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The Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley, The Lees of Virginia, and Appalachian Origins

Program Number: 7480RJ
Start and End Dates:
4/13/2014 - 4/18/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Staunton, Virginia
Price starting at: $789.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Multi-Topic; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 15; 5 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    
Meal Options: Low Fat; Vegetarian; Low Salt; Gluten Free    

Activity Particulars

Walking up to 1.5 miles over battlefield terrain and footpath terrain.




Date Specific Information

4-13-2014

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Coordinated by Virginia Commonwealth University.



The Civil War In Virginia's Shenandoah Valley

This dynamic series of lectures and field trips explores Civil War in the Valley. Study the defeats, successes, movement of troops, tactics and battlefield insights, from Jackson's Valley Campaign to New Market to the effects of Sheridan's torch. Walking up to 1.5 miles over battlefield terrain and footpath terrain.



The Lees of Virginia: From 1640 to Robert E. Lee

Meet representative members of one of the illustrious first families of Virginia. Study important roles the Lees played in Virginia history from colonial times through the Civil War. Field trip to historic Lexington, the Lee Museum and Lee's crypt.



Appalachian Origins: Nature Sculpts Land & Life

How did the Shenandoah and the Appalachians originate? What forces molded this venerable landscape, home to wildlife, wildflowers, forests, and humans? Study their connections and explore Natural Bridge Gorge with an expert field naturalist.




Staunton

Tucked in the heart of the Shenandoah, Staunton is blessed with natural beauty, a rich cultural heritage and 270 years of history. Five National Historic Districts display outstanding architecture, while the American Shakespeare Center and its re-creation of Shakespeare's original Blackfriars Playhouse showcase the best of the Bard.



Natural Bridge

Considered one of the natural wonders of the world, Natural Bridge spans a deep gorge and caverns between the Blue Ridge and Alleghenies. This ancient limestone arch became a path for wildlife, a sacred site for Monacan Indians, a gateway for settlers and a curiosity for Europeans. Thomas Jefferson called it "the most sublime of nature's works."



Accommodations
Historic hotel in downtown Staunton with heated indoor pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Stonewall Jackson Hotel
  Staunton, VA 5 nights
 Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Stonewall Jackson opened in 1924 and was fully renovated in 2005. It is a full-service luxury hotel in the Colonial Revival style. With its historical character, custom interiors, and warm finishes, it was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as a winner of the Great American Main Street Award. An original 1924 one-of-a-kind Wurlitzer organ/piano graces the ballroom. The Hotel is located next to the Blackfriars Playhouse and just one block from Beverley Street, downtown Staunton's main street with coffee shops, restaurants, boutiques, and bookstores.
  Contact info: 24 South Market Street
Staunton, VA 24401 USA
phone: 540-885-4848
web: www.stonewalljacksonhotel.com
  Room amenities: High speed internet access, telephones with data port and voice mail, cable TV, coffeepots, hair dryers, iron and ironing boards in all rooms.
  Facility amenities: Hotel has a restaurant, lounge, business center including computer with internet access, guest laundry, fitness facility, and indoor pool with a whirlpool. Parking is available in the adjacent New Street Parking Garage, with elevators to the hotel, for $4 per day.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Based on season & availability Based on season and availability
  Check out time: 12:00 PM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30-5:00 PM in hotel lobby for Road Scholar registration. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after early lunch at 11:30 AM. Room checkout is 12:00 noon. You will be staying at Stonewall Jackson Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking at municipal garage adjacent to hotel is $4.00 per day.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Staunton, VA
  Nearest city or town:  Harrisonburg to the north, Waynesboro to the east
  Nearest highway: North-south: I-81 and US Rt 11; East-west: I-64 and US Rt 250
  Nearest airport:  Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport, Weyers Cave (20 miles away)
  From End of Program
  Location: Staunton, VA
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport (SHD) to Staunton

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Shuttle to Staunton
phone: 540-234-8304
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$30
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1/2 hour 

 

Distance:

 

20-25 miles

   

Email at shdshuttle@flyshd.com. Cost at last report was $30 per trip to Staunton. Shenandoah Valley Regional Airport contact is 540-234-8304 or www.flyshd.com.

 

AMTRAK to Staunton

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Town trolley

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

25-cent trolley, operates May to December
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

A short walk, or 20-25 minutes depending on trolley route & timing 

 

Distance:

 

2 blocks

   

The hotel is close to the train depot but up a hill. From the station, walk one block N on South Augusta, turn right on Johnson St. and walk one block to New St. Municipal parking garage will be on opposite corner. Enter garage and take elevator to hotel lobby. Alternatively, the public trolley is a pleasant ride in fair weather, but to reach the hotel only two blocks away can require a rather long trip to the outskirts of town before the route loops back to the hotel.

