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Venue details, Travel & Culpeper

The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation ( is in Culpeper, Virginia approximately 75 miles southwest of Washington, DC.  Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) is about an hour’s drive away and provides air access to all over the world.   Culpeper, Virginia is also accessible by Amtrak Rail from New York and Washington, DC.


Located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Culpeper, Virginia, the Library’s Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center provides underground storage for its entire collection on 90 miles of shelving, together with extensive modern facilities for the acquisition, cataloging and preservation of all audio-visual formats.

Getting to Culpeper, Virginia

The best travel days will be Wednesday, May 31st and Sunday June 4th.
Book your hotel for Wednesday night through Sunday morning (4 nights).

Via Automobile

Culpeper, Virginia is a small town with limited options for transportation. It is expected that most attendees from the Eastern US will choose to drive directly to the conference, so that they can come and go easily from their hotel to the NAVCC. We will encourage and help facilitate ride sharing for those who do not have cars.

Via Airplane

Dulles International Airport (IAD) is approximately one hour away via car. Direct flights come each day from all over the world. Ground transportation to Culpeper, Virginia is limited. Rental cars can be reserved at the airport.

Via Train

Several trains each day leave from Washington, DC’s Union Station for Culpeper, Virginia.  Transportation from the station to the hotels on the day before the conference can be arranged by the convention committee volunteers. Schedule and fare information can be found here:

Getting to Culpeper, Virginia

While you are here (or on your way), you might take advantage of all that historic Culpeper, Virginia has to offer:

Centrally located between Washington, DC, and the home of Thomas Jefferson in Charlottesville to the south, lies Culpeper, the ideal mustering point for great Virginia adventures. Nestled in the Piedmont River Valley between the Rappahannock and Rapidan Rivers, the Culpeper area offers outstanding outdoor adventures, a well-preserved historic downtown with quaint boutiques, restaurants, gourmet shops, and antique stores, and beautiful Virginia countryside.

Just 30 minutes to an hour south are James Madison’s Montpelier in Orange County, and Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and James Monroe’s Ash Lawn-Highland in Charlottesville, VA.

To the east, a one-day circuit trip covers several significant battlefields of the Civil War, including the Battles of Brandy Station, Cedar Mountain, Kelly’s Ford, Chancellorsville, Wilderness and Fredericksburg.

En route, within one hour’s drive north to Washington D.C., you can stop at Manassas Battlefield Park, Arlington National Cemetery and Mount Vernon. There are countless museums, monuments and landmarks inside the District of Columbia.

Just west of Culpeper, the lush Piedmont “horse country” rolls into the breath-taking views of the Rappahannock countryside and on to Virginia’s Skyline Drive and the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Venue Facilities

The Packard Campus was created through a unique partnership between the Packard Humanities Institute, the United States Congress, the Library of Congress, and the Architect of the Capitol.

The Library of Congress holds the nation’s largest public collection of sound recordings containing music, spoken word and radio broadcasts, nearly 3.5 million recordings in all. Over 110 years of sound recordings history is represented in nearly every audio format, from cylinders to CDs, covering a wide range of subjects and genres in considerable depth and breadth

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