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Programs and Events

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Farmington Historical Society Foundation programs are open to everyone, not only Farmington Country Club members. Those who support the Foundation are able to attend many FHSF programs at no additional cost or at a reduced charge for other events. FHSF Circle members, at various levels, have further benefits and opportunities.

Programs and Events

Field Trip to Michie Tavern

Thursday, September 29
5:30pm – 7:00pm
Limit 60 guests

Join other FHSF Supporters at the 1784 Michie Tavern Pub for a private reception with Virginia wines, beers, hard cider and light fare. Experience the sights and sounds of what it may have been like as a traveler in the 18th century looking for a bit of refreshment and nourishment.

  • Jerdone (Supporter): $25 per person.
  • Divers: $25 for two people.
  • Peyton and Above: Complimentary.

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Looking for a Hole In One: An Aerial View and Annual Meeting

Thursday, October 20
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Annual Meeting and Program | 7:15pm Reception

Director of Golf Geoff Montross, Golf Course Superintendent Scott Kinnan and Senior Men’s Golfer Mark Krebs will present a program on the evolution of golf and the Farmington golf courses designed by the legendary Fred Findlay. Newly enhanced 1940’s aerial photographs taken of the South/North nines will be displayed. The program provides opportunities to learn more about all aspects of golf at Farmington and the Golf Course Master Plan Restoration. This program will be of interest to both golfers and Club members. Younger members 12 and over, are welcomed to join us. This is the Farmington Historical Society Foundation Annual Meeting. A reception follows the program, and it will be great time to visit with other donors, and members of the Golf Staff will be available.

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Neoclassicism in England: Jefferson's Inspiration

Friday, November 4, 2022 | Special Event for Circle Donors and Above
6:00pm Program (Jefferson Room) | 7:00pm Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person


Thomas Jefferson is acknowledged as a champion of neoclassicism, bringing the architecture of Ancient Greece and Rome to America. But this trend started in England! Dr. Adriano Aymonino of Buckingham University in the U.K. will offer remarks during dinner about “the Grand Tours” of English aristocrats and how their travels inspired Neoclassicism.

Dinner cancellations must be received by Friday, October 28 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Friday, October 21


Festive Holiday Dinner with Mr. Jefferson

Tuesday, December 27, 2022
First Seating: 6:00pm (Main Dining Room), Ages 8+
Second Seating: 7:30pm (Jefferson Room), Adults Only
$125 Adults, $75 Children


Enjoy an extra special dining experience in the company of frequent Farmington visitor Mr. Thomas Jefferson (as interpreted by world-renowned Bill Barker of Monticello). Charming guests with anecdotes of holidays long ago, Mr. Jefferson will also comment on the fine wines served to adult participants.

Dinner cancellations must be received by Tuesday, December 20 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Saturday, November 5


Antiquity Revived in the Age of Enlightenment

Thursday, February 23, 2023
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:30pm Optional Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person for the Dinner


Thomas Jefferson was a man of the Enlightenment, the period which revived the architectural glories of Ancient Greece and Rome. Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Curator of Paul Mellon Collection and Head of the Department of European Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will highlight works by renowned 18th century French painter Hubert Robert. Some of Robert’s paintings are on display at VFMA.

Dinner cancellations must be received by Thursday, February 16 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Wednesday, December 28


18th Century Meals and Entertainment

Thursday, March 23, 2023
Regular Program | 11:30am Lunch (Main Dining Room)
$40 Per Person


George and Martha Divers, owners of Farmington from 1785-1830, established a full kitchen as part of their additions to their main house. Our guest speaker, Dr. Leni Sorenson, American chef and culinary historian, specializes in African American foods with an emphasis on the early 1800s and the Colonial period. Her career includes working at Monticello and Colonial Williamsburg. She has been featured in the Netflix’s series, High on the Hog. Dr. Sorenson will discuss food preparation, meals, and entertainment of the period, as well as highlighting what would have been in the Divers’ kitchen inventory.

