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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
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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1,299
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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1,299
Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
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1,359
May 1 - May 6, 2022
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1,359
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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1,359
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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1,409
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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1,619
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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1,619
Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
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1,679
May 1 - May 6, 2022
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1,679
Sep 11 - Sep 16, 2022
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1,679
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
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1,679
Oct 23 - Oct 28, 2022
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1,729
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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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Jim Wootton
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.

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

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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.
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Originally from Ohio, Christi has been a teacher in Richmond, Virginia for over two decades. She is a self-proclaimed travel junkie, lifelong learner and people enthusiast. In her free time, she enjoys Zumba, yoga and being with her friends.
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Zachary Taylor
by Bauer, Jack K.
George Washington: Writings
by Rhodehamel, John H. (ed.)
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.
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.)
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
James Madison the Founding Father
by Rutland, Robert A.
William Henry Harrison.
by Collins, Gail
John Tyler
by May, Gary
The Federalist Papers
by Hamilton, Alexander, James Madison, and John Jay
Zachary Taylor
by Eisenhower, John D
Jefferson and Monroe: Constant Friendship and Respect
by Cunningham, Noble
John Tyler, the Accidental President
by Crapol, Edward P.
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity
by Ammon, Harry
Woodrow Wilson: A Biography
by Cooper, John Miton
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
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4.83 Average
(5)

Virginia presidents include the founding fathers of our nation a must learn for all.

(5)

This was a very exciting and informative program on the early presidents and on the building of our American Government. The presidents lives and their accomplishments were so interesting. I loved visiting their plantations and learning about their families. If you love history this program is a must. Loved it !!!!

(5)

This is a very interesting and informative view about the foundation of the United States of America.

(4)

Educational and interesting, although two full days of long bus rides were somewhat trying. Charlottsville was not the most interesting city to visit, but the overall value of the trip was very worthwhile.

(5)

I enjoyed getting a glimpse into the personal lives of the presidents born in VA. It made them more real and gave me some insight into their personalities by seeing how they constructed and furnished their homes.

(5)

Great choice for history buffs. Really enjoyed visiting the plantations of several Founding Fathers and learning about them and the enslaved individuals who lived and worked on those plantations. Our group stayed at the Hyatt Place in Charlottesville, which was an excellent location with spacious rooms and delicious breakfast options. Lecturers were uniformly good but I have a soft spot for “President Monroe”, who came to visit one evening and kept us all captivated.






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