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

Program Number: 12378RJ
Start and End Dates:
5/11/2015 - 5/14/2015; 9/14/2015 - 9/17/2015; 10/5/2015 - 10/8/2015; 4/18/2016 - 4/21/2016;
Duration: 3 nights
Location: Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Price starting at: $599.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 8; 3 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 3 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Fat; Kosher; Vegetarian    

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.



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.
Bill Messenger

Bill Messenger is a musician whose Road Scholar programs are a mix of popular music history and song, combining whimsical tales with catchy tunes that tickle the ivories and the funny bone. In his musical career Bill has played backup piano for Mama Cass Elliot, studied musical composition at the Peabody Conservatory under Louis Cheslock and been voted “Baltimore’s Best Pianist” by the readers of Baltimore Magazine. Critic Robert Lippman called him “a cross between Max Morath and Victor Borge.”
 
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.
 
Michelle Rumble

Michelle Rumble is a retired English teacher and reference librarian. The experiences of her father and mother during WWII ignited her deep interest in WWII history and led her to research the role of women during that time period — particularly their role as spies and resistance fighters. Michelle has presented numerous programs about the roles and experiences of women during WWII for the Road Scholar program and for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. She has also conducted creative writing workshops for students of all ages.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Brighton Suites Hotel
  Rehoboth Beach, DE 3 nights
 Brighton Suites Hotel
Type: Hotel
  Description: All suites hotel
  Contact info: 34 Wilmington Avenue
Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 USA
phone: 800-227-5788
web: www.brightonsuites.com
  Room amenities: Separate living room with full size sleep sofa; wet bar with refrigerator/freezer, microwave, hairdryer and coffee maker; two televisions with premium cable; data port phones; indoor pool; exercise ad changing rooms. Free Wireless Internet Access throughout hotel.
  Facility amenities: Heated indoor pool; exercise room, Free Wireless Internet Access Throughout Hotel
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Varies. Contact hotel for rates/availability.
  Check in time: 3:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies. Contact hotel for rates/availability.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
3:30 PM in hotel lobby for check in on Tuesday afternoon You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
11:00 AM check out on Friday You will be staying at Brighton Suites Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at the hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Rehoboth Beach, DE
  Nearest city or town:  Ocean City, MD
  Nearest highway: Route 1
  Nearest airport:  Wicomico Airport, Salisbury, MD
  From End of Program
  Location: Rehoboth Beach, 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 Brighton Suites From New England Area From the New England States, Take I-95 South, to the New Jersey Turnpike, and the Delaware Memorial Bridge. I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Route 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue south. Approaching Milford, DE follow Route 1 south/shore points approx. 25 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on left.
  To Brighton Suites From New York State/Canada Take I-81 South, through New York, to Harrisburg, take I-83 South to the Route 695 "Beltway" around Baltimore, MD. Take Route 695 to Route 97 South to Annapolis, MD. Follow signs for Bay Bridge to Route 50 East. Route 50 east to Route 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Route 9 east to Route 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites From Points North (Phila., PA/Wilmington, DE) I-95 south to Exit 4-A to Rt. 1 (Christiana) South to Dover, DE. Continue south. Approaching Milford, DE follow Rt. 1 south/shore points approx. 25 miles to Rehoboth. At Rehoboth Beach, follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right at First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on left.
  To Brighton Suites From West (DC/Balt., MD) Rt. 50 east to Rt. 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Rt. 9 east to Rt. 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.,). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites From the South (Norfolk, VA) 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 south on Route 1. Approaching Rehoboth, exit on 1A (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street - turn right on Wilmington Avenue - Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites Hotel via Cape May/Lewes Ferry From NY/NJ Please call ahead for reservation on Cape May/Lewes Ferry 800-643-3779. Travel on New Jersey Turnpike to Garden State Parkway to Route 109 at Cape May/Lewes Ferry in Cape May, NJ. From Lewes, DE take Route 1 south to Rehoboth Beach. Follow 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Avenue). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites from Great Lakes Region Take I-70 East to the Baltimore, MD area. From I-70, take the Rt. 695 "Beltway" southeast to the Glen Burnie area, and Route 97 South. Take Route 97 South to Route 50 East (Annapolis/Bay Bridge). Take Route 50 East to Route 404 to Georgetown, DE. At Georgetown Circle, take Route 9 east to Route 1. South on Route 1 to Rehoboth Beach. Follow Exit 1-A into Rehoboth (Rehoboth Ave.,). Turn right on First Street. Turn right on Wilmington Avenue. Brighton Suites Hotel is on the left.
  To Brighton Suites from Philadelphia/Charlotte Airports Fly into the Philadelphia or Charlotte International Airports and transfer to a commuter flight to Salisbury Wicomico-Ocean City Regional Airport in Salisbury, MD. Call US Airways Charter Services at 800-428-4322 to make reservations and for current schedule, or call Salisbury-Ocean City Regional Airport directly at 410-548-4827. 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 make reservations with the BayRunner Shuttle Service.
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, May 11)
   
