The Library of Congress Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation (www.loc.gov/avconservation) 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.
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: www.amtrak.com
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.
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