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2015 Annual PAPA Event

The early October weather could not have been more perfect when Preservation Piedmont joined other area preservation groups at James Madison’s home near the Town of Orange for an annual fall gathering hosted by the Piedmont Area Preservation Alliance (PAPA). The event was graciously sponsored by Montpelier, and President and CEO Kat Imhoff, who held the first PAPA event at Monticello in 2005.

More than sixty attendees were guided on special tours that showcased the many changes made to the mansion this past year. For those who had not recently made the short drive to the Orange County landmark, the house and ground’s restored  appearance to its 19th-century form was especially striking. Before walking back to the Visitor’s Center for a reception, guests made a short detour to view Mr. Madison’s temple, located on top of the plantation ice house.  It was easy to imagine the Madisons entertaining guests in this outdoor location, and serving Dolley’s favorite, oyster ice cream.

Following Kat’s Imhoff’s welcome to the group and introduction of Elizabeth Chew as the new Vice President of Museum Programs, Melanie Miller introduced special guests Alex Ikefuna, the new Director of Charlottesville Neighborhood Development Services, and Alice Raucher, the newly appointed Architect for the University of Virginia.  Melanie also presented summaries received from each preservation group, regarding their current activities. By the end of the evening, exciting rumors were circulating that next year’s venue could be UVA’s newly renovated Rotunda.