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Springtime in Virginia: A Study Tour of Architectural and Natural Masterpieces

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 1 – 4 | LIMITED ENROLLMENT. (Each session includes lunch. Parking instructions will be furnished to subscribers.)

The Houston Seminar will visit Virginia’s Northern Neck, between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, just south of Washington. We will spend all three nights in the gracious guest facilities at Stratford Hall Plantation, the magnificent seat of the Lee family located on the banks of the Potomac. In addition to visiting Stratford, we will tour nearby eighteenth-century buildings—including Gunston Hall, Sabine Hall, Mt. Airy, Kenmore, Menokin and Christ Church, Lancaster County—several of these are private residences not open to the public and still owned by members of the original families.

Camille Wells, an architectural historian at the College of William and Mary, will provide background on these sites and will accompany us on our tours. There will be informal talks by other specialists, an evening on the Rappahannock River on the yacht Miss Ann, dinner at Tides Inn in Irvington, entertaining talks, good company, delicious food—and leisure to enjoy the hundreds of beautiful acres around Stratford.

Participants will need to sign a waiver of liability.

Springtime in Virginia: A Study Tour of Architectural and Natural Masterpieces

THURSDAY THROUGH SUNDAY MAY 1 – 4 | LIMITED ENROLLMENT

The Houston Seminar will visit Virginia’s Northern Neck, between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, just south of Washington. We will spend all three nights in the gracious guest facilities at Stratford Hall Plantation, the magnificent seat of the Lee family located on the banks of the Potomac. In addition to visiting Stratford, we will tour nearby eighteenth-century buildings—including Gunston Hall, Sabine Hall, Mt. Airy, Kenmore, Menokin and Christ Church, Lancaster County—several of these are private residences not open to the public and still owned by members of the original families.

Camille Wells, an architectural historian at the College of William and Mary, will provide background on these sites and will accompany us on our tours. There will be informal talks by other specialists, an evening on the Rappahannock River on the yacht Miss Ann, dinner at Tides Inn in Irvington, entertaining talks, good company, delicious food—and leisure to enjoy the hundreds of beautiful acres around Stratford.

Participants will need to sign a waiver of liability.

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Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card. 

 

The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.

 

Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12. 

 

Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern on Wednesday, November 14 is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. A second session has been added and will meet Monday, November 12 from 2:00-3:30 P.M. Registrations are being accepted for November 12. You may register online, or by phone.

 

AND WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE A FALL POP-UP COURSE!
Who Gets to Vote: Challenges for the 2020 Elections?
Speaker: Dale Ho, director of the American Civil Liberties Union Voter Rights Project
Monday, November 19, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Location to be announced

 

Fall is just around the corner. Register today!

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For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org  or phone 713.666.9000.