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Old Dominion Lecture and Day Trip Series

2nd Wednesday of the month at 6:00pm-7:00pm
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at 6:00pm


Old Dominion Lecture & Day Trip Series (for 2014)

Our Civil War series has taken us all across Virginia. Now it’s time to explore some of the Old Dominion’s other great destinations. Mark your calendars! Join us at the Senior Center every second Wednesday for a FREE presentation, then sign up for the related day-trip. This year’s destinations: the National D-Day Memorial & Bedford; the Skyline Drive’s Skyland & Big Meadows; Luray & Shenandoah Caverns; Natural Bridge & Lexington; the Cyrus McCormick Museum & the Frontier Culture Museum; and three of the Revolutionary War’s most famous battlefields—Cowpens, King’s Mountain, & Guilford Court House! Speakers include award-winning Historian Rick Britton, and U.Va. History Professor Andrew O’Saughnessy.
• Day-Trips - Depart from the Senior Center promptly at 9:oo am and return between 5:3o & 6:3o pm. (No day-trip in August, it’s too hot!) All the tours require walking.

• FREE Lecture - Wed. April 9th - 6:oo pm – Albemarle’s Own Frank Dabney Peregoy, Hero of the Normandy Invasion (Rick Britton) – On D-Day plus two, Tech. Sgt. Frank Peregoy—a member of 116th Infantry’s “Monticello Guard”—performed a feat of heroism that eventually won him the Medal of Honor. Come hear his story!
• Day-Trip - Wed. April 23rd – The National D-Day Memorial & Centertown Bedford, Virginia – First we’ll visit the National D-Day Memorial, a powerful and permanent tribute to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the D-Day participants. After dining nearby, we’ll take in beautiful and historic Centertown Bedford. Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Free Lecture - Wed. May 14th - 6:oo pm – Central Virginia’s CCC Boys & the Building of the Skyline Drive (Rick Britton) – You might be surprised to learn that several of the nation’s first CCC Camps were right here in Central Virginia. The CCC boys were hungry and thin, but they built for Virginia an enduring national treasure—the Skyline Drive!
• Day-Trip - Wed. May 28th – The Skyline Drive’s Skyland & Big Meadows – Join us for an entire day up in the Blue Ridge Mountains. We’ll stop at all the best overlooks, take in Skyland Resort (where we’ll learn about the eccentric who established it), enjoy a picnic lunch, and explore Big Meadows. Bring your cameras! Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Free Lecture - Wed. June 11th - 6:oo pm – Caverns of the Shenandoah, Wonders of the World (Rick Britton) – Come hear how, on August 13, 1878, local tinsmith Andrew Campbell discovered the largest cave system in the East—Luray Caverns. Imagine how the massive stalactites and stalagmites appeared that day, illuminated solely by the glow of a candle!
• Day-Trip - Wed. June 25th – Luray & Shenandoah Caverns & Luray, Virginia – Join us as we go underground! We’ll tour Luray Caverns in the morning, eat nearby in Luray, then enjoy Shenandoah Caverns in the afternoon. These cave systems are stunningly beautiful, two of the best the nation has to offer. Don’t miss this trip! Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Lecture - Wed. July 9th - 6:oo pm – Tales of the Natural Bridge (Rick Britton) – Steeped in Native American lore, and once owned by Thomas Jefferson himself, the Natural Bridge has a fascinating history. Come hear it!
• Day-Trip - Wed. July 23rd – Natural Bridge & Lexington, Virginia – Following a wonderful morning at Natural Bridge, we’ll dine in Lexington, then enjoy a guided bus tour of the city’s many beautiful and historic sites. Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Free Lecture - Wed. Sept. 10th - 6:oo pm – Cyrus McCormick, Rockbridge County Inventor (Rick Britton) – Until McCormick’s reaper came along, wheat was being harvested much as it had been for centuries. Cyrus was a mechanical genius, but did you know that the reaper’s success was due to the marketing savvy of another McCormick?
• Day-Trip - Wed. Sept. 24th – The Cyrus McCormick Museum & the Frontier Culture Museum - First we’ll tour the Frontier Culture Museum, where the fabulous outdoor farm exhibits display the rural life and culture of early migrants to the American colonies. After lunch in Staunton, we’ll see the Cyrus McCormick Museum. Tour departs at 9:00 am.