 
Driving Directions
  From the East, from Richmond to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel Take I-64 west over the Blue Ridge to I-81. Turn north on I-81 and take the next exit, Staunton Exit 222. Take US Rt 250 west (Richmond Road) about 2.5 miles toward Historic Downtown Staunton. When Hwy 250 ends at a "T" intersection, bear right and go under the train tracks. Go straight ahead at the light (follow the Historical Signs) up Coalter Street and turn left on Frederick Street (the street after Beverley). Proceed on Frederick St to the first stoplight, turn left onto Market Street, and go 2 blocks on Market. The Stonewall Jackson Hotel will be on the right. Parking is in the municipal garage beneath the hotel--proceed around the block (and down the hill) to the entrance. An elevator to the Hotel lobby is available from the garage.
  From the North or South on I-81 to the Stonewall Jackson Hotel Take I-81 to Staunton Exit 222. Take US Rt 250 west (Richmond Road) about 2.5 miles toward Historic Downtown Staunton. When Hwy 250 ends at a "T" intersection, bear right and go under the railroad bridge. At the stoplight go straight (following the Historical signs) for 3 blocks up Coalter Street and turn left on Frederick Street (the street after Beverley). Proceed on Frederick St to the first stoplight, turn left on Market Street and proceed 2 blocks. The front doors to Stonewall Jackson Hotel will be on the right. Parking is in the municipal garage beneath the hotel--proceed around the block (and down the hill) to the entrance. An elevator to the Hotel lobby is available from the garage.
Equipment Requirements: Comfortable walking shoes for field trips.
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: Welcome to Staunton!/Orientation
(Sunday, April 13)
   
 Afternoon: Register for rooms after 3:30 PM. Register for your Road Scholar and get your program information folder from 3:00 - 5:00 PM in the Stonewall Jackson Hotel lobby. Enjoy a before-dinner social hour from 5:00 - 6:00 pm in the lounge adjacent to the lobby. This is a great opportunity to meet your coordinator and fellow participants.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: 0rientation and introductions in the classroom.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Classes begin
(Monday, April 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: This is a sample schedule. Classes and field trips may be rearranged to accommodate instructors' schedules. Class this morning is "Appalachian Origins"
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Begin our study of "The Lees of Virginia." You'll also have time this afternoon to enjoy your hotel's location in downtown Staunton or socialize with new friends.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Class: The Lees of Virginia
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Field Trip to Natural Bridge and Lexington
(Tuesday, April 15)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: Field trip begins with trip to Natural Bridge, the famous arch once owned by Thomas Jefferson, and a walk up the gorge carved by Cedar Creek.
 Lunch: Lunch at a park overlooking the Maury River
 Afternoon: Field trip continues to the town of Lexington for the Lee Chapel and Museum.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Class: The Lees of Virginia
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Morning & evening classes/Free afternoon
(Wednesday, April 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: Class on Appalachian Origins.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Afternoon: Your time is your own after lunch. There's a lot to explore in Staunton and the Shenandoah Valley. In town there's the Woodrow Wilson Library & Museum, and the Frontier Culture Museum. Not far away are caverns, mountains, museums, and crafts.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: Lecture begings our study of the Civil War in the Shenandoah Valley.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Field trip to Shenandoah Valley Civil War battlesites/Port Republic, New Market and the Hall of Valor Museum/Evening entertainment
(Thursday, April 17)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: We depart at 9:00 AM for our field trip to Civil War battlesites in the Valley. With our instructor on board, we'll travel by coach/van to battlefield sites at Harrisonburg, Port Republic and New Market. We'll also visit the Hall of Valor Civil War Museum.
 Lunch: Picnic lunch on the grounds of the Hall of Valor Museum
 Afternoon: Our field trips continues. We'll investigate noorth to Cedar Creek or another battlefield before returning to the hotel in late afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner in the hotel dining room: Varying each night between chicken, fish, and pasta options, all deliciously prepared by the chef with a salad, complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
 Evening: A relaxing and delightful evening of traditional music for your enjoyment.
   
Accommodations: Stonewall Jackson Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6:
(Friday, April 18)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast in the hotel dining room: Full Hot Southern Breakfast Buffet, includes eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, biscuits and gravy, fruit, cereal, breakfast pastries, and beverage choices.
 Morning: After breakfast, enjoy summary classes of Civil War in the Valley and Appalachian Origins. Early lunch at 11:30 AM allows you a head-start on your travel home. Room check-out is 12:00 noon.
 Lunch: Lunch in the hotel dining room: Will vary each day between lighter meal options such as deli sandwiches, salads, and soups, all served with a delicious and meal-complimenting dessert, and beverage choices.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
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


Shaping a nation: stories of the Lees


Author: Ludwell Lee Montague


A familys path in America : the Lees and their continuing legacy


Author: David S. Turk


Blue Ridge nature journal: reflections on the Appalachian Mountains in essays and art


Author: George Ellison and Elizabeth Ellison


Description: Essays by George Ellison and paintings by Elizabeth Ellison



Mountains of the heart: a natural history of the Appalachians


Author: Scott Weidensaul


The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1862


Author: Gary Gallagher, editor


Description: When Confederate forces prevailed: a collection of essays on the first major Valley campaign



The Shenandoah Valley Campaign of 1864


Author: Gary Gallagher, editor


Description: When Union forces prevailed: a collection of essays on the second major Valley campaign





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