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
6 days
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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
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The Educational Legacy of Woodrow Wilson: From College to Nation.
by Axtell, James (ed.)
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity
by Ammon, Harry
John Tyler
by May, Gary
The Federalist Papers
by Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay
John Tyler, the Accidental President
by Crapol, Edward P.
George Washington: Writings
by Rhodehamel, John H. (ed.)
James Madison the Founding Father
by Rutland, Robert A.
Thomas Jefferson and His Time
by Malone, Dumas
Madison and Jefferson.
by Burstein, Andrew and Nancy Isenberg
Zachary Taylor
by Eisenhower, John D
Zachary Taylor
by Bauer, Jack K.
William Henry Harrison.
by Collins, Gail
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
“Those Who Labor for My Happiness”: Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello
by Stanton, Lucia C.
Jefferson and Monroe: Constant Friendship and Respect
by Cunningham, Noble
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
by Cooper, John Miton
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Ellis, Joseph J.

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