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Presidents Day in December

Albemarle County, Virginia
Wednesday, Dec. 5

James Monroe, our fifth president lived at his home named Highland (now named Ash Lawn) for 25 years. It was Thomas Jefferson who encouraged Monroe to purchase Highland which was adjacent to Jefferson’s home, Monticello. Unfortunately, due to increasing debt, Monroe was forced to sell his beloved estate in 1825. Fittingly, the home is now owned and operated by Monroe’s alma mater, the College of William and Mary. Our guided tour consists of the house and any additions that Monroe made. Just recently archaeologists discovered the foundation of a much larger house now presumed to be Monroe’s home.

Lunch will be at Michie Tavern, opened in 1784 and is designated as a Virginia historic landmark. The lunch will be traditional and homemade southern fare. The Tavern Gift Shop and General Store will be filled with holiday goodies.

Monticello is our last stop of the day because there is so much to explore. Jefferson began creating and building Monticello at the young age of 26 and modeled it after the designs of the Italian Renaissance architect, Andrea Palladio who Jefferson greatly admired. For Jefferson, Monticello was an ongoing project. Started in 1772, this grand estate started out as a plantation house but after Jefferson’s trips to Europe as Secretary of State, many of the classical buildings of Italy and France influenced Jefferson’s designs. The outbuildings and slave quarters may also be visited.

Do not miss this opportunity to learn about the lives of two presidents who helped shape our great nation and enjoy a delicious lunch at the famed Michie Tavern. Ash Lawn and Monticello will be decorated for the holidays.

Activity No. 7003.218
$160/$155 MCC district residents, which includes deluxe motor coach transportation, admission to Highland and Monticello, buffet lunch, a morning snack and a driver tip. Please arrive by 6:45 a.m., bus leaves promptly at 7 am. Tour returns approximately at 7 p.m. Pick up place TBD. Please make check to Excursionaire.

Questions? Contact Maureen Cyron at 703-323-9040 or cyronfam@aol.com.
Monticello with columns

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Day Trip Guidelines

Tour Refund/Cancellation Policy: Patrons who submit refund requests in writing to registrar@mcleancenter.org 14 days or more before the date of the trip will receive a full refund. Due to the costs associated with meal reservations, tickets and chartered transportation, refunds will not be granted to patrons who submit requests less than 14 days before a day trip date, unless a substitute is provided in their place.

Refunds/Cancellations may be granted only for medical reasons or for extenuating circumstances as determined by the General Programs Director and the Registrar. Medical requests must be accompanied by doctor’s note.

Please Note: Most of our tours require a fair amount of walking. Participants should be fit and able to handle the activities included in the tour. Someone who can and will be totally responsible for providing all required assistance must accompany participants who require extraordinary care.

MCC retains the right to decline, to accept or to retain any person as a member of a tour when such action is deemed to be in the best interest of the health, safety or general welfare of the group or the individual concerned.
James Monroe's Highland