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.

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 a lemonade bar and cookies 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

The Museum will have a tent on Ball Circle on the UMW Fredericksburg campus, featuring a pop-up Store, objects from the collection, live music, and children’s activities.

11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Ball Circle, UMW Fredericksburg campus.

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!