Programs and Events
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.
Farmington Ice House: A Revealing Evening
Thursday, September 30 | Ballroom and Ice House
Social: 5:30 p.m. | Program 6:00 p.m.
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 – 2021 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. If this event should be canceled due to weather, a backup date of Thursday, October 7, has been scheduled.
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The Jerdones: Owners of Farmington 1758 - 1785
Wednesday, October 13 | Pine Room
Two Available Sessions: 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., or 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
$15 Per Person | Complimentary for FHSF Supporters
No history of Farmington is complete without mention of the Jerdones, whose family owned the estate for several decades in the late 1700s. However, there remains much to be discovered about this prosperous Scottish immigrant, his wife, and his nine children. This program will shed light on the Jerdone family and consider how Farmington may have appeared on the eve of and during the Revolutionary War.
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Becoming Jefferson: My Life as a Founding Father
Thursday, October 21 | 5:30 p.m. Social | 6:00 p.m. Program (Ballroom)
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.” There will be a book signing during the Social prior to the event.
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Charlottesville Connections In 1821: Christ Church and Farmington
Sunday, November 7 | 4:30 p.m. Social, 5:00 p.m. Program | Ballroom
Dr. Michael 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 the book Threads of Influence on Madison and Princeton University. He is the author of Like An Evening Gone, a history of Charlottesville’s oldest church, Christ Episcopal, written upon its 200th anniversary. In doing the research for this book, he became aware of the multi-layered relationships between the people that founded the church and those that owned the land that became Farmington. His talk will focus on these relationships, the people both free and enslaved who lived on the land, and the role of the Episcopal church in Charlottesville’s early history. The families of two Farmington owners, George Divers and Mary Ann Miller Wood Harper, made contributions to the church that are still being enjoyed by its congregation today. Book Signing after the program.
What’s All The Racquet?!
Thursday, November 18 | 5:30 p.m. Social, 6:00 p.m. Annual Meeting, 6:15 p.m. Program, 7:00 p.m. Reception | Ballroom
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.