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Old Dominion Lecture and Day Trip Series

Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 6:00pm


Old Dominion Lecture & Day-Trip Series (for 2017)

The Old Dominion series is a fantastic way to experience Virginia. Attend each month’s FREE talk (on the second Wednesday), then travel with us on a related day-trip! This year we’ll see: the Cross Keys and Port Republic Civil War Battlefields & the Port Republic Museum (in the gorgeous Shenandoah Valley); the amazing Blackfriar’s Playhouse and the beautiful Thornrose Cemetery (both in Staunton); and (in Lexington) the Jackson House, Lee Chapel & the town’s numerous architectural gems. Speakers include: Civil War historian Rick Britton, archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, and everyone’s favorite architectural historian Ed Lay. The Day-Trips depart from the Covenant Church parking lot (at the intersection of Rio Rd. & Belvedere Blvd.) and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm. Note: All tours require walking.

• Lecture - Wed. May 10th - 6:oo pm – Stonewall Jackson’s 1862 Valley Campaign (Rick Britton) – One of military history’s most brilliant operations, Jackson’s Shenandoah Valley Campaign diverted strength from Union Gen. George B. McClellan’s advance against Richmond. Though greatly outnumbered, Jackson used evasive maneuvering, and lightning-fast strikes to defeat his enemies. Come hear this fascinating story!

• Lecture - Wed. June 14th - 6:oo pm – Slave Cemeteries of the Old Dominion (Lynn Rainville) – Archaeologist and historian Lynn Rainville, who specializes in the lives of ordinary people, speaks on a topic that’s been too long neglected—Virginia’s slave cemeteries. Join us as we hear about how our state’s enslaved population honored its dead.

• Lecture - Wed. July 12th - 6:oo pm – The Architecture of Downtown Lexington (Ed Lay) – Downtown Lexington, Virginia, is known for its stunning architecture—be it Greek Revival, Queen Anne, or “Picturesque Cottage” styles—and architectural historian Ed Lay is just the person to explain it to us! Come hear this much-sought-after speaker! 

Open to all.

Senior Center

Fee: free