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

Program Number: 16301RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/7/2013 - 7/12/2013; 3/29/2015 - 4/3/2015; 6/7/2015 - 6/12/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015; 9/27/2015 - 10/2/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Price starting at: $998.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; National Parks
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Dynamic field trips take you to explore three fateful sites. In Harpers Ferry, WV, recall John Brown’s 1859 anti-slavery raid — when Robert E. Lee led Federal forces! The Battle of Antietam in Sharpsburg, MD, led to President Lincoln’s issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation. In Gettysburg, PA, trace the chronology of America’s most devastating battle, July 1-3, 1863.




Highlights

• Explore the site of John Brown's Fort at Harpers Ferry National History Park and climb the rock where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed Harpers Ferry to be "one of the most stupendous scenes in nature."
• Try to imagine the battle on a field trip to Antietam, where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing after 12 hours of combat on Sept. 17, 1862.
• Experience lively evenings viewing the movie “Gettysburg,” hearing authentic Civil War era music played on a handmade dulcimer by a renowned folk musician, and “meeting” Mary Todd Lincoln’s close friend, Hannah Shearer



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles a day on uneven terrain.




Date Specific Information

7-7-2013

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3-29-2015, 6-7-2015, 7-26-2015, 9-27-2015

Participants will stay in the heart of downtown Gettysburg at a historic hotel within walking distance to parts of the battlefield and downtown shops and attractions.
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Coordinated by YWCA Gettysburg-Adams County.




Gettysburg

Situated on the historic Mason-Dixon Line that once divided the North from the South, Adams County is home to the city made famous by the Civil War’s 1863 Battle of Gettysburg, which is today commemorated by a National Military Park.



Accommodations
Accommodations vary by date. Please see Date Specific Information for details.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Jolin

Tom was a founding member of the West Orrtanna String Band, as well as the Orrtanna Mountain Steamers, and played with these groups from 1972 to 1999. Through funding from The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, their five albums were archived and preserved in a set, “Traditional Music from Orrtanna.” Tom is also an instrument maker, specializing in the hammer dulcimer. He is a sought after artist-in-residence and lives with his family in the foothills of the Appalachians, near Gettysburg.
 
Ed Suplee

Ed Suplee is a volunteer interpreter at the Gettysburg National Military Park and a licensed battlefield guide. He has had a strong interest in Civil War history since his college days at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. Ed’s passion for the subject continued to grow during his two years in the Army and 27-year career at MetLife. Now retired, he is able to dedicate his time and energy to teaching others about the Civil War.
 
Ted Gajewski

Ted Gajewski has a keen interest in the Civil War, so much so that when he retired from his job as a Pittsburgh steelworker three years ago, he relocated to Gettysburg, Pa. Ted became a Licensed Battlefield Guide in 2001 and has attended every seminar sponsored by the Association of Licensed Battlefield Guides.
 
Mollie Back

Originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pa., Mollie Back received her bachelor’s from Wilkes College. As a state-certified historical interpreter, she is a member of The Pennsylvania Past Players at civil war sites as “Sarah McKim” — Philadelphian, Quaker and abolitionist. Locally, she portrays “Mrs. James Pierce,” a Gettysburg civilian mother of Tillie Pierce. Mollie designs and creates her own period clothing.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Historic Gettysburg Hotel
  Gettysburg, Pa. 5 nights
 Historic Gettysburg Hotel
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 allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: 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
  Additional nights after: 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 out time: 11:15 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins at 5 p.m. for Registration in the hotel Atrium You will be staying at Historic Gettysburg Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends at the hotel after the last field trip at approximately 11:15 a.m. You will be staying at Historic Gettysburg Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
A covered parking garage is located behind the hotel. All fees are a courtesy of the hotel. You have access to your car 24 hours a day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Gettysburg, Pa.
  Nearest airport:  Harrisburg International, MDT, 45 miles; Baltimore Washington International, BWI, 55 miles.
  From End of Program
  Location: Gettysburg, Pa.
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Baltimore

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Harrisburg

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Harrisburg

 

To Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 

Washington D.C.

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Maria's Transport, Peter Kahne
phone: 877-762-7427
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$85 rates subject to change
Prices are subject to change.

