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RCC-RILL course delves into Northern Neck history

Phillip Greenwalt

The latest course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL) presents historian Phillip Greenwalt on the topic of “Athens of the New World—Founding Fathers of the Northern Neck.” The three sessions will be held on February 21 and 28, and March 7 (Fridays), 1-3 p.m., at RCC’s Warsaw Campus.

The Northern Neck, between the Potomac and Rappahannock rivers, was home to some of the most important founding fathers of the United States. Three of our early presidents—George Washington, James Madison, and James Monroe—were all born in the area, as were Richard Henry Lee and Francis Lightfoot Lee, the only brothers to sign the Declaration of Independence. Though not a Northern Neck native, John Marshall (one of the greatest Supreme Court justices) spent much time on this historic peninsula, and received some of his schooling from James Monroe. Students of this course will learn about the early life of these great men, and about their many contributions to American history. 

Greenwalt is currently employed as a historian with the National Park Service at George Washington Birthplace National Monument in Westmoreland, and at Thomas Stone National Historic Site in Port Tobacco, Maryland. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheeling Jesuit University and a master’s degree in American history from George Mason University. Greenwalt’s appreciation and interest in American history is both political and military. His first co-authored publication, “Bloody Autumn, The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864,” was published in November 2013. In addition, he regularly speaks to Civil War Round Tables, and is a core contributor to the blog “Emerging Civil War”.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on this and other RILL courses, or to register, call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707 or toll-free at 877-722-3679), or e-mail her at .

posted 01.29.2014

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