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Planes, Trains, Roads and Canal Boats

Program Number: 15218RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/20/2013 - 10/25/2013; 10/5/2014 - 10/10/2014; 10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Sharpsburg, Maryland
Price starting at: $675.00 - 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; Low Salt; Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Boasting railroads, the C&O Canal, aviation pioneers and a modern Volvo power train lab, it’s easy on this transportation adventure to see why Hagerstown is called the Hub City. Ride a restored canal boat and two historic railroad trains. Discover the importance of the National Road to early road travel, set your curiosity skyward examining air travel, and ponder future methods of transportation. By water, land and the sky — this educational experience is a go!




Highlights

• Take a historically interpreted ride on two trains — AMTRAK's modern "Capitol Limited" which was formerly the Historic B&O railroads premier route west from our nations Capitol to Chicago. Contrast with the steam-powered Western Maryland Scenic Railroad.
• Experience a mule-drawn canal boat ride through the locks of the C&O Canal to the Great Falls of the Potomac River.
• Learn about the hundreds of planes and even a space shuttle at the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum of the Smithsonian Institute at their Dulles Airport Hangar.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two hours on field trips.




Date Specific Information

10-20-2013

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



10-5-2014, 10-19-2014

A trip on AMTRAK`s Capital Limited has been substituted for the Potomac Eagle train trip.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Coordinated by Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministry Center.




Sharpsburg

Sharpsburg lies east of the Potomac River near one of its tributaries, Antietam Creek, made famous by the pivotal Battle of Antietam during the American Civil War. Sharpsburg is part of Maryland’s Washington County, which attracts history fans with its numerous Civil War sites and nature buffs with its many national, state and local parks.



Accommodations
Modern lodge with natural spring, pavilion, fireplace, campfire circles. Classes, lodging, meals under one roof. Alcohol prohibited.

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

Colleen Clark is a former ranger at Antietam National Battlefield, where she presented programs on period music and the Battle of Antietam. She has degrees in history and music from the University of Maryland. Colleen has been combining her interests in performing arts programs for more than 20 years.
 
Karen Gray

Karen Gray worked for 20 years creating educational adventures for the Smithsonian in the mid-Atlantic region. In 2001, she moved Hagerstown because of her love for Western Maryland and Washington County's position midway along the C&O Canal's 184.5 miles. She took interest in the canal while hiking the towpath in 1977 and has been walking in the park and researching the history of the canal and the Potomac route west ever since.
 
Roger Swartz

Roger Swartz is a graduate of Albright College and Lehigh University. He has presented 18th-century living history programs at the Smithsonian and Mount Vernon Estate, and is also an instructor in the continuing education programs at Harrisburg Area Community College, Elizabethtown College, Frederick Community College and Hagerstown Community College. His published works include “Frankstown: Anatomy of an Ambush,” and “Field of Honor: The Battle of Fort Freeland, July 28, 1779.”
 