• Free Lecture - Wed. Oct. 8th - 6:oo pm – Turning Point in the Carolinas (Andrew O’Shaughnessy) – The battles that mark the turning point in the Revolution’s “Southern Campaign”— King’s Mountain and Guilford Court House. The battle destroyed British General Cornwallis’s light troops, while another one cost him so many casualties that he shifted his focus to Virginia. Come hear this fascinating story! 
• Multi-Day-Trip – Thurs. Oct. 23rd to Fri. Oct. 25th - King’s Mountain,Guilford Court House & Charlotte, NC - In the course of our three-day jaunt into North and South Carolina, we’ll tour all three of these battlefields, and take in the sights in nearby Charlotte! Tour departs at 9:00 am.

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

Travel Class - Architecture in Virginia

Every Thursday at 6:00pm-7:30pm
September 11, 2014 - October 9, 2014


Architecture in Virginia
The Pre-Jefferson Period: Pre-Georgian and Georgian Architecture, 1607-1780

Professor K. Edward Lay—Professor Lay is the authority on the architecture of the Old Dominion. Now retired, but still extremely busy, Ed Lay is the Cary D. Langhorne Professor Emeritus of Architecture at the University of Virginia, where he taught architecture, architectural history, and historic preservation. During a distinguished career spanning over four decades, Ed Lay—through his teaching, his writing, and his wonderfully popular tours—has been enlightening young and old about Virginia’s beautiful and historic built environment. This fall, join us at the Senior Center as Professor Lay lectures on “The Pre-Jefferson Period.”

The Class—At the Senior Center Inc. for five sessions (all Thursdays), 6:oo–7:3o pm. Charge: Senior Center members: $7o.oo—guests: $8o.oo.

• Thursday, Sept. 11th - 6:oo pm – “The Architecture of Jefferson Country”
• Thursday, Sept. 18th - 6:oo pm - “Frontier Vernacular (Log), & Germanic Architecture”
• Thursday, Sept. 25th - 6:oo pm - “Pre-Georgian & Georgian Public Architecture, & Small Dwellings”
• Thursday, Oct. 2nd - 6:oo pm - “Georgian Grand Dwellings”
• Thursday, Oct. 9th - 6:oo pm - “Archival Research & Documentaion”

Travel Session, Thursday, Oct. 16th - A fabulous day-trip to Hanover and Goochland Counties featuring: Patrick Henry’s Scotchtown, built c.1719 (where Henry formulated the ideas for his famous “Liberty or Death” speech); Fork Anglican Church, c.1736; Hanover Tavern (where we’ll dine); Hanover County’s c.1700s Courthouse & 1835 Goal; Rural Plains; and Tuckahoe Plantation, Thomas Jefferson’s boyhood home. Built between 1730 and 1740, Tuckahoe is one of America’s finest plantation homes. A guest at Tuckahoe in the late 1700s commented that this unique Randolph-family home, along with its perfectly situated outbuildings, seemed “to be built solely to answer the purpose of hospitality.” Three centuries have passed, and Tuckahoe still fits the description of southern hospitality. (Bus tour departs 8:30 a.m., returns at approximately 5:30 p.m.. Travel session is a separate charge.)
Reading—K. Edward Lay, The Architecture of Jefferson Country, Charlottesville & Albemarle County, Virginia (University Press of Virginia, 2000) 

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For more information call the Senior Center Travel Office at (434) 974-6538, go to, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Open to all.

Location: Senior Center

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Travel Class - Architecture in Virginia

Member $70.00
Guest $80.00