Presented by Chesterfield Historical Society of Virginia & Chesterfield County Department of Parks and Recreation
“The Life and Times of Dolley Madison,” a free program presented by Dale Sayers. A native Virginian, Sayers is a retired elementary school teacher. She graduated from James Madison University with a B.S. in Early Childhood Education. However, history has always been her main academic love. She began researching her family history over 40 years ago and has written two books (The Haynies of Northumberland and Allied Families and The Tucker Family of Campbell and Charlotte Counties.) The presenter resides with her husband at Hanover Courthouse and has two grown children and her first grandchild.
Since the Colonial/Revolutionary Period is of special interest to Mrs. Sayers, she became fascinated with first lady Dolley Madison. Mrs. Madison was poised to witness historic events and personally knew all the movers and shakers of that era. Married to James Madison, an intellectual giant and the father of the Constitution, she was his partner in both marriage and politics.
Come to hear Mrs. Sayers as she portrays the first lady and recounts events that shaped the iconic personality Dolley Madison became.