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Program #15218RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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.
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Itinerary for Oct 20 — Oct 25, 2013

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Type: Conference Center

Description: 220 peaceful wooded acres adjoining the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the scenic Potomac River. We are just minutes away from the Antietam National Battlefield. Wonderful setting for birding. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, chipmunks, turtles, and fox.We have several nature trails and a natural spring. Also on site is a Heifer Global Village featuring replicas of homes from around the world where Heifer International is working to alleviate hunger and poverty and care for the earth by providing animals and training in sustainable agriculture methods for the world's hungry people.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simply furnished with desk and chair, dresser, luggage rack and futon. Television and telephone are available in the common area. Limited access to wireless internet with a computer available for guest use.

Facility amenities: Our outdoor in-ground swimming pool is open June, July and August. Walking trails. Heifer Global Village. Open air greenhouse/ garden.

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

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, October 20 - Guest will check in then participate in an introd...
Guest will check in then participate in an introductory orientation of the program and facilities.

Afternoon: Check in from 3-5:00pm in the lobby of our lodge.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Become familiarized with the program, the facility, and one another during our general orientation.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: 220 peaceful wooded acres adjoining the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the scenic Potomac River. We are just minutes away from the Antietam National Battlefield. Wonderful setting for birding. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, chipmunks, turtles, and fox.We have several nature trails and a natural spring. Also on site is a Heifer Global Village featuring replicas of homes from around the world where Heifer International is working to alleviate hunger and poverty and care for the earth by providing animals and training in sustainable agriculture methods for the world's hungry people.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simply furnished with desk and chair, dresser, luggage rack and futon. Television and telephone are available in the common area. Limited access to wireless internet with a computer available for guest use.

Facility amenities: Our outdoor in-ground swimming pool is open June, July and August. Walking trails. Heifer Global Village. Open air greenhouse/ garden.

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

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, October 21 - Come on board Amtrak's "Capitol Limited" Formerly...
Come on board Amtrak's "Capitol Limited" Formerly the historic B&O Railroad's Flagship route from Washington DC, west to Chicago. Travel from Martinsburg WV to Harpers Ferry WV

Note: The modern AMTRAK takes you back in time, as you arrive in Harpers Ferry. Beautifully restored by the National Park Service, to represent the industrial center it was in the mid 1850's, prior to the Civil War

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Board Amtrak's Capitol Limited and travel to Harpers Ferry WV. Tour Harpers Ferry, a restored town noted for it's industrial, transportation, and Civil War History

Lunch: Enjoy a packed Lunch, to allow ample time to explore the exhibits, and shops on your own

Afternoon: Travel to Brunswick MD, and visit the Brunswick Railroad Museum, before returning to Shepherd's Spring

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore the area on your own or enjoy a documentary on the niche of taverns in the catering of early travelers.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: 220 peaceful wooded acres adjoining the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the scenic Potomac River. We are just minutes away from the Antietam National Battlefield. Wonderful setting for birding. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, chipmunks, turtles, and fox.We have several nature trails and a natural spring. Also on site is a Heifer Global Village featuring replicas of homes from around the world where Heifer International is working to alleviate hunger and poverty and care for the earth by providing animals and training in sustainable agriculture methods for the world's hungry people.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simply furnished with desk and chair, dresser, luggage rack and futon. Television and telephone are available in the common area. Limited access to wireless internet with a computer available for guest use.

Facility amenities: Our outdoor in-ground swimming pool is open June, July and August. Walking trails. Heifer Global Village. Open air greenhouse/ garden.

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

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, October 22 - Visit the old Mack Truck Assembly plant now a res...
Visit the old Mack Truck Assembly plant now a research and development facility for joint Mack and Volvo powertrains.

Note: The tour of the Volvo facility requires over an hour of walking (approximately the equivalent of a mile) and standing on the concrete factory floor; some accomodations can be made if contacted far in advance.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Travel to the Mack plant and Volvo powertrain lab for a walking tour of the facility guided by Volvo employees.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch with a salad bar in the Shepherd’s Spring lodge dining room.

Afternoon: Sit back and enjoy a presentation by one of our experts on the history of the C&O Canal from its beginnings as the Pawtomack Company started by George Washington to an bloodline of coal for an industrializing world. Afterwards, join our canal expert on a walk of the restored Cushwa Basin of the C&O canal in Williamsport, Md. Here you can see several important features of the canal including a set of locks, rail bridges, an aqueduct, and a restored coal depot.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: The National Road, our nation's first national highway, is presented by one of our experts. Whether its the days of horse pulled wagons before the canal or railroads came to the countryside or the road's modern incarnation as US 40 learn how the National Road has always been a route of trade and exploration.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: 220 peaceful wooded acres adjoining the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the scenic Potomac River. We are just minutes away from the Antietam National Battlefield. Wonderful setting for birding. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, chipmunks, turtles, and fox.We have several nature trails and a natural spring. Also on site is a Heifer Global Village featuring replicas of homes from around the world where Heifer International is working to alleviate hunger and poverty and care for the earth by providing animals and training in sustainable agriculture methods for the world's hungry people.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simply furnished with desk and chair, dresser, luggage rack and futon. Television and telephone are available in the common area. Limited access to wireless internet with a computer available for guest use.

Facility amenities: Our outdoor in-ground swimming pool is open June, July and August. Walking trails. Heifer Global Village. Open air greenhouse/ garden.

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

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, October 23 - Ride on a canal boat through the locks at the maj...
Ride on a canal boat through the locks at the majestic Great Falls, then travel to the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (home of the Enola Gay and the Enterprise Space Shuttle) at its hangar in Dulles International Airport.

