Friends, Neighbors, Presidents: The World of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe

Immerse yourself in the vibrant past and modern charms of Charlottesville, Virginia, discovering historic architecture, traditional cuisine and the legacies of great American leaders.
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Program No. 2007RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Discover the world of Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States, and his friends and neighbors, James Monroe and James Madison. Recall the lives and times of these great men and the nation they helped forge through lectures examining their friendships, political careers, personal lives and philosophies, as well as Federal-era architecture and society.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles daily.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Experience the presidents’ historic homes — James Monroe’s Highland, Madison’s Montpelier and Jefferson’s Monticello — on field trips.
  • Enjoy lunch at historic Michie Tavern and learn about the rich history of this hub of social activity.
  • With an expert leader, see Jefferson's "Academical Village," walking through the UVA Grounds and by the impressive Rotunda.

General Notes

You may enjoy a three-night version of this program, "Three Friends: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe" (#9113).
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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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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.
James Madison: Writings
by Rakove, Jack, ed.
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
Jefferson and Monticello: Biography of a Builder
by McLaughlin, Jack
Thomas Jefferson: Writings: Autobiography/Notes of the State of Virginia/Public and Private Papers/Addresses/Letters
by Peterson, Merrill, ed
The Political Philosophy of James Madison
by Sheldon, Garrett Ward
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West
by Ambrose, Stephen E
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia
by Morgan, Edmund S
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity.
by Ammon, Harry
James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic
by Rakove, Jack
The Evolution of the Constitution of the United States of the Monroe Doctrine
by Kasson, John A
In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson
by Cunningham, Noble
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy
by Gordon-Reed, Annette
The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, 1776-1826
by Smith, James M., ed.
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Ellis, Joseph J
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Ellis, Joseph J
Slavery at Monticello
by Stanton, Lucia

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