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Relive the Romance along Georgia's Antebellum Trail: Macon, Madison and Milledgeville

Program Number: 21657RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/2/2014 - 11/7/2014; 5/3/2015 - 5/8/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Milledgeville, Georgia
Price starting at: $849.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture; Literature Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience the charm and gentility of the historic South as you journey along Georgia’s Antebellum Trail through the heart of Macon, Madison and Milledgeville! Beginning in the former capital city of Milledgeville, enjoy an expert-led exploration of the Governor’s Mansion — a National Historic Landmark — and experience the city via trolley. Marvel in the architecture of iconic mansions such as Heritage Hall in Madison, as well as the Cannonball House and Hay House in Macon. Live reenactments at historic sites share stories of the Civil War, while traditional cooking and evening entertainment help you experience true Southern hospitality.




Highlights

• Admire the collections of the Tubman African American Museum and delve into Native American history at the Ocmulgee National Monument.
• Discover the writings of Joel Chandler Harris during an afternoon at the Uncle Remus Museum in Eatonton.
• Explore Madison and learn why it is renowned as one of the most beautiful villages in the world.



Activity Particulars

Walking 1-3 miles per day. Most sites ADA accessible. Staff from Disability Services will be available to assist as needed with plenty of advanced notice.




Date Specific Information

11-2-2014

Special for the Sesquicentennial - Live reenactments will take place!



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Milledgeville

Georgia's antebellum capital from 1803 to 1868, Milledgeville is a charming example of an intact Federal-period city. Situated on the banks of the Oconee River and Lake Sinclair, it boasts broad streets and exemplifies true Southern charm. Flannery O'Connor resided in Milledgeville, penning some of her greatest works at the family farm, Andalusia.



Accommodations
Modern, well-equipped comfortable hotel.
Meals and Lodgings
   Holiday Inn Express
  The City of Milledgeville, Georgia's Antebellum Capital 5 nights
 Holiday Inn Express
Type: Four-Star Hotel
  Description: Indoor heated pool and hot tub,and Guest Passes for Bodyplex - a state-of-the-art, 24 hour gym located directly across North Columbia. Free wireless internet throughout the entire hotel complex. Complimentary bottled water and snacks available by request from the friendly front desk staff. Housekeeping available daily for your two queen or single king bed rooms. Located just minutes from downtown, college campus and beautiful Lake Sinclair.
  Contact info: 1839 North Columbia Street
Milledgeville, GA 31061 USA
phone: 478-454-9000
web: www.hiexpress.com/milledgeville
  Room amenities: Microwave, refrigerator, hairdryer, iron & ironing board, coffeemaker, television, wireless internet access & Voicemail.
  Facility amenities: Fitness Center, Coin Laundry and expanded continental breakfast.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: $60.00 - $68.00 Please call ahead and tell them you are with the Road Scholar program to receive our discounted rate for additional nights before or after the program.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: $60.00 - $68.00 Please call ahead and tell them you are with the Road Scholar program to receive our discounted rate for additional nights before or after the program.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in at the Holiday Inn at 3:00 p.m. Ask the friendly front desk staff for Road Scholar registration location. The evening meal and orientation will follow. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express that night.
  End of Program:
Our program concludes by 10:30 a.m. to allow for hotel check-out by 11 a.m. You will be staying at Holiday Inn Express the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Unless you are traveling from outside the United States, there will be no required documents or passports.
  Parking availability:
There is parking available at the hotel. There will be a travel bus available to all participants when participating in events that are part of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  The City of Milledgeville, Georgia's Antebellum Capital
  Nearest city or town:  Milledgeville
  Nearest highway: Highway 22
  Nearest airport:  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: The City of Milledgeville, Georgia's Antebellum Capital
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Atlanta to Macon

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Groome Transportation
phone: 478-471-1616 xor8005377903
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$36 ($67 round trip)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1.5 hours 

 

Distance:

 

84 miles

   

Complementary shuttle provided by GCSU between Groome Transportation in Macon and Milledgeville on the program start and end dates only. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation between the Groome Transportation office and the Atlanta/Macon airports. Contact Cassie Napier, the Program Coordinator, to make your reservation at 478-445-5281. See Daily Itinerary for departure times.

