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Historic Mansions on the Hudson River

Program Number: 10477RJ
Start and End Dates:
6/9/2013 - 6/14/2013; 10/12/2014 - 10/17/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Warwick, New York
Price starting at: $736.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Homes & Gardens
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Go back in the past to explore the tasteful but opulent grandeur of the Hudson River mansions that belonged to America’s wealthiest families of the Gilded Age. With historians and local experts, explore the grounds, houses and gardens of six mansions, including prominent wealthy names such as Rockefeller, Livingston, Vanderbilt, Roosevelt, Gould and Mills. Journey up and down the beautiful Hudson River Valley, and learn the story of these families and relive the culture of the Gilded Age with artful instruction by local experts.




Highlights

• Discover the magnificence of the estates and gardens of Kykuit, Locust Grove, Lyndhurst, Springwood, Mills, Wilderstein, and Vanderbilt Mansions.
• Delve into the life of a 19th-century “robber baron” and learn their relations with the government, working man and their creation of opportunities and hardship.
• Expert instruction on the music of the Gilded Age and the favorite music of the moneyed.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain; stairs unavoidable.




Date Specific Information

6-9-2013, 10-12-2014

Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by The Warwick Center.




Warwick

Warwick lies in a beautiful area at the entrance to the historic Hudson Valley just 55 miles from New York City. With Victorian and rural charm, Warwick and nearby Greenwood Lake attract visitors from near and far.



Accommodations
Comfortable estate lodging amid 500 acres of woodlands, mountain views and walking trails.

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

Mr. Tom Daley is an architectural photographer who has spent the last 40 years taking photos of mansions in the Hudson Valley, some of which are no longer in existence. His photos have been used by authors, are displayed in prominent places, and are presented at historical functions.
 
Gloria Norton

Gloria Norton has shared her love for music for more than 40 years in the Fort Lee public schools in Fort Lee, N.J. She has also served as a church musician for over 25 years in New Jersey, New York and Michigan. Gloria received a bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a master’s in sacred music from Union Theological Seminary in New York City. She also completed graduate study in music education at Montclair State University in Montclair, N.J.
 
John Pinna

As a teacher of history, John Pinna serves as the director of foundation and government relations at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. He shares his extensive knowledge of government relations and religious history through his roles on the Steering Committee at the International Religious Freedom Round Table and as a representative at the Department of Public Information Non-Governmental Organization at the United Nations. He is a member of the Oxford Round Table in England, and is also an IDEA Fellow, TAFT Fellow and a National Humanities Fellow. John received his B.A. in American studies, M.S. in history and an advanced degree in educational administration from Norwich University.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Warwick Center
  Warwick, Ny 5 nights
 The Warwick Center
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The Warwick Center is located on 465 acres of pristine land overlooking the beautiful Warwick Valley. The Center offers 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails, beautiful views, a peaceful setting and access to many wonderful sites in and around the Hudson Valley.
  Contact info: 62 Warwick Center Road (62 Hoyt Road)
Warwick, NY 10990 USA
phone: 845-986-1164
web: www.warwickcenter.com
  Room amenities: Each room has it's own private bath along with air-conditioning.
  Facility amenities: Outdoor swimming pool in operation from Memorial Day through Labor Day. 8 miles of beautiful hiking trails leading to Wawayanda State Park in NJ. Each room has its own private bath and all the rooms are air conditioned as well as our dining hall and classrooms.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $72.00 Based on availability.
  Check in time: 5:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $72.00 Based on availability.
  Check out time: 11:30 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration is from 4:30 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. in the Main Lobby of the East House. You will be staying at The Warwick Center that night.
  End of Program:
Departure and farewell is immediately after lunch,which will be served at 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at The Warwick Center the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free Parking available.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Warwick, Ny
  Nearest highway: Highway Route 94
  Nearest airport:  Stewart International Airport (Newburgh, NY) and Newark Internationl Airport (Newark, NJ)
  From End of Program
  Location: Warwick, Ny
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Port Authority in New York City

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
New Jersey Transit Bus Line
phone: 800-772-2222

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $14.00 with Senior Citizen verification.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 - 4 hours 

   

To arrive in Warwick using public transportation is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to Warwick, the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Use Senior Pass. Cost: Approximately $14.00 one way. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule go to www.njtransit.com or call 973 275-5555. 3. Arrange for pick-up from the Bus Stop in Warwick to the Warwick Center. Cost: $5.00/person/one way. Time: 15 minutes.