Note: Today encompasses a few hours of traveling with an approximate mile of walking at the Great Falls, some steps on the Canal Boat, and approximately three hours of walking and standing (though limited seating is available) at the Air & Space Museum.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Walk to and experience the majesty of the Great Falls of the Potomac, showing all the impressive reason for the need of a canal on the Potomac. Then board the mule drawn canal boat and travel through the historic locks and a refilled portion of the canal while the national park service historians tell of life as a Canawler.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch en route to the Air & Space Museum.

Afternoon: Explore the vast collection of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum with a docent at the Dulles International Airport Hangar. Here see the plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb, one of the shuttles that has explored space, or the prototype stealth fighter -- not to mention numerous other planes displaying the history and oddity of aviation history.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Evening: Delve into the relationship between the canal and the railroads during this presentation by one of our instructors. Each entity relying and competing with each other to serve the people of the area and the nation. You'll recognize many of the sites from our previous ventures along the canal.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: 220 peaceful wooded acres adjoining the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the scenic Potomac River. We are just minutes away from the Antietam National Battlefield. Wonderful setting for birding. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, chipmunks, turtles, and fox.We have several nature trails and a natural spring. Also on site is a Heifer Global Village featuring replicas of homes from around the world where Heifer International is working to alleviate hunger and poverty and care for the earth by providing animals and training in sustainable agriculture methods for the world's hungry people.

Contact info:
16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org

Room amenities: Rooms are simply furnished with desk and chair, dresser, luggage rack and futon. Television and telephone are available in the common area. Limited access to wireless internet with a computer available for guest use.

Facility amenities: Our outdoor in-ground swimming pool is open June, July and August. Walking trails. Heifer Global Village. Open air greenhouse/ garden.

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

Additional nights before: $45.
Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, October 24 - Travel from the original "gateway West" of Cumber...
Travel from the original "gateway West" of Cumberland, Md. to the mining town of Frostburg by steam powered train on the a portion of the former Western Maryland Railroad.

Note: Minor walking to access today's activities.

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Travel to Cumberland, Md. (the original "gateway West") by I-68; an engineering feet of the interstate system as it improved upon the path of the old National Road. In Cumberland board the Western Maryland steam train and travel to Frostburg. You will be chugging along the former B&O and Western Maryland rail lines that finished the dreams of the C&O Canal and the National Road by reaching the Ohio River Valley. Scenic highlights of the trip include the Narrows, Bone Cave, Helmstetter's Horse Shoe Curve, and Brush Tunnel.

Lunch: Picnic Lunch in Frostburg train station. Be sure to watch them turn the steam engine around!

Afternoon: You may ride the train back to Cumberland. If you choose to opt out of the train ride you may have an extended stay in Frostburg for a visit to the Thrasher Carriage Museum (Admission is not covered in program cost). On return to Cumberland, time to explore C & O Canal Place Museum.

Dinner: Return to Shepherd's Spring for a wonderful banquet meal on the last evening of the program.

Evening: Listen to and join in with a local musician as she sings classic songs from the eras of transportation.

Lodging: Shepherd's Spring

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, October 25 - The Hub City of Hagerstown, including its place i...
The Hub City of Hagerstown, including its place in aviation history as home of the "Flying Boxcar".

Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.

Morning: Hagerstown as the "Hub City"; from the paths of the nation's early railroad and the canal to home of Fairchild Aviation and crossroads of the interstate system.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining hall followed by check out.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Sharpsburg, MD
Antietam National BattlefieldThe Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) on Sept. 17, 1862 greatly altered the course of the American Civil War. It remains as the bloodiest day in American History - there were some 23,110 casualties. Visitors can walk or drive by the Dunker Church, the North and East Woods, The Cornfield, the Mumma Farmstead, Bloody Lane (Sunken Road) Burnside Bridge, and Antietam National Cemetery. Antietam National Battlefield lies north and east of Sharpsburg, along Md. 35 and 65. Both routes intersect either U.S. 40 or 40A and I-70. The Visitor's Center is opening daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. All visitor center facilities and most tour route exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery are adminstered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. P.O. Box 158 Sharpsburg, MD 21782 301-432-5124
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/anti
Chesapeake and Ohio CanalThe Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began as a dream of passage to western wealth, It operated as a conduit of eastern coal, suffered extensive and finally fatal flooding, and then resisted being paved as a highway. Today it endures as a national historical park - a pathway into history, nature, and recreation. The canal runs along the Potomac River from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, Washington DC (184.5 miles) The canal abuts the property line of Shepherd's Spring at Mile Marker 83. It is popular with hikers and bicyclists. For general information about the canal, write: C&O National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or call 301-739-4200.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov\choh
Foxcross PotteryDel Martin, potter, lives and works at Foxcross with his wife, Carol. Their secluded rural home, overlooking the Potomac River, and pottery is both self-constructed and self-sustaining. They invite visitors to come glimpse their work and lifestyle. Foxcross pottery is just 5 minutes from Shepherd's Spring, and is open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 - 5 pm or by appointment. The pottery is lead-free and uses stony reduction glazes. Address: 6640 Remsburg Road Sharpsburg, Md 21782 301-432-6692
Washington County Museum of Fine ArtsThe holdings contain over 6,000 works of art, and the museum is nationally recognized for its collection of 19th and early 20th century American Art. In addition, visitors can view 18th century to contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts. There are also holding of Old Masters, European, Asian, African, and Native American Art. Hours: Tues - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 1 - 5 pm. Located at 91 Key Street, City Park, Hagerstown, MD email: wcmfa@aol.com phone: 301-739-5727 the galleries are fully accessible to those with disabilities and wheelchairs are available.
For additional information, visit: www.washcomuseum.org

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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5 nights of accommodations
15 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 5 dinners
3 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Performances

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