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SMITH MOUNTAIN LAKE, VIRGINIA

Tears of Freedom: The Final Weeks of the Civil War

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Program #17372RJ
4 Days | 3 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Easy
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Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
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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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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.


Highlights

• At the Appomattox Court House, stand at the site of the surrender meeting between Lee and Grant and explore 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.
• Experience not only the human history, but also natural history on a study cruise on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake, "Jewel of the Blue Ridge."

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Minimal walking and standing on this program.

Coordinated by Smith Mountain Lake 4-H Educational Center.


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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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