Updated 9/17/11

In Podcast #49 the Trekkers take you along the 40 mile route that Jack Jouett took on the night of June 3, 1781 to warn Thomas Jefferson and other leaders of Virginia’s government that the British were coming to capture them.  See Cuckoo Tavern in Louisa County where his historic ride began; find out why one of the roads he took is called Three Chopt Road or Three Notch’d Road; explore different stops along his path like the Rivanna River, Monticello, and Swan Tavern; discover where he ended up; and wonder why his horse and his wife had the same name.  Come on, let’s go trekking!

Jack Jouett’s son was a famous painter of portraits.  Before photographs, the only way to remember someone was to have their portrait painted.  Matthew Jouett painted many portraits of both famous and regular people.  Jack Jouett wasn’t very proud of his artistic son however.  He said, "I sent Matthew to college to make a gentleman of him, and he has turned out to be nothing but a @#$% sign painter!”  Not surprisingly, Matthew never painted a portrait of his father.

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Piedmont Region

SOL Correlation:

2.3 The student will identify and compare changes in community life over time in terms of buildings, jobs, transportation, and population.


3.11 The student will explain the importance of the basic principles that form the foundation of a republican form of government by b) identifying the contributions of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Thurgood Marshall, Cesar Chavez, and Martin Luther King, Jr.;


VS.5 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the American Revolution by

  1. b)identifying the various roles played by whites, enslaved African Americans, free African Americans, and American Indians in the Revolutionary War era, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Lafayette, and Patrick Henry;

  2. c)identifying the importance of Battle of Great Bridge, the ride of Jack Jouett, and the American victory at Yorktown.


VS.6 The student will demonstrate knowledge of the role of Virginia in the establishment of the new American nation by c) explaining the influence of geography on the migration of Virginians into western territories.

Matthew Jouett

(self portrait)

Thomas Jefferson

(a famous person he painted)

Augustus Fielding Hawkins

(a regular person he painted)