels. Participants who do not want to negotiate the steps can explore the top terrace around the Rotunda until the walk concludes. Monticello is on the top of a steep hill, reached by a trolley ride. The house is accessible, but parts of the grounds are steep and/or reached only by long stairs. Participants can select those areas where they will be comfortable during the independent time.

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: In a presentation titled “A Society to Our Taste,” gain perspectives on the social order and lifestyles of Virginia’s landed gentry including our three Presidents. 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 design 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, 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: We’ll have an in-depth look at our fifth president, James Monroe. While he may be the least well-known of the early Virginia presidents, he had a long career of public service that began when he left the College of William and Mary to serve under Washington in the American Revolution. We’ll examine Monroe’s time as a member of the Virginia legislature and the U. S. Senate and his terms as Virginia governor. We’ll review his Presidency and the issues he faced in addition to the Monroe Doctrine, then wonder at the strange coincidence of his dying on the Fourth of July, five years to the day after the passing of two other founding giants, Jefferson and John Adams.

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 17 - James and Dolley Madison / Plantation Life / Mont...
James and Dolley Madison / Plantation Life / Montpelier / Ashlawn-Highland

Note: This day is jam-packed with activities and requires stamina. Both historic houses are located in hilly terrain, but participants can easily adjust the amount of walking they do around the grounds. The second floor of Montpelier is optional and those finding the grounds too tiring can enjoy the Education Center instead. At Ashlawn Highland there is a short staircase that can be avoided by going outside and coming in another door.

Breakfast: In the Windsor Room.

Morning: Class: "Madison, Montpelier, and Constitution-Making" Enjoy an in-depth study of the "Father of the Constitution", his presidency, and his marvelous home. Learn about his 41 year political career that included serving as a state and national legislator and assisting in the writing of a new Virginia Constitution and Declaration of Rights. Discover why he earned the title "Father of the Constitution" and his role through the Federalist papers in insuring that document's ratification. Explore his tenure as Jefferson's Secretary of State and as our fourth President. Come away with a better picture of a little man with monumental achievements. Field Trip: Montpelier, Home of James and Dolly Madison" Visit includes a special presentation, "Introduction to the House and Grounds"; guided walk through the mansion that has recently been restored to its appearance at the time it was occupied by the Madisons; free time for a self-guided exploration of Education Center, grounds and new Visitor Center. The home was owned for over 120 years by the Madison family and you will learn of the three stages of construction during their tenure as well as the various renovations completed by succeeding owners, including the famous DuPont family. The restoration of the house itself took place from 2003-2008 and efforts are now underway to furnish it to reflect its occupation by James and Dolley Madison after his retirement from the Presidency.

Lunch: Eat a delicious box lunch, including sandwich, water, fruit, chips, and cookie, in the Visitor Center’s Courtyard Café adjacent to the DuPont Gallery.

Afternoon: Field Trip: 'Ash Lawn-Highland, Home of James Monroe" This small, homey dwelling is an interesting contrast to the stately mansions of Monroe's friends and neighbors. Discover how the house has evolved through the centuries with different owners. Explore the elegantly furnished rooms of this "cabin-castle", including the study and children's room added during the tenure of the Monroes from 1799-1828. Stroll the grounds to see the gardens, reconstructed slave quarters, and original Overseer's Cottage while taking in the spectacular views of the surrounding mountains

Dinner: Dinner is again served by Simply Delicious in the Windsor Room.

Evening: Performance: "Violins and Fiddles" Delight in the lively performance by a talented musician who not only demonstrates the differing personalities of this single instrument, but who provides an informative commentary on music of the eighteenth century.

Lodging: English Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Four: Wednesday, March 18 - Historical Visitor
Note: The program concludes with two engaging presentations at the hotel for a restful ending before you head home.

Breakfast: Breakfast will again be buffet style in the Windsor Room

Morning: Class: "Silent Voices: Women, Slaves, and Free People of Color" History books are full of information about the Founding Fathers, but the society could not have functioned without the silent companions to these famous men. Discover the hidden stories of the women who supported them, the slaves who provided the foundation of the agrarian society, and the free people of color who struggled to maintain their freedom and rights in the new country where "all men are created equal". Performance: "Colonel Monroe" What better way to end your time in Charlottesville than with a visit from one of the Founding Fathers that you have been learning about all week? A very convincing historical interpreter gives you a first person perspective on James Monroe and his celebrated friends of the Virginia Piedmont. Engage in a unique conversation with one of the important players from the early years of our nation before you return to the 21st century to head home. Conclusion and Farewells: Program ends in mid-morning with time to check out and make individual arrangements for lunch before starting home.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Charlottesville
Historic CharlottesvilleYour program will be filled with lectures, field trips, and other activities, so free time will be very limited, especially in this short Road Scholar program. Consider staying an extra day or two before or after the program to explore all that the Charlottesville area has to offer, including vineyards, museums, downtown historic district, nearby historical sites, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Historical sites often have special programs on the weekends that you could enjoy by arriving early. Check their websites for calendars of events. Visit our web site for ideas and links.

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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3 nights of accommodations
8 meals: 3 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
5 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
2 Performances

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