Our guide to events at Monticello, Mount Vernon and Montpelier is sure to please any POTUS.
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Photo courtesy of Mount Vernon.
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Photo courtesy of the Monticello Foundation.
The American Plate: A History of the United States in 100 Bites
Feb. 14, 2 p.m.
Thomas Jefferson’s humble abode welcomes author Libby O’Connell, whose book The American Place: A Culinary History explores national cuisine from the Colonies through today. After, The Shop at Monticello will host a tasting. $15, Monticello.org
The Taste and Style of George Washington
Through Feb. 8
Did “Designing Presidents” whet your palate for presidential polish? This free, limited capacity event is the perfect chance to further explore Washington’s “keen eye,” surveying the founding father’s extensive collection of decorative and fine arts. MountVernon.org
George Washington’s Weekend Birthday Celebration
Feb. 14-15, 9 a.m.
Did you know George Washington’s breakfast of choice was “hoecakes swimming in butter and honey?” Share a morning meal with the president before heading over to “Dancing with the 18th Century Stars,” the museum’s largest ever demonstration of 18th century dancing, then hear re-enactors shares tales of the first president. MountVernon.org
George Washington’s Birthday Celebration!
Feb. 16, 8 a.m.
Military performances, 18th-century dancing demonstrations and remarks by President & CEO Curt Viebranz and the Regent of the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association are just a few of the activities on Mount Vernon’s jam-packed agenda, which includes a special wreath laying ceremony at Washington’s tomb. MountVernon.org
President’s Weekend at James Madison’s Montpelier
Feb. 15, 2 p.m.
Montpelier’s Presidents Day celebration features a lecture and book signing by author David O. Stewart, whose book, Madison’s Gift, focuses on the crucial role the fourth president –“low on charisma and high on intelligence”—played in crafting the new nation, including spearheading the drive for Constitutional Convention and co-authoring the Federalist papers. Montpelier.org