Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Dolly Madison to Visit Friendship Hill

"Albert Gallatin" Standing Outside His Home at Friendship Hill Credit: NPS

As part of  its 100 year anniversary, the National Park Service will host the Fourth Annual Albert Gallatin Project Saturday, July 23 and 24, 2016.  The two-day symposium, Mrs. Madison Comes to Visit, will focus on the events of 1816 as Albert Gallatin prepares to return to Europe as Minister to France.  Attendees will enjoy a day of historically based conversation and interpretation.

This year Mrs. Dolley Madison pays a social call on Mr. Albert Gallatin as she travels through Pennsylvania and parts north to visit various friends.  On her arrival, she learns that her dear friend, Mrs. Hannah Gallatin has already left for New York.

Mr. Gallatin is preparing Friendship Hill for the family’s absence before the Gallatins leave for Paris. Although Mrs. Gallatin is absent, Mrs. Madison will cheerfully share with Mr. Gallatin the events in Washington City, and the plans she and the President are making for returning to private life at the end of his term in office.

Ever the gracious hostess, Mrs. Madison will be found helping Mr. Gallatin entertain friends and neighbors who come to visit and wish him well in his new duties.

Saturday morning activities will begin at 10:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:00 p.m. with a break for lunch from noon until 1:30 p.m.  Sunday will find Mrs. Madison and Mr. Gallatin entertaining visitors from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.  You are encouraged to bring a lunch with you on Saturday if you plan to spend the whole day. Food is also available in nearby Point Marion, Masontown, and Smithfield.  Cool beverages will be available at the site.
Patgricia Sowers as Dolly Madison Credit: NPS
Mrs. Patricia Sowers of Alexandria, Virginia portrays Mrs. Dolley Madison.  Sowers is Dolley Madison for Dumbarton House in Washington, DC.  She is the current Camp Coordinator for the Society of Cincinnati Secretary at Anderson House in Washington, DC. \

Ronald Duquette, Maj. USA, Ret. portrays Albert Gallatin. Returning to the Gallatin Project at Friendship Hill for the fourth time, Duquette has also appeared as Gallatin at Bradford House, the Swiss Embassy, and NYU’s Gallatin School of Individual Studies.

Enjoy these stimulating days of historical discussion and interpretation while celebrating the Centennial of the National Park Service.  The event is FREE and reservations are NOT required.  RSVPs to the National Park Service are appreciated for planning purposes. To RSVP or for more information, please call Friendship Hill National Historic Site at 724-329-2501, or email kitty_seifert@nps.gov.
Visit nps.gov/frhi or follow Friendship Hill National Historic Site on Facebook for information on upcoming programs.

Friendship Hill is located three miles north of Point Marion, Pennsylvania on State Route 166 north. The location address for use with online mapping services is 223 New Geneva Road, Point Marion, PA 15445.

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