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Free admission to grounds for Thomas Jefferson’s birthday at Monticello

Monticello 5By Lynn R. Mitchell

Monticello celebrates Thomas Jefferson’s 272nd birthday Monday with a 1000 a.m. ceremony on the West Lawn and free admission to the grounds. Admission to the house requires purchasing a ticket. The keynote speaker will be Congressman John Lewis (D-Ga.) who was the recipient of the 2015 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership.

It’s spring on Monticello’s mountain with early season flowers and garden plants. The weather is supposed to be in the mid-70s and partly sunny so it will be a good day to commemorate the anniversary of Mr. Jefferson’s birth.

Photo from Monticello

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The 12 Days of Christmas … Day 6: Lantern Tours at Staunton’s Frontier Culture Museum of Virginia

By Lynn R. Mitchell

The quiet of a cold December night in the Shenandoah Valley offers a reminder of Christmases past for those who came before us. The Frontier Culture Museum’s Lantern Tours offer a unique holiday experience that has become an annual event for many, a guided walk by lantern light of the Irish, German, and English farms. It was a simpler time with simpler, natural decor, and many traditions from those countries became our own as we settled in America.

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