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Service Learning at Chippokes: Preserve and Maintain One of America’s Most Historic Farms

Program Number: 17519RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/23/2014 - 3/28/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Surry, Virginia
Price starting at: $741.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Kosher    

Work side by side with historians, interpreters and curators to address critical collections management needs at Chippokes Plantation State Park, one of the oldest working farms in America. Explore farm grounds and nearby sites to gain a robust perspective on the diverse cultures represented by the park’s collection, and share in the passion of historians as you help piece together a precious historical puzzle.




Highlights

• Sort through legal documents, furniture, photographs and news articles as you assist researchers in cataloging your discoveries.
• Stabilize documents on acid-free paper.
• Take pictures and update the digital database, and search the Internet for more information about artifacts and local history.



Activity Particulars

Walking no more than a mile, uneven terrain, stairs in historic buildings.




Date Specific Information

3-23-2014

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



Coordinated by Road Scholar.




Surry

The town of Surry lies across the James River from Williamsburg and the Historic Triangle. In this beautiful rural area, much of the original pastoral setting remains, with thousands of acres of rolling farmland, thick pine woods and panoramic river vistas. A number of homes, mostly privately owned, are on the National Register of Historic Places.



Accommodations
Charming hotel with indoor swimming pool and fitness center.
Meals and Lodgings
   Clarion Hotel Historic District
  Williamsburg 6 nights
 Clarion Hotel Historic District
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Clarion Hotel Historic District features 143 well-appointed guest rooms. On-site recreational offerings include a fitness center, an indoor heated pool with whirlpool and a game room. The hotel also offers great food and entertainment at the Bourbon Street Restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Walking distance to Colonial Williamsburg and two miles to Busch Gardens.
  Contact info: 351 York Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185 USA
phone: 757-229-4100
web: www.clarionwilliamsburg.com
  Room amenities: Room Amenities: Free high speed Internet access in all guest rooms and public spaces; dual-line speaker telephone; iron/ironing board; in-room movies; coffee maker; hair dryer; in room safes at no additional charge
  Facility amenities: Facilities: 24-Hour Front Desk, business center, guest laundromat, dry cleaning service, fitness facility, game room, lounge, indoor whirlpool and indoor pool.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds) Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: $69p+ ($89+ sp. event wknds) Make arrangements directly with the hotel. Limited rooms available at the discounted Road Scholar rate. Rate not available if hotel is sold out. Reservations require credit card guarantee. Cancellation must be made 48 hrs prior to arrival to avoid charge.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration and Check-in 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District that night.
  End of Program:
Farewell Luncheon 12:00-1:00 p.m. You will be staying at Clarion Hotel Historic District the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Williamsburg
  Nearest city or town:  Richmond
  Nearest highway: Interstate 64
  Nearest airport:  Williamsburg/Newport News Airport (30 minutes)
  From End of Program
  Location: Williamsburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Newport News

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20-30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

about 20

   

Although this is a smaller airport than Richmond or Norfolk, it is the closest and most convenient in terms of getting to and from the airport. Besides the van service listed, several taxi companies are also available in the ground transportation area of the airport. Alternatives include Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Triangle Taxi (757-564-6969). When using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant. Call our office at 757-221-3649 for other alternatives.

 

Richmond

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Groome Transportation
phone: 800-552-7911

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

about an hour depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45-50 miles

   

Alternate transportation from/to airport available through Oleta Coach Lines van service (757-253-1008) or Marrow Transit, a private car service,757-564-5466. Call for rates and reservations.

 

Norfolk

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Oleta Coach Lines
phone: 757-253-1008
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies, depending on current gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1.5 hours, depending on traffic 

 

Distance:

 

about 45 miles

   

Travel from this airport to the hotel (and back after the program) includes passage through the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel which is frequently congested, causing long delays. The trip may well cost in excess of $100 per person one way. We recommend using Richmond or Newport News Airports if possible. Alternate transportation includes Marrow Transit (757-564-5466) or Cary Airport Connection (757-963-0433). If using Oleta or Marrow, be sure to mention that you are a Road Scholar participant.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For bus information, call 1-800-231-2222 or go to www.greyhound.com. Additional transportation will be required to get from Williamsburg to Smithfield. Call our office at 757-221-3649 for additional details.

 

Williamsburg

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Triangle Taxi
phone: 757-564-6969
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

varies depending on gas prices; call for rates
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

2 miles

   

Williamsburg is served by both Amtrak and Greyhound, which both arrive at the same Transportation Center. For bus information, call 1-800-231-2222 or go to www.greyhound.com. Additional transportation will be required to get from Williamsburg to Smithfield. Call our office at 757-221-3649 for additional details.