 
Driving Directions
  From Atlanta (heading east): Take 1-20 East to Exit 114 (Madison). Turn right onto Highway 441 South. Follow Highway 441 South to Milledgeville (about 45 miles). Entering Milledgeville, continue straight so that you follow the business section of Hwy. 441 to Montgomery Street. Turn left.
  From Atlanta (heading south): Take I-75 South and use either Exit 212 or Exit 205 to travel to Jackson, Georgia. In Jackson, take Highway 16 to Monticello, then Highway 212 to Milledgeville. Highway 212 ends at Highway 22. Turn left.
  From Augusta or Columbia, S.C.: On 1-20 west, exit at Camak (Exit 165), follow Route 80 to Warrenton, Highway 16 to Sparta, and Highway 22 to Milledgeville.
  From Georgia College to Holiday Inn Express Head west on W. Montgomery St. toward N. Clarke St. Take the 2nd right onto N. Columbia St. Arrive at 1839 N. Columbia Street - hotel will be on the right.
  From Macon: Take either Highway 22 or Highway 49. Both routes lead straight to Georgia College & State University.
  From Savannah: Take I-16 West, Exit Highway 441 North at Dublin. Follow 441 North to Gray/Milledgeville Road (Highway 22 East). Turn 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: Arrival & Check-in, Program Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation & Overview
(Sunday, November 2)
   
 Afternoon: ARRIVE TO Milledgeville on your own -- OR -- participants flying into Atlanta or Macon airports, may join the complimentary GCSU transfer shuttle leaving at 2 P.M. from the Groome Transportation headquarters in Macon. Participants are required to make their own arrangements from Atlanta or Macon airports to Groome Transportation. Advanced reservations for the GCSU shuttle are required. Please see "Getting There" section for details. HOTEL CHECK-IN: Available from 3:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to register with the program staff and pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information we will review during orientation. You are free to settle into your room and relax until dinner.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

 Dinner: Enjoy a catered dinner in our private meeting room at the hotel.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: The program staff will greet you with a warm welcome, introduce everyone, and provide key contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. If you arrive late, pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.

OVERVIEW: Learn more about this fascinating new program focusing on Georgia's antebellum trail including Milledgeville, Madison and Macon.

You will have some scheduled free time to explore on your own. We will have suggestions in your packet and your Group Leader will be happy offer recommendations.

   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Milledgeville - Antebellum Capital of Georgia
(Monday, November 3)

Note: Field trips involve stepping on/off a bus. A wheel chair lift is available as needed. Field trip involves climbing stairs indoors and out. Ramps are available in most locations. If assistance up ramps is needed, please request ahead of time.



   
 Breakfast: The hotel breakfast is available from 6:30 through 9:30 a.m. and includes items such as eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals, bakery items, and a beverage bar with a variety of coffees, juices, and milk.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: Encounter more than 150 years of history as we explore the Central State Hospital facility and grounds. Learn about the origins of mental health care, advances in medicine, and glimpse what mental health care may mean in the future.

Chartered in 1837, Central State Hospital was a product of 19th Century social reform. The purpose of this field trip is to gain an understanding and appreciation of where we've come from in treating wellness issues.

 Lunch: Relish a delightful lunch at a “home-grown” restaurant with local favorites introduced by the chef and restauranteur.
 Afternoon: CITY EXCURSION: Historic Milledgeville. Our historian introduces what was Georgia’s fourth capital city (1804-68). Milledgeville was both the political and cultural capital of Georgia during these years. We will hop aboard a trolley to see and learn about some of the city’s historical sites.

FIELD TRIP: Old Governor’s Mansion. We will have a guided exploration exclusively for our group. Designed by Irish architect Charles B. Cluskey, the mansion is in the popular Greek Revival style, considered one of the finest examples in the nation. The mansion was the focal point of history during several turbulent periods. It was abandoned when the capital moved to Atlanta in 1868, eventually being used for a variety of purposes and finally becoming part of Georgia College and State University, where it is now a house museum designated as a National Historic Landmark.

 Dinner: Relax and enjoy a tasty catered meal in our private room.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: A local expert will regale you with tales of Milledgeville -- a place of "Capitals, Columns and Culture."
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Madison & Eatonton
(Tuesday, November 4)

Note: Field trips involve stepping on/off a bus. A wheel chair lift is available as needed. Field trip involves climbing stairs indoors and out. Ramps are available in most locations. If assistance up ramps is needed, please request ahead of time.



   
 Breakfast: The hotel breakfast is available from 6:30 through 9:30 a.m. and includes items such as eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals, bakery items, and a beverage bar with a variety of coffees, juices, and milk.
 Morning: Madison is a charming town that was voted by Budget Travel Magazine as one of the 16 most beautiful villages in the world. Begin the morning admiring the picturesque residences that line the historic streets and the surrounding downtown area of Madison. Heritage Hall will be the first stop and this Greek Revival home built in 1811 is well known as the ‘Antebellum Dame’ of Madison; take a tour of this magnificent mansion and the exquisite antiques. From here take a tour of the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center, housed in a beautiful Romanesque Revival red brick building that initially was one of the South’s first graded public schools. It serves the purpose of being a performing and visual arts facility today. Following the tours, travel to the quaint downtown area and enjoy one of the many local flavors and of course, do some shopping in one of the many charming shops.
 Lunch: Relish a delightful lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: Finish the day by spending time in Eatonton with “Uncle Remus,” the loveable character made famous by author Joel Chandler Harris, who was born and raised in Eatonton. Housed in a log cabin, the Uncle Remus Museum offers stories and artifacts to delight all ages!
 Dinner: Enjoy a tasty catered meal in our private room.
 Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: Enjoy a selection from Georgia College's Art Series at the Max Noah Recital Hall.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Re-enactments!
(Wednesday, November 5)

Note: Field trips involve stepping on/off a bus. A wheel chair lift is available as needed. Field trip involves climbing stairs indoors and out. Ramps are available in most locations. If assistance up ramps is needed, please request ahead of time.



