*Abbreviations under the "Available" column: A = Available // NA = Not Available // R = Previously Registered // WL = Currently on the Wait List

Brilliance Forgotten: Dr. Thomas Walker & the Founding of Charlottesville

The OLLI Winter Session at Michie Tavern is now officially a Charlottesville tradition! OLLI is very pleased to continue this wonderful partnership by offering another special Winter Session lecture-and-lunch series. Join us to learn, dine, and socialize in one of Central Virginia’s most beautiful historic settings, where blazing fires will remove the cold winter chill.
The 2017 OLLI Winter Session at Michie Tavern will feature a series of talks presented by award-winning historian Rick Britton on four consecutive Thursdays. Destined to be the future home of two Founding Fathers, and the world-class University of Virginia, Albemarle County has been an impressive place since time immemorial. With its moderate climate, the county has always boasted an amazingly fertile soil, and a wide diversity of native flora and fauna. The people of Albemarle have also been impressive: The region’s first—the Monacan—built semi-permanent villages, and warred against the Powhatan. Dr. Thomas Walker negotiated Native American treaties, discovered the path to the trans-Allegheny west, and laid out the town of Charlottesville. Overshadowing that locale initially, however, was Milton, born of the county’s lucrative riverine commerce. Traveling in those days was rough going: bridges were frequently out, fords were oftentimes impassable, and the rushing waters of the James and Rivanna Rivers dunked many a vessel. Taverns—like Michie Tavern—provided the bone-weary travelers a much-needed respite, as well as a hearty meal and a stiff drink.
Join us at Michie Tavern for any or all of these lectures as we explore “The Early History of Albemarle County!” (You must register separately for each lecture.)
    • January 26 – Albemarle’s Beginnings: The Monacans, the Land and Its Settlement by Europeans
    • February 2 – Brilliance Forgotten: Dr. Thomas Walker & the Founding of Charlottesville
    • February 9 – Albemarle’s Lost Town: Milton on the Rivanna
    • February 16 – Traveling Albemarle: The County’s Roads, Taverns, and Rivers
The lecture begins at 10:30 a.m. A question-and-answer period follows at 11:15, with lunch at 11:30. The $22.00 fee for each event includes the lecture, lunch with the speaker, a book signing, and a ticket for a tour of historic Michie Tavern. NOTE: You must be an OLLI member for the spring 2017 semester to participate in the Winter Session. The registration deadline is the Friday before each lecture; no refund requests will be accepted after that day. (Maximum capacity: 70 students. Snow date: February 23.)

Instructor Bio:

Rick Britton is a Charlottesville-based historian who’s written extensively on the history of the Virginia Piedmont. He’s the author of the award-winning Jefferson: A Monticello Sampler and 2015’s Virginia Vignettes: Famous Characters & Events in Central Virginia History. A much-sought-after speaker, he teaches classes on central Virginia history, conducts tours, organizes history programming for the community and illustrates maps for history books.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Cost Location Available
E11 Rick Britton February 2 Th 10:30 a.m. $22.00 Michie Tavern NA

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