Bill Wellington – The Midnight Ride of Jack Jouett
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In June of 1781 Virginia patriot Jack Jouett rode 40 miles from Louisa County to warn Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia legislature that the British were coming to Charlottesville to capture not only them, but the rest of the Virginia state government. As a result, Jefferson headed south and a few short months later, the British surrendered to George Washington at Yorktown.
Storyteller and folk musician Bill Wellington performs his program, “The Midnight Ride of Jack Jouett,” about Jouett’s amazing ride through the countryside.
Well-suited for this task, Wellington was born in Massachusetts where, as a boy, he was steeped in the lore of Paul Revere’s midnight ride. One of Bill’s ancestors fought at Lexington Green on April 19, 1775. Yet when Bill moved to Virginia in 1985, and heard the story of Jouett’s ride, he realized that what Jouett did was indeed at least as heroic, if not more so, than what Paul Revere did. And, unlike Revere, Jouett did not get captured by the British.
Using his skills as a storyteller and wordsmith, Wellington set out to give Jack his due recognition. His inspiration is Longfellow, whose wonderful poem Bill will also recite at his program.
Join us for an educational evening of “The Midnight Ride of Jack Jouett.”
Performance begins at 7:30pm.