Randy Anderson

Randy Anderson has lived his entire life in or near Williamsport, Md., which is at roughly mile 100 of the 185-mile C&O Canal Towpath. A train enthusiast, he has photographed in the Williamsport area extensively, using the same angles as historical photos of trains and the C&O Canal. Randy's multi-screen presentation allows us to simultaneously see the historical and present-day sites.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Shepherd's Spring
  Sharpsburg, MD 5 nights
 Shepherd's Spring
Type: Conference Center
  Description: 220 peaceful wooded acres adjoining the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park and the scenic Potomac River. We are just minutes away from the Antietam National Battlefield. Wonderful setting for birding. Wildlife includes deer, turkey, chipmunks, turtles, and fox.We have several nature trails and a natural spring. Also on site is a Heifer Global Village featuring replicas of homes from around the world where Heifer International is working to alleviate hunger and poverty and care for the earth by providing animals and training in sustainable agriculture methods for the world's hungry people.
  Contact info: 16869 Taylors Landing Road
Sharpsburg, MD 21782 USA
phone: 301-223-8193
web: www.shepherdsspring.org
  Room amenities: Rooms are simply furnished with desk and chair, dresser, luggage rack and futon. Television and telephone are available in the common area. Limited access to wireless internet with a computer available for guest use.
  Facility amenities: Our outdoor in-ground swimming pool is open June, July and August. Walking trails. Heifer Global Village. Open air greenhouse/ garden.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: $45. Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $45. Call ahead for availability. Additional meals may or may not be available for purchase.
  Check out time: 12:30 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3PM, Sharpsburg, MD. You will be staying at Shepherd's Spring that night.
  End of Program:
12:30 PM Sharpsburg, MD. You will be staying at Shepherd's Spring the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Only those forms which we send out to you in advance (health information form, rooming confirmation form...)
  Parking availability:
Free parking at Shepherd's Spring.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Sharpsburg, MD
  Nearest city or town:  Sharpsburg, Hagerstown
  Nearest highway: I-70, I-81
  Nearest airport:  Baltimore Washington International
  From End of Program
  Location: Sharpsburg, MD
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Sharpsburg

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$75 per person (discount for more than one rider)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 1/2 - 2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

approximately 70 miles

   

easy access to and from 3 major airports - Baltimore/ Washington (BWI), Dulles International (IAD) and Reagan National. Flights are now available to Hagerstown Regional Airport from BWI - reduced fee of $25 for pickup at Hagerstown.

 

Sharpsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$45 per person one way ( discount for additional riders)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

22 miles

   

Service to and from the Amtrak station in Martinsburg, WV

 

Sharpsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 301-223-8193
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$25 per person one way
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Service to and from the Greyhound Bus terminal in Hagerstown, MD

 
Driving Directions
  From Baltimore/Washington Area Take I-70 West to the Route 65 interchange in Hagerstown (Exit 29.) Travel South on Route 65 for 7.1 miles to Taylors Landing Road - turn right onto Taylors Landing Rd. and drive 2.2 miles. You will cross a railroad track, pass houses, and then veer to the right. Stay on Taylors Landing Road. Drive along side a dry canal bed, and eventually cross a small creek. Pass 2 houses on the left, continue to the top of the hill. Look for a big sign on the left that says "Shepherd's Spring Outdoor Ministries Center Church of the Brethren." Turn left onto the paved driveway. The lodge is 7/10th of a mile from the end of the driveway. From Virginia-West: Go North on I-81 to I-70 east, to Rt. 65, and then follow above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..." From Virginia-East: Take I-495 to 270N to Frederick. Take I-70 W to Route 65, and then follow above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..." From Pennsylvania: Travel South on I-81 to I-70 East, to Rt. 65 South. Then follow the above directions from where it says "Travel South on Rt. 65 for 7.1 miles..."
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: Guest will check in then participate in an introductory orientation of the program and facilities.
(Sunday, October 20)
   
 Afternoon: Check in from 3-5:00pm in the lobby of our lodge.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Evening: Become familiarized with the program, the facility, and one another during our general orientation.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Come on board Amtrak's "Capitol Limited" Formerly the historic B&O Railroad's Flagship route from Washington DC, west to Chicago. Travel from Martinsburg WV to Harpers Ferry WV
(Monday, October 21)

Note: The modern AMTRAK takes you back in time, as you arrive in Harpers Ferry. Beautifully restored by the National Park Service, to represent the industrial center it was in the mid 1850's, prior to the Civil War



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Morning: Board Amtrak's Capitol Limited and travel to Harpers Ferry WV. Tour Harpers Ferry, a restored town noted for it's industrial, transportation, and Civil War History
 Lunch: Enjoy a packed Lunch, to allow ample time to explore the exhibits, and shops on your own
 Afternoon: Travel to Brunswick MD, and visit the Brunswick Railroad Museum, before returning to Shepherd's Spring
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Evening: Enjoy a free evening to explore the area on your own or enjoy a documentary on the niche of taverns in the catering of early travelers.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Visit the old Mack Truck Assembly plant now a research and development facility for joint Mack and Volvo powertrains.
(Tuesday, October 22)

