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
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 magnificent 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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Stephen Christoff
Stephen Christoff has been a musical fixture at Colonial Williamsburg for more than 15 years. Since 2006, he has performed his one-man show called "Seller of Songs" at the Hennage Theater in Colonial Williamsburg to sell-out audiences and rave reviews. In 2007, Stephen was a member of a collaborative performance team that played over 100 performances of "American Musicworks," a signature show designed for the Dewitt Wallace Galleries folk art exhibition, and also performed for the Jamestown 2007, Godspeed Sail and Landing Party Festival. He has headlined at locations including Mount Vernon, Chestertown Tea Party Festival, Virginia's Yorktown Celebration Festival, The National Portrait Gallery, The Library of Congress, The Black Swamp Arts Festival and Disney's Epcot Center.
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