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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.
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Program No. 19969RJ
Length
6 days
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1,359
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
1,359
Length
6 days
Rating (5)
Starts at
1,359
Program No. 19969RJ

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Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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Apr 9 - Apr 14, 2023
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May 28 - Jun 2, 2023
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Sep 10 - Sep 15, 2023
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Sep 17 - Sep 22, 2023
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Oct 1 - Oct 6, 2023
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Oct 29 - Nov 3, 2023
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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 13 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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Karen Warnecke
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.

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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Dennis Bigelow View biography
For more than a decade, Dennis Bigelow has interpreted the character of President James Monroe for the College of William & Mary at Highland, Monroe's home in Albemarle County, Virginia. He has performed at the White House, Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia State House, the National Archives, the Smithsonian, and other venues. He shares ancestral grandparents with Thomas Jefferson through the Randolph family as well as Chief Justice John Marshall, a great friend of Monroe and a maternal ancestral uncle.
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.
Jefferson and Monroe: Constant Friendship and Respect
by Cunningham, Noble
The Federalist Papers
by Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay
William Henry Harrison.
by Collins, Gail
John Tyler, the Accidental President
by Crapol, Edward P.
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
by Cooper, John Miton
“Those Who Labor for My Happiness”: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
by Stanton, Lucia C.
James Madison the Founding Father
by Rutland, Robert A.
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity
by Ammon, Harry
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
by Blackmon, Douglas
Madison and Jefferson.
by Burstein, Andrew and Nancy Isenberg
The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
by Dowling, Elizabeth Taylor
Zachary Taylor
by Eisenhower, John D
George Washington: Writings
by Rhodehamel, John H. (ed.)
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
Zachary Taylor
by Bauer, Jack K.
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
by Baptist, Edward
Thomas Jefferson and His Time
by Malone, Dumas
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Ellis, Joseph J.
The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation.
by Axtell, James (ed.)
John Tyler
by May, Gary





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