Note: The tour of the Volvo facility requires over an hour of walking (approximately the equivalent of a mile) and standing on the concrete factory floor; some accomodations can be made if contacted far in advance.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Morning: Travel to the Mack plant and Volvo powertrain lab for a walking tour of the facility guided by Volvo employees.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch with a salad bar in the Shepherd’s Spring lodge dining room.
 Afternoon: Sit back and enjoy a presentation by one of our experts on the history of the C&O Canal from its beginnings as the Pawtomack Company started by George Washington to an bloodline of coal for an industrializing world. Afterwards, join our canal expert on a walk of the restored Cushwa Basin of the C&O canal in Williamsport, Md. Here you can see several important features of the canal including a set of locks, rail bridges, an aqueduct, and a restored coal depot.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Evening: The National Road, our nation's first national highway, is presented by one of our experts. Whether its the days of horse pulled wagons before the canal or railroads came to the countryside or the road's modern incarnation as US 40 learn how the National Road has always been a route of trade and exploration.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Ride on a canal boat through the locks at the majestic Great Falls, then travel to the Udvar-Hazy Smithsonian Air & Space Museum (home of the Enola Gay and the Enterprise Space Shuttle) at its hangar in Dulles International Airport.
(Wednesday, October 23)

Note: Today encompasses a few hours of traveling with an approximate mile of walking at the Great Falls, some steps on the Canal Boat, and approximately three hours of walking and standing (though limited seating is available) at the Air & Space Museum.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Morning: Walk to and experience the majesty of the Great Falls of the Potomac, showing all the impressive reason for the need of a canal on the Potomac. Then board the mule drawn canal boat and travel through the historic locks and a refilled portion of the canal while the national park service historians tell of life as a Canawler.
 Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch en route to the Air & Space Museum.
 Afternoon: Explore the vast collection of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum with a docent at the Dulles International Airport Hangar. Here see the plane that dropped the Atomic Bomb, one of the shuttles that has explored space, or the prototype stealth fighter -- not to mention numerous other planes displaying the history and oddity of aviation history.
 Dinner: Enjoy a buffet style dinner with a salad bar, followed by dessert, in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Evening: Delve into the relationship between the canal and the railroads during this presentation by one of our instructors. Each entity relying and competing with each other to serve the people of the area and the nation. You'll recognize many of the sites from our previous ventures along the canal.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Travel from the original "gateway West" of Cumberland, Md. to the mining town of Frostburg by steam powered train on the a portion of the former Western Maryland Railroad.
(Thursday, October 24)

Note: Minor walking to access today's activities.



   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Morning: Travel to Cumberland, Md. (the original "gateway West") by I-68; an engineering feet of the interstate system as it improved upon the path of the old National Road. In Cumberland board the Western Maryland steam train and travel to Frostburg. You will be chugging along the former B&O and Western Maryland rail lines that finished the dreams of the C&O Canal and the National Road by reaching the Ohio River Valley. Scenic highlights of the trip include the Narrows, Bone Cave, Helmstetter's Horse Shoe Curve, and Brush Tunnel.
 Lunch: Picnic Lunch in Frostburg train station. Be sure to watch them turn the steam engine around!
 Afternoon: You may ride the train back to Cumberland. If you choose to opt out of the train ride you may have an extended stay in Frostburg for a visit to the Thrasher Carriage Museum (Admission is not covered in program cost). On return to Cumberland, time to explore C & O Canal Place Museum.
 Dinner: Return to Shepherd's Spring for a wonderful banquet meal on the last evening of the program.
 Evening: Listen to and join in with a local musician as she sings classic songs from the eras of transportation.
   
