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Richmond's Jewels: Mansions, Monuments and Masterpieces

Program Number: 9332RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/14/2013 - 7/19/2013;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Richmond, Virginia
Price starting at: $699.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt    

Discover four centuries of history, culture, and homes. Start at the Falls of the James, claimed by settlers for the king in 1607, and conclude at the fabulous newly-renovated Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, one of the nation’s top comprehensive art museums. Study art, architecture, great historical events, and enterprising residents. Be prepared for an amazing heritage and a few surprises!




Highlights

• Experience Colonial aristocracy at Wilton House plantation, and discover the upstairs/downstairs life at an elegant Gilded Age mansion.
• Stand in St. John’s Church, where Patrick Henry spoke in 1775, and look closely at the Houdon marble of Washington at the Capitol.
• Walk through the White House of the Confederacy, Civil War home for the Jefferson Davis family.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to a mile per day and standing during field trips; uneven terrain, stairs, limited barrier-free access.




Date Specific Information

7-14-2013

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Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.




Richmond

Founded in 1607, Virginia's capital is situated at the falls of the James River. This seat of colonial and Civil War history blends the legacy of settlers, patriots, presidents, free blacks and civil rights leaders with superb museums, monuments, mansions and gardens.



Accommodations
Charming hotel with fitness center, walking distance to the State Capitol and James River.
Meals and Lodgings
   Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
  Richmond 5 nights
 Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: Modern hotel in downtown Richmond located next to Kanawha Plaza, two blocks from financial district, three blocks from James River, and six blocks from Capitol Square and Shockoe Slip District.
  Contact info: 555 East Canal Street
Richmond, VA 23219 USA
phone: 804-788-0900
web: crowneplaza.com/ric-downtown
  Room amenities: Serta Perfect Sleepers, refrigerator, coffee-maker, microwave (in most rooms), high-speed internet access, HD flat-screen television with cable access
  Facility amenities: Free parking in attached garage; business center; fitness center; indoor heated pool, whirlpool, and sauna; courtesy van to 2 mile radius
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Road Scholar rate Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Road Scholar rate Based on availability, participants can arrange up to 3 additional nights before or after the program directly with the hotel.
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 PM in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after early lunch at 11:30 AM. Room checkout is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking in hotel deck is free for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Richmond
  Nearest city or town:  Petersburg, Williamsburg 50 miles east
  Nearest highway: I-64 and I-95
  Nearest airport:  Richmond International Airport (RIC)
  From End of Program
  Location: Richmond
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Richmond Amtrak Station (Staples Mill Road)

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi stand
phone: NA0-0 0-0-0/ x0-

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-25 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

The Richmond Amtrak station at Staples Mill Road is 8 miles from the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. The best method of transportation is by taxi, and a cabstand is available. (Bus service is infrequent and slow.) The second Richmond station, Amtrak Downtown at Main Street Station, is much closer, only one mile from the hotel, but has a limited schedule. No cabstand is available, but you can call a cab from the station.

 

Richmond International Airport (RIC)

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
CMC Ground Transportation
phone: 804-360-2122

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Varies, $25-$35
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

   

Several choices to travel from the airport to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. The shuttle service listed above is one way. Also, a 24-hour taxi stand is available outside the baggage claim area, with cabs generally from several different companies.

 

Richmond Greyhound Bus Station

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Limited taxi service
phone: NA0-000-00 0 x00-00-0-0/

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

variable
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

3.5 miles

   

Taxi is the best way to travel from the Greyhound Bus Station to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown. No cabstand but you can call a cab from the station. (Local bus service is infrequent and requires a transfer.)

 
Driving Directions
  From the East to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-64 West to Richmond. When I-64 merges with I-95, follow signs to I-95 South (first a left exit and then a left turn). On I-95 South, proceed only a short distance and take the third exit, Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the North to the Crowne Plaza Downtown Richmond Take I-95 South to Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the South to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-95 North to Richmond. At downtown Richmond, take the first exit after crossing James River bridge, Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
  From the West to the Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown Take I-64 East to Richmond. When I-64 merges with I-95, follow I-64 East/ I-95 South. At downtown Richmond, take Exit 74A, heading west on Downtown Expressway. On Downtown Expressway, take the first exit, Canal Street, which is a 30 cent toll (exact change only). Proceed 4 blocks up Canal Street and Crowne Plaza will be on the left. For drop-off area, turn in under hotel. For entrance to parking garage, take first left off Canal St. after hotel (5th Street) and entrance is at left.
Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Welcome to Richmond!/Orientation
(Sunday, July 14)
   
