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Council for Statesmanship Tours Madison’s Home

April 16th, 2008

CONTACT:  David Halbrook
Patrick Henry College
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James Madison's home, Montpelier

Donors tour the estate

The gardens at Montpelier

Dr. John Warwick Montgomery presents

Donors and supporters of Patrick Henry College enjoyed a beautiful, 70-degree day of sunshine at James Madison’s Montpelier estate, April 11th at the 2008 Council for Statesmanship. The historic, 2,650-acre estate, located in Orange County, Va., is currently undergoing massive restoration to its original appearance, the familiar haven of eighteenth-century royalty, heads of state, and visiting dignitaries feted by esteemed U.S. founder and constitutional framer James Madison and his wife Dolly.

Council guests arrived to find a busy archeological excavation of the adjoining fields, gardens, and slave quarters underway, carefully staged to restore the manor grounds to their original state. Montpelier itself was undergoing a facelift, excavated from underneath a lavish complex of DuPont mansion additions that, during the twentieth century, hid the original Madison home from view.  Workers are sweating under a Sept. 17, 2008 construction deadline, when a crowd of dignitaries will convene to commemorate Constitution Day.

After morning and afternoon tours and lunch at Montpelier, College supporters returned by bus to Patrick Henry for an evening filled with entertainment, fine dining, keynote addresses, and a private movie screening. Guests enjoyed a stirring performance by the PHC Chorale, a keynote address by famed Christian apologist and PHC philosophy professor, Dr. John Warwick Montgomery, and a private screening of a section of the movie, Come What May, from Advent Film Group founder George Escobar. Michael Holcomb, a College alum who worked on the film, and Rachel Heflin, a PHC student and award-winning debater, each delivered addresses thanking donors for their support of the College.

Next year’s Council for Statesmanship will feature a similar historic venue and attractions, and will be open to the Patrick Henry College Society, whose members contribute at least $1,000 annually to the College. With the annual Council for Statesmanship, PHC wants to give back, with deep thanks and appreciation, to the community of supporters who make possible the mission of Patrick Henry College.