During the summer of 2017, the JLF was represented at events for the Washington Mandela Fellows Program, sponsored by the Presidential Precinct. The Precinct is a consortium of two institutions of higher learning--the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary-- along with three historic homes of Presidents--Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, James Madison’s Montpelier, and James Monroe’s Highland. The Precinct promotes the “power of place and the power of ideas” in developing programs for emerging leaders from around the world.
In late June 2016, members of the Jefferson Legacy Foundation gathered to confer with friends in a network of agencies in central Virginia. The venue for the gathering was the University of Virginia Foundation’s Morven estate. Site visits in the neighborhood included Monticello’s Montalto, Highland (home of James Monroe), and Montpelier (home of James Madison). Discussions involved current and emeritus staff and officers of Monticello, Poplar Forest, and Highland. This gathering for the JLF aimed to clarify direction, establish friendships, and facilitate a base of operations in central Virginia.