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The Covered Bridges of Indiana

Program Number: 6714RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/7/2013 - 10/12/2013; 5/11/2015 - 5/15/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana
Price starting at: $535.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 14; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

A charming and scenic adventure walks you "slowly" — literally — through historic Parke County, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. Experience several of the county’s 31 covered bridges as you study their construction, meet the engineers who work to restore them, the volunteers who maintain them, and enjoy the legends, folklore, and music these national treasures have inspired.




Highlights

• Examine the step-by-step story of how a community pulled together to rebuild a cherished bridge with an engineer trained in covered-bridge restoration.
• Accompanied by a bridge expert, visit many of the county’s 32 bridges — and then explore, ask questions, take pictures and walk under each fascinating bridge.
• Learn from experts about 19th century tools, timber processing and woodcraft used to construct many of these bridges.



Activity Particulars

Moderate standing and walking each day.




Date Specific Information

10-7-2013

Enjoy a field trip to Day 1 of the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival, beginning in the Rockville town square and continuing to Bridgeton and one of the most beautiful bridge settings in the county.



5-11-2015

Four-night program.



Coordinated by Saint Mary of the Woods College.




Saint Mary of the Woods

Home to the country’s oldest Catholic college for women, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods village is common ground for the Sisters of Providence, a Catholic order of nuns who are known for their devout pacifism.



Accommodations
Two-bedroom suites with living room, kitchenette and shared bath.
Meals and Lodgings
   Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
  Saint Mary of the Woods, IN 5 nights
 Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Type: Inn
  Contact info: Saint Mary of the Woods College
3301 Saint Mary's Road
Saint Mary of the Woods, IN 47876 USA
phone: 812-535-5149
  Room amenities: Bed and bath linens, carpeted, telephones, cable television, laptop hook-up. All buildings on campus are wireless.
  Facility amenities: Two story, carpeted facility. All guest rooms are two bedroom suites that share a bath. There are 10 rooms on each floor and 5 bathrooms on each floor. Each floor has a kitchenette. There is a large common living room with cable television. No elevator or ramp into the building.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Bathroom: Shared bathroom between two rooms.
  Additional nights prior: $45.00 For additional nights lodging, contact the Road Scholar coordinator at 812-535-5149 or email reserve@smwc.edu.
  Check in time: 2:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $45.00 For additional nights lodging, contact the Road Scholar coordinator at 812-535-5149 or email reserve@smwc.edu.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Afternoon registration 2:00-4:00 PM at guest house. You will be staying at Mary O. Goodwin Guest House that night.
  End of Program:
After Breakfast at 8:00 AM. You will be staying at Mary O. Goodwin Guest House the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking available throughout campus.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
  Nearest city or town:  Terre Haute, Indiana.
  Nearest highway: US Hwy 150, I-70 nearest Interstate.
  Nearest airport:  Indianapolis International Airport (IND), Indianapolis, IN.
  From End of Program
  Location: Saint Mary of the Woods, IN
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Indianapolis, IN

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$156.00 (including tip)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 

 

Distance:

 

70 miles

   

