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December 2018

Nightingales of the South

December 13, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. December's lecture will feature Kelly Hancock, Interpretation and Programs Manager at the American Civil War Museum. As a plantation site on a navigable river just outside of Richmond, Wilton was unable to avoid involvement in the Civil War. While the plantation played host to hundreds of soldiers before their battles, Richmond's hospitals cared for them after the smoke of battle had settled. During the American Civil War, woman defied social convention and volunteered…

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January 2019

Neat and Plain: Dressing the 18th Century Virginian

January 24 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. January will feature Neal T. Hurst, Associate Curator of Costume and Textiles, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Fashion during the 18th century changed quickly.  From free whites, enslaved Africans, and Native Americans, clothing played a key role in their everyday lives.  Using extant garments, written documentation, and portraiture, this lecture will explore the prevailing taste in fashion amongst Virginians, how they bought clothing, and what garments they wore.    Powered by Eventbrite

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February 2019

Aggy of Turkey Island: The Mother Enslaved

February 8 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$20

  Join us February 8th, 6 pm, for the second installment of our Plays in the Passage series.  Mary Hardy Carter will bring Aggy of Turkey Island to life in an intimate gathering at Wilton House Museum.  When Ryland Randolph died in 1784, his will left very specific instructions for his family: free and provide for Aggy and their two children, 3-year-old Sylvia Anderson and 1-year-old Alexander Philip. In a uniquely American story, the legal battle that would follow crossed…

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Richard and Judith Randolph Strike a Blow Against Slavery

February 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. February will feature Dr. Melvin P. Ely, Professor of History and Black Studies at the College of William & Mary and author of "Israel on the Appomattox".  Planter Richard Randolph learned to oppose slavery from his stepfather, St. George Tucker, and from his mentor, George Wythe. Richard and his wife, Judith, allowed nearly 100 of their enslaved people to build a new life as free landowners. Israel Hill, the community that those liberated…

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March 2019

Thomas Jefferson: Planting the Arts in America

March 28 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. March will feature Susan Stein, Richard Gilder Senior Curator, Special Projects, Monticello. Thomas Jefferson devoted himself to creating a lasting American nation. As an architect, designer, collector, and patron of the arts, he understood that the arts could help forge an American identity, especially through the recognition of its founders. The architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe credited him with the planting the arts in America. This talk explores how and why Jefferson was influential…

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April 2019

Shenandoah’s Page Valley Style: The Painted Furniture of John Spitler, 1790-1806

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for our annual lecture series. April will feature Elizabeth A. Davison, Independent Decorative Arts Historian.  A discussion of three generations of Spitlers, the history and material culture of the Page Valley in current day Page County,  Virginia, and how this history and material culture is reflected in John Spitler's painted designs. The Page Valley is a small valley geographically and culturally associated with the Shenandoah Valley, located between the Massanutten and Blue Ridge mountain ranges. Massanutten is the settlement where…

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May 2019

One of a Kind: Manuscript Maps from the Collection at Colonial Williamsburg

May 23 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$10

Join us for the final lecture in our annual series. May will feature Katie McKinney, Assistant Curator of Maps & Prints, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Katie will discuss a selection of unique manuscript maps from Colonial Williamsburg’s map collection, including a land deed granted to George Washington of his land in Ohio and a map that traced the steps of the Marquis de Lafayette during the final days of the American Revolution. Powered by Eventbrite

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Finding the Rainbow: The Effort to Diversify Virginia’s Historical Highway Markers Program

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Virginia Historical Highway Markers Program was established in 1927. At 91 years, it is oldest state-sponsored marker program in the United States. Not surprisingly, the topics selected for the markers in the first decades of its existence were about the Colonial and Antebellum eras, and the Civil War. It was not a program that presented the diversity of the people in the Commonwealth - in fact, during its first 50 years, only five markers even made reference to African…

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June 2019

Jammin’ on the James

June 8 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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Free

Join us this summer for a free concert series on the grounds of Wilton. Bring a picnic dinner and your favorite lawn chair for family-friendly music on our scenic terrace overlooking the James River. Enjoy complimentary evening tours of Wilton before the concert as well as face-painting, and games.  In June we will welcome The Donnybrooks - Celtic String Band. Featuring a singer/guitarist, a multi-instrumentalist and one of RVA's finest fiddlers, they play lots of foot-stomping, crowd-pleasing, Southern-Fried Irish music. Their…

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Wilton Makers: Black Creek Workshop

June 22 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wilton House Museum, 215 South Wilton Road
Richmond, VA 23226 United States
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$15

Wilton House Museum debuts Wilton Makers in the Summer of 2019, a new line of programming that connects audiences with traditional trades and crafts from the 18th and 19th centuries. Join us for a coffee and a morning chat with a local artisan while they demonstrate and explain their trade, and how it’s kept alive today. June’s Wilton Makers features Black Creek Workshop. Black Creek Workshop is a collaboration of husband and wife team, Ben and Maeve Bristow. Our firm…

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