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VICKSBURG, MISSISSIPPI

On the Home Front in Vicksburg, Key to the Confederacy

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Program #1607RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
While all of our learning adventures offer extraordinary value, our "Best Value" programs were rated by our participants themselves who thought their dollar went particularly far.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
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ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
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Elevation Note
Highest elevation is 200 feet.

Itinerary for May 12 — May 17, 2013

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Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.

Contact info:
3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com

Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.

Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 incl. tax
Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, May 12 - Program Overview
Afternoon: 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Independent check in at hotel. Meet group coordinators. 5:30-6:30 p.m. Social gathering with wine in hotel meeting room.

Dinner: 6:30 p.m. Dinner in the hotel.

Evening: 7:30 p.m. Welcome, introductions and overview in hotel meeting room.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.

Contact info:
3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com

Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.

Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 incl. tax
Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, May 13 - Field trip to Grand Gulf Military Park; picnic lu...
Field trip to Grand Gulf Military Park; picnic lunch; Windsor Ruins; Port Gibson, Miss., and St. Joseph's Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church; dinner at Cedar Grove with tour of the mansion

Note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Field trip to Grand Gulf Military Park and Grand Gulf Museum.

Lunch: Picnic lunch while on field trip

Afternoon: Travel to Windsor Ruins; plight of the Daniell family. Field trip to Port Gibson, Miss., and St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church and First Presbyterian Church. Wine/beer reception at the hotel.

Dinner: Dinner at the mansion Cedar Grove

Evening: Exploration of the mansion Cedar Grove, with a cannon ball lodged into the parlor's wall.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.

Contact info:
3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com

Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.

Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 incl. tax
Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, May 14 - Field trip to the Natchez Trace, Clinton, Miss., ...
Field trip to the Natchez Trace, Clinton, Miss., and Jackson, Miss. Exploration of Old Capitol Museum; "The Oaks" mansion; Eudora Welty House Museum. After-dinner concert of Civil War-era music.

Note: walking

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to the Natchez Trace Parkway and Mead Plantation near Clinton, Miss., headquarters of Gen. Grant. Travel to Mississippi's state capital, Jackson. Field trip to Old Capitol Museum and bookstore.

Lunch: Informal lunch at downtown site in Jackson, Miss.

Afternoon: Field trip to the antebellum mansion The Oaks, one of only a few Jackson buildings not burned to the ground by Federal troops; and excursion to Eudora Welty House, home of the Pulitzer Prize-winning author.

Dinner: Dinner at Roca restaurant at Vicksburg Country Club.

Evening: Concert with commentary of Civil War-era music by Hardtack and Coffee, a duo of historians dressed in army outfits

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.

Contact info:
3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com

Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.

Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 incl. tax
Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, May 15 - Lectures: "Art of Commemoration" about art in the...
Lectures: "Art of Commemoration" about art in the Vicksburg Military Park; "Battlefield Detectives"; and "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg. Free time

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Two-hour presentation, "Art of Commemoration," about the $5 billion worth of sculptures and art in the Vicksburg National Military Park

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.

Afternoon: Presentation, "Battlefield Detectives." Free time.

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: Presentation, "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettsburg," by the co-author of a book by the same name

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.

Contact info:
3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com

Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.

Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 incl. tax
Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, May 16 - Field trip to Vicksburg National Military Park; v...
Field trip to Vicksburg National Military Park; view the park's Civil War film; explore the park's bookshop and museum. Lunch and exploration of Anchuca mansion. Go to Fort Hill in the park. Dinner at a restaurant near the river.

Note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Vicksburg National Military Park for Visitors Center film and stops at Shirley House, Illinois Memorial and other impressive sites.

Lunch: Lunch at Anchuca mansion.

Afternoon: Guided visit through Anchuca, the final home of Joseph Davis after the Civil War, where Jefferson Davis spoke to the citizenry from the balcony. Return to Vicksburg National Military Park, which is filled with captivating art work, such as the Missouri Monument (bronzework), Tilghman Monument, honoring Confederate heroes Brig. Gens. Lloyd Tilghman and Daniel Adams; the unique Texas Monument; the magnificent bronze Iowa Monument; Anecdotes include the story of Albert D. J. Cashire or Jennie Hodges, a female soldier in the Illinois Infantry, and 12-year-old Fred Grant, who accompanied his father. Ulysses S. Grant, throughout the Vicksburg campaign. Visit Fort Hill in the park.

Dinner: Dinner at Rusty's near the Mississippi River.

Evening: Informal discussion of the day's activities

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: The hotel sits directly across from and adjacent to the Vicksburg National Military Park. It is new and has won numerous awards for comfort, service, and beauty.

Contact info:
3330 Clay St.
Vicksburg, MS 39183 USA
phone: 800-847-0372
web: www.vicksburghamptoninn.com

Room amenities: Handicapped rooms are available. Each sleeping room has adjustable thermostate, work desk with adjustable lamp, coffee maker, hand-held shower, tub, high speed internet saccess, iron, ironing board, USA Today newspaper, telephone with dataport, 26" TV HD, alarm radio, blackout curtains.

Facility amenities: Free parking, free breakfast, free evening reception with wine/beer/snacks, heated indoor pool, business center, fitness center, gardens. The hotel sits near the Vicksburg National Military Park. Hotel decor includes original art and art objects relating to the 1800s and the Civil War.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: $109 incl. tax
Limited number of rooms available at discounted rate. Deadline to book a room is one month out.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Six: Friday, May 17 - Fun quiz game: "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball...
Fun quiz game: "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball"? Wrapup and departure. Hotel check out at 11 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: An interactive, fun quiz game: "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball." Discussion and questions. Passport signing. Check out of hotel.

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


Vicksburg, Miss.
Discussion groupFree time is always each late afternoon and on Wednesday morning.

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Included
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6 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
13 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
11 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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