 

Newburgh, NY - Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Center shuttle, simply complete the Travel Form in the Confirmation Packet and return it to The Warwick Center. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 

Newburgh, NY, Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$60.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Center shuttle, simply complete the Travel Form in the Confirmation Packet and return to The Warwick Center. You will receive a call to confirm your arrangements.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain pricing.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

   

Call Arlene at The Warwick Center for additional limousine services. Phone: 845.986.1164.

 

Newburgh, NY - Stewart Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour. 

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Newark Airport Ground Transportation
phone: 800-247-7433 xpress0forOperator

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost: Approximately $16.00 .
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is a 2 hour bus ride form Port Authority. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is located 60 miles from Port Authority in New York City.

   

To take public transportation from Newark is a 3 step process: 1. Take Newark Liberty Airport Express Bus to Port Authority. Upon arrival at Newark Airport go to the Transportation Information Desk to arrange. Time to NYC: 1 hour minimum. 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Line Bus # 197 to the Village of Warwick getting off at the Oakland Ave. bus stop. Cost: $6.25 one way using Senior Citizen card. Time to Warwick from NYC: 2 hours. 3. Shuttle to The Center. Cost: $5.00/one way.

 

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 per person or traveling pair.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Croton-on-Hudson train station is located 1 hour and 15 minutes from The Warwick Conference Center. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is located 60 miles from the Croton-on-Hudson train station.

   

To reserve The Warwick Conference Center shuttle simply complete the Travel Form and return to The Warwick Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. Shuttle service arrangements will be confirmed by phone.

 

Warwick, NY

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Cost from Warwick bus stop to The Warwick Conference Center is $5.00 one way.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 15 minutes away from the Village of Warwick bus stop. 

 

Distance:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 3 miles from the Village of Warwick bus stop.

   

To arrive in Warwick using public transportation is a 3 step process: 1. Go to Port Authority in NYC, (8th Ave. between 40th & 41st Streets). 2. Take the New Jersey Transit Bus Line, Bus # 197 to the Oakland Ave. bus stop in Warwick. Use Senior Pass. Cost: $6.25 one way. Time: 2 hours. For bus schedule, go to www.njtransit.com or call 800.772.2222. 3. To arrange for shuttle from the bus stop to The Warwick Center complete the Travel Form or call Arlene at 845.986.1164 .

 

Newark, NJ - Liberty International Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
The Warwick Conference Center Shuttle
phone: 845-986-1164
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$95.00 Per Person or Traveling Pair
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes to 1 hour and 45 minutes depending on traffic. 

 

Distance:

 

Newark International Airport is located 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

If you wish to reserve The Warwick Center shuttle simply complete the Travel Form and return it to The Warwick Conference Center or call Arlene at 845.986.1164. You will receive a call to assist you in arranging your transportation.

 

Croton-on-Hudson, NY

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Crown Vicky Limousine Service
phone: 800-233-9922
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Price is subject to change. Call the Service to obtain cost.
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

The Warwick Conference Center is 1 hour and 15 minutes from the Croton-on-Hudson train station. 

 

Distance:

 

Croton-on-Hudson is located 60 miles from The Warwick Conference Center.

   

Call Arlene at 845.986.1164 at The Warwick Center to obtain additional limousine services.

