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Lewis and Clark Program at DelFosse Vineyards
June 11 - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
The Nelson County Historical Society will hold a special program on Thomas Jefferson and the Lewis and Clark expedition on Sunday, June 11, beginning at 2 p.m. on the porch and patio of an 1870 log cabin at DelFosse Vineyards & Winery.
Heather Riser, Board president of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center in Charlottesville and Alexandria Searls, Executive Director, will be the featured presenters. The Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center focuses on the historic expedition as a gateway for learning about exploration, transportation, the arts, science, the natural environment, and native cultures.
Conceived by Thomas Jefferson, the Lewis and Clark Expedition (1803-1806) was led by Meriwether Lewis, who was born in Albemarle County, and by William Clark, whose family lived for years in Albemarle County on land adjacent to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center site.
Riser and Searles will focus on Jefferson’s role in commissioning the expedition, Lewis and Clark’s travels and discoveries, and the expedition’s lasting consequences. They will also highlight the mission and educational programs of the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, located in Darden Towe Park on the Rivanna River in Charlottesville.
The program will also include a brief presentation by professional genealogist Debbie Harvey, a member of the Historical Society’s Board of Directors, on the history of the Roberts family who settled the area of Nelson County that is today the DelFosse Vineyards and Winery’s home.
The June 11th program is part of an eventful celebration of Jeffersonian Virginia held each year along the Jefferson Heritage Trail, between Thomas Jefferson’s two homes of Poplar Forest and Monticello. From June 2 to June 11, the trail will be a hub of events that will inspire, entertain and spotlight Central Virginia Blue Ridge’s natural beauty, artisan lifestyle, and sense of place in history. The Trail introduces visitors and local people alike to Thomas Jefferson’s many contributions to American history and culture, including the introduction of vineyards and locally-produced wine.
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery, one of Virginia’s only terrace style vineyards, was established in 2000. Surrounded by beautiful mountains and rows of picturesque grape vines, it offers a stunning natural setting. Attendees of the program are welcome to visit the winery’s tasting center following the program.
Located 30 minutes south of Charlottesville and 40 minutes north of Lynchburg right off of Route 29, DelFosse is at 500 DelFosse Winery Ln, Faber, VA 22933. For directions please see www.delfossewine.com