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Delaware on the Front Lines and Women Spies: From the American Revolution to WWII

Program Number: 12378RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/10/2014 - 11/13/2014; 4/20/2015 - 4/23/2015; 5/11/2015 - 5/14/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/17/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/8/2015;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Kosher; Gluten Free; Low Salt    

Delaware has been a strategic point of military defense for the United States since the country’s very beginnings — from the American Revolution to World War II and beyond. Take a fresh look into the military history of “The First State” as historians and military experts share their insight into the military intelligence and espionage during the Revolutionary War, the role that Delaware played during the Civil War as a defending state of the Union bordered by Confederate states, and the threat posed by German U-boats along the coast of Lewes during WWII. Consider the roles played by female spies during each of these conflicts, and learn how their efforts contributed to the politics and outcomes of each war.




Highlights

• Join a docent for a historical exploration of Lewes, and learn about Delaware’s little-known role in keeping the Union whole during the Civil War.
• Discover Delaware’s involvement in WWII during a field trip to Fort Miles, one of the strongest coastal forts ever built and the largest of the East Coast combat-ready posts.
• Consider the role of women in espionage during WWII and beyond as you take in insightful lectures and a living history performance.



Activity Particulars

Participants must be able to climb some stairs, stand for up to an hour, get on and off a motor coach, and walk a few blocks in and out of doors.



This is an updated version of Delaware During WWII: On the Front Lines and Women Spies. It will be focused on Delaware's role in various wars and the role its female spies played throughout American history.




Date Specific Information

11-10-2014

Although all other dates of this program are based in Rehoboth Beach, this special Veterans Day date will take place in nearby Lewes, Delaware, lodged at the Inn at Canal Square.



Coordinated by Delaware Technical Community College.




Rehoboth Beach

Long ago, Native Americans came here during the summer for cool breezes and abundant seafood. Today, visitors from the D.C. area and beyond flock to Rehoboth Beach -- established as a seaside resort in 1891 -- to enjoy those same features, and to relax on sandy beaches and in beachfront cafes.



Accommodations
Suites hotel with glass-enclosed heated pool one block from beach and boardwalk with convenient access to area attractions.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Marie Gormley-Tarleton

A former newspaper woman, high school teacher, and docent at the Hagley Museum in Wilmington, Del., Marie Gormley-Tarleton has relied upon her teaching experience during her work at the Delaware Institute for the Arts, where she participates in summer and school programs. She studied acting at the People's Light and Theater Company, and has attended many national storytelling festivals and workshops.
 
Gary Wray

Dr. Gary Wray is a professional military historian who has published a book on Fort Miles, Delaware's great coastal fortification during World War II. He is on the adjunct faculty of Delaware Technical College and University of Maryland, and is an elected member of the Wilmington College Faculty Senate where he teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs in history and education.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   The Inn at Canal Square
  Lewes, DE 3 nights
 The Inn at Canal Square
Type: Inn
  Description: Located on the waterfront in the heart of Historic Lewes, DE. All accommodations are generously sized and most feature a balcony overlooking the Lewes Harbor. The Inn is centrally located from unique shopping, the beach and historic sites.
  Contact info: 122 Market Street
Lewes, DE 19958 USA
phone: 888-644-1911
web: www.theinnatcanalsquare.com
  Room amenities: Most rooms feature a balcony overlooking the Lewes Harbor. All rooms have flat screen TVs with cable and HBO, complimentary high speed Internet access, mini refrigerators, hair dryers, and coffee makers.
  Facility amenities: The lobby, with a fireplace, offers comfortable seating for quiet conversations, reading, and relaxation. The Inn also provides a guest fitness room, on on-site massage studio. Ample free on-site parking is available to their guests.Complimentary wireless internet access throughout hotel
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies Call (toll free) 1-888-644-1911 for rates for additional nights. Reference Road Scholar.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Call (toll free) 1-888-644-1911 for rates for additional nights. Reference Road Scholar.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM in hotel lobby for check in You will be staying at The Inn at Canal Square that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM check out You will be staying at The Inn at Canal Square the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Lewes, DE
  Nearest city or town:  Ocean City, MD
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Wicomico Airport, Salisbury, MD
  From End of Program
  Location: Lewes, DE
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

BWI Marshall

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
BayRunner Shuttle
phone: 410-334-6440
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately First Person $104.00; Party of (2) $158.00; Party of (3) $206.00; Party of (4) $246.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

~ 3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

110 miles

   

The above information is to the Park & Ride in Ocean City, MD; but then need to take taxi (Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 & Aaron Taxi ~ approx. $65.00 (410) 430-7728 to Rehoboth Beach/Lewes, DE ) The Baltimore Washington International Airport does not provide commuter flights to the Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport. If you have chosen to fly into this airport, you must rent a car and follow driving directions from DC/Baltimore Area or use the BayRunner Shuttle.

 

Amtrak/Rehoboth-Lewes

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Greyhound Bus Service
phone: 800-231-2222
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approx. $44.00 refundable fare; 7-day advance purchase - $31.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

137 miles

   

There is Greyhound Bus Service from Amtrak Wilmington to Ocean City, MD - then taxi to hotel in Rehoboth/Lewes, DE - Taxi Service: Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 approx. $65; Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 approx. $50 - Call ahead for current pricing and reservations.

 

Salisbury Wicomico Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Dave's Taxi
phone: 410-250-2400
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

~ Approximately $50 Call for reservations & current pricing
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1-1/2 hours 

 

Distance:

 

45 miles

   

Dave's Taxi (410) 250-2400 ~ approx. $50 to Ocean City, MD &/or Rehoboth/Lewes, DE; Aaron's Taxi (410) 430-7728 ~ approx. $65 to Rehoboth/Lewes, DE &/or Ocean City, MD. Call for current pricing and reservations.