Accommodations: Shepherd's Spring
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: The Hub City of Hagerstown, including its place in aviation history as home of the "Flying Boxcar".
(Friday, October 25)
   
 Breakfast: Enjoy a hot buffet style breakfast along with fresh fruit and cereal selections in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining room.
 Morning: Hagerstown as the "Hub City"; from the paths of the nation's early railroad and the canal to home of Fairchild Aviation and crossroads of the interstate system.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch in the Shepherd's Spring lodge dining hall followed by check out.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Sharpsburg, MD Antietam National Battlefield
The Battle of Antietam (or Sharpsburg) on Sept. 17, 1862 greatly altered the course of the American Civil War. It remains as the bloodiest day in American History - there were some 23,110 casualties. Visitors can walk or drive by the Dunker Church, the North and East Woods, The Cornfield, the Mumma Farmstead, Bloody Lane (Sunken Road) Burnside Bridge, and Antietam National Cemetery. Antietam National Battlefield lies north and east of Sharpsburg, along Md. 35 and 65. Both routes intersect either U.S. 40 or 40A and I-70. The Visitor's Center is opening daily except Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years Day. All visitor center facilities and most tour route exhibits are wheelchair accessible. Antietam National Battlefield and Cemetery are adminstered by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. P.O. Box 158 Sharpsburg, MD 21782 301-432-5124 For additional information, visit www.nps.gov/anti
  Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
The Chesapeake and Ohio Canal began as a dream of passage to western wealth, It operated as a conduit of eastern coal, suffered extensive and finally fatal flooding, and then resisted being paved as a highway. Today it endures as a national historical park - a pathway into history, nature, and recreation. The canal runs along the Potomac River from Cumberland, MD to Georgetown, Washington DC (184.5 miles) The canal abuts the property line of Shepherd's Spring at Mile Marker 83. It is popular with hikers and bicyclists. For general information about the canal, write: C&O National Historical Park, 1850 Dual Highway, Hagerstown, MD 21740 or call 301-739-4200. For additional information, visit www.nps.gov\choh
  Foxcross Pottery
Del Martin, potter, lives and works at Foxcross with his wife, Carol. Their secluded rural home, overlooking the Potomac River, and pottery is both self-constructed and self-sustaining. They invite visitors to come glimpse their work and lifestyle. Foxcross pottery is just 5 minutes from Shepherd's Spring, and is open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday 1 - 5 pm or by appointment. The pottery is lead-free and uses stony reduction glazes. Address: 6640 Remsburg Road Sharpsburg, Md 21782 301-432-6692
  Washington County Museum of Fine Arts
The holdings contain over 6,000 works of art, and the museum is nationally recognized for its collection of 19th and early 20th century American Art. In addition, visitors can view 18th century to contemporary paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts. There are also holding of Old Masters, European, Asian, African, and Native American Art. Hours: Tues - Sat. 10 am - 5 pm, Sun. 1 - 5 pm. Located at 91 Key Street, City Park, Hagerstown, MD email: wcmfa@aol.com phone: 301-739-5727 the galleries are fully accessible to those with disabilities and wheelchairs are available. For additional information, visit www.washcomuseum.org
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


Between Rail and River


Author: James Rada, Jr


Description: A sequel to Rada's "Canawlers", this tale takes the Fitzgerald canal boat family through the long winter of 1862-63 as they struggle to hold a family, canal boat and business together amid the joys and dangers of life on the C &O Canal.



The Potomac A Nation's River


Author: Arnout Hyde, Jr/ Ken Sullivan


Description: The Potomac is history's river, flowing through time as surely as it flows down from the mountains of West Virginia and across the green rolling countryside of Virginia and Maryland. George Washington, John Brown, Thomas Jefferson, Clara Barton and Captain John Smith walked its banks and crossed its waters, and much of the American story was written within its environs. A spectacular pictoral trip along the Potomac River.





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