Proposed Itinerary:

Day 1: Monday, April 20th - Richmond, Virginia

  • 5:00 P.M.— Arrival and check in at Berkeley Hotel.  Free time to explore Shockoe Slip, Canal Walk and Basin, Freedom Museum or to take a Canal Cruise.  These are all in the vicinity of Berkeley Hotel,  and part of the historic original port of Richmond on the James River.
  • 6:00 P.M. - Reception at Marj’s daughter Janet Peyton’s home on famous Monument Avenue

Day 2: Tuesday, April 21st - Richmond

  • 7:00 A.M. – 8:30 A.M. – Breakfast in the hotel
  • 8:30 A.M. – Meet guide in lobby of hotel for a Tour of Richmond, including history reflecting the Revolution and Civil War:
    • St. John Church where Patrick Henry is said to have declared, “Give me liberty, or give me death!”
    • American Civil War Museum
  • 11:30 A.M. – Lunch in historic Shockoe Slip
  • 1:30 P.M – Capitol and Capitol Grounds tour – the Virginia State Capitol is the first Roman Revival building in the United States, designed by Thomas Jefferson and Charles-Louis Clérisseau completed in 1800
  • 3:30 P.M – The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is one of the finest art museums in small cities in the U.S. It is known for its collection of Russian jeweled objects including the largest collection of Fabergé eggs outside Russia but includes several collections of fine paintings, objets d’art, and a beautiful sculpture garden
  • 6:30 P.M – Dinner at Bistro 27

Day 3: Wednesday, April 22nd - Richmond; Charlottesville

  • 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. – Breakfast in the Hotel 
  • 8:45 A.M. – Pick-up hotel – Tour of Richmond - II, with a focus on black history and Richmond’s history of slavery
    -Black History Museum
    - Maggie Walker Home and Museum – Born a slave, Maggie Lena Walker was a businesswoman and civil rights activist whose life exemplifies the successes and frustrations of the African American community in early 20​th century in Richmond.
  • 11:30 A.M. – Lunch and Shopping on own in Carytown, a bustling area of shops and restaurants
  • 2:00 P.M. – Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens — gorgeous in April, with examples of the many flowering plants that thrive in the American South.
  • 3:30 P.M. – Pick-up at hotel to head to Charlottesville
  • 4:45 P.M. – Meet our classmate Vivian Pinn at Pinn Hall at UVA Medical School for a short tour of the building named after her and a photo op. Vivian will join us for the evening and for the UVA History Tour on Friday.
  • 5:30 – Group Check in at OMNI Hotel, Charlottesville
  • 6:00 P.M – Dinner on own in Charlottesville downtown mall, an area that is blocked to vehicle traffic

Day 4: Thursday, April 23rd - Charlottesville, Virginia

  • 7:00 A.M. - 8:00 A.M. – Breakfast on own 
  • 8:30 A.M. – Court Square Tour – Court Square was the center of life in colonial Charlottesville and has been the site of the courthouse for over 200 years.
  • 8:45 A.M. – Meet Rick Britton, our historian guide, and expert on Thomas Jefferson
  • 8:45 A.M- Court Square History Tour
  • 10:00 A.M. – UVA History Tour ending at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church with a description by Marj’s son the Reverend Will Peyton of his experience during the “Unite the Right” demonstration, August, 2017. Vivian Pinn will also describe her experiences during this time.
  • 12:30 P.M. –  Lunch at Michie Tavern, a historic building that has served many purposes but now again serves its original function as a gathering place.
  • 1:45 P.M. – Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s fascinating home of his personal design, now curated to give many insights into the lives of landowner families and their servants and slaves
  • 6:00 P.M. – Dinner at local Restaurant

Day 5: Friday, April 24 - Montpelier, Return to Richmond

  • 7:00 A.M - 8:30 A.M. – Breakfast on own 
  • 9:45 A.M. – Montpelier, the home of James Madison and present site of an extensive archaeological exploration of the contributions of the enslaved to the growth of our country, and the influence of slavery on contemporary institutions
  • 10:00 A.M. – Montpelier Tour
  • 11:45 A.M. – Box Lunch at Montpelier 
  • 12:30 P.M. – Return to Richmond
  • 2:00 P.M. – Drop – off at Berkeley Hotel and then Richmond International Airport