 

Cape May/Lewes Ferry

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Dart Shuttle Bus
phone: 800-652-DART
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Free shuttle service from ferry terminal to downtown Rehoboth Beach, DE
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

8 miles

   

Shuttle service operates seven days a week June 15 to September 30. In May, early June and in October, the shuttle service runs on weekends only. For taxi service call City Cab 302-227-8294 or Eastside Cab 302-645-6800 approximately $25-$27.

 
Driving Directions
  AIRPORTS Baltimore/Washington International (800) 435-9294 Philadelphia International Airport (800) 745-4283 Washington/Dulles Airport (703) 572-2700 Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport - (703) 417-8000 Salisbury-Ocean City, MD Wicomico Airport - (410) 742-4190
  To Inn at Canal Square, from NORTH From I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover DE. Continue South to Route 1 South. Approaching Milford, DE follow Route 1 South/Shore Points to Rehoboth/Lewes area. Turn slight left onto Rt 9 East/Savannah Rd. Continue 2.7 miles and turn left onto Front St. Make a left onto W. Market St and 122 W. Market St is on your right.
  To Inn at Canal Square, from SOUTH From Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, follow Rt. 13 North. At Pocomoke, MD bear right onto Route 113 North to Millsboro, DE. At Millsboro take Route 24 east (towards Rehoboth Beach) to Route 1, turn north on Route 1. Turn slight right onto Rt 9 East/Savannah Rd. Continue 2.7 miles and turn left onto Front St. Make a left onto W. Market St and 122 W. Market St is on your right.
  To Inn at Canal Square, from WEST Rt. 50 east to Rt. 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Rt. 9 east to Rt. 1. Stay straight onto Rt 9 East/Savannah Rd. Continue 2.7 miles and turn left onto Front St. Make a left onto W. Market St and 122 W. Market St is on your 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: Warm Welcome!/Woman Who Spied!
(Monday, November 10)
   
 Afternoon: Introductions/Orientation/Social Hour
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious catered dinner with salad and choice of entree.
 Evening: Meet women spies from the American Revolution, the Civil War, and WWII in this informative and entertaining interpretive performance.
   
Accommodations: The Inn at Canal Square
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lively discussion on Delaware's role during WW-II
(Tuesday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel Dining
 Morning: Lecture on the part Delaware played during WW-II by a local expert and director of Fort Miles.
 Lunch: Lunch at the beautiful Victorian house "The Buttery"- one of Lewes' most popular restaurants
 Afternoon: Following lunch, we will enjoy a private tour of the Zwaanendael Museum. This museum was built in 1931 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the state's first European colony, Swanendael, established by the Dutch in 1631. The 2nd Floor Exhibit pays tribute to the War of 1812. Following the tour, please enjoy time to further explore the shops and downtown area or relax at the waterfront hotel.
 Dinner: Local Restaurant
 Evening: "Women Spies of World War II"- "Rosie the Riveter" is the iconic image of women who played an important role during WWII in support of the war effort. However, the participation of women in clandestine operations behind the scenes was a role that few could have imagined at the time. That information was held in classified files in national archives for many years following the war. Through lecture, historical footage of the era, and interviews of women who risked their lives to aid in the allied effort, this course will introduce women spies and resistance fighters--unsung heroes--whose selfless efforts helped the allies win the war.
   
Accommodations: The Inn at Canal Square
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Delaware During WW-II, Historic Lewes, Female Spies Behind the Scenes
(Wednesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel Dining
 Morning: Learn about the naval heritage of the state of Delaware as William Manthorpe presents "Delaware's Naval Heroes and their Battles"
 Lunch: Lunch provided at Touch of Italy restaurant
 Afternoon: Guided field trip to the WW-II Bunker at Fort Miles in Cape Henlope State Park. Lewes, Delaware - reveals it's pivotal role during WW-II. The Bunker was a key piece in the nation's coastal defense at that time.
 Dinner: Hotel Dining
 Evening: Enjoy a performance and lecture on "Songs of War"- Artistic Director of a local theatre company will provide insight and influence on the genres of music during wartime.
   
Accommodations: The Inn at Canal Square
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Music of WWII
(Thursday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Hotel Dining Room
 Morning: Weather permitting we will go on a walking tour showcasing Lewes-area maritime, military, and social history. The town of Lewes is Delaware's first European settlement by the Dutch in 1631 and a site of skirmishes during the War of 1812. Enjoy this final tour and a chance to say goodbye to historic Lewes!
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Lewes, DE Lewes, DE
Charming, historic town situated where the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean meet at Cape Henlopen, just north of Rehoboth Beach. Within a half-square mile you will find the historic district, museums, many inns, bed & breakfasts, fine restaurants, and a variety of fine shops - all in walking distance of one another. For additional information, visit www.leweschamber.com
  Rehoboth Beach, DE
Information and Calendar of Events for Rehoboth Beach, DE and local area For additional information, visit www.beach-fun.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


Delaware's Ghost Towers


Author: William Grayson


U Boat War Off American's Coast


Author: Homer Hickson


Women Heroes of WWII


Author: Kathryn Atwood


Sisterhood of Spies: The Women of the OSS


Author: Elizabeth McIntosh


Fort Miles


Author: Dr Gary Wray


Description: Dr Gary Wray serves as president of Fort Miles Historical Association





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