   
 Breakfast: The hotel breakfast is available from 6:30 through 9:30 a.m. and includes items such as eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals, bakery items, and a beverage bar with a variety of coffees, juices, and milk.
 Morning: Relive the Antebellum experience through live re-enactments taking place in Milledgeville at significant historic locations, such as the Old Governor's Mansion. Some participants will be dressed in period pieces to really "feel" the effect!
 Lunch: Enjoy a healthy, catered lunch provided before going out on a personal afternoon of exploration or relaxation.
 Afternoon: FREE AFTERNOON: Explore more of charming Milledgeville and its attractions or simply relax and enjoy the company of new friends.
 Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening to enjoy the dining experience of your choice. Milledgeville is a charming “Main Street” city with a variety of restaurants and dining options from country rustic to Southern elegance.
 Evening: FREE EVENING: Take the evening to enjoy some of the varied campus activities open to the public or explore on your own. Check the official Milledgeville website for ideas: http://www.visitmilledgeville.org/visitors/
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Wellness Activities, Finalize Original Group Music Therapy Composition, Evening Entertainment
(Thursday, November 6)
   
 Breakfast: The hotel breakfast is available from 6:30 through 9:30 a.m. and includes items such as eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals, bakery items, and a beverage bar with a variety of coffees, juices, and milk.
 Morning: The final day on the Antebellum Trail take visitors to the town that is transformed each spring by beautiful cherry blossoms, Macon. Begin the day at the Macon Welcome Center to get a full understanding of the area by viewing the exciting history in a short video, entitled Song & Soul of the South. Then travel to the historic Ocmulgee National Monument which explores 17,000 years of Native American history and even tour the inside of the only reconstructed Earth lodge in the continent. http://www.nps.gov/ocmu/index.htm Continue on to the Tubman African American Museum which features over a dozen galleries of African-American art, history and culture including the very popular Inventor’s Gallery. https://www.tubmanmuseum.com/
 Lunch: Break for lunch at a local favorite in a historic building, Between the Bread, which then turns into Michael’s on Mulberry during dinner. A variety of downtown options can be found here: http://www.maconga.org/things-to-do/restaurants/
 Afternoon: Following lunch, head to the Sidney Lanier Cottage, the quaint birthplace of Sidney Lanier. Visitors can tour the home, view his writings and even his flute. It offers a fascinating look at the life of one of the most famous Southern poets and musicians. http://www.historicmacon.org/sidney-lanier-cottage From here, a short distance away is the marvelous Hay House, recognized by A&E as one of “America’s Castles.” This is truly known as Macon’s premier Antebellum home and is listed as a Historic National Landmark. The seven-level home allows visitors a glimpse into one of the most lavishly decorated and beautifully designed homes with many original furnishings still on display. http://www.georgiatrust.org/historic_sites/hayhouse/ Located just a few minutes from the Hay House is the final stop, the Cannonball House. Built in 1853, it is famously known for being the only home in Macon to be struck by Sherman’s army during the 1864 attack. Visitors can tour the home and view the Hotchkiss shell that crashed through the parlor wall and even tour the original quarters reserved for the slaves that were employed there. http://www.cannonballhouse.org/
 Dinner: Enjoy a night on the town to celebrate your accomplishments from the week!
 Evening: EVENING ENTERTAINMENT: Take in a delightful performance to end your final evening.
   
Accommodations: Holiday Inn Express
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Presentation of Original Composition Created by the Road Scholar Group, Program Concludes
(Friday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: The hotel breakfast is available from 6:30 through 9:30 a.m. and includes items such as eggs, biscuits and gravy, waffles, breakfast meats, fresh fruit and yogurt, cereals, bakery items, and a beverage bar with a variety of coffees, juices, and milk.
 Morning: Enjoy a delightful reception and brief wrap-up session to follow Milledgeville Trivia and our Week-in-Review. During this feedback session, participants can share their highlights from the week and any suggestions they would make to improve the program in the future. The program concludes with this wrap-up session. Check-out from the hotel is at noon.

We hope you have enjoyed this special new learning adventure and will return for other rewarding Road Scholar programs in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys! Complimentary shuttle service provided by GCSU from Milledgeville to Groome Transportation office in Macon. Shuttle will arrive at Groome by 12 P.M. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation from Groome to Atlanta/Macon airports. Advanced reservation required. Please see "Getting There" section for additional details.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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