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Virginia

Three Friends: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe

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.
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Program No. 9113RJ
Length
4 days
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679
Virginia

Three Friends: Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, James Monroe

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
Starts at
679
Program No. 9113 RJ
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May 9 - May 12, 2021
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Jun 6 - Jun 9, 2021
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Aug 29 - Sep 1, 2021
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Sep 10 - Sep 13, 2021
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Oct 14 - Oct 17, 2021
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Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2021
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Apr 17 - Apr 20, 2022
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May 15 - May 18, 2022
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Jun 12 - Jun 15, 2022
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Aug 28 - Aug 31, 2022
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Sep 9 - Sep 12, 2022
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Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2022
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DATES & starting prices
PRICES
May 9 - May 12, 2021
Starting at
939
Jun 6 - Jun 9, 2021
Starting at
939
Aug 29 - Sep 1, 2021
Starting at
939
Sep 10 - Sep 13, 2021
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939
Oct 14 - Oct 17, 2021
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939
Oct 31 - Nov 3, 2021
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939
Apr 17 - Apr 20, 2022
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879
May 15 - May 18, 2022
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979
Jun 12 - Jun 15, 2022
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979
Aug 28 - Aug 31, 2022
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979
Sep 9 - Sep 12, 2022
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979
Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2022
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979

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.

General Notes

Featured Expert
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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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Eileen Wells View biography
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, VA, 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 our Road Scholars for more than a decade. Eileen recently moved to Charlottesville, enjoying living close to her four grandchildren.
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Elizabeth Dowling Taylor View biography
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.
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Jim Wootton View biography
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.
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.
The Evolution of the Constitution of the United States of America and History of the Monroe Doctrine
by Kasson, John A.
James Madison: A Biography
by Ketcham, Ralph
The Political Philosophy of James Madison
by Sheldon, Garrett Ward.
American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson
by Ellis, Joseph J
American Slavery, American Freedom: The Ordeal of Colonial Virginia
by Morgan, Edmund S
In Pursuit of Reason: The Life of Thomas Jefferson.
by Cunningham, Noble.
Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West.
by Ambrose, Stephen E.
James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity
by Ammon, Harry
The Republic of Letters: The Correspondence Between Thomas Jefferson and James Madison
by Smith, James M
Jefferson and Monticello: Biography of a Builder
by McLaughlin, Jack
James Madison: Writings.
by Rakove, Jack
James Madison and the Creation of the American Republic.
by Rakove, Jack
A Slave in the White House: Paul Jennings and the Madisons
by Taylor, Elizabeth Dowling
. Thomas Jefferson: Writings: Autobiography/Notes of the State of Virginia/Public and Private Papers/Addresses/Letters.
by Peterson, Merrill
Slavery at Monticello.
by Stanton, Lucia
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
by Ellis, Joseph J.
Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy.
by Gordon-Reed, Annette





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