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Presidents' Day Events 2018

Young Abe Lincoln at Riverside Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, February 17 | 12:00pm

A highlight of the Lincoln Bicentennial in 2009, this delightful and fast- moving musical is set in 1830s America when our not-yet-16th president was experiencing the awkward, gangly years of his youth. Chronicling Lincoln’s days as a farm boy through his early career as a struggling lawyer and budding politician, we watch young Abe, who is filled with good ideas and a passion for fairness, gradually learn to become the resolute leader who later steered our nation through one of its most tumultuous periods. Originally presented Off Broadway in 1992 and critically acclaimed by The New York Times: “YOUNG ABE LINCOLN offers good theater and good education.”

Happy Birthday, George! At the Mary Washington House

Sunday, February 18 | 12pm – 4pm

Join for refreshments while honoring George Washington and his wonderful legacy. While you’re at it, decorate your own cupcake and take a tour of the Mary Washington House and learn about the woman who raised him!

George Washington’s Birthday at Ferry Farm

Monday, February 19 | 10am – 4pm

Celebrate George Washington’s 286th birthday at his boyhood home with fun activities for the whole family, including games, crafts, exhibits, archaeology lab tours, living history demonstrations, the Stone Throw Challenge (weather permitting), history theater, and birthday cake. “General Washington” will attend the birthday celebration to talk about his youth on the farm! Learn about the Washington house at Ferry Farm from construction interpreters! $5 adults; 17 and under free.

Washington Heritage Museums – Pay What You Can!

Monday, February 19 | 11am – 4pm

Tour the Mary Washington House, Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop and Rising Sun Tavern – in honor of our first president, George Washington, pay what you can – as long as a president is on the bill!

President’s Day Presidential Press Conference with James Monroe and James Madison

Monday, February 19 | 6pm – 8pm

A new annual event sponsored by The James Monroe Museum featuring discussion between James Monroe and other historical figures. This year features a conversation between presidents Monroe and Madison (James “Jay” G. Harrison III, and John Douglas Hall), reflecting on their longtime friendship, their roles as president, and their part in the founding of our nation.

The conversation will be moderated by Scott Harris Director of The James Monroe Museum. Questions can be submitted by the audience in writing at the event.