 
Driving Directions
  From Hampton Roads Travel WEST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Richmond and I-95 Travel EAST on Interstate I-64 toward Williamsburg. Just EAST of Williamsburg, leave I-64 on exit #242-A/Route 199 toward Jamestown. Drive 1.3 miles; take exit for Route 60. At stop sign at bottom of ramp, turn left onto Route 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over 1 mile on the right, shortly after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you have gone too far.
  From Southside Virginia via the Jamestown Ferry Cross the James River on the Jamestown Ferry/Route 31. Follow Route 31/Jamestown Road toward Williamsburg for about 4.2 miles. Turn right at the traffic light onto Route 199. Follow Route 199 about 3.8 miles to exit for Route 60. At stop sign turn left onto 60 WEST. The hotel is a little over a mile on the right, just after the road narrows to two lanes. If you get to the stoplight, you've gone too far.
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 & Check-in, Registration & Orientation
(Sunday, March 23)
   
 Afternoon: 4:00 p.m. Arrival/Check-in. Program registration. Class: "Introduction to Chippokes Plantation" Learn about one of the oldest working farms in the United States which has kept its original boundaries since the 1600s. First received as a land grant by Captain William Powell in 1619 and later expanded in 1646, the plantation is named after an Indian chief who befriended the earliest English settlers. Investigate the unusual architecture of the present mansion, built in 1854, and discuss the farm's history during the Civil War and through its acquisition by the Stewart family in 1918. Find out how Mrs. Stewart was able to preserve and protect this historical site so that future generations could enjoy its history and amenities.
 Dinner: Enjoy a good, traditional style dinner with a Southern accent, served buffet style in a private dining area. All dinners for the week will be in this venue.
 Evening: Introductions and Announcements Review of the week's activities
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2:
(Monday, March 24)
   