 
Driving Directions
  From all Directions Gettysburg is located in south central Pennsylvania near the Maryland border, within an hour's drive of Washington, D.C., Baltimore and Harrisburg. Routes 15 and 30 intersect in Gettysburg. The Gettysburg Hotel is located at One Lincoln Square at the junction of Route 30 and Business Route 15. Park in front of hotel to check in.
  From the East Take the Pennsylvania Turnpike West to Route 15 South (Gettysburg Exit) or take Route 30 West. Park in front of hotel to check in.
  From the North Reach Route 15 via 78, 81 to get here. Exit off Route 15 at the Route 30/York Street exit. Turn right at the top of the exit ramp and follow into the center of town, approximately 2.5 miles. Hotel is located on your right. Park in front of hotel to check in.
  From the South Reach Route 15 via 95, 270 to Frederick, Md. Continue on 15 to the Route 97/Baltimore Street. Turn left at the top of the exit ramp and follow into center of town. Hotel is located on the north east corner of the town square. Park in front of hotel to check in.
  From the West Take the PA Turnpike East to Route 15 South (Gettysburg Exit) or take Route 30 East. Interstate 81 corridors are approximately 35 minutes west of town. Park in front of hotel to check in.
Elevation Note: The highest elevation is 600 feet

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: Arrival/Living History Presentation
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Afternoon: Check into hotel after 3:00 pm; Welcome reception and registration in the hotel atrium at 5:00 pm. Orientation will be held in the designated classroom at 5:30 pm. Road Scholar participant introductions
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Meet Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States, as he delivers his life story and the Gettysburg Address. He allows time following his presentation for a question-and-answer period.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, July 8)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Board bus for the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. 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 and see the restored Cyclorama painting. Enjoy the Exhibit Gallery where several small films, interactives and the museum can be experienced at your own pace.
 Lunch: In the hotel.
 Afternoon: Classroom instruction on the first day of the battle at Gettysburg then board bus for an exploration of the First Day Battle Site. Visit the sites of the first day of fighting: McPherson Ridge, Eternal Light Peace Memorial and Barlow's Knoll. Bus will return to hotel for some free time followed by a classroom presentation on “Harpers Ferry, the Story of John Brown's Raid", with Ed Suplee.
 Dinner: In the Hotel
 Evening: Showing of the Movie "Gettysburg" part one.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, July 9)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Classroom instruction on Day 2 of the battle. Board the bus to visit the battlefield where the second days fighting took place. Travel on Confederate Avenue along the Southern line of Pickett's Charge, Little Round Top, the 20th Maine monument and the Wheatfield.
 Lunch: In the Hotel
 Afternoon: Free time. Classroom instruction on Antietam-The Bloodiest One Day Battle in American History.
 Dinner: In the hotel.
 Evening: Showing of the second part of movie "Gettysburg".
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: In the hotel
(Wednesday, July 10)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Travel to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia, and enjoy a presentation by Ed Suplee on “Harpers Ferry, the Story of John Brown’s Raid, Part 3.” 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," followed by 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: 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: Dinner included.
 Evening: The rest of the evening to enjoy at your leisure
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, July 11)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: 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; walk back to the hotel.
 Lunch: Opportunity to sample local fare on their own.
 Afternoon: Free time to explore the Gettysburg National Military Park and the town of Gettysburg.
 Dinner: Special farewell dinner with a social before.
 Evening: Musician Tom Jolin playing folk and Civil War Era music.
   
Accommodations: Historic Gettysburg Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, July 12)
   
 Breakfast: In the hotel.
 Morning: Third day battle class with a field trip to the site of the third days battle at Gettysburg. Bus will return to hotel for check-out.
 Lunch: Box lunch to take on your way or enjoy in the hotel dining room.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Gettysburg, Pa. YWCA Gettysburg & Adams County
Visit 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 Farm
Located 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 Society
Located 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 Tours
Depart 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 House
Home 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 Winery
A 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 Winery
Hauser 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 Talks
Campfire 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
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


The Killer Angels


Author: Michael Shaara


Description: A historical fiction Pulitzer prize winning novel of the Battle of Gettysburg



The Gettysburg Campaign: A Study in Command


Author: Edwin Coddington


Description: Highly recommended by the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield Guides. Extremely authoritative account of the entire Gettysburg Campaign.



High Tide at Gettysburg


Author: Glen Tucker


Description: A wonderful history of the battle from a Confederate view point. He also makes great use of anecdotal incidents.



Gettysburg: A Journey In Time


Author: William Frassanito


Description: A study of Civil War photography and the use of photos as historical documents. Photos of the Gettysburg battlefield were taken immediately after the battle and each photo is analyzed and accompanied by a modern view.



Women at Gettysburg


Author: Eileen F. Conklin


Description: Extraordinary and Fascinating Biographies of 40 women who served, nursed, or aided the soldiers after Gettysburg.



At Gettysburg or What a Girl Saw and Heard at the Battle- A True Narrative


Author: Mrs. Tillie (Pierce) Alleman


Description: An excellent story as Tillie Pierce a young teen age girl tells about her involvement and reaction during the Battle of Gettysburg.



John Brown: The Thundering Voice of Jehovah


Author: Stan Cohen


Description: Harpers Ferry



Six Years of Hell: Harpers Ferry During the Civil War


Author: Chester G. Hearn


Description: Harpers Ferry





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