In-person and Virtual Programs in October

September 24, 2021

Connect with National Trust Historic Sites from across the country with a selection of in-person and virtual events, exhibitions, and opportunities in October 2021.

Featured Virtual Events

The Glass House
Landscapes of Modern Architecture
Monday, October 11 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Join architectural/landscape historian Marc Treib for a free Zoom talk based on his book Landscapes of Modern Architecture. Treib will explore the interrelationship of modern architecture, landscape, and site strategy as viewed through the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Richard Neutra, Alvar Aalto, and Luis Barragán. Marc Treib, Professor of Architecture Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley, is a historian and critic of landscape and architecture who has published widely on modern and historical subjects in the United States, Japan, and Scandinavia.

Drayton Hall
Taste the State: Virtual Book Club with Chef Kevin Mitchell
Thursday, October 28 at 6:30 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Join author Chef Kevin Mitchell, the first African American chef instructor at the Culinary Institute of Charleston, as he discusses his newly released book Taste the State: South Carolina’s Signature Foods, Recipes, and Their Stories. From the influence of 1920s fashion on asparagus growers to an heirloom watermelon lost and found, Taste the State abounds with surprising stories from South Carolina’s singularly rich food tradition. The book presents engaging profiles of eighty-two of the state’s most distinctive ingredients, such as Carolina Gold rice, Sea Island White Flint corn, and the cone-shaped Charleston Wakefield cabbage, and signature dishes, such as shrimp and grits, chicken bog, okra soup, Frogmore stew, and crab rice.

Other Virtual Events

Decatur House/White House Historical Association
History Happy Hour: Mrs. Keckly and Mrs. Lincoln
Thursday, October 7 at 5:30 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Drayton Hall
Delft Tiles–A Drayton Hall Archaeology Webinar
Thursday, October 14 at 5 p.m. ET
Donate what you can; registration required

Historic Artists' Homes and Studios
This Little Corner of the World: The Wyeths, Chadds Ford and Sites of the HAHS Program
Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET
$10 suggested donation; registration required

James Madison's Montpelier
Five Freedoms Series: Freedom of the Press with Gene Policinski, former COO of Newseum, founding Editor of USA Today
Tuesday, October 5 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Constitution 101: The Odd Clauses with Jay Wexler
Sunday, October 17 at 5 p.m. ET
$5 to attend; registration required

Five Freedoms Series: Freedom to Petition the Government with Molly Dorozenski,
Tuesday, October 19 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Five Freedoms Series: The Five Freedoms in the Supreme Court 2021-2022 Term
Tuesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. ET
Free to attend; registration required

Featured Onsite Events

Filoli in Woodside, California
Orchard Days
Weekends, September 25–October 31 from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. PT
Included in price of site admission; $25 adults, $22 seniors, $15 children, under 5 free

Filoli's Gentleman’s Orchard will be open every weekend, September 25-October 31, for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Weave through rows of apple trees and grapevines, learn about food production past and present, sip on cider, and take a fall- themed photo in the exquisite autumn light. Don't miss local artists and vendors selling their crafts, as well as snacks and drinks in the shade of the Walnut Grove.

President Wilson House in Washington, D.C.
Centennial Celebration: The Wilson House at 100 Years (and Counting!)
Thursday, October 14 at 7 p.m. ET
Admission starting at $85; Tickets Required

The President Wilson house is celebrating the monumental centennial of the Wilsons moving into the Kalorama neighborhood. Come dressed in your favorite vintage or vintage-inspired best for music, dancing, entertainment, and more. This outdoor party will include light appetizers, live entertainment, a one-of-a-kind silent auction, and the opportunity to help us continue our mission of welcoming open discussions of our shared past and exploring the ideals that unite us as citizens of the world. A portion of your ticket sale is tax-deductible, with funds raised to help preserve our historic site so we can celebrate this place today, tomorrow, and for another 100 years!

Other Onsite Events

Belle Grove in Middletown, Virginia
U.S. Border Collie Handlers Association’s 2021 National Sheepdog Finals
Events happening Tuesday, October 5–Friday, October 10
Adult Passes starting at $14; Child/Senior Passes starting at $7

Drayton Hall in Charleston, South Carolina
Downtown Walking Tour–The Drayton Family in Downtown Charleston
Saturday, October 2 at 10 a.m. ET
$45 per person

Candlelight Tours of Drayton Hall
Saturday, October 9; 7–8 p.m. ET start times
$45 per person

Prosecco on the Portico of Drayton Hall
Saturday, October 30 from 3–5 p.m. ET
$35 per person

Kykuit in Tarrytown, New York
Poetry al Fresco Workshop with Lynn McGee
October 1 from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. ET
$30 per ticket; lunch included

James Madison's Montpelier in Orange, Virginia
Fall Fiber Festival
Saturday, October 2–Sunday, October 3; starting at 10 a.m.ET each day
$5 Adults; 10 & Under free

Fall Woods Walk
Saturday, October 16 from 10 a.m.–noon ET
$25 Adults; $13 Children; Under 6 free

President Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C.
Two Faces Comedy Series: Couples Therapy
Tuesday, October 19 from 7–10 p.m. ET
$10 per person

Woodlawn & Pope-Leighey House in Alexandria, Virginia
Twilight & Tipple Tour of the Frank Lloyd Wright Pope-Leighey House
Thursday, October 14 from 6:30–9:30 p.m. ET
$35 per person

Tour de Mount Vernon Community Bike Ride
Saturday, October 23 from 8:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. ET
$25 per rider; tickets required

President Wilson House in Washington, D.C.
Vintage Game Night
Wednesday, October 6 from 5:30–8 p.m. ET
$20 for Admission & Vintage Style Snacks

Outdoor Film Screening in the Garden: Speedy
Friday, October 15 at 7 p.m. ET
$45 Admission

Paint & Sip Garden Party
Saturday, October 16 from 2:30–5 p.m. ET
$50 for guided painting class and wine

All National Trust Historic Sites are open! We encourage you to check directly with each site for up-to-date information on available activities, ticketing, and guidelines if you are planning a visit.

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