The Virginia Society is proud to invite you to Richmond for the 2020 National Congress July 10th – 16th. Along with the activities provided by the National Society, there, as at every Congress, members find time to renew acquaintances, form new friendships and solidify the ties that bind all of us within this organization. We believe that when all is said and done, this is the real reason so many of us come to the Congress — because of the personal relationships with the members that we develop over the years.
- Plantation and Museum Tours — July 11: Compatriots will have the opportunity to enjoy Tours of James River Plantations or The American Revolution Museum at Yorktown. Berkeley Plantation Built by Benjamin Harrison IV, the house is the oldest three-story mansion in Virginia, ancestral home to two US Presidents, William Henry Harrison and Benjamin Harrison. Site of the first time that the Army bugle call “Taps” was played, in 1862 during the Civil War.
- Host Reception — July 11: The Virginia State Library is the location of the NSSAR 2020 Congress Host Reception. The library is the premier genealogical research facility in Virginia with 11 million manuscripts, 410,000 microfilms, 46,000 reels of newspapers, and 808,000 bound volumes. The library also features historic exhibits, a fine gift shop, and a large reception area for social events in a new, modern building.
- Yorktown — July 11: Saturday’s Tour of Yorktown Battlefield and American Revolution Museum. At Yorktown, on October 19, 1781, the British surrendered to General Washington effectively ending the American Revolutionary War. The battlefield is superbly preserved with guided and self-guided tours available. The American Revolution Museum is a testament to all parties from the battle with numerous interactive and informative exhibits.
- Lady’s Luncheon — July 14: The Lady’s Luncheon will be enjoyed at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. The museum holds over 35,000 works of art from nearly every major world culture, and features special exhibits on a periodic basis. It is home to the finest and rarest collection of Faberge’ Imperial Russian art objects including the famous Czarist enamel eggs. The meal itself will be held in the ornate “Marble Hall”.
- Tour of St. John’s Church — July 15: St. John’s at the Virginia State Capital was designed in part by Thomas Jefferson and constructed in 1800. It is the third and present capital of Virginia and second capital of the Confederate States of America. It features an excellent tour with many historic exhibits, a great gift shop, and the only life-sized statue of George Washington.
Congress will be held at the Richmond Marriott at 500 E. Broad Street. A full block of rooms is now available on their website. You can also call the Marriott reservations at 800-535-4028. When you speak to them, let them know that our block of rooms is on the “Pass Key” system.