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Tears of Freedom: The Final Weeks of the Civil War

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4 Days | 3 Nights
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. 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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Explore the oft-ignored stories of those most profoundly affected by the Civil War: the witnesses to the catastrophic battles and the era's 4 million enslaved African-Americans who watched their lives change as the conflict raged across Virginia. Discussions with Park Rangers at Appomattox Courthouse, Petersburg Battlefield and Booker T. Washington's Birthplace, seek out the lesser-known tales of America's struggle to define freedom for all races, from the challenges of the winter of 1864–65 to the transformations forced on the plantation mistress and the thrill and uncertainty experienced by newly freed slaves.


• At Appomattox Court House, stand at the site of the surrender meeting between Lee and Grant in the Wilmer McLean House.
• Walk the ground of the Burroughs Plantation, where Booker T. Washington was born a slave, and be moved by a presentation on the last days of the Civil War.
• Enjoy presentations by Park Rangers from Petersburg, Richmond, Appomattox and Booker T Washington's Birthplace - a unique opportunity to learn about all these historic sites in one location.

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Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Coordinated by W.E. Skelton 4-H Educational Conference Center at Smith Mountain Lake.

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3 nights of accommodations
9 meals: 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
4 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
5 Performances


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