Temporary exhibition at the Chief Vann House traces President Monroe's 1819 travels through the South

Accounts of President James Monroe's Southern tour reveal his preference for entering a town on horseback rather than a carriage, as depicted in this painting inspired by his 1817 Northern tour. The painting is from the collection of the Worthington Libraries in Worthington, Ohio. / Photo from University of Mary Washington

Need a break from the politics surrounding the 45th president? At the Chief Vann House this weekend, you can travel back in time to see what the fifth president, James Monroe, was up to 200 years ago.

To honor the bicentennial of Monroe's visit to Spring Place, Georgia, where he spent the night as Joseph Vann's guest, the Vann House is hosting a limited run of an exhibition about Monroe's 1819 presidential tour of the South. The exhibit takes its viewers on the road with Monroe and his family as they traveled through the Southern states, taking time to stop at some of the schools and missions within the Cherokee Nation.

If you go

› What: “Your Obedient Servant: James Monroe’s 1819 Presidential Tour of the Southern States” exhibition› When: 9 a.m.-5