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
4 days
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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
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 Ash Lawn-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

You may enjoy a five-night version of this program, "Friends, Neighbors, Presidents: The World of Jefferson, Madison and Monroe" (#2007).
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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.
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Elizabeth Dowling Taylor
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