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Virginia, Mother of Presidents: Seven Historic Sites

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Virginia, exploring seven presidential homes, visiting national landmarks and enjoying traditional colonial food at the historic Michie Tavern.
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Program No. 19969RJ
Length
6 days
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1,299
Virginia

Virginia, Mother of Presidents: Seven Historic Sites

Immerse yourself in the wonders of Virginia, exploring seven presidential homes, visiting national landmarks and enjoying traditional colonial food at the historic Michie Tavern.
Length
6 days
Starts at
1,299
Program No. 19969 RJ
Prefer to enroll or inquire by phone? 800-454-5768
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May 2 - May 7, 2021
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May 23 - May 28, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 24, 2021
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
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May 1 - May 6, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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May 2 - May 7, 2021
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1,619
May 23 - May 28, 2021
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Sep 19 - Sep 24, 2021
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
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May 1 - May 6, 2022
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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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At a Glance

Truly the “Mother of Presidents,” the state of Virginia is the birthplace of eight of the country’s chief executives. Seven of these Old Dominion natives were among the first twelve holders of the nation’s highest office. Explore with experts how the homes of these men reflect their personalities and the social norms of each man’s own era.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles a day over uneven terrain.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the homes of seven former United States Presidents, including Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon and Jefferson’s masterpiece at Monticello.
  • Experience the beauty of the Virginia countryside from the mountains to the Tidewater region, and enjoy lunch at historic Michie Tavern.
  • Meet one of the Founding Fathers in a lively interaction where you can ask questions and gain insights from a convincing historical interpreter.

General Notes

This program visits eight different homes & locations over six days. We try our best to explore each individual area as best we can. Please be aware that bus time is crucial, and travel may take up to a few hours at a time.
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Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
During her 22-year career in museum education and historical research, Beth Taylor served as the director of interpretation at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and director of education at James Madison's Montpelier. She is now a Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Beth's first book, "A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons," was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award nominee. Beth holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Karen Warnecke View biography
Karen Warnecke attended the University of Buffalo. After college, she made her way to San Diego, California, where she met her husband. His 30-year naval flight career led them to raise four sons all over the country. In Charlottesville, Karen continued her career with the University Of Virginia School Of Medicine as a course coordinator for first-year medical students. She retired several years ago to allow more opportunities to travel, visit family and friends, work in her garden, read and enjoy the local area.
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Elizabeth Dowling Taylor View biography
During her 22-year career in museum education and historical research, Beth Taylor served as the director of interpretation at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello and director of education at James Madison's Montpelier. She is now a Fellow at the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. Beth's first book, "A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons," was a New York Times bestseller and a National Book Award nominee. Beth holds a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.
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Jim Wootton View biography
Jim Wootton served as curator and assistant director of Ash Lawn-Highland, home of President James Monroe, where he collaborated with the museum staff in research, planning, and interpretation for more than 20 years. In 2000, Jim became executive director of the Capitol Square Preservation Council, which reviews projects that affect the State Capitol and the historic buildings and landscape of Capitol Square. Jim has appeared in films and documentaries and authored numerous articles and publications, including a biography of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe. Now retired, he has lectured with Road Scholar for over 10 years.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Ellis, Joseph J.
The Federalist Papers
by Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay
Jefferson and Monroe: Constant Friendship and Respect
by Cunningham, Noble
William Henry Harrison.
by Collins, Gail
Zachary Taylor
by Bauer, Jack K.
James Madison the Founding Father
by Rutland, Robert A.
Zachary Taylor
by Eisenhower, John D
The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation.
by Axtell, James (ed.)
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
by Cooper, John Miton
George Washington: Writings
by Rhodehamel, John H. (ed.)
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity
by Ammon, Harry
Madison and Jefferson.
by Burstein, Andrew and Nancy Isenberg
“Those Who Labor for My Happiness”: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
by Stanton, Lucia C.
John Tyler, the Accidental President
by Crapol, Edward P.
Thomas Jefferson and His Time
by Malone, Dumas
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
John Tyler
by May, Gary
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling





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