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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.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
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Elevation Note
Highest elevation is 200 feet.

Itinerary for Sep 15 — Sep 20, 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, September 15 - 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, September 16 - By coach to Battery Benton on Miss. River; travel...
By coach to Battery Benton on Miss. River; travel to Grand Gulf area; picnic lunch; Windsor ruins; Bethel Church; Wintergreen Cemetery, Port Gibson

Note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel to Grand Gulf Military Park; and explore Grand Gulf Museum

Lunch: Picnic lunch while on field trip

Afternoon: Travel to Windsor ruins; plight of the Daniell family; St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church visit; First Presbyterian Church visit in Port Gibson, Miss.

Dinner: 6:30 PM. Dinner at Cedar Grove Mansion.

Evening: Tour of Cedar Grove Mansion, with its cannon ball damage still visible in the parlor 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, September 17 - By coach to nearby Clinton, Miss., site of Grant'...
By coach to nearby Clinton, Miss., site of Grant's intelligence coup in 1863 and Mead Cemetery; then to Jackson, Miss., and Old Capitol Museum, "The Oaks" mansion; Eudora Welty House Museum; live music of the Civil War after dinner at Country Club

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Travel by motor coach to nearby Clinton, Miss., to explore Camp Fisk, Mead Cemetery, Natchez Trace, and site of Grant's intelligence coup 15-16 May 1863; then to Mississippi's state capitol, 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 the Vicksburg Country Club

Evening: Performance by "Hardtack and Coffee," presenting Civil War-era music by two musicians in military uniforms, with commentary by one, a professional historian

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, September 18 - "Art of Commemoration" a lecture about art object...
"Art of Commemoration" a lecture about art objects in Vicksburg National Military Park; free time in afternoon; "Battlefield Detectives" lecture; "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg" lecture

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Illustrated lecture, "Art of Commemoration," about the thousands of statues, memorial placques, monuments, and other art objects in the Vicksburg National Military Park by an author on the subject

Lunch: Lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: Free time plus lecture, "Battlefield Detectives," about Civil War battlefield objects to be discovered

Dinner: Dinner at the hotel.

Evening: "Receding Tide: Vicksburg and Gettysburg," an illustrated lecture about the two most pivotal campaigns during the Civil War

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, September 19 - 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 at Anchuca mansion. Go to Fort Hill in the park. Visit major memorials in the National Park. Dinner at Rusty's near the river.

Note: walking required

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: Motor coach to the Vicksburg National Miitary Park. See a film about the Vicksburg campaign. Explore Battery de Golyer, Shirley House, Illinois Memorial, and Union Naval Memorial.

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. Field trip 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; the Military Park museum and bookshop; and the enormous Illinois Memorial, filled with oconography. 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 river

Evening: Informal discussion of the day's activities

Lodging: Hampton Inn & Suites Historic Park

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, September 20 - "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball?" a fun quiz w...
"Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball?" a fun quiz with prizes. Wrapup and departure. Hotel check out at 11 a.m.

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.

Morning: A fun quiz, "Are You Smarter Than a Minie Ball?" with prizes. Discussion and questions. Check out of hotel.

Meals Included: Breakfast


Free Time Opportunities


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

Important information about your itinerary:
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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
14 Expert-led lectures
11 Field trips
12 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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