 Afternoon: Prior to dinner, please meet your fellow Road Scholar participants in the Conference Room on the 2nd Floor at 4:30pm. This orientation will be facilitated by your Group Leader and an updated schedule will be reviewed. Join us as we prepare you for a fun-filled and educational visit to Delaware!
 Dinner: Dinner will be delivered to us this evening! Enjoy a buffet style dinner offering 2 entree choices and delicious sides. Water, Iced Tea and Coffee beverages included.
 Evening: In "Women Who Spied", storyteller Marie Gormley-Tarleton presents first-person narrative of three women spies--one who spied for the colonists during the American Revolution, a Union spy during the Civil War, and one who may have spied during World War I.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lively discussion on Delaware's role during WW-II and Maritime Tour of Delaware's first European settlement by the Dutch in 1631.
(Tuesday, May 12)

Note: Afternoon walking tour is outside, so prepare for weather. Tour will require standing for up to an hour and walking up to 2 miles along sidewalks and small streets.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be served at Sammy's Cafe, which is adjoined to the hotel. A limited menu will be provided for you to select your items each morning. Feel free to choose as much or as little as you would prefer. Water, juice, coffee and tea included.
 Morning: Lecture on the part Delaware played during WW-II
 Lunch: Lunch will be enjoyed in a Victorian style restaurant on the main street of Lewes.
 Afternoon: Step back in time during a "Maritime Walking Tour" provided by the Lewes Historical Society. This 60 minute tour will provide an overview of the history of Lewes as influenced by the maritime factors.
 Dinner: After a short rest back at the hotel, we will gather to walk a short 2 blocks to a local restaurant, serving delicious Mexican cuisine.
 Evening: "The Lady Was a Spy: Female Operatives in World War II"- Throughout World War II, a group of fearless and committed patriots risked their lives to achieve victory in Europe. They were the women of Britain’s SOE (Special Operations Executive) and the United States’ OSS. Women such as Virginia Hall, considered America’s greatest female spy, and Christine Granville, Churchill’s favorite spy, were crucial to the war effort, yet their stories as well as others’ have only recently been revealed. “The Lady Was a Spy” focuses on the lives and experiences of these brave women, many of whom died in completing their missions, to highlight their unconventional contributions to victory in World War II.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Local field trips to explore war history attractions/Musical Highlights from WWII
(Wednesday, May 13)

Note: Sitting for up to an hour on the Delaware Tech bus. Walking over rough terrain/sand at Fort Miles and limited mobility while exploring WWII bunker.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at Sammy's Cafe.
 Morning: Field trip to the Air Mobility Command Museum. During WWII, the 4146 Base Unit was involved in secret rocket development at what was then known as Dover Army Airfield. The building complex where these military secret operations took place was Hangar 1301. From the 1950s to the 1970s, various fighter squadrons called the hangar home. In the 1990s after restoration and placement on the National Register of Historic Places, Hangar 1301 was given new life as the home of the Air Mobility Command Museum.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant in Dover, Delaware's capital.
 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: Catered Buffet style dinner served in the hotel prior to our evening entertainment.
 Evening: Musical Entertainment: Tap your toes and drift back in time as you enjoy songs and stories from WWII.
   
Accommodations: Brighton Suites Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Dive into the role the Navy played in Delaware War History/Program Wrap Up
(Thursday, May 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast served at Sammy's Cafe.
 Morning: Our last lectures of the program will focus on the role the Navy served in Delaware's War: * “The Navy at Cape Henlopen: A Century of Service”- This presentation documents the presence of the U.S. Navy on Cape Henlopen from 1898 to 1996. It highlights the principal U.S. Navy installations that were on the Cape, illustrates what the facilities looked like when they were operational and what the locations look like today. * “Submarines at the Cape: Friend and Foe” U.S. Navy submarines operated in the vicinity of Cape Henlopen from the early 1900s to the late 1970s. Many did so, either on the way to war or returning to the reserve fleet. Others conducted trials and testing in the waters off the Cape, usually with success, but things did not always go so well. Several accidents and what the Navy has called “…one of the great tales of submarine rescues at sea.” are highlighted. In addition, German submarine operations in coastal waters and at the Cape in both World War I and II are recounted. Their successes against U.S. shipping and the Navy’s response are described in detail.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
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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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