Lifelong Learning Class Focuses on Colonial Era Life in Lancaster, County

“The Map of the Americas 1755 and the Multi-talented Doctor John Mitchell,” a new course from the Rappahannock Community College Educational Foundation’s Rappahannock Institute for Lifelong Learning (RILL), will tell the life story of a Colonial-era boy from Lancaster County, Virginia. Instructors Dr. Paul Malone and Barbara Hartley will teach the three-session course on September 12, 19, and 26 (Tuesdays), 6-8 p.m., at Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury in Irvington.

In addition to his medical practice, Dr. John Mitchell was a botanist, zoologist, pathologist, and mapmaker, among many other interests. Course participants will explore his life in depth, and will also learn how the town of Urbanna discovered Mitchell’s 1755 map of the Americas, which it restored and now protects at the Urbanna Museum.

Dr. Paul Malone of Urbanna has made numerous presentations on Dr. John Mitchell and his “most important map in American history,” published in 1755. Barbara Hartley, who along with others deeply involved in the procurement and preservation of this important document, strives to develop awareness of Dr. Mitchell, his map, and the tremendous contributions made by the people of Urbanna toward its preservation.

Advance registration, with a tuition payment of $35, is required to take this course. For more information on “The Map of the Americas 1755 and the Multi-talented Doctor John Mitchell” and other RILL courses, or to register, please call Sharon Drotleff at RCC’s Educational Foundation office (804-333-6707), or e-mail her at

The Educational Foundation expresses sincere appreciation to the Bank of Lancaster’s Golden Advantage program, and to Rappahannock Westminster-Canterbury, for their generous support of RILL in 2017.