Afternoon walk of about 3/4 mile over some uneven surfaces such as cobblestone and brick, with some inclines, and several stairs.
Breakfast in the hotel second floor dining area is a Buffet with choice of fresh fruits, yogurts, organic and gluten free cereals, bread and butter bar featuring oven-baked fresh breads and bakery selections, farm fresh eggs and omelets cooked to order, bacon and sausage, breakfast potatoes, coffee or tea and choice of juice.
We make every effort to keep our schedules as we've listed them here. However, sometimes we may have to modify time of day or the day itself to fit an instructor's availability. Please be aware that there may not be a free afternoon in this program; there is one free evening, and you will have time to relax each day, but there is no large block of free time in the afternoons. In the period when Virginia was first settled, roads were few. The efficient means of travel was by water, on the rivers that reached inland from Chesapeake Bay. Colonial Virginia society centered on the settlements and great estates on the river shores. Our first class session looks at the importance of river travel for colonial settlers and provides an overview of Virginia’s history and architecture. Our guest speaker is renowned for the many-layered maps he draws and for his wealth of stories. Along the way we’ll learn about the settlements of Jamestown, famously established on the James River in 1607, and Henricus, the second town established in 1611 upriver from Jamestown. Next we’ll speak of the plantation, a different kind of settlement, held by a single family and with the focal point the grand house, around which the outbuildings and grounds were arrayed. Land was granted by the Royal Governor by headright, which allowed scions to gain more land by importing indentured servants and slaves, the immigrants who did the physical work. As structures the great James River houses are interesting to compare because each has its own materials and styles, interior and exterior, reflecting the families who built and lived in them. In addition the way each estate is preserved and interpreted today is different.
At the hotel dining area, we’ll have a tasty lunch with either a plated entrée served with sides and rolls and butter, or offerings such as choice of salads with dressing options, soup, deli sandwiches. Served with dessert and choice of coffee, tea, or water.
After lunch we set off on foot for our first Field Trip, to explore the Virginia State Capitol. This living landmark of American self-government has been home to the General Assembly — the oldest legislature continuously operating in the Western Hemisphere — since 1788. The capitol was designed by Thomas Jefferson, inspired by classical Roman temple design, and has served as a prototype for countless capitols, courthouses, municipal buildings, churches, and even residences for more than 200 years. Houdon’s life-size marble of George Washington has stood in the Capitol rotunda since 1790 and is widely considered the best representation of our first President. We'll be conducted through the underground exhibit area up into the building by a Capitol guide who will cover the building’s architecture, art, and history.
Dinner at the hotel in the second floor dining area. Plated entrées are served with a Virginia green salad, vegetables, dinner rolls and butter, and dessert, with choice of coffee, decaffeinated coffee, or iced tea.
Learn about the lifestyle, culture and traditions at 18th and 19th century plantations.