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Virginia

Three Friends: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe

Program No. 9113RJ
Dive into history as you explore the legacies of three early American presidents, discovering historic architecture, period music, stunning artwork and a living-history presentation.
Length
4 days
Rating (4.91)
Activity Level
Starts at
799

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Apr 16 - Apr 19, 2023
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799
May 26 - May 29, 2023
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849
Jun 11 - Jun 14, 2023
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Aug 27 - Aug 30, 2023
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Sep 8 - Sep 11, 2023
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Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2023
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Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2023
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Apr 14 - Apr 17, 2024
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849
May 12 - May 15, 2024
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899
Jun 9 - Jun 12, 2024
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Aug 25 - Aug 28, 2024
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Sep 22 - Sep 25, 2024
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899
Oct 11 - Oct 14, 2024
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Oct 20 - Oct 23, 2024
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
Apr 16 - Apr 19, 2023
Starting at
999
May 26 - May 29, 2023
Starting at
1,049
Jun 11 - Jun 14, 2023
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1,049
Aug 27 - Aug 30, 2023
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1,049
Sep 8 - Sep 11, 2023
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1,049
Oct 12 - Oct 15, 2023
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1,049
Oct 22 - Oct 25, 2023
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1,049
Apr 14 - Apr 17, 2024
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1,049
May 12 - May 15, 2024
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1,099
Jun 9 - Jun 12, 2024
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1,099
Aug 25 - Aug 28, 2024
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1,099
Sep 22 - Sep 25, 2024
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1,099
Oct 11 - Oct 14, 2024
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1,099
Oct 20 - Oct 23, 2024
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1,099

At a Glance

Explore the friendship among three U.S. presidents — Jefferson, Madison, Monroe — as you journey back to the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the time when these great men lived, worked, laughed and loved. Learn about their personal stories and the historic events that drew them together, explore their views on contemporary issues such as religion and slavery and delve into the lasting contributions each made to our nation.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles per day; some uneven terrain and stairs.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Visit the historic homes of these American patriarchs — Jefferson's Monticello, Monroe's Highland and Madison's Montpelier.
  • Investigate the connection between Jefferson's educational vision and design of his university while strolling the grounds with an expert.
  • Enjoy an evening of music from the period in which these men lived, and meet one of them in an interactive living-history presentation.
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Eileen Wells
Eileen Wells was raised in New York and New Jersey and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French from Bucknell University. Upon arriving in Newport News, Virginia, she went to work using her degree to schedule the construction of navy frigates at Newport News Shipbuilding. Moving to Williamsburg, she followed a winding path before ending up in her dream job: being a group leader with Road Scholars for more than a decade. Eileen recently moved to Charlottesville, and enjoys living near her four grandchildren.

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

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Eileen Wells was raised in New York and New Jersey and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in French from Bucknell University. Upon arriving in Newport News, Virginia, she went to work using her degree to schedule the construction of navy frigates at Newport News Shipbuilding. Moving to Williamsburg, she followed a winding path before ending up in her dream job: being a group leader with Road Scholars for more than a decade. Eileen recently moved to Charlottesville, and enjoys living near her four grandchildren.
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You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Political Philosophy of James Madison
by Sheldon, Garrett Ward.
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic.
by Rakove, Jack
Slavery by Another Name: The Re-Enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II
by Blackmon, Douglas
The Evolution of the Constitution of the United States of America and History of the Monroe Doctrine
by Kasson, John A.
The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
by Smith, James M
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Ellis, Joseph J.
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy.
by Gordon-Reed, Annette
In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson.
by Cunningham, Noble.
The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism
by Baptist, Edward
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia
by Morgan, Edmund S
Jefferson on Display: Attire, Etiquette, and the Art of Presentation
by Wilson, G. S.
Slavery at Monticello.
by Stanton, Lucia
The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era
by Dowling, Elizabeth Taylor
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity
by Ammon, Harry
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Ellis, Joseph J
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West.
by Ambrose, Stephen E.
Thomas Jefferson: Writings: Autobiography/Notes of the State of Virginia/Public and Private Papers/Addresses/Letters.
by Peterson, Merrill
James Madison: Writings.
by Rakove, Jack
Jefferson and Monticello: Biography of a Builder
by McLaughlin, Jack





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