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F16T1 Fall Season at Montpelier

Coach Tour: Fall Season at Montpelier
The lifelong home of James Madison
Thursday, September 29, 2016

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in historic Orange County, lies the Madisons' plantation. Dolley defined the role of First Lady. She was politically and socially savvy, a consummate mover and shaker of her times. Her husband James, a statesman, Father of the United States Constitution, and fourth President lived, entertained, and worked at Montpelier. Doug Smith, the Vice President and overseer of the Robert H. Smith Center for the Constitution, has graciously offered to welcome us to Montpelier and describe how the James Madison's thinking and writing continue to impact the 21st century. The Center for the Constitution is America's premier constitutional training center, a world-class teaching academy replete with seminars, on-line courses, and exploration of significant documents. Over 35,000 people from all 50 states and over 80 countries around the world have participated in the Center for the Constitution's programs.

The tour package includes the following:
Round-trip motor coach transportation
Docent guided tours
Exclusive lecture presented by Doug Smith

This trip involves walking, standing and stairs.

Itinerary: Please bring your cell phone
7:45 a.m. Depart promptly from Harrisonburg Farmer's Market/Turner Pavilion. Be sure to park in the 10 hour parking area.
9:00 a.m. Arrive at Montpelier - rest stop available
9:15 - 9:45 a.m. Doug Smith: Welcome to Montpelier
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. Docent guided archaeology site/lab tour
11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Docent guided Signature Tour of the Manse
12:30 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and time on your own to explore galleries and gardens (see lunch details below)
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. Docent guided Enslaved Community Tour free and open to the public or more time on your own
3:00 - 3:15 p.m. Rest stop and re-board bus
3:20 - 4:00 p.m. Self-guided tour of the Gilmore Freedman's Farm
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. Depart for Harrisonburg

Note: One month prior to the tour, participants will be given the opportunity to pre-order and pay for a boxed lunch specially prepared for us by the Exchange Café. This is the only on-site food service available and is offered at the Cafe's cost to facilitate fast service. You have 3 options for lunch:
1. pre-paid and pre-ordered box lunch (4 choices and cost to be announced)
2. order A la carte at the café (first come first served basis)
3. pack and carry a picnic lunch; there are picnic tables available to all

A suggested $2.00 gratuity will be collected by your tour hosts for the bus driver.

Reservation with payment is due by September 20, 2016. No Cancellations after September 21, 2016 noon.

As approved by the Advisory Board, if space is available 21 days before a trip, Lifelong Learning Institute members may bring one non-member guest at the cost of the trip plus an additional $5.00. This additional $5.00 check should be made payable to James Madison University. Non-member guests can pay a one-year membership for $20.00, plus the cost of the trip, and not have to wait until 21 days before a trip. Responsibility on Tours and Class Trips: The tours and class-associated field trips of the JMU-LLI require walking and the physical capability to access sites that may have structural obstacles. By participating, members understand that should they require personal assistance to participate in tours/field trips, they are responsible for securing such assistance. That responsibility includes registering a person with the Lifelong Learning Institute who can and will be totally responsible for providing all assistance. That person must register as a member and pay the cost of the tour/trip.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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