 Afternoon: Registration is in the hotel lobby from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Register for your room at the hotel desk. Register for the program at the Road Scholar desk.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Orientation and introductions
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Class/State Capitol/St. John's Church
(Monday, July 15)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: This is a sample schedule. Classes and field trips may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' schedules. Class this morning explores the history, development and architecture of Richmond.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.
 Afternoon: Today's field trip begins with a visit to the State Capitol, which was designed by Jefferson and which has many well-known monuments on its grounds. Jefferson's design was inspired by the Maison Caree in Nimes, France, and classical Roman temple design. Houdon's famous marble statue of George Washington stands in the center of the Capitol's Rotunda. Then we'll travel to St. John's Church, where we'll learn its history and importance as the setting for the Second Virginia Convention in which Patrick Henry made his famous "Liberty or Death" speech. There are approximately 12 steps up to the churchyard at St John's, and there is also handicap access. We'll return to the hotel with time to relax before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Class: Richmond's Greatest Jewel, the Capitol
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Museum and White House of the Confederacy/Wilton House/Agecroft Hall
(Tuesday, July 16)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: Field trip to the Museum and White House of the Confederacy in Richmond. The Museum's rich collection of artifacts encompasses thousands of rare objects and artwork, and a wide range of military items that includes uniforms, weaponry and flags. The adjacent White House, which we'll also visit, was the home of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and his family during the War.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.
 Afternoon: Field trip to Wilton House and Agecroft Hall. Both are located in Richmond on the banks of the James River. Wilton House plantation, home of the wealthy Randolph family, is Georgian-style architecture that is distinctly American and Virginian. The House was the centerpiece of a 2000-acre plantation. Access to the 2nd floor is only by steps; no elevator. Agecroft Hall is a Tudor-style mansion that was taken apart, imported by ship, and reconstructed early in the 20th century during the American country-house movement. Agecroft contains splendid gardens and a small gift shop with British items. Access to the 2nd floor of Agecroft is only by steps; no elevator. We'll return to the hotel just before dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Free evening
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Civil War Richmond/Free afternoon
(Wednesday, July 17)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: Class: "Confederate Richmond" Learn about Civil War Richmond and its history as the Capital of the Confederacy.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.
 Afternoon: Your time is your own this afternoon - to visit with old and new friends, to explore attractions in Richmond, to go shopping...whatever your pleasure! We'll be happy to provide suggestions and give you directions and maps.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Class on Richmond history, famous people, landmarks.
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Class/Monument Avenue/the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
(Thursday, July 18)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel: Buffet with choice of three entrees, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, and assortment of desserts.
 Morning: Class: Learn about art and viewing art
 Lunch: Lunch at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
 Afternoon: Our field trip begins with a trip down Richmond's grandest boulevard, Monument Avenue, where we'll view monuments to Robert E. Lee, JEB Stuart, Stonewall Jackson, Jefferson Davis, Matthew Fontaine Maury, and Arthur Ashe. Monument Avenue and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are both located in Richmond's Fan District, which holds one of the nation's largest collections of Victorian architecture. Our next stop will be the splendid Museum of Fine Arts, which recently re-opened after four years of renovation and expansion. The VMFA is now one of the top ten comprehensive art museums in the US, displaying more than 5,000 years of art from around the world. Explore numerous permanent galleries connected by a 4-story atrium designed by London-born architect (who now resides in Oregon.) The VMFA also contains a sculpture garden, reflecting pools, focus galleries for changing exhibits, a cafe, a restaurant, and a museum shop. Information on special exhibits, collections and upcoming events is at www.vmfa.museum
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel: Buffet choice of three entrées, two salads with dressing options, vegetables, rolls, and assortment of desserts.
 Evening: Entertainment for your enjoyment
   
Accommodations: Crowne Plaza Richmond Downtown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Class
(Friday, July 19)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel: Buffet with choice of eggs, bacon, sausage, breakfast potatoes, pancakes, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juice bar, cereals, pastries, and beverages. Chef made to order omelets with a selection of fillings and made to order waffles.
 Morning: Final class on Richmond history and culture is followed by early lunch at 11:30 am. Your program ends after lunch. Room check-out is 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Program ends after early lunch in the hotel. Check out time is 12 noon.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


At the Falls: Richmond, Virginia and its People


Author: Marie Tyler-McGraw


Richmond, An Illustrated History


Author: Harry Ward




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