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A Nation Defined: Life in the Potomac River Valley from Settlement to Civil War

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6 Days | 5 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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From the settlements of colonists at Fort Frederick to the struggles of Civil War soldiers and early abolitionists, discover a mosaic of truly American stories in the Potomac River Valley of Western Maryland. Join historians, living history interpreters and a licensed battlefield guide for an immersive exploration of historic towns, national parks and battlefields. Learn how the National Road, B&O railroad and the C&O canal helped to usher in the Industrial Age. Explore everyday life in several historic towns, sample regional cuisine, and how life along the Potomac River defined the nation.


• Walk along the hallowed ground of Antietam with a published historian and licensed guide, and hear the stories from a battle that changed the course of history.
• Explore Harper’s Ferry — a town that Thomas Jefferson once said was “worth a voyage across the Atlantic” and is home to three national parks.
• Join in seasonal events such as the historic Market Fair in spring, the Salute to Independence in summer, or the Memorial Illumination in winter.

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Walking up to two miles over varied terrain.

Coordinated by Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center.

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


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