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On Friday evening the twelve Philadelphia Chapter members who traveled to Charlottesville were invited for drinks and hors d'oevres at the home of Ken and Poochie Wallenborn. Ken is president of the Home Front Chapter, and other members of the Chapter gathered there to welcome the Philadelphians.

Here Ken stands with Frank Muhly in the Lewis family graveyard.

Early Saturday morning Ken led the way to Monticello, where the group toured the inside of the home. Jefferson's private secretary, Meriwether Lewis, would have spent the summers there with Jefferson during his presidency.

After walking on the grounds the group had a special tour of Mulberry Row where some of Jefferson's slaves and free workers lived and worked.

Some of the group gathered to pose in front of Monticello, looking out at the long path lined with many flowers still in bloom.

Everyone was ready for lunch at historic Michie Tavern, which featured abundant Southern cooking.

After lunch Ken again led the way, this time to nearby Ash Lawn- Highland, home of President James Monroe, where the group toured the house and grounds.

Meriwether Lewis's birthplace, Locust Hill, is privately owned and not open to the public.
Jane Lewis Henley, a member of the Lewis family, met everyone at the family's graveyard close to Locust Hill, where Meriwether Lewis's mother and brother are buried, along with many other relatives. Jean Jones and Rose Muhly are with Jane, who is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter and the Home Front Chapter, and is president- elect of the Lewis and Clark Trail Heritage Foundation.

After leaving the graveyard and saying goodbye to Ken and Jane, everyone returned to the motel for a rest before dinner at the Schnitzelhaus. There Kay Slaughter, former mayor of Charlottesville, described plans for the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center which organizers hope to open in 2003. You can visit the Exploratory Center at

On Sunday morning many members visited the University of Virginia to tour the dome and buildings designed by Thomas Jefferson.




Updated October 15, 2001