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.


Saturday, January 24: “Chocolate and Silver at the James Monroe Museum”

Warm up on a cold winter afternoon by tasting colonial hot chocolate and other delicious treats at the James Monroe Museum! Enjoy a display of silver pieces – including a hot chocolate pot – from the Monroes’ silver collection, which has recently been conserved. Chat with the staff of the Papers of James Monroe, which recently published Volume 5 of Monroe’s papers, covering the years 1803 through 1811. We’ll be serving American Heritage Chocolate’s chocolate drink, which is based on a recipe from 1750 and made only with ingredients available in the eighteenth-century. A cozy and festive event to usher in 2015!

3 p.m., James Monroe Museum. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, February 12: Third Annual Black History Month Lecture: “The Enslaved Community of James Monroe”

Loudoun County historians Lori Kimball and Wynne Saffer will discuss their ongoing research into identifying and tracing the genealogy of the enslaved community of James Monroe. A reception will follow.

7 p.m., Lee Hall 411, UMW Fredericksburg campus. Free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 12: Third Annual Women’s History Month Lecture: “Ona Judge

Erica Armstrong Dunbar, Associate Professor of Black  American Studies & History at the University of Delaware, will present her research into George Washington’s runaway slave Ona Judge. Professor Dunbar is also Director of the program in African American History at the Library Company of Philadelphia.

7 p.m., Lee Hall 411, UMW Fredericksburg campus. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, April 25: James Monroe Birthday Celebration

We will celebrate the 257th anniversary of James Monroe’s birth with cake, punch, live music, and family-friendly activities in the James Monroe Museum garden!

1 p.m., James Monroe Museum Garden. Free and open to the public.

TBD May: “James Monroe’s Fredericksburg” Walking Tour

Join us as we explore Fredericksburg as James Monroe knew it! Check back for more details.

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, September 19: 26th Annual Fredericksburg Welsh Festival

Annual block party celebrating James Monroe’s Welsh heritage (through his mother, Elizabeth Jones) with live music, dance, games, vendors, and presentations on Welsh language, culture, and history. Co-sponsored with the Welsh Society of Fredericksburg.

11 a.m. to 5 p.m., 900 block of Charles Street. Suggested donation of $5/adult or $1/child.

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

TBD November: 28th Annual James Monroe Lecture

Samuel Watson, professor of history at the United States Military Academy West Point, will deliver the annual James Monroe Lecture. A reception will follow.

7 p.m., location TBA. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, December 5: JMM Holiday Events

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