Transportation can be arranged if arrival and departure times do not conflict with program timing. Contact the program coordinator at jwhite@smwc.edu or 812-535-5149 to make arrangements for round trip to and from Indianapolis Airport. The charge of $156 one way is for the car not per person.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East or West Interstate 70 to exit 3 in Indiana, Darwin Road. Turn Left onto Darwin Rd. Follow Darwin Rd about 1 mile to Hwy 40. Turn Right onto Hwy 40 and drive into West Terre Haute to the 2nd stoplight, intersection with Hwy 150. Turn left onto Hwy 150 and drive 2-3 miles (under the railroad trestle, through Marion Heights) to the Saint Mary of the Woods sign. Turn left onto St. Mary's Road, up the hill and enter campus via 2nd gate on the right.
  From the North Drive State Hwy 63 south in Indiana. Hwy 63 merges with Hwy 41 on the north edge of Terre Haute. Take Hwy 41 South to Hwy 40 West (you will pass a cemetery on the right, Indiana State University on the left). Turn Right onto Hwy 40 (you will see the County Courthouse at this turn). Take Hwy 40 west (you will cross the Wabash River) into West Terre Haute. At the first stoplight in West Terre Haute, intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 150, you will turn right onto Hwy 150. Follow Hwy 150, 2-3 miles (under railroad trestle, through Marion Heights) to the Saint Mary of the Woods sign. Turn Left onto St. Mary's Road, up the hill and enter campus via 2nd gate on the right.
  From the South Use US 41 North in Indiana to Hwy 40 West in Terre Haute (2 blocks North of the Vigo County Courthouse in Terre Haute). Turn left or west onto US 40. You will cross the Wabash River, and drive about 2 miles on Hwy 40 to West Terre Haute. At the first stoplight, intersection of Hwy 40 and Hwy 150, turn right onto 150. Follow Hwy 150, 2-3 miles (under the railroad trestle, through Marion Heights) to the Saint Mary of the Woods sign. Turn left onto St. Mary's Road, up the hill and enter campus via 2nd gate on the right.
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: Check In and Campus Tour/Welcome Program/Music from Covered Bridge Country
(Monday, October 7)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at Mary O. Goodwin Guest House for check-in 2:00-4:00 PM. With a guide, take a bus/walking tour of the campuses of the College and the Sisters of Providence.
 Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Evening: Get acquainted session in Providence Center followed by "Music from Covered Bridge Country".
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Understanding bridges and the people who love them.
(Tuesday, October 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Guest House or Le Fer Hall.
 Morning: Learn from the engineer whose specialty it is to restore covered bridges. In a slide presentation, he will take you through a total restoration of one of the bridges Parke County thought it had lost. In addition, he will show how a Parke County community pulled together to re-build a cherished bridge lost due to arson.
 Lunch: Lunch in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Parke County resident, bridge tour guide, engineer, and covered bridge enthusiast will offer his PowerPoint presentation of covered bridges, their builders, and design differences. There will be a discussion of neighborhood "ownership" of individual bridges and how those bridges became part of local custom, legend and lore.
 Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Evening: Parke County history teacher and President of the Parke County Historical Society will show his reel to reel movie of the Covered Bridge Festival in its early days. He will discuss how the Festival came to be, how it has evolved, his family's participation through the years, and the economical impact of the Festival on Parke County.
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Covered Bridges in Indiana
(Wednesday, October 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Guest House or Le Fer Hall.
 Morning: With a Parke County tour guide and bridge expert, travel on a bus to visit many of the 32 bridges in the county. At all bridge sites, participants will explore and examine the bridges, ask questions of the guide, take pictures, walk across and under the bridges, and enjoy the picturesque settings.
 Lunch: Lunch at Turkey Run State Park. Turkey Run will offer their delicious fried chicken lunch buffet in the lodge.
 Afternoon: After lunch we will board the bus to visit the Turkey Run Narrows Bridge; one of the most beautiful of all the Parke County bridges.
 Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Evening: Program "A True Story Told: A Civil War Soldier's Diary" as told by the great grandson of a Parke County Civil War soldier.
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: White Violet Center for Eco Justice and Indiana Folklore and Music
(Thursday, October 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Morning: Learn about the ecological mission of the Sisters of Providence at the White Violet Center and visit with the award-winning alpacas. www.spsmw.org.
 Lunch: Lunch in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Afternoon: Program "Indiana Folklore and Music" Learn where the term "Hoosier" came from, the folk stories of the area, and the music from the hills of southern Indiana from a professor of Folklore at Indiana State University.
 Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Evening: Free Night. Enjoy dinner on campus or at a local restaurant. If you stay in, watch a movie provided for you in the Guest House.
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Ernie Pyle Museum/Parke County Covered Bridge Festival
(Friday, October 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the Guest House or Le Fer Hall.
 Morning: Board the bus after breakfast. First stop is the Ernie Pyle State Historic Site in Dana, IN. After a guided visit, re-board the bus for the opening day of the Parke County Covered Bridge Festival. Our first festival stop will be the town square in Rockville, IN.
 Lunch: Lunch on your own at the Festival.
 Afternoon: After lunch, board the bus for Bridgeton, IN. Bridgeton is the site of one of the most beautiful bridge settings in Parke County. Visit the old grist mill and roam the quaint old town turned festival site.
 Dinner: A catered closing banquet dinner in our private dining room. with entertainment: Enjoy an original presentation by a local historian and radio personality. A Parke County native, he will portray his great grandfather as he reads from his Civil War diary. Parke County and Civil War history is revealed as this soldier's story is told.
 Evening: Program: Indiana Folk Humor. Get your giggles and grins as you experience the kind of humor that is clearly Hoosier.
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: A farewell breakfast is served in the Guest House. There is no programming. Hope you liked the program; have a safe trip.
(Saturday, October 12)
   
 Breakfast: Catered farewell breakfast in the Guest House.
 Morning: Independent Departures after breakfast. We hope you enjoyed the program.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Saint Mary of the Woods, IN Parke County Convention & Visitors Bureau
Your guide to Parke County. For additional information, visit www.coveredbridges.com
  Swope Art Museum
Outstanding collection of 19th- and 20th-century American art. Located in Terre Haute. For additional information, visit www.swope.org
  Terre Haute Convention & Visitors Bureau
Your guide to Terre Haute. For additional information, visit www.terrehaute.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


Indiana Covered Bridges: A Quiet Path


Author: Marsha Williamson Mohr


Description: Photography



Covered Bridges:A Close-up Look


Author: Alan Giagnocavo


Description: Architecture



Hoosier Folk Legends


Author: Ronald L Baker


Terre Haute: Queen City of the Wabash


Author: Mike Mc Cormick



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