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GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

Three Civil War Battlefields: Harper’s Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg

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Program #16301RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
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.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
The highest elevation is 600 feet

Itinerary for Mar 30 — Apr 4, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking.

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for Rates
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special events, weekends or holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 30 - Arrival/Living History Presentation
Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 pm; Welcome reception and registration in the hotel at 5:00 pm. Orientation will be held in the designated classroom at 5:30 pm. Road Scholar participant introductions

Dinner: After orientation we'll enjoy dinner in the hotel.

Evening: Get to know Mary Todd Lincoln through the eyes of her close friend and contemporary, Hannah Shearer in a living history presentation. There will be time following her presentation for a question-and-answer session.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking.

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for Rates
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special events, weekends or holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 31 - Field trip to the Visitors Center Museum and Cycl...
Field trip to the Visitors Center Museum and Cyclorama; classroom discussion about the first day of the battle; field trip to battlefield; lecture on Harpers Ferry and John Brown's Raid

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll board the bus and head to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There we'll spend the morning gaining insight on the Battle of Gettysburg at this state of the art facility.

View the twenty two minute film "A New Birth of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, followed by a viewing of the restored cyclorama painting (one of only three left in the U.S.) which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War. Browse the book store and gift shop with an outstanding collection of books on the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.

Lunch: In the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch we'll learn about the first day of fighting Gettysburg before boarding the bus for an exploration of the First Day Battle Sites including McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll.

After our fieldtrip, the bus will return to hotel for a lecture on “Harpers Ferry, the Story of John Brown's Raid," with Ed Suplee.

Dinner: Following our lecture we'll enjoy dinner at the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll watch part one of the movie, "Gettysburg."

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking.

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for Rates
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special events, weekends or holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, April 01 - Lecture on day 2 of the battle; field trip to bat...
Lecture on day 2 of the battle; field trip to battlefield; lecture on Antietam; free time

Breakfast: Full breakfast in the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll discuss the second day of fighting at Gettysburg before boarding the bus to visit the battlefield and view the sites where the second day's fighting took place. On our field trip we'll travel on Confederate Avenue along the Southern line of Pickett's Charge, Little Round Top, the 20th Maine monument and the Wheatfield.

Lunch: After our field trip we'll return to the hotel for lunch.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll learn about Antietam -- The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History. Following our lecture, enjoy some free time to explore the town of Gettysburg on your own.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: This evening we'll show the second part of the movie, "Gettysburg."

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking.

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for Rates
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special events, weekends or holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, April 02 - Field trips to Harpers Ferry and Antietam Battlef...
Breakfast: Full breakfast in the hotel

Morning: After breakfast, we'll travel to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia, and enjoy a final presentation by Ed Suplee on “Harpers Ferry, the Story of John Brown’s Raid, Part 3.” Following our lecture we'll visit the site of John Brown's Fort and climb Jefferson's Rock, where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed Harpers Ferry to be "perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature."

After our field trip, enjoy some free time to visit the historic town's museums, shops and beautiful sites.

Lunch: Boxed lunches will be prepared by the chef of the Gettysburg Hotel and sent along for the group to enjoy on the bus while traveling to Antietam.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll continue on to Antietam, the site where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. Highlights of your visit include the Dunker Church, Sunken Road and Burnsides Bridge.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Free time to enjoy the remainder of the evening at your leisure.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: The Historic Gettysburg Hotel, Est. 1797 is a landmark in our nation's history, hosting prominent figures for nearly two centuries. The Hotel is listed in the Historic Hotels of America Directory which identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. This hotel is non-smoking.

Contact info:
One Lincoln Square
Gettysburg, PA 17325 USA
phone: 717-337-2000
web: www.hotelgettysburg.com

Room amenities: Two full size beds, private bath, remote control TV with over 60 cable channels, desk, telephone, hair dryer, alarm clock, coffeemaker, iron & ironing board and comfortable chair. All rooms are Non-Smoking.