Lunch cancellations must be received by Thursday, March 16 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Friday, February 24


Cooking Demonstration and Tasting with Leni Sorenson at Indigo House

Saturday, March 25, 2023 | Special Event for Circle Donors $85 and Above
$75 Per Person


Journey with us to Dr. Sorensen’s Indigo House, a five-acre farmstead in the Blue Ridge Mountains, near Crozet. Her research focuses on the lives of African American cooks, with a particular emphasis on the early 1800s and the Colonial period. Transportation on FCC shuttle bus included, departing at 9:30am.

Event cancellations must be received by Thursday, March 17 to avoid charges.


Jefferson's 280th Birthday Celebration: A Rendezvous with Jefferson and Napoleon

Friday, April 14, 2023
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:30pm Optional Dinner (Main Dining Room)
$100 Per Person for the Dinner


On April 30, 1803 Napoleon Bonaparte agreed to sell 530 million acres to the United States. Known as the Louisiana Purchase, this transaction doubled the size of the country. Join Thomas Jefferson (Bill Barker) and Napoleon Bonaparte (Mark Schneider) as they discuss this remarkable decision and its impact on our young nation.

Dinner cancellation must be received by Thursday, April 13 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Friday, March 24


Special Reception for Circle Donors $1,000 and Above

Friday, April 14, 2023
5:00pm - 5:45pm (Jefferson Room)


Enjoy some refreshments and be introduced to Mr. Jefferson and General Bonaparte. Hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Divers.


Jefferson and the Peytons

Thursday, May 25, 2023
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:15pm Optional Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person for the Dinner

Dr. Robert Haggard Senior Associate Editor, Papers of Thomas Jefferson: Retirement Series at Thomas Jefferson Foundation, will discuss Jefferson’s relationship with Bernard and Julia Peyton, whose portraits hang in Farmington’s library. General Bernard Peyton, a close friend and business associate of Thomas Jefferson purchased Farmington in 1852. Peyton was a West Point graduate, Postmaster of Richmond, Adjutant General of the Virginia Militia, and helped found the Virginia Military Institute. Peyton served as Jefferson’s agent in assembling materials for the building of the University of Virginia and on at least one occasion was asked by Jefferson to purchase wine for Monticello. When he died, Julia Peyton owned Farmington until 1860. Dr. Haggard will share the letters between Jefferson and Peyton. The publication of these primary sources, many for the first time, is important to a true understanding of the Founding Fathers, their world, and the country they helped to create.

Dinner cancellation must be received by Thursday, May 18 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Friday, April 21


Private Tour at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 | Special Event for Circle Donors $2,500 and Above

Dr. Sylvain Cordier, Curator of the Paul Mellon Collection and Head of the Department of European Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, will lead a discussion and private tour of the VMFA’s stunning collection, Elegance and Wonder: Masterpieces of European Art, from the private collection of Jordan and Thomas A. Saunders III. Transportation on FCC shuttle bus included.

Event cancellations must be received by Wednesday, March 24 to avoid charges.


Charlottesville Opera at Farmington

Sunday, June 11, 2023
4:30pm Social | 5:00pm Concert in the Ballroom


Enjoy a performance by the Charlottesville Opera’s Ader Emerging Artists singing this season’s highlights.

Registration will open on Friday, May 26


Castle Hill and Farmington: The Divers and the Walkers

Thursday, September 21, 2023
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:15pm Optional Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person for the Dinner


The history of Farmington is intertwined with the Divers of Farmington, the Walker of Castle Hill, and the Jeffersons of Monticello. Martha Walker Divers was the daughter of Dr. Thomas Walker of Castle Hill. Dr. Walker was one of young Thomas Jefferson’s guardians after the death of Peter Jefferson. Dr. Michael Dickens will explore the family and friend connections between these three families. Dr. Dickens is an honors graduate of Princeton University and received his M.D. degree from Columbia University. After retiring from a 40+ year career practicing medicine in Charlottesville, he pursued his passion for history by working at Montpelier and writing historic books.

Dinner cancellation must be received by Thursday, September 14 to avoid charges.

Registration will open on Monday, June 12