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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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.
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Walking up to two miles a day over uneven terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Visit the homes of seven former United States Presidents, including Washington’s beloved Mount Vernon, Jefferson’s masterpiece at Monticello, the restored Montpelier of Madison and Tyler’s Sherwood Forest, the longest frame house in America.
  • 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.
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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.
Peggy Vogtsberger
Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
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