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Bicentennial Celebration of President James Monroe's visit!

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Mon, 03/18/2019

A month-long celebration features exhibits, walking tours, and lectures

The Georgetown Library, Friends of the Georgetown Library, and the Belle W. Baruch Foundation are excited to announce a month of events celebrating the anniversary of President James Monroe’s visit to Georgetown in 1819.  The centerpiece of the April celebrations will be a gigantic 10-panel exhibit entitled: Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe’s 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States. The colorful, artwork-filled exhibit was created by the James Monroe Museum and students from the University of Mary Washington, both located in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

When President Monroe headed south in 1819, his tour took him through our own state of South Carolina and on April 21-22nd, he spent time in Georgetown County. He was entertained at Prospect Hill by Benjamin Huger (now Arcadia Plantation) and then traveled to Georgetown where he feasted with local citizens and where he was toasted 22 times!

Throughout the month of April, a series of speakers and programs will highlight the President’s tour and what our young country looked like during the early 19th century.

Events include:

April 2nd, Opening reception at the Georgetown County Library 4:00-6:00 PM, Come see this 10-panel exhibit and learn about President James Monroe’s Southern Tour. Sponsored by FOGL.

April 3rd, Arcadia Plantation Tour with Lee Brockington, 2:00-4:00 PM, Cost $50/person. Meet at the Discovery Center for an orientation by staff and then travel in a car caravan to Arcadia for an exclusive tour of the grounds, gardens and outbuildings with present owner and grandson of George Vanderbilt. For reservations, please call 843-546-4623 or visit Limited to 60 people. Program sponsored by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and Hobcaw Barony.

April 9th, Presentation by Scott Harris, Executive Director of the University of Mary Washington Museums and the Director of the James Monroe Museum in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Lecture will be held at in the Council Chambers of the historic Georgetown County Courthouse, 129 Screven Street.  10:00 AM. FREE to attend. Program sponsored by FOGL.

April 11th, Walking Tour by Paige Sawyer. Paige will include many of the 18th and 19th century homes that would have been standing in Georgetown at the time of the President’s 1819 visit. Tickets are $20 and are available at the front desk of the Georgetown Library, 405 Cleland Street. Program sponsored by FOGL.

April 25th, Slavery, Abolition and Repatriation: Discussions in the Village with Joe McGill , 1:00-3:00pm  $20/person. Participants meet at the Discovery Center for a brief orientation and drive their own cars 2 miles to the village, park and take a walking tour with staff and docents, then hear remarks by McGill. Dress for the weather and bring a chair. Limited to 60 people. To make reservations, please call 843-546-4623 or online at Program sponsored by the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and Hobcaw Barony.