EDITOR'S NOTE: In case of inclement weather this weekend, please contact event organizers for any cancellations or postponements.
“Strike Them a Blow: Battle Along the North Anna River.” Jan. 9 from 7–8 p.m. at Porter Library, 2001 Parkway Blvd., Stafford. Local author and historian Chris Mackowski will present and sign copies of his book, “Strike Them a Blow,” an account of the often-overlooked third phase of the Overland Campaign of the Civil War. Mackowski has authored or co-authored a dozen books about the Civil War and is the historian-in-residence at Stevenson Ridge in Spotsylvania. librarypoint.org.
“James Monroe: The Library of a President.” Jan. 10 from 7–8:30 p.m. at James Monroe Museum, 908 Charles St., Fredericksburg. Explore the contents and significance of Monroe’s personal library through the museum’s newest exhibit and its accompanying lecture by Heidi Stello, editorial assistant for the Papers of James Monroe. jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu.
Twelfth Night at Kenmore—A Dramatic Theatre Presentation. Jan. 11–13, on the half hours between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. at Historic Kenmore, 1201 Washington Ave., Fredericksburg. In Twelfth Night at Kenmore, the year is 1776. This is the first Christmas that Fielding and Betty Washington Lewis celebrate in their newly built home. It is not the usual joyous atmosphere, however. The Revolutionary War brings fear, doubt and frustration to the Lewis family, their friends and Kenmore’s enslaved community. Reservations required. Call 540/370-0732, ext. 24, or email email@example.com.
POSTPONED TO JAN. 20: Mercer Birthday Open House. Noon at the Hugh Mercer Apothecary Shop, 1020 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. Celebrate the 293rd birthday of Hugh Mercer, who fought at the Battle of Culloden during the Jacobite uprising and later came to America. He served in the French and Indian War, and later practiced medicine in Fredericksburg before becoming a brigadier general in the Continental Army during the American Revolution. Mercer died of wounds suffered in the Battle of Princeton. There will be an open house featuring cake, punch, music and tours. WashingtonHeritageMuseums.org.
“A Troubled Town: Dranesville and its People, 1861.” Jan. 14 at Brock’s Riverside Grill on Sophia Street in Fredericksburg. Civil War historian Ryan Quint will speak during the Rappahannock Valley Civil War Roundtable’s monthly dinner meeting. Social time begins at 5:45 p.m.; dinner at 6:45; speaker at 7:45. The talk is free, public invited. Reservations required for dinner; $30 for nonmembers. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 540/399-1702. rvcwrt.simdif.com or facebook.com/rvcwrt.
Special tours at Montpelier. Jan. 19–21 at 11350 Constitution Highway, Montpelier Station. During Martin Luther King Jr. weekend, Montpelier will offer tours every half hour from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Specialty tours include: “Madison and the Constitution”—$22/adults, $9/children 6–14, free/under 6—Saturday through Monday at 10:30 a.m.; “Journey from Slavery to Freedom,” a free walking/driving tour, Saturday at noon; and “Montpelier’s Enslaved Community,” a free walking tour, Sunday and Monday at noon. The Gilmore Cabin will be open Saturday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Civil War Railroads. Jan. 23 at University of Mary Washington Jepson Alumni Executive Center, 1119 Hanover St., Fredericksburg. Historian and author Robert Dunkerly will speak to the Civil War Round Table of Fredericksburg. Reserve seats no later than Jan. 18, at 540/361-2105. Dinner $32 by cash or check at the door. Bar opens at 5:45 p.m. Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Program starts about 7:30 p.m.; questions afterward. Email email@example.com or visit cwrtf.org.
Sketchy History. Feb. 1 from 6–7:30 p.m. at James Monroe Museum, 908 Charles St., Fredericksburg. Join the fun at JMM’s family-friendly version of Win, Lose or Draw. Categories used in the game are: historic people, historic objects or documents, historic events and historic places. Bring along a team, or join one when you arrive. There is no fee to participate. There will be a cash bar and free snacks. jamesmonroemuseum.umw.edu.
African American Inventors. Feb. 1 at all Central Rappahannock Regional Library branches. Students in grades K-6 are invited to explore the work of eight inventors who changed history with their contributions to science, industry, business, transportation and communication. librarypoint.org.
UPDATED: Reading Lee with Dennis Frye: Lee's Great Expectation of 1862. Feb. 1 from 7–9 p.m. at Central Rappahannock Regional Library Headquarters, 1201 Caroline St., Fredericksburg. For this year’s Reading Lee series lecture, join historian Frye for his talk, which is free to the public. The lecture will be followed by a questions-and-answers segment. Seating is limited, so plan to arrive when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Contact Jon Bachman at 804/493-1972 or JBachman@StratfordHall.org.
“Rise Up: the Nat Turner Story.” Feb. 9 from 2–4 p.m. at Stratford Hall, 483 Great House Road, Stratford. This documentary gives insight into Turner’s life, his role in the revolt, and his death, as well as details about the 1831 slave rebellion. The film also traverses the climate of the time period, tracing the circumstances that led to the violent uprising and its aftermath, a precursor to the Civil War. After the film, Kelley Fanto Deetz will lead a discussion about the context and making of the film. Cost is $10 per person. For more information, contact Jon Bachman at 804/493-1972 or JBachman@StratfordHall.org.