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The William Strother Society Biennial Conference 2016
July 13 - July 17, 2016, Charlottesville, VA

The William Strother Society Biennial Conference 2016 will be held July 13 - 17, 2016 in Charlottesville, Virginia. Society President, Bob Lamb and Vice President Dan Strother have finalized the agenda and activities surrounding this Strother Family gathering. The conference promises to be an invigorating experience.


Wednesday, July 13
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 	Board of Directors Meeting, Holiday Inn
6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 	Directors Reception, Location To Be Determined
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 	Directors Dinner, Location To Be Determined

Thursday, July 14
8:00 a.m.				Depart for James Madison's Montpelier, Meet in Holiday Inn Lobby
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.	Tour of James Madison's Montpelier, Montpelier
12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.	Lunch, Montpelier
1:30 p.m.				Return to Holiday Inn
6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.	Reception, The Local
7:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.	Dinner, The Local

Friday, July 15
8:15 a.m.				Transportation to Fredericksburg, Meet in Holiday Inn Lobby
10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.	Ferry Farm Tour
12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.	Lunch at Brocks Riverside Grill
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.	Kenmore
3:00 p.m.				Transportation back to Charlottesville
Open Evening

Saturday, July 16
9:00 A.M. - 12:00 p.m. 	General Business Meeting, Holiday Inn Monticello
					Introduction of the New Board
					New Board of Directors Meeting
6:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m. 	Reception & Family Pictures, Holiday Inn Monticello 
7:15 p.m. - 9:15 p.m.	Evening Banquet, Holiday Inn Monticello
					Guest Speaker: Jennifer Glass
					Montpelier's Director of Architecture and Historic Preservation

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Hotel Accommodations
Holiday Inn Monticello
1200 5th Street SW
Charlottesville, VA 22902

Room Rate: $139.99/night includes daily breakfast for two (2)

Call 434-977-5100 and ask for the Strother Conference block of rooms/Group Block Code SC3. It is important that you book your room(s) in the Strother block as we have a contractual obligation to fulfill our hotel room commitment in order to avoid a penalty. Or you can book on-line by going to http://www.ihg.com/holidayinn/hotels/us/en/charlottesville/choso/hoteldetail. Again, be sure to use the Group Block Code SC3. .

The Holiday Inn is nestled in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, located just 2 miles from the Historic Downtown Mall. The Inn is the closest hotel to attractions such as: Monticello; Ash Lawn-Highland and Michie Tavern, and only 1 mile from the University of Virginia and the UVA Hospital. It is also just minutes away from the numerous arts and entertainment events held at the Paramount Theatre, Downtown Pavilion, Ash-Lawn Opera, and Charlottesville's newest venue, the John Paul Jones Arena also known as The Jack or JPJ.

This Charlottesville hotel features comfortably appointed rooms, free high-speed Internet, local phone calls, HBO, irons & boards, hair dryers and coffee makers. The full service restaurant, Charlottes, serves breakfast, dinner and room service daily.

James and Dolley Madison's Montpelier https://www.montpelier.org/
James and Dolley Madison regularly welcomed guests to Montpelier and the centerpiece of the Montpelier experience is the Mansion. The guided first floor tour takes visitors through the Drawing Room, filled with art and conversation pieces and the dining room where they hosted dinner parties for distinguished guests, friends and family. Also included is the Presidential Library, which is filled with books and maps that reveal the brilliant mind of James Madison.

On this tour, you'll see the furnishings, books, and art that reveal the brilliant mind of President James Madison and the lively personality of our beloved First Lady, Dolley Madison. These objects and decorative items reflect their curiosities, interests and personalities.

Montpelier offers 2,650 acres of rolling hills, spacious horse pastures, and spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You'll marvel at the beautiful gardens and grounds. Just north of the mansion, you can stand in the Temple where James Madison contemplated democracy, and take in the view of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Just behind the Mount Pleasant site lies the Madison Family Cemetery-the final resting place of James and Dolley Madison.

The Local Restaurant http://thelocal-cville.com/
Our Thursday evening, July 14 dinner will be at The Local where you will experience a restaurant that uses as much local produce as the seasons allow. The Local's standard of supporting local agriculture while providing its guests with the freshest possible ingredients is the foundation of their business philosophy. Sourced from local farmers, the contemporary American Cuisine also is stocked with beverages from area vineyards and craft breweries and presented in a charming artisan crafted atmosphere. The knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff will enhance and guide your dining pleasure.

Ferry Farm: George Washington's Childhood Home and Former Home of William Strother III http://www.kenmore.org/ff_home.html
George Washington was 6 years old in 1738 when his family moved to a farm in Stafford County, Virginia. The farm was purchased from William Strother III, a grandson of the Immigrant William Strother I. The Washingtons called this place the Home Farm but it later became known as Ferry Farm because people crossed the Rappahannock River on a ferry from the farm to the town of Fredericksburg. The Washingtons did not own or operate the ferry but used it frequently to get to and from town.

The George Washington Foundation (GWF) announced, on July 2, 2008, that archaeologists working at the site of George Washington's childhood home have located and excavated the remains of the long-sought house where Washington was raised. The site was the setting of some of the best-known stories related to his youth, including tales of the cherry tree and throwing a stone across the Rappahannock River.

In 2014 The Strother Society presented the George Washington Foundation with a donation of $250,000. This donation was made possible from the gift of $450,000 to the Society by one of our charter members, Emma Strother Stockard. Thanks to Emma the Strother name will be forever connected to Ferry Farm. It will be with great pride to see the progress that has been made since the announcement to restore this historical that has deep Strother roots.

Brock's Riverside Grill http://brocksgrill.com/
We'll enjoy a hearty lunch at Brock's Riverside Grill after our Ferry Farm Tour and then we'll head on to Kenmore for a tour of their renovated historical home of George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis and her husband, Fielding Lewis. Brock's is a charming restaurant located in downtown Fredericksburg.

Historic Kenmore Plantation http://www.kenmore.org/kp_home.html
Built by George Washington's sister, Betty Washington Lewis, and her husband, Fielding Lewis, this beautiful, Georgian-style, brick mansion reflects the pre-Revolutionary-War wealth and status of the Fredericksburg merchant.

During the Revolutionary War, Lewis loaned the state of Virginia money to build and support a gun factory in Fredericksburg. At the time of his death in 1781, he was still owed 7000, but it was never repaid. He also lost a great deal of money during the war because he was not able to carry on his mercantile business with England. However, his house still stands-with its elegant exterior and interior rooms adorned with colorful paint, wallpaper, and decorative plaster ceilings.

Saturday Night's Guest Speaker: Jennifer Glass, Montpelier's Director of Architecture And Historical Preservation

Our Saturday evening guest speaker is Jennifer Glass, Montpelier's Director of Architecture and Historic Preservation. She has happily agreed to speak at our Saturday, July 16th Banquet. Jennifer actually worked at Montpelier during its restoration so she is perfectly suited to lead a behind the scenes discussion on the topic of restoration and its challenges.

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