 
Driving Directions
  FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS Take Interstate 90 south to Interstate 84 south through Connecticut into New York. Proceed to Route 17 (Exit 4 E). Take 17 east to Exit 124 (Goshen, NY). Proceed on 17 A south through Florida, NY. Continue to take 94 south through the village of Warwick, NY to Pennings Lane. Turn left onto Pennings Lane to Hoyt Road. Turn left onto Hoyt Road watching for The Warwick Conference Center on your right.
  FROM CONNECTICUT Take Rt 84 West to Exit 4E, taking Route 17 East to Route 17A Florida/Goshen Exit. Take Route 17A until it merges with Rt 94 at the first traffic light in Florida. Drive THROUGH the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Stay on Rt 94 South until Pennings Lane. Turn Left onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM NEW YORK CITY/GEORGE WASHINGTON BRIDGE From the George Washington Bridge, take Interstate 80 West to Exit 53 for Route 23 North. Take Route 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Route 94 North. Take Route 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Then follow signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM NEW YORK THRUWAY/NORTH OR SOUTH Exit at Harriman - Exit 16. Take Rt 17 West to Exit 126 - Chester exit. Look for Route 94 South (or West). Take Rt 94 South toward Florida/Warwick. Continue on Rt 94 through the Villages of Florida and Warwick. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles beyond the Village of Warwick passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge dealership, all on your left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to the Warwick Center.
  FROM SOUTHERN NEW JERSEY Take 287 North to Exit 52B for Rt. 23 North. Take Rt. 23 North to 515 North. Take 515 North to Vernon where 515 North becomes Rt 94 North. Take Rt 94 North to Pennings Lane. Turn right onto Pennings Lane. Follow signs to The Warwick Center.
  FROM WASHINGTON, D.C./PHILADELPHIA AREA Take the New Jersey Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway North to Route 17 North. Approximately 2 1/2 miles past Tuxedo Park you will come to a traffic light. Exit left at the traffic light - Junction 17A. At the stop sign at the top of the hill, make a left hand turn onto Rt 17A (Sterling Forest). Rt 17A will take you directly to Warwick. At the "T" intersection in Warwick, turn LEFT onto Route 94 West. Go approximately 2 1/2 miles passing Shop Rite, Pennings Orchards and Warwick Chrysler Jeep Dodge Dealership, all on the left. Turn left at the next intersection onto Pennings Lane. Follow the signs to The Warwick Center.
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: Registration/Orientation
(Sunday, June 9)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at The Warwick Conference Center in late afternoon for check-in beginning at 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a Wine and Cheese Reception and introduce yourself to fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner is in the East House Dining Hall. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entries varying from turkey, pork, chicken, fish, etc. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.
 Evening: Following dinner there will be a time of introductions and an orientation session to familiarize everyone with The Warwick Conference Center and the week's activities.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, June 10)
   
 Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet. Daily entrées will rotate, but you can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.
 Morning: Expert-led lecture and slides shown of present Hudson Valley Mansions to lay the foundation for your visits and to raise your awareness of what details to look for. Also enjoy an expert-led lecture on the lives of the 19-century "robber barons" who built these fabulous mansions and their relations with the government.
 Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Hall with entrées including a variety of the following: soup, sandwiches, paninis, pasta, salad bar, and a dessert.
 Afternoon: Continue to learn from an expert-led lecture about "The Robber Barons" - the Captains of the Industry and how they influenced each other, their workers, and the 19th century for good and bad.
 Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served at 6:00 p.m. in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Our Architectural historian will continue his presentation of slides of Hudson River Mansions - past and present. Enjoy an evening snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Locust Grove Mansion and FDR's Springwood, Library and Museum.
(Tuesday, June 11)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Board the charter bus for Poughkeepsie, New York. Experience a docent-led guided walk through Locust Grove, an Italianate villa designed for artist and inventor Samuel F.B. Morse.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant in Hyde Park, New York.
 Afternoon: Board the charter bus for Springwood, the boyhood home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt through his White House years. Learn from a docent-led guided walk through Springwood, stroll the rose garden where FDR and Eleanor are buried and view a documentary film on the life of FDR at the Henry Wallace Visitor Center.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Learn from an expert-led lecture from our architectural historian what it was like to grow up on the Astor mansion. Also view slides of mansions that no longer exist. Enjoy an evening snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Enjoy visiting Mills Mansion, the Vanderbilt Mansion, and lunch at The Culinary Institute of America.
(Wednesday, June 12)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Travel to Hyde Park, New York to enjoy an expert-led visit to Vanderbilt Mansion, the majestic 19th century mansion of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt situated along the beautiful Hudson River.
 Lunch: Board the charter bus to dine at St. Andrew's Cafe, one of five stellar restaurants at The Culinary Institute of America.
 Afternoon: Board bus for Staatsburgh, New York. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Mills Mansion, the gilded age country home of Louise and Ogden Livingston Mills, financier and philanthropist.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Enjoy a relaxing evening of entertainment followed by a delicious snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Lyndhurst Mansion/Kykuit Mansion
(Thursday, June 13)
   
 Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Board the charter bus to Tarrytown, New York. Enjoy an expert-led visit to Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and magnificent Hudson Valley estate of railroad magnate Jay Gould.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Learn about four generations of the Rockefeller family while experiencing a docent-led visit of Kykuit, an American legacy. Enjoy the architecture, remarkable gardens and extensive art collection assembled by art connoisseur, Nelson A. Rockefeller.
 Dinner: Dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Evening: Free time to peruse to 465 acre Hilltop Estate of the Warwick Center, and make your own sundaes to enjoy as a snack.
   
