Lecture and Book-signing: A Man of Many Beds — President George Washington’s Southern Tour
Just in time for the Fourth of July weekend, join author Warren L. Bingham as he explores the history and lore of the most beloved American president and his survey of the newly formed southern United States.
This talk will draw from Bingham’s recently released book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour (The History Press, 2016).
Newly elected president George Washington set out to visit the new nation aware that he was the singular unifying figure in America. The journey’s finale was the Southern Tour, begun in March 1791. The long and arduous trek from the capital, Philadelphia, passed through seven states and the future Washington, D.C. But the focus was on Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia. The president kept a rigorous schedule, enduring rugged roads and hazardous water crossings. His highly anticipated arrival in each destination was a community celebration with countless teas, parades, dinners, and dances.
Books will be available for purchase and signing.
Warren L. Bingham is an acclaimed speaker and writer with a commanding grasp of Southern history, culture, and lore. Bingham has long focused on George Washington’s Southern Tour. The North Carolina native has addressed audiences ranging from book clubs and Colonial Dames to the North Carolina Bankers’ Association to the English Speaking Union, and has been the keynote speaker at seminal gatherings of The Wachovia Historical Society, The Society of the Cincinnati, the Jamestowne Society, New Bern’s George Washington commemoration, and at Historic Halifax Day. Bingham is the creator and on-air talent of Carolina Color, vignettes on North Carolina people, places, and products, broadcast on WPTF radio in Raleigh. A contributor to The Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, The Encyclopedia of North Carolina, and to North Carolina—An Appetizing State, Bingham has also been published in numerous newspapers, including the Roanoke Times, Raleigh’s News & Observer, and the North State Journal. Bingham earned a BA in U.S. History from UNC-Chapel Hill and an MA in Liberal Studies from Hollins. He splits his time between Raleigh and Blowing Rock with his wife Laura.