 Breakfast: Start the day with a generous buffet breakfast in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: "Exploration of Chippokes Plantation", Enjoy a guided exploration of the beautifully landscaped formal gardens where azaleas, crepe myrtle, boxwood and seasonal flowers accent the grounds. Visit the elegant Jones Mansion, noting the Italianate architecture that is quite distinctive from the Georgian mansions further up the James River. Time permitting, explore the Chippokes Farm and Forestry Museum where more than 600 artifacts are displayed to interpret rural early American farm life. Service Work: Receive an introduction to the specific tasks that will be undertaken for the remainder of the week. Learn about the value of the PastPerfect software used by many museums and begin practicing how to use it. Observe the storage and cataloguing techniques used at the site and explore some of the avenues used to research information about artifacts found at the Chippokes site.
 Lunch: Surry County, where Chippokes is located, is home to pork, peanuts, and pine, so what could be better than a lunch from the regionally renowned Edward's Ham Shop? Choose from several pork based sandwiches, or opt for a veggie selection. The box lunch includes drink, chips, and Edward's trademark pound cake for dessert.
 Afternoon: Service Work: Launch into the work that you will be engaged in for the rest of the week. Activities include using PastPerfect to enter artifacts into the museum's catalogue, attaching accession numbers to items and preparing for storage artifacts that will not be immediately on display. You might also research information on items that do not have sufficient data or research information about early American, plantation, and local history that will be useful in interpreting the historical site. For the shutterbug there may be opportunities to take digital photographs of objects and scan them into the database along with relevant descriptions. Or you may assist with stabilizing important documents in acid free paper.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Performance: "Plantation Music Traditions" Enjoy an evening of delightful music played on banjo, guitar, and other period appropriate instruments as a talented musician not only entertains you but provides a commentary explaining the origins and evolution of eighteenth and nineteenth century instruments.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3:
(Tuesday, March 25)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.
 Morning: Service Work: Continue assisting the curatorial staff at Chippokes with the preservation, cataloguing, and storage of artifacts.
 Lunch: There's nothing like a few pizzas to turn an activity into a party and today's lunch will be catered by a local pizzeria and include a variety of toppings from which to choose. Drinks and dessert are also provided.
 Afternoon: Service Work: Continue activities from the morning. Field Trip: "Bacon's Castle", In contrast to the Italianate mansion at Chippokes, explore the marvelous seventeenth century Jacobean architecture of this ancient house. In this specially arranged private excursion, take in the cruciform shape, the triple chimneys, and the curvilinear gables. Learn about the fortunes of the Allen family who lived there and the rebellion in 1676 that gave the house its name. Take in the furnishings that were part of life in the Big House, then walk through the simple dwelling that represents the quarters for the slaves who worked the land.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Free evening to explore some of the other local sites on your own. Information will be given about choices that you can make. No transportation provided.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4:
(Wednesday, March 26)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.
 Morning: Field Trip: "Historic Jamestowne", Explore a site that is older than either Chippokes or Bacon's Castle. At Jamestown Island you will tread the very ground where the first permanent English settlement in North America was established in 1607. Today you can immerse yourself in the past through the Visitor Center galleries and unique audio-visual presentation of life in the early settlement. Then walk over to the dig site where, depending upon weather, you may be able to watch as archaeologists continue to unearth the remains of the original fort that was thought lost to erosion by the river until less than 20 years ago. Next take in the reproduction of the seventeenth century church where only the 1639 tower remains from the original building. Finish the visit in the Archaearium where the incredible treasure of artifacts found at the fort site are displayed and the foundation of the old statehouse that burned in 1698 can be viewed through the windows in the museum floor.
 Lunch: Today's lunch will be from another local restaurant and provide a choice of sandwiches, along with drinks and dessert.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the large number of other historical venues in the Williamsburg area, take in a museum, or just relax at the hotel.
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Lecture: "The African American Experience at Chippokes", Investigate the long history of African American connections to the plantation site, beginning with one of the original "twenty and odd" indentured servants traded at Jamestown for provisions in 1619. Learn about the gradual metamorphosis of servitude to slavery during the mid to late seventeenth century and life in the quarters on an early American plantation. Move on to the Antebellum period, the Civil War, and finally Reconstruction as the lives of African Americans move from slavery to freedmen and independent farmers.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5:
(Thursday, March 27)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.
 Morning: Service Work: Continue projects at the plantation site.
 Lunch: Once again lunch will be from Edward's Ham Shop with a whole new selection of sandwiches from turkey to pork to veggie. And, of course, there will be more of that delicious pound cake!
 Afternoon: Service Work: Continue activities from the morning. Lecture: "Ancient Chippokes", While the plantation has a long recorded history, it has an even longer prehistoric story that can be told. Learn about the geology of the Tidewater region and how it arose from the bottom of the ocean as water levels dropped through the eons. Explore the history of the Indians who occupied the land for centuries before the English arrived and try to interpret their lives through the material culture that they left behind in the fields of Chippokes Plantation. Field Trip: "Sharks' Teeth and Pottery Sherds", Take a stroll along the beach of the James River below the manor house where interesting geological feature will be pointed out. You might be lucky enough to find a reminder that where you are walking was once the ocean floor!
 Dinner: Dinner will again be at the hotel in our private dining area.
 Evening: Performance: "How to Thrive and Prosper in Seventeenth Century Virginia", Meet a captivating lady from mid-century who will entertain you with stories of her trials and triumphs on the edge of the developing British Empire over three hundred years ago.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, March 28)
   
 Breakfast: Buffet breakfast at your leisure in our private dining area.
 Morning: Service Work: Return once more to Chippokes to bring your volunteer work to a conclusion.
 Lunch: As a small thank you, enjoy a special luncheon back at the hotel before you head home.
   
Accommodations: Clarion Hotel Historic District
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Williamsburg Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Jamestown and Yorktown
When you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with lectures and extracurricular activities; your free time will be limited. We spend much of our time on field trips to surrounding historical hot spots, yet we won't come close to going to every interesting place in the Williamsburg Area. Because our programs often focus on one particular aspect or attraction in the area, please review the program itinerary carefully to see what sites are and are not included. Consider staying an extra day at the end of the program for further exploration of the area. Visit our web page with links to sample schedules, hotel web pages, local attractions, and more. Several of the major historical sites including Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown have their own websites with detailed calendars. For additional information, visit www.wm.edu/Road Scholar
  Smithfield, VA Tidewater Area: Williamsburg/Surry
When you come to our Road Scholar program, you'll find the schedule filled with classes and extracurricular activities; your free time will be limited to only a few hours a day. We spend much of our time in the service work or on field trips to surrounding historic hot spots, yet we won't come close to going to every interesting place in the Tidewater area. Consider staying an extra day before or after the program to further explore the region. Several of the major historical sites including Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown have their own websites with detailed calendars. More information can be obtained by searching Smithfield, VA websites. For additional information, visit www.wm.edu/elderhostel
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.


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