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.



Friday, February 3, 6:00-8:00 PM – First Friday – Winter with the Presidents
Location: James Monroe Museum gallery

James Monroe, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison- what did their families get up to on those long winter evenings, when Father wasn’t busy running the country? Eve Watters offers charming examples of the music, songs, stories and other domestic amusements of the era. Eve’s original research has turned up lots of authentic material, and you may be surprised to find it’s just as enthralling today as it was way back when.

This is the pop music of the day, not the fine art music they also knew. Much is folk and traditional music of the British Isles, particularly Ireland and Scotland, reworked and published for high-style households to enjoy, in the fashion of the time. There are jigs and reels, theatre songs, love songs and lullabyes, as well as re-creations of music and tales known to hardworking Virginia African-Americans and frontier folk. Try your hand with parlor games Jefferson taught his grandchildren, test your wits with 18th century-style riddles! And see if you recognize some of these ancestors of pastimes we still know today.

Harp was considered a highly suitable study for well-to-do young ladies of the time, whose playing might highlight many an evening’s entertainment, as Jane Austen often described. James Monroe wrote his elder daughter that he wishes “that among her accomplishments, she might learn to play a few airs upon the harp”, and he sent her one from London, a small neo-Celtic instrument like the one Eve plays. You will hear tunes from John Gay’s “Beggar’s Opera”, (which Jefferson saw in Williamsburg), John Playford’s collections, Hans Naegli, Robert Burns, Thomas Moore, and many others.

Free and open to the public. Sponsored in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Monday, February 20, 6:00-7:30 PM – Presidents’ Day Presidential Press Conference
Location: Monroe Hall, Room 116, University of Mary Washington

A discussion of leadership and civic responsibility with President Troy Paino of the University of Mary Washington, and President James Monroe.

James Monroe was inaugurated as the fifth President of the United States on March 4, 1817. President Troy D. Paino will be inaugurated as the tenth president of the University of Mary Washington on April 21, 2017. In celebration of Presidents’ Day, the James Monroe Museum is presenting a unique opportunity to have a discussion with both presidents on the cusp of their presidencies, looking forward to the path of leadership before them.

The event is free and open to the public, though seating is limited. A reception will follow.

Saturday, March 4, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM James Monroe Inauguration Bicentennial Celebration!
Location: On the steps of Monroe Hall, University of Mary Washington

Witness the inauguration of James Monroe as it happened on March 4, 1817, presided over by Monroe’s longtime friend and occasional political adversary, Chief Justice John Marshall. President Monroe will be welcomed by a color guard and band. Local and regional political representatives will be on hand to join in the celebration. A reception and opportunities to interact with President Monroe, will follow the inauguration.

Free and open to the public.

Call 540/654-2111 or e-mail Lynda Allen with questions about any of our events!