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January 21, 2003

Colonial Williamsburg's Presidents Day Weekend Examines the Williamsburg Connection of Three Virginia-Born Presidents

Williamsburg shaped the lives and careers of three of the nation’s presidents—George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. During Presidents Day weekend, Feb. 15-16, Colonial Williamsburg’s programs will focus on their connections to the 18th-century capital of Virginia, how their lives intertwined and their impact on the birth of a new nation.

Saturday, Feb. 15

  • “The Great Men in Williamsburg,” 10-11:30 a.m., Capitol. This program discusses the role Washington, Jefferson and Madison played in the events that occurred at the Capitol. In 1780, Governor Jefferson relates his early experiences as a lawyer in the General Court before the American Revolution. Madison reflects on his first attendance at the Virginia Convention in May 1776 as a delegate from Orange County, Va. In 1781, Gen. Washington discusses his tenure as a Burgess from 1759-74, as well as his friendship with the last royal governor, Lord Dunmore.
  • “I Remember the Time…” 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Raleigh Tavern. Retiring Governor Patrick Henry will explore personal and political relationships with Washington, Madison and Jefferson.
  • “I Remember the Time…” 2-4 p.m., Governor’s Palace East Advance Building, The Marquis de Lafayette can be seen talking about Washington as they prepare for the siege of the British at Yorktown.
  • “A Public Audience with George Washington,” 1 p.m., Kimball Theatre. Washington reviews his career of public service. A special ticket is required.
  • “A Conversation with the Third President,” 2 and 3:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Jefferson discusses his vision for the nation. Reservations are required.
  • “Music for the First President,” 7:30 and 9 p.m., Capitol. David and Ginger Hildebrand will perform a variety of songs and instrumentals familiar to the first president. A special ticket is required.
  • “Memories of Williamsburg,” 7:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. George and Martha Washington recall their time together in Williamsburg. A special ticket is required.

    Sunday, Feb. 16

  • “Letters Between Friends, Correspondence Regarding the Constitution,” 10:30 a.m., noon and 1:30, Governor’s Palace East Advance Building. Get to know Washington, Jefferson and Madison respectively from their letters to and from friends.
  • “George Washington, Man and Myth: A Historian’s Perspective on the American Icon,” 1 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Colonial Williamsburg historian Kevin Kelly explores the man so integrated into the nation’s historical memory. Reservations are required.
  • “A Conversation with Martha Washington,” 2:30 p.m., DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. The first First Lady, Martha Washington, talks about motherhood, religion, and her adored and adoring husband. Reservations are required.
  • “Salute to the Nation’s Presidents,” 4 p.m., Market Square. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums and the military programs staff salute the institution of the presidency.
  • “An Evening with the Presidents,” 7:30 p.m., Kimball Theatre. The Founding Fathers discuss the role of president in times of national crisis. A special ticket is required.
  • “From Coronation to Inauguration,” 7:30 and 9 p.m., Governor’s Palace. An elegant evening of music in the home of the first two governors of the new Commonwealth of Virginia—Patrick Henry and Thomas Jefferson. A special ticket is required.

    Admission tickets are required to attend all programs. Reservations or special tickets are needed where indicated.

    Known worldwide as the nation’s largest living history museum, Colonial Williamsburg’s mission is “that the future may learn from the past.” Colonial Williamsburg is located just 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information, call toll-free (800) HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s web site at

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    Penna Rogers
    (757) 220-7121

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