James Monroe Inauguration Bicentennial Commemoration Saturday, March 4

Don’t miss our recreation of James Monroe’s first presidential inauguration on Saturday, March 4 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm.

Location: On the steps of Monroe Hall, University of Mary Washington

James Monroe was inaugurated for his first term as the nation’s fifth president on March 4, 1817, ushering in what became known as the “Era of Good Feelings.” jay-harrison-presidential-portrait-smaller-file-size On this 200th anniversary of his first inauguration, the public is invited to witness Monroe’s inaugural address and the oath of office as administered by his longtime friend and occasional political adversary, Chief Justice John Marshall. The presidential party, including Elizabeth Monroe, will be welcomed by a color guard and the Historical Trumpets and Flutes of the United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Living history interpreters, including James “Jay” G. Harrison III as James Monroe, Elizabeth Monroe, James Madison, Dolley Madison, military reenactors and members of Regency Era organizations, will interact with attendees before and after the ceremony.

Free and open to the public.