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Greenbrier Valley Adventure

Program Number: 9504RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/7/2014 - 9/12/2014; 5/10/2015 - 5/15/2015; 7/26/2015 - 7/31/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Lewisburg, West Virginia
Price starting at: $899.00 - 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    

Join us as we explore Greenbrier County and the surrounding area, beginning with historic Lewisburg. Named one of National Geographic's "Best Small Town Escapes," Lewisburg is surrounded by rolling hills, mountain forests and picturesque farmlands. Venture onto the grounds of the exclusive Greenbrier resort for an expert-led field trip of the Cold War Bunker, experience the traditional music, stories, arts and crafts of the Appalachians, and learn about the cultural heritage of this unique region.




Highlights

• Learn about the lives and work of coal miners during a field trip to the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine and Coal Camp.
• We will visit the beautiful Greenbrier Resort and take a step back in time to the cold war as we tour the cold war bunker located at this resort.
• Study the history, customs and daily life of Native Americans during a presentation by a member of the Cherokee tribe.



Activity Particulars

Standing for up to an hour and a half and walking up to a half-mile on field trips.



There may be slight changes in sites you explore on specific dates. For details, call or go to www.roadscholar.org/9504KEY.




Date Specific Information

9-7-2014

Includes an exploration of the Cold War bunker at the Greenbrier Resort, a historical interior tour of the hotel and lunch at the Greenbrier, but will no include a trip to the Cass Scenic Railroad or the National Radio Astronomy Observatory.



7-26-2015

This program date will include a visit to the Green Bank National Radio Observatory and the Cass Railroad.




Lewisburg

Situated atop a bluegrass plateau in the Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg is more than 200 years old, a heritage celebrated in the city's central historic district and the surrounding county, which includes the Greenbrier, a well-known resort dating to 1778, as well as the scenic Alleghany Mountains, once favored by Native Americans for hunting game.



Accommodations
Modern hotel with fitness center and outdoor pool.
Meals and Lodgings
   Quality Inn
  Lewisburg 5 nights
 Quality Inn
Type: Hotel
  Contact info: 540 N. Jefferson Street
Lewisburg, WV 24901 USA
phone: 304-645-7722
  Room amenities: Include digital cable, remote controlled color TV, in-room coffee maker, clock radio, free local calls, free wireless internet, iron/ironing board and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: Brier Patch Lounge offers the ideal combination of congeniality and genteel pleasures. Patrons may view 45-inch television and enjoy the ultimate in satellite sports station choices, while relaxing with their favorite beverage; play various computerized games, play a game of billiards or just enjoy an uncontrived atmosphere. Our out door swimming pool is a pure delight. You will enjoy embellishing yourself in our sparkling temperate waters after a busy day. The YMCA Weight Room & Nautilus Center (Located in The Brier Inn Complex) features state-of-the-art equipment. It is equipped to work every major muscle group in your body. The friendly staff and trainers are always willing advise you in the right direction. The Brier Inn Complex also features SubWay, Shoney's, Jim's Theraputic Massage, Hair Design, and Stop IN Convenient Store
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: varies $70 - $80 Nights before and after are available. Participant must call Quality Inn to make those reservations.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: varies $70 - $80 Nights before and after are available. Participant must call Quality Inn to make those reservations.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Room check-in with the hotel begins at 3 p.m. Program registration is in dining area from 3 - 5 PM. You will be staying at Quality Inn that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends following morning presentation. Depart for home. You will be staying at Quality Inn the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking available at Quality Inn at no cost for the week.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lewisburg
  Nearest city or town:  Beckley, WV
  Nearest highway: US 219 / Interstate 64
  Nearest airport:  Greenbrier Valley, Lewisburg WV 24957. Airport Code - LWB. This airport is 3 miles N of LEWISBURG, WV and 5 miles from hotel.
  From End of Program
  Location: Lewisburg
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Lewisburg/White Sulphur Springs

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 304-645-7722
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

None
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 Minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Call hotel to confirm

 

Lewisburg

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
phone: 304-645-7722
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

0.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

10 minutes 

 
Driving Directions
  East Take Exit 169 (Lewisburg/Ronceverte) on Interstate 64 East. Turn Right at the end of the ramp, immediately go to the left turning lane at the first traffic light. Turn Left on Coleman Drive. Turn right at the 3rd lane which will be the parking lot for Quality Inn.
  West Take Exit 169 (Lewisburg/Ronceverte) on Interstate 64 West. At the traffic light at the end of the ramp, turn left going under the interstate bridge. At the first traffic light after going under the bridge, turn left onto Coleman Drive. Turn right at the 3rd lane which will be the parking lot for Quality Inn.
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 and Orientation
(Sunday, September 7)
   
 Afternoon: Arrive at Quality Inn in Lewisburg, WV. (Phone: 304-645-7722) You may begin checking in at 3 p.m. Check in with your Road Scholar program leader following hotel check in.
 Dinner: A delicious two entrée buffet is served at the hotel banquet room.
 Evening: This evening we meet with our Group Leader to discuss our week of activities. Following the presentation we will have time for personal introductions.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Morning Lecture and Afternoon Vistit to Lewisburg
(Monday, September 8)
   