Facility amenities: Complimentary daily newspapers, coffee in the morning. Afternoon tea. Outdoor pool available the end of May through the beginning of September. Hotel Fitness Center open from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m. Hotel Business Center open 24 hrs and offers Internet service, faxing and photo copying. Tennis Courts within walking distance at nearby Gettysburg College. Free use of the YWCA indoor pool (1 mile from the hotel) and fitness facility are available during your stay.

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

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Call for Rates
Participants must make their own reservations 30 days prior to arrival by calling the hotel (717)337-2000. Be sure to mention that you are attending an Road Scholar program. Addl nights may not be available due to special events, weekends or holidays.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, April 03 - Field trip to the Shriver House; free time to exp...
Field trip to the Shriver House; free time to explore on your own; farewell dinner

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: After breakfeast, we'll gather to walk to the Shriver House Museum, which has been restored and furnished to its original 1860s decor. A visit to the museum will lend understanding to what the civilians experienced and the events that took place in the small town of Gettysburg during the battle. Following our field trip, we'll return to the hotel for free time.

Lunch: Enjoy the opportunity to sample local fare on your own. Many restaurants located in historic buildings with special features. Lists of places to eat are available to participants.

Afternoon: Free time to explore the Gettysburg National Military Park and the town of Gettysburg.

Dinner: Special farewell dinner with a social before.

Evening: Meet a local renowned folk musician while he plays Civil War era music. He will discuss his handmade hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he plays his musical selections.

Lodging: Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, April 04 - Discussion about the third day of fighting; depar...
Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet in the hotel

Morning: We'll conclude the program with a lecture on the third day of fighting at Getysburg and a field trip to the corresponding battlefield sites. After our field trip the bus will return to hotel for check-out.

Lunch: Box lunch to take on your way or enjoy in the hotel dining room before departing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Free Time Opportunities