Accommodations: The Warwick Center
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, June 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Hall.
 Morning: Enjoy an expert-led lecture on the music of the gilded age and what the wealthy of that time enjoyed.
 Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:00 a.m. in the East House Dining Hall. Departure and farewell immediately after lunch.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Warwick, Ny Borderland Farm
A 230 acre riding facility, indoor ring, lighted outdoor ring, miles of trails. Located at the NY/NJ line. Reservations required. For additional information, visit www.wolfsbane.com/borderland/
  Demarest Hill Winery
28 different wines created from select varietal grapes by a master vintner who learned winemaking in Italy. The wineries' specialties include Warwick Black Pearl and Peach Wine, both from the vineyards at this winery. For additional information, visit www.demaresthillwinery.com
  Harness Racing Museum & Hall of Fame
Drive a sulky to the finish line in the 3-D simulator. Riveting state-of-the-art and interactive exhibits. Call and judge a race. Theaters tell the fascinating history of America's first sport. Open daily from 10 - 6. For additional information, visit www.harnessmuseum.com
  Pride of the Hudson
Cruise through history and the majestic beauty of the Hudson River on a 2-hour narrated sightseeing cruise For additional information, visit www.prideofthehudson.com
  Washington's Headquarters
Gen. Washington made this fieldstone farmhouse his Continental Army headquarters and spent more time here than anywhere else during the Revolutionary War. At this site, Washington created and awarded the original purple heart badge. In 1850 the property became our nation's first public historic site. Open Wed. - Sat., 10-5. Sun. 1-5.
  West Point Museum
Military uniforms, flags, weapons and military art of both American and European derivation. Museum galleries include History of the Academy and the Corps of Cadets, US Army History, and History of Warfare from Egyptian times to Desert Storm. For additional information, visit www.usma.edu/Museum/
  West Point Tours, Inc.
Enjoy a guided tour of the U.S. Military Academy. Walk the paths of generals and presidents tracing the footsteps of our country's great leaders. Enjoy spectacular views of the majestic Hudson River. Hear exciting tales and fascinating stories. Tour buses depart daily from the West Point Visitor Center. For additional information, visit www.westpointtours.com
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


Hudson River Villas


Author: John Zukowsky & Robbe Pierce Stimson


Description: Devotees of architecture, photography and regional history will enjoy this magnificently illustrated book documenting 123 residences built along the Hudson River Valley over the last 300 years. The authors present a complete textual history of each mansion from original architect and occupant to its present-day function, accompanied by interior and exterior drawings and photographs culled from contemporary and historical sources.



Music of the Gilded Age


Author: John Ogasapian and N. Lee Orr


Description: The Gilded Age was a time of great musical evolution. As the country continued to develop a musical style apart from Europe, it's church and religious music and opera took on new forms. This book presents composers, musicians, songwriters, instruments, and musical forms that uniquely identify the Gilded Age.



The Vanderbilt Legend


Author: Wayne Andrews


Description: The story of the Vanderbilt Family from 1794-1940 begins with Commodore Vanderbilt with chapters on his descendants, their lives, homes, fortunes, through Gov. W.H. Vanderbilt and includes a list of the Vanderbilt railroad holdings in 1931.



When the Astors Owned New York


Author: Justin Kaplan


Description: National Book Award-winning biographer Kaplan tells a tale of two cousins, William Waldorf Astor and John Jacob Astor IV. Great-grandsons of America's first millionaire, and prototypical scions of America's Gilded Age, the two men left enduring marks on their native New York City's architecture, high society and especially on the business of luxury hotels that they all but defined. They inherited a family feud along with their fortunes, exacerbated by their divergent temperaments. One can only gasp so many times at the excesses, indulgences and vanities of these two antiheroes.





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