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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

Antiquity Revived in the Age of Enlightenment

Thursday, February 23
5:00pm Donor Reception (for Circle Donors $500 and above)
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:15pm Optional Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person for the Dinner (Limit 40)


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.

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18th Century Meals and Entertainment

Thursday, March 23
Regular Program | 11:30am Lunch (Main Dining Room)
$40 Per Person (Limit 60)


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 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 | Special Event for Circle Donors $85 and Above
$75 Per Person | Limit 10


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
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:30pm Optional Dinner (Main Dining Room)
$100 Per Person for the Dinner (Limit 80)


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 14

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Special Reception for Circle Donors $1,000 and Above
Friday, April 14, 2023 | 5:00pm - 5:45pm (Jefferson Room) (Limit 60)

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

Thursday, May 25
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:15pm Optional Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person for the Dinner (Limit 40)

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 | Transportation Departs from Farmington at 9:30am
Special Event for Circle Donors $2,500 and Above (Limit 20)

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
4:30pm Social | 5:00pm Concert in the Ballroom
6:00pm Donor Reception (for Circle Donors $50 and above)


Enjoy a performance by the Charlottesville Opera’s Ader Emerging Artists singing favorites from opera and musical theater, including from this season’s selections: Tosca and Guys and Dolls.

Registration will open on Friday, May 11


Thomas Jefferson as an Architect

Thursday, September 21
5:30pm Social | 6:00pm Program | 7:15pm Optional Dinner (Jefferson Room)
$85 Per Person for the Dinner (Limit 40)


Not only was Thomas Jefferson President of the United States, Author of the Declaration of Independence, and Father of the University of Virginia, but he was also a pioneer in introducing Roman Revival architecture to America. Professor Emeritus K. Edward Lay taught architectural design, architectural history, and historic preservation at the University of Virginia. He will show Jefferson's influence on classical American buildings through a power point talk.