Calendar of Events

The museum’s special events are supported by the H. Stewart Jones Charitable Trust; the Paul and Jane Jones Trust, Walter Jervis Sheffield, Trustee; the Fredericksburg Savings Charitable Foundation; the James Monroe Memorial Foundation; and the Friends of the James Monroe Museum.


First Fridays, May through October: History Trivia Night

Monthly history quiz nights hosted by celebrity guests! Cash bar, snacks, and 50/50 raffle. Prizes awarded for first, second, and last place.

6-8 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, June 28: Elizabeth Monroe Birthday Celebration

We will celebrate the birthday of the beautiful Elizabeth Monroe with an elegant afternoon tea and conversation with Mrs. Monroe’s good friend Rosalie Stier Calvert (portrayed by Mary Ann Jung)! Rosalie will share her experience of domestic life in the Federal period and her friendship with the Monroe family.

2 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Admission is $25/person ($22/Friends of JMM). Advance registration is required at 540/654-1123 or

Monday-Tuesday, July 6-7: Major Monroe’s History Camp

Enlist now in this two-day hands-on history camp for boys and girls ages 7-12!  Features games, crafts, demonstrations, and tours that introduce children to life during the late 18th and early 19th centuries, including the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. Light refreshments will be served (no lunch).

9 a.m. to noon, James Monroe Museum Garden. $40/child. Please register at 540/654-2112 or by June 30.

Saturday, August 29: Regency-Era Fashion Show

View and learn about the women’s and men’s fashions of the Regency Era – the era of Jane Austen and James Monroe – with the living history group The MerryMakers. Visit with the MerryMakers and enjoy refreshments afterwards.

11 a.m. to 2 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Free with the cost of Museum admission!

Saturday, September 19: UMW Family Weekend

Special museum events for UMW Family Weekend attendees. Details TBA!

Saturday, October 3: Concert, “Music for Mr. Monroe”

The Colonial Music Institute, the early-American living history musical ensemble of David and Ginger Hillenbrand, will perform a concert of music from James Monroe’s era in the museum garden, featuring instruments of the period. Audience members will enjoy the performance and learn about the music, instruments, and social/historical context of the musical selections. A reception will follow.

2 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. $15/person ($12/Friends of JMM). Advance registration is required at 540/654-1123 or

Monday, November 9: 28th Annual James Monroe Lecture, “Working toward Stability and Subordination:  President James Monroe and the U.S. Army Officer Corps.”

Samuel Watson, professor of history at the United States Military Academy West Point, will deliver the annual James Monroe Lecture. A reception will follow. The James Monroe Lecture is co-sponsored with the UMW Center for Historic Preservation and the UMW Department of History and American Studies.

7 p.m., Historic Dining Room at Seacobeck, UMW campus. Free and open to the public.

Friday, December 4: “A Monroe Christmas” Holiday Open House

Join the staff of the museum for cider and cookies and view a special exhibit about the celebration of Christmas during Monroe’s time. Enjoy seasonal music performed on the harp and on the Monroe family’s Astor pianoforte.

6 to 8 p.m., James Monroe Museum. Free and open to the public!

Saturday, December 5: “Deck the Halls 2015″

Jan Williams demonstrates how to craft unique decorations from local evergreens and flora in this entertaining and inspiring annual presentation. Participants enter a raffle to take home one of Jan’s beautiful natural decorations. A breakfast of coffee and seasonal breads will be served.

9:30 a.m. to noon, Monroe Hall, Room 116, UMW Fredericksburg campus. $30/person ($25/Friends of JMM). RSVP required at 540/654-1043.

Call 540/654-1123 or e-mail with questions about any of our events!