 Breakfast: Start your day with a selection of hot, fresh and healthy choices from eggs, waffles and meat to cereal, pastries and fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: This morning we meet with a local historian and storyteller who will speak on local culture, farming and folklore of the Greenbrier Valley.
 Lunch: Lunch is included today at a local restaurant located a short walk from the hotel.
 Afternoon: Visit the City of Lewisburg. A former mayor was fond of saying, "Only two kinds of people ever leave Lewisburg - those who will return and those who wish they could." In 1978, a 236-acre area in the heart of Lewisburg was designated a National Register Historic District. This 221-year-old town with many 18th- and 19th-century buildings is set amid the Allegheny Mountains and is where the steeple clock still tolls the hour and the church bells ring out on Sunday mornings. Old structures, converted to new purposes, are still in use, and antebellum homes (often remaining in the same families for generations) are still occupied. Our time in Lewisburg will include a guided exploration with a local historian and a visit to the North House Museum. Explore the lives of Greenbrier Valley residents at the North House Museum. Built in 1820, the North House was the home of local lawyer John North and his wife Charlotte for more than a decade before becoming James Frazier’s Star Tavern and Inn. At the turn of the 20th century, the North House became the President’s home for Greenbrier College for Women. The Greenbrier Historical Society has operated within the North House since 1976 and has owned the building since 1992.
 Dinner: Another wonderful buffet dinner is included this evening and served at the hotel.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Trip to Beckley for the Play "Coal Camp Memories" and Visit the Whipple Company Store and Tamarack
(Tuesday, September 9)

Note: This day will be a rather long, but enjoyable day. Due to traveling out of town, we will not be able to return to the hotel until we finish our day around 8 p.m. that evening.



   
 Breakfast: Start your day with a selection of hot, fresh and healthy choices from eggs, waffles and meat to cereal, pastries and fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Travel to Beckley WV for Karen Vuranch's presentation of "Coal Camp Memories" and then on to the Canyon Rim Visitor Center to view a portion of the New River Gorge and visit the New River Gorge Bridge. The New River is a rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 to conserve and protect 53 miles of the New River as a free-flowing waterway. This unit of the National Park System encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history, with an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities.
 Lunch: Today lunch is served at a local church by the members. Enjoy sitting down and enjoying some great food and good conversation.
 Afternoon: We will visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine and learn of the day to day work of a coal miner through riding in a "man car" through the mine. Also enjoy various buildings that have been recovered and restored from various mine sites, such as the superindendent's home, miner's shanty, church and schoolhouse. We will also visit the Whipple Company Store. This store served the coal camp of Whipple, and will give insight into the very vital role the company store played in coal camps. Visit Tamarack - Tamarack is the nation's first and only statewide collection of handmade craft, art and cuisine showcasing "The Best of West Virginia." From hand-carved furniture to glass and pottery to Appalachian quilts, Tamarack offers only the best. You will also find an array of regional specialty foods and products
 Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the Tamarack Welcome and State Craft Center. You will have the choice off of a menu.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Learn about the Cold War Bunker located at the Greenbrier Resort and the history of the Greenbrier Resort.
(Wednesday, September 10)
   
 Breakfast: Start your day with a selection of hot, fresh and healthy choices from eggs, waffles and meat to cereal, pastries and fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Tour the Greenbrier Cold War Bunker....code name "Greek Island." This was to be a relocation facility for the Congress of the United States in the event of a nuclear attack. This is a 90 minute walking tour.
 Lunch: We will enjoy a lunch served at Sam Snead's Tavern at the Greenbrier Country Club.
 Afternoon: We will go back in time as we learn of the special history of the Greenbrier Resort Hotel. We will enjoy an interior tour and time to explore on your own.
 Dinner: Enjoy another wonderful dinner served this evening at the hotel.
 Evening: Free Time
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Visit a 300-year-old Grist Mill in Monroe County and the Greenbier Valley Theater
(Thursday, September 11)
   
 Breakfast: .Start your day with a selection of hot, fresh and healthy choices from eggs, waffles and meat to cereal, pastries and fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Visit an orchard that specialized in various fruits and berries. While there we will get a "behind the scenes" picture of the workings of an orchard.
 Lunch: A delicious locally prepared picnic lunch is served at the local Methodist Retreat Center and Church. During lunch we enjoy a lecture on locally grown and raised products.
 Afternoon: Travel to Monroe County and visit a Grist mill that has been in operation since the 1700s and hear the miller tell of the mill and it's operation
 Dinner: A farewell dinner is included this evening at the hotel. Share your week's experiences with your fellow Road Scholar participants.
 Evening: At Greenbrier Valley Theater - Lewisburg, WV. The Greenbrier Valley Theater, a performance venue that used to be a downtown department store. PERFORMANCE: Stand By Your Man; The Tammy Wynette Story.
   
Accommodations: Quality Inn
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Learn about Cherokee History and Culture, Lunch and Departures
(Friday, September 12)
   
 Breakfast: Start your day with a selection of hot, fresh and healthy choices from eggs, waffles and meat to cereal, pastries and fresh fruit, juice and coffee.
 Morning: Study the history, customs, and way of life of the Native Americans as presented by a Native American from the Cherokee tribe.
 Lunch: A packed bag lunch will be prepared for your departure.
   
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


A History of Greenbrier County


Author: Otis K. Rice


The Man Who Wanted Seven Wives: The Greenbrier Ghost and the Famous Murder Mystery of 1897


Author: Katie Letcher Lyle


Way Out in West Virginia: A Must-Have Guide to the Oddities and Wonders of the Mountain State


Author: Jeanne Mozier




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