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Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation

Annual Gatherings

Charlottesville, Virginia

September 23–27, 2024
56th Annual Gathering


  • Member (Early Bird): $475
  • Member (on or after Aug. 16): $525
  • Non-member (includes new membership): $525
  • Single days: $175 per day


Venue and Lodging

  • Marriott Courtyard, Charlottesville (Virginia)
  • $179–$189 USD per night
  • Group Rate Reservations:
  • You may also call the hotel directly at (434) 973-7100 or Marriott Reservations at 1 (888) 236-2427.
  • Last Day to Book: Friday, August 30, 2024


Sunday, Sept. 22
  • Hotel check in 12-6 PM
  • Board meeting 9–4
  • Optional trip to Hike Big Meadows on the Shenandoah National Park led by Alex Searls comparing plants of the East with western plants, lunch, and a winery stop. Tour limited to 25. $175
  • Welcome reception, 7–8:30 PM with light hors d'oeuvres
Monday Sept. 23
  • Tour of Clark sites in Albemarle and Caroline counties
  • Tour of Kenmore, home of Betty and Fielding Lewis
  • Lunch at The Tavern in Fredericksburg
  • Tour of Montpelier
  • Dinner at the Bar-B-Que Exchange
  • Chapter meetings
Tuesday, Sept. 24
  • Tour of Monticello with box lunch
  • Tour of Ashlawn Highlands and dinner
  • Moulton Lecture
Wednesday, Sept. 25
  • York presentation and speaker at York Place
  • Bus tour of historic Charlottesville, University of Virginia, and Locust Hill Graveyard
  • Lunch at the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center
  • "A Vote for Democracy" program
  • Dinner meeting at Blue Ridge Cafe
  • Results of the silent auction
Thursday through Saturday, Sept. 26–28

Optional tour of Lewis and Clark sites on the Great Valley Road including:

  • An evening in Abington at the Martha Washington Inn
  • Dinner at a 1778 tavern
  • Performance at the Barter Theater
  • Travel on the historic Cumberland Gap road
  • Dinner and a stay at the Lodge
  • Meriwether Sites
  • Settlers museum

*Subject to changes

Jefferson's Monticello

Unique Greek revival style southern plantation

© Thomas Jefferson Foundation at Monticello. Used by permission.

Calling all Lewis and Clark explorers, history buffs, adventurers, and fun lovers to where it all began in 1803! The Foundation's 56th Annual Meeting in Charlottesville, VA, begins on Sunday, September 22, 2024, with registration and the LCTHF Board meeting. The official welcoming reception with hors d’oeuvres, music, and get-acquainted time is scheduled for that evening. September 23 starts with our exploration of the birthplace of William Clark and York in Caroline County, a visit to Kenmore, the Lewis family's ancestral home in Fredericksburg, and then a tour of Montpelier, home of James Madison. We will have a Southern BBQ before returning to the hotel.

After the general session meeting on September 24, we will visit Monticello, home of President Jefferson, and enjoy the Seventh Moulton Lecture before ending the day with a colonial dinner complete with spirits at the 1700s Michie Tavern. September 25 features a visit to the Lewis & Clark Exploratory Center, the only Lewis and Clark center in the East, where we will explore Keck's statue of Lewis, Clark, and Sacagawea and participate in a scholarly discussion about York. We will then proceed on to Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall, York Place, the Lewis Family Graveyard, and other historic Lewis properties. Dinner will conclude the meeting with the results of the silent auction and an invitation to the LCTHF’s 2025 Annual Meeting in Kansas City, Mo.

We are also planning a post-meeting trip to visit Lewis and Clark sites along the way to the Cumberland Gap and back from September 26–28, 2024.
by Malou Stark, The Orderly Report, September 2023

Kansas City, Missouri 2025