Va. sites celebrate upcoming anniversaries

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Several Virginia attractions with upcoming anniversaries have celebrations and special events scheduled for 2001 and beyond.

  • The John Marshall House in downtown Richmond is planning celebrations next year marking the 200th anniversary of Marshall being named chief justice of the Supreme Court.
  • He served in that capacity from 1801 to 1835.

    He built the the house, which contains Marshall family furnishings and memorabilia, in 1790.

    Its Web site is located at www.apva.org/apva/marshall.html.

  • Montpelier, James Madison's estate in Orange County, celebrates the fourth president's 250th birthday March 16.
  • On that day, a ceremony will be held commemorating the opening of a newly restored Madison family cemetery, new parking areas and trails.

    From April 27 to 29, descendants of Montpelier slaves will hold a reunion. Activities will include genealogical and historical seminars and tours.

    The Web site is located at www.montpelier.org.

  • At Manassas, the 140th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas will be commemorated July 20 through 22 at Manassas National Battlefield Park.
  • Living history exhibits, reenactments and other events will mark the anniversary of the first major land battle of the Civil War.

    The Manassas Web site can be found at www.nps.gov/mana.

  • Farmville in central Virginia was the site of a student walkout protesting school segregation at the all-black Robert R. Moton High School.
  • The student strike, on April 23, 1951, resulted in a lawsuit that became part of the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education ruling, which declared segregated schools unconstitutional.

    On April 23, the 50th anniversary of the strike, the Robert R. Moton Museum: A Center for the Study of Civil Rights in Education, will open at the former high school. In addition, the student strike will be reenacted.

  • Gloucester, in the Chesapeake Bay area, will celebrate its 350th anniversary throughout 2001.
  • Included will be museum exhibits and a weeklong festival in June highlighting the activities surrounding the founding of Gloucester County in 1651.

  • This coming March marks the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's inauguration as third president of the U.S.
  • Monticello, Jefferson's estate in Charlottesville, however, has nothing special planned for this 200th anniversary. It had a big celebration in 1993, the 250th anniversary of Jefferson's birth.

    Instead, it is waiting for 2003 and already has set a date: Jan. 18.

    On that day in 1803, Jefferson requested funds from Congress for the Lewis and Clark expedition. After the funding, the pair set off to discover what would become the American West.

    Monticello, with a Web site at www.monticello.org, that day will kick off a four-year commemoration in partnership with the National Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Council.

    For further information on anniversaries and other events, call Virginia Tourism Corp.'s travel agent number at (800) 759-0886.

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