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The Covered Bridges of Indiana

Program Number: 6714RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/12/2014 - 5/15/2014; 10/6/2014 - 10/11/2014; 5/11/2015 - 5/15/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Saint Mary of the Woods, Indiana
Price starting at: $399.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 9; 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free; Gluten Free    

A charming and scenic adventure walks you "slowly" — literally — through historic Parke County, the Covered Bridge Capital of the World. Experience many 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

10-6-2014

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

Guests will stay in two-bedroom suites with shared bath. The Guest House has large living room and kitchenette with full size refrigerator.



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 3 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 Lunch. 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:

 

$150 round trip per car
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 or 812-535-5131 to make arrangements for round trip to and from Indianapolis Airport. The charge of $150 round trip 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, May 12)

Note: Campus tour is primarily a bus tour with a guide. There are opportunities to get off the bus at a couple of places on campus.



   
 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, May 13)

Note: Morning and evening are classroom settings. Afternoon is an outdoor classroom if weather permits.



   
 Breakfast: Coffee and Toast available in Guest House. Full hot breakfast served in O'Shaughnessy Dining room
 Morning: Learn from a master bridge builder who specializes in the building and restoration of 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: Broad Ax and other 19th Century Tools. At the site of a hand-hewn log cabin on campus, watch the builder of this cabin demonstrate timber processing as it was done before saw mills. Other tools of woodcraft will also be demonstrated.
 Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Evening: Indiana Folklore and Music. Hear the many folk stories and legends that were born and remain in Indiana lore. Have a discussion and video of Indiana Limestone art and enjoy music from the hills of southern Indiana.
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Covered Bridges in Indiana
(Wednesday, May 14)

Note: We will go by bus to several bridges. Opportunity to get off the bus at each site to view the bridges and the settings with the guide.



   
 Breakfast: Coffee and toast available in the Guest House. Full hot breakfast served in O'Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Morning: With a Parke County tour guide and bridge expert, we'll travel by a bus to visit many of the 30 bridges in the county. At each of the bridge sites we visit, participants will have the opportunity to 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 State Park or other historic site
 Afternoon: After lunch we will board the bus to Bridgeton, IN, the site of one of the most beautiful bridge settings in Park County. Visit the old grist mill and roam the quaint old town.
 Dinner: Dinner in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room.
 Evening: Music from Indiana and Beyond-The trio of mandolin, Irish tin flute and guitar will share songs and tunes from both sides of the Atlantic. The trio features 2 time national champion mandolin player.
   
Accommodations: Mary O. Goodwin Guest House
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: White Violet Center for Eco-Justice.
(Thursday, May 15)

Note: Combination of indoor and outdoor classroom. Walk garden paths and paved trails.



   
 Breakfast: Toast and coffee available in the Guest House. Full hot breakfast served in O'Shaughnessy Dining room.
 Morning: Visit the White Violet Center for Eco Justice on the St. Mary's campus. Learn about the mission of the Sisters of Providence to keep Earth. Visit their award winning alpacas, their fiber operation and their organic gardens.
 Lunch: Farewell Lunch in the O' Shaughnessy Dining Room followed by independent departures. Thank you for coming to our program.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

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.


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