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Old Dominion Lecture series

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 6:00pm


The Senior Center Inc.’s
Old Dominion Lecture & Day-Trip Series (for 2016)

The Old Dominion series is a fantastic way to experience the state of Virginia. Attend each month’s FREE talk (on the second Wednesday), then travel with us on a related day-trip! This year’s remaining destinations include: Culpeper’s Graffiti House and Kelly’s Ford and Brandy Station Battlefields; Fredericksburg’s Kenmore and Belmont Estates; and the fabulous Gettysburg Battlefield! The day-trips depart from the Covenant Church Parking lot (at the intersection of Rio Rd. & Belvedere), and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm.

Note the new day-trip participation requirements: Participants must be able to: get on & off the bus unaided, walk one-half mile (900 yards) unaided, and climb and descend one flight of stairs unaided.

• Lecture - Wed. July 13th - 6:oo pm – Cavalry in the American Civil War (Rick Britton) – On campaign, cavalrymen were the army’s “eyes and ears,” on the battlefield they protected the protected the flanks, and were sometimes called upon to charge en masse. Come hear Civil War historian Rick Britton speak on the cavalry’s many and varied experiences!
• Day-Trip - Wed. July 27th – Brandy Station Battlefield, Kelly’s Ford Battlefield & the Graffiti House – The morning will find us touring the Graffiti House—where soldiers North & South scribbled on the walls—and the nearby Kelly’s Ford Battlefield. After lunch at the lovely Kelly’s Ford Inn we’ll experience the Brandy Station Battlefield, where 16,000 cavalrymen clashed sabers on June 9, 1863. Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Lecture - Wed. Sept. 14th - 6:oo pm – A Brief History of Fredericksburg (Rick Britton) – Established in 1728—and named for Frederick, Prince of Wales, father of King George III—Fredericksburg was one of Virginia’s most important port cities. Since its founding, it’s witnessed arriving immigrants, economic success, and more than its share of bloodshed and strife. Historian Rick Britton tells the story!
• Day-Trip - Wed. Oct. 5th – Historic Kenmore and Belmont, the Gari Melchers Home – In the morning we’ll take in Kenmore, a beautiful Georgian-style mansion built by Fielding Lewis, George Washington’s brother-in-law. After lunch we’ll experience Belmont, once owned by artist Gari Melchers, in his day one the most famous painters in the world! Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Lecture - Wed. Oct. 12th - 6:oo pm – The Gettysburg Campaign: Lee’s Second Invasion (Rick Britton) – Culminating in the Civil War’s bloodiest battle, the Gettysburg Campaign has been studied for over 150 years. What was Lee’s purpose in invading Pennsylvania? Was there really a chance of Confederate victory? Would Confederate success at Gettysburg have ended the war? And what if “Stonewall” Jackson had been present? Come hear the answers to these and many more fascinating questions! 
• Day-Trip - Wed. Oct. 26th – 28th – Three Days at Gettysburg! – Join us for a fantastic three-day and two-night Gettysburg jaunt. We’ll stay at the centrally located 1863 Inn of Gettysburg and spend our time touring the battlefield—where we’ll focus on the second day’s fighting—and the many wonderful museums & sights! Tour departs at 8:00 am on the 26th & returns at approximately 6:30 pm on the 28th.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Travel Class - A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Every th of the month at 6:00pm-7:30pm
Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 6:00pm


Senior Center Inc.’s
A New Beginning:
Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County
Lecturer: Historian Rick Britton

The perfect class for both recent transplants and local history buffs who want to delve a bit deeper!

Introduction—The Civil War’s end plunged Albemarle County into a political, economic, and social abyss. Its termination also brought with it military occupation and freedom to over 13,000 local residents. Thanks to emancipation, a number of Black Baptist churches were established and several local African Americans rose to prominence. During this “new beginning”—a time of rebuilding—county residents refocused on farming. Technology and more railroads modernized the county. One of Albemarle’s manufacturing firms gained a national reputation for excellence. In the century’s final years Charlottesville became a city, Mr. Jefferson’s gorgeous Rotunda was gutted by fire, and one of Albemarle’s own was named the nation’s “most beautiful blonde.” Join us for a fabulous new lecture class: “A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County!” 
Our Lecturer—An award-winning local historian, Rick Britton has published scores of articles on central Virginia history, and three books—Albemarle & Charlottesville: An Illustrated History (2006), Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler (2008), and Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History (2015).
The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 21, then continuing for 4 consecutive Thursdays, 6:00–7:30 pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $70.00—guests: $80.00.
• Wednesday, Sept. 21st - 6:oo pm – A New Beginning: Albemarle in the Late 1800s
• Thursday, Sept. 29th - 6:oo pm – A Choir of the Whole: Albemarle’s Black Baptist Churches
• Thursday, Oct. 6th - 6:oo pm – Clothing a Nation: The Charlottesville Woolen Mills
• Thursday, Oct. 13th - 6:oo pm – Educating the Poor: The Samuel Miller Story
• Thursday, Oct. 20th - 6:oo pm – Maud Coleman Woods: America’s Most Beautiful Blonde


Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Pay for this event online

Travel Class - A New Beginning: Tales of Post Civil War Albemarle County

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00