2020 Program Schedule


Who Slept Here?

Sunday, February 23 | 4:00 p.m. Social, 4:30–6:00 p.m. Program and Tour

Join the Farmington History Docents for a tour of the seldom seen historic bedrooms of Farmington. The original 1785 bedrooms & 1803 Jefferson designed bedrooms will be on display. Learn more about the families who lived here and the guests they hosted.


Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father

Postponed Due to COVID-19

Bill Barker, the most renowned interpreter of Thomas Jefferson today, returns again to Farmington. For more than 25 years, Bill has amazed audiences as the one and only Thomas Jefferson. He will share with us details of his new book, Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father, and reveal how he makes history relevant to different audiences, offering a perspective on the many Jefferson legacies in today’s world: “Unlike working on a book, working in historical interpretation is never-ending — it continues to live and breathe with every new performance,” he writes. “Interpreting is also unlike working solely as a scripted actor, where you rehearse your lines and then perform them at show time. You are not just memorizing and speaking history. In many ways, you actually live it.” A dinner with Bill Barker, or shall we say Mr. Jefferson, follows in the Jefferson Room.


Jefferson’s 277th Birthday Event – Friendship with the du Ponts

Postponed Due to COVID-19

It has been said that Pierre Samuel du Pont did more for the United States than any other Frenchman, with the exception of Lafayette. Dr. David Cole, Executive Director of the Hagley Museum and Library, will reveal the long and influential relationship between Jefferson and the du Pont family, which began during Jefferson’s days as the Minister of France. Without their friendship, the Louisiana Purchase may not have happened in favor of the United States, The University of Virginia may not have been such an educational innovation, and the industrial revolution may not have been as prosperous. Come and enjoy the conversation with Mr. Jefferson and Monsieur du Pont. A celebratory dinner will follow in the Main Dining Room.


Field Trip to Winterthur and Hagley Museum, Wilmington, Delaware

Postponed Due to COVID-19

Join the Farmington Historical Society Foundation on a special field trip to the Winterthur and the Hagley Museums. This fabulous all-inclusive trip includes private tours of Hagley, the du Pont’s original ancestral home, and also to their grand estate, Winterthur, all entrance fees, accommodations at the Hotel du Pont, meals, all beverages, taxes, tips, porterage and transportation. Thomas Savage, Director of Museum Affairs at Winterthur and Dr. David Cole, Executive Director of the Hagley will lead private tours of the homes, museums, 19th century machine shop, and the site of the original gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1802, all of which are situated on more than 235 acres along the banks of the Brandywine Creek.


Virginia’s General Assembly First Met in 1619 : Should We Care?

Postponed Due to COVID-19

Join Farmington member, George Gilliam, as we look at the General Assembly of Virginia over its first 400 years. From dealing with challenges presented by colonial governance, to the problems of home rule; from the beginnings of state-wide free public education in the shadow of the Civil War to modernity and industrialization leading to the creation of the State Corporation Commission; the members of the oldest democratically-elected state legislature have demonstrated resilience and adaptability. George Gilliam earned degrees from Columbia University, B.S.; University of Virginia School of Law, Juris Doctorate; University of Virginia, Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in History. He is a lecturer, historian, and is the producer, writer and narrator of the five-part series, “The Ground Beneath Our Feet: Virginia’s History in the Civil War.” George is also the author of “Business Entities--A Virginia Law Practice System.” A dinner with Professor Gilliam follows in the Jefferson Room.


Charlottesville Opera

Postponed Due to COVID-19

Enjoy a performance by the Young Artists of Charlottesville Opera singing opera favorites and selections from the summers’ performance.


Farmington Plantation Ice House – A Revealing Evening

Postponed Due to COVID-19

A lingering mystery for most of the 20th century, the Foundation hopes to discover the secrets of the Farmington ice house revealed through the findings of the 2019 – 2020 restoration of this iconic landmark. The 19th-century ice house enabled the Divers to enjoy ice cream, a new dessert loved by Americans! Join us as Blake McDonald, Architectural Survey & Cost Share Grant Program Manager with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, helps reveal recent discoveries and their importance to Farmington’s history. Reception and Ice House Tour following the program.


What’s All The Racquet?!

Postponed Due to COVID-19

Tennis has evolved through the years and Farmington Country Club tennis has arrived as a powerhouse. Come see what all the “racquet’s” about! Director of Racquet Sports Ronnie Hass will walk you through the years of facility growth, technology changes and membership wants and needs. Ronnie’s stellar career as a junior and collegiate player was just his beginning. Having served as tennis director, and building outstanding, award-winning programs at premier private clubs, Ronnie has earned much respect in the tennis world. He is a member of several professional organizations, including the United States Professional Tennis Association (USPTA), and the Georgia Professional Tennis Association (GPTA) where he served as Vice President and later as President.