Gettysburg, Pa.
YWCA Gettysburg & Adams CountyVisit our local YWCA located just 1 mile from the Gettysburg Hotel at 909 Fairfield Road (Rte 116). This family recreation facility offers a swimming pool and a spacious 12-person whirlpool-there is no towel service so be sure to bring your own towels. You may swim during lap lane/open swim or join an aquatics fitness class- Please check schedule in your hotel classroom for times. Also available is the weight and fitness room, 2 basketball and 2 racquetball courts for your enjoyment. Hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (pool opens at 6a.m.). Saturday 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. (717) 334-9171.
For additional information, visit: www.ywcagettysburg.org
Eisenhower National Historic Site and FarmLocated adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm first served as a weekend retreat during his Presidency and later the only place the President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower ever called home. Many programs and activities are offered such as a 15 minute Orientation tour, House tour, Self Guided Walks, Narrated Cell Phone tour (minutes do apply), and Ranger conducted programs throughout the summer. Also stop by the Reception Center to view the Eisenhower Exhibits and the short video about President Eisenhower’s life from a small boy through his 38 years in the military, to his presidency and retirement. Due to a lack of on-site parking and space limitations in the Eisenhower home, visits can only be made by a shuttle bus leaving from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Please Call the Visitor Center for pricing and hours of operation at (717) 334-1124.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/eise/
Adams County Historical SocietyLocated in the Samuel Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. It has a museum, library, archives and meeting rooms of the society. Between archives, photographs, books, and objects the Adams County Historical Society estimates that it has over 1,000,000 items in the collection. Hours of operation are: Wednesday thru Saturday 9a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Museum is open by appointment only. Please contact the Historical Society for more information or to schedule a tour at (717)-334-4723.
For additional information, visit: www.achs-pa.org
Guided Historic Walking ToursDepart from the Gettysburg Hotel with a licensed Town Guide and learn how the battle impacted the town and its people. Walk to historical buildings and landmarks while hearing the stories from diary entries, personal accounts, letters, drawings, and photographs with stories of Tillie Pierce, the canon known as “Penelope”, Mary Virginia Wade, Sarah Broadhead, Mary McAllister, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Burns and many, many others. Tours run April thru November 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (717) 339-6161 or (717) 337-3491.
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
The David Wills HouseHome of attorney David Wills and where President Lincoln spent the night before delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. The museum includes seven galleries, including the restored office where David Wills coordinated post-battle recovery efforts and the famous Lincoln bedroom where the President finished revising the Gettysburg Address. For more information on rates and hours of operation please call (717) 337-3491
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
Adams County WineryA small farm winery since 1975 and is located 10 miles west of Gettysburg at 251 Peach Tree Rd Orrtanna Pa,17353 (717) 334-4631. The Farm Winery is open 6 days a week from 10 am to 6 pm. The Winery also has a wine shop located just one block from the hotel at 25 Chambersburg St. open 11 am to 7 pm Monday thru Saturday and 11 am to 6 pm on Sunday.
For additional information, visit: www.adamscountywinery.com
Hauser Estate WineryHauser Estate Winery is located 8 miles west of Gettysburg at 410 Cashtown Rd, Biglerville, Pa 17310, (717) 334-4888. Enjoy the breath taking 360 degree views from the glass enclosed tasting-room. The winery also has a wine and gift shop located across the street from the hotel at 17 on the square.
For additional information, visit: www.hauserestate.com
Park Ranger Campfire TalksCampfire talks each night beginning at 8:30 pm by a Gettysburg National Park Ranger. Topics are different each night and will be related to the battle of Gettysburg. The location of the campfire talks is in Pitzer's woods Amphitheater located on the National Park Battlefield. A Gettysburg National Military Park map will be given to you at orientation as well as directions to the Amphitheater.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/gett
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Adams County Historical SocietyLocated in the Samuel Schmucker Hall on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary. It has a museum, library, archives and meeting rooms of the society. Between archives, photographs, books, and objects the Adams County Historical Society estimates that it has over 1,000,000 items in the collection. Hours of operation are: Wednesday thru Saturday 9a.m. to Noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Museum is open by appointment only. Please contact the Historical Society for more information or to schedule a tour at (717)-334-4723.
For additional information, visit: www.achs-pa.org
Eisenhower National Historic Site and FarmLocated adjacent to the Gettysburg Battlefield, the farm first served as a weekend retreat during his Presidency and later the only place the President and Mrs. Dwight D. Eisenhower ever called home. Many programs and activities are offered such as a 15 minute Orientation tour, House tour, Self Guided Walks, Narrated Cell Phone tour (minutes do apply), and Ranger conducted programs throughout the summer. Also stop by the Reception Center to view the Eisenhower Exhibits and the short video about President Eisenhower’s life from a small boy through his 38 years in the military, to his presidency and retirement. Due to a lack of on-site parking and space limitations in the Eisenhower home, visits can only be made by a shuttle bus leaving from the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center. Please Call the Visitor Center for pricing and hours of operation at (717) 334-1124.
For additional information, visit: www.nps.gov/eise/
Guided Historic Walking ToursDepart from the Gettysburg Hotel with a licensed Town Guide and learn how the battle impacted the town and its people. Walk to historical buildings and landmarks while hearing the stories from diary entries, personal accounts, letters, drawings, and photographs with stories of Tillie Pierce, the canon known as “Penelope”, Mary Virginia Wade, Sarah Broadhead, Mary McAllister, Elizabeth Gilbert, John Burns and many, many others. Tours run April thru November 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (717) 339-6161 or (717) 337-3491.
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
The David Wills HouseHome of attorney David Wills and where President Lincoln spent the night before delivering his famous Gettysburg Address. The museum includes seven galleries, including the restored office where David Wills coordinated post-battle recovery efforts and the famous Lincoln bedroom where the President finished revising the Gettysburg Address. For more information on rates and hours of operation please call (717) 337-3491
For additional information, visit: www.mainstreetgettysburg.org
YWCA Gettysburg & Adams CountyVisit our local YWCA located just 1 mile from the Gettysburg Hotel at 909 Fairfield Road (Rte 116). This family recreation facility offers a swimming pool and a spacious 12-person whirlpool-there is no towel service so be sure to bring your own towels. You may swim during lap lane/open swim or join an aquatics fitness class- Please check schedule in your hotel classroom for times. Also available is the weight and fitness room, 2 basketball and 2 racquetball courts for your enjoyment. Hours of operation are: Monday thru Friday 4:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (pool opens at 6a.m.). Saturday 8 a.m-5 p.m. Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. (717) 334-9171.
For additional information, visit: www.ywcagettysburg.org

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