10477
Warwick
Historic Mansions on the Hudson River
Explore the Gilded Age mansions of some of America’s wealthiest families and learn about architecture and history as you explore the Hudson River Valley with experts.
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Program No. 10477RJ
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6 days
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
Warwick, NY
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The Warwick Conference Center

Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. in the East House Lobby. Check-in and register with the Road Scholar program staff to receive your room assignment and informational packet with your name tag, updated schedule, and other important information that we will review during orientation. If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the front desk of the East House Lobby.

Dinner: Dinner is in the light, airy, comfortable East House Dining Room. Enjoy a bountiful buffet with entrées varying from turkey, pork, chicken, beef, and fish. Dinner will include a fresh salad bar, vegetables, potatoes, rolls, and dessert. All meals at The Warwick Conference Center include a vegetarian option.

Evening: (All itinerary details subject to change.) ORIENTATION: The on-site Road Scholar coordinator will greet you, introduce everyone, and provide key staff contact names and phone numbers. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have, and provide an introduction to The Warwick Conference Center. The evening will conclude with light refreshments. Please be aware that program activities and schedules times could change due to weather and other local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible.

DAY
2
19th Century Robber Baron Talk & docent-led visit to Boscobel Mansion and Gardens.
Warwick, NY
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The Warwick Conference Center

Breakfast: Wake up to a hearty breakfast buffet. Daily entrées will rotate, but you can look forward to a variety of breakfast foods including scrambled eggs, pancakes, French toast, ham, bacon, oatmeal, toast, muffins, yogurt, cold cereal, and hot coffee, tea, and orange juice.

Morning: Enjoy two expert-led lectures on America's Robber Barons, The Captains of Industry, and learn how they influenced each other, their workers, and the 19th century for good and bad. Mid-way in the morning between lectures enjoy a coffee/tea break to stretch your legs and compare notes with other participants.

Lunch: Enjoy a buffet lunch in the East House Dining Room with entrées including a variety of the following: soup, sandwiches, paninis, pasta, salad bar, and a dessert.

Afternoon: After lunch board the charter bus for Garrison, New York to enjoy a docent-led visit to Boscobel Mansion and Gardens. Boscobel is situated on 68 acres on the east bank of the Hudson River opposite the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. The House dates from the early 1800's and contains one of the nation's leading collections of furniture and decorative arts from the Federal period. In addition to viewing the interior of the House, you can enjoy the Rose Garden, Herb Garden, Orangerie and the Woodland Trail. The Visitor Center also features a fascinating exhibit on the rescue and restoration of Boscobel. Board the bus for our return to the Warwick Conference Center. Upon returning, enjoy some personal time for relaxing, contemplating lectures, or recapping the day with new friends.

Dinner: A plentiful buffet dinner will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.

Evening: Spend an informative evening in preparation for the docent-led mansion visits. This information will be presented using a DVD presentation with commentary. Enjoy an evening snack and discussing the upcoming week with new friends to conclude the day.

DAY
3
Visits to Locust Grove Mansion in Poughkeepsie, New York, Wilderstein Mansion in Rhinecliff, New York, and Mills Mansion in Staatsburgh, New York.
Warwick, NY
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The Warwick Conference Center

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.

Morning: Board the charter bus to Poughkeepsie, New York for a docent-led visit to Locust Grove, the home of Samuel Morse, 19th century painter and inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. The home and small museum has been preserved by the Young family, whose collection of art and antiques is exhibited in the mansion's 25 rooms. After the visit, board the charter bus for Rhinecliff, New York.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch on the beautiful veranda of the Wilderstein estate overlooking the beautiful Hudson River.

Afternoon: Enjoy a docent-led visit to Wilderstein, a Queen Anne mansion in Rhinecliff, New York, with Tiffany interiors; home of the Suckley family and Margaret Suckley, closest companion to FDR. Board the charter bus for Staatsburgh, New York. Experience a guided visit to Mills Mansion, the Gilded Age country home of Louise and Ogden Livingston Mills, financier and philanthropist. Return to the Warwick Conference Center.

Dinner: Relax over a late, leisurely dinner served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.

Evening: Linger over coffee and dessert while comparing notes on the beautiful mansions that were seen today with the other participants.

DAY
4
Vanderbilt Mansion, FDR's Springwood, and the newly renovated FDR Museum in Hyde Park, New York.
Warwick, NY
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The Warwick Conference Center

Breakfast: Enjoy a hearty country breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.

Morning: Board the charter bus to Hyde Park, New York. Enjoy an expert-led visit to the Vanderbilt Mansion, the majestic 19th century mansion of Frederick and Louise Vanderbilt situated along the beautiful Hudson River, walk to the beautiful Italian gardens, enjoy the gift shop and the small exhibit in the Visitor Center. Board the bus to Henry A. Wallace Center situated on the grounds of FDR's Springwood.

Lunch: Enjoy a box lunch at the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center at FDR's Springwood.

Afternoon: After lunch, experience a docent-led visit to the home of FDR. After the mansion visit, enjoy the newly renovated FDR Museum and Library, the Rose Garden where FDR and Eleanor are buried, and the Carriage House. At the Henry A. Wallace Visitor Center see the documentary film on the life of FDR and visit the extensive Gift Shop. Board the charter bus for the return trip to the Warwick Conference Center.

Dinner: Enjoy a buffet dinner in the East House Dining Room.

Evening: After a relaxing dinner prepare for an informational lecture and view a DVD presentation of photos to prepare us for our remaining visits to the mansions we will see. After the lecture enjoy an evening snack and comparing notes on the beautiful mansions that were seen today with the other participants.

DAY
5
Enjoy docent-led visits to the Lyndhurst Mansion in Tarrytown, New York and the magnificent Kykuit, in Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Warwick, NY
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The Warwick Conference Center

Breakfast: A hearty country breakfast will be served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.

Morning: Board the charter bus to Tarrytown, New York. Enjoy a docent-led visit to Lyndhurst, America's finest Gothic Revival mansion and magnificent Hudson Valley estate of railroad magnate Jay Gould.

Lunch: Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: After lunch, board the motor coach for Sleepy Hollow, New York. We will be divided into groups so that you can enjoy an intimate docent-led visit to Kykuit, the home of four generations of the Rockefeller family. Enjoy the architecture, remarkable gardens, and the extensive art collection assembled by art connoisseur, Nelson A. Rockefeller. Board the charter bus for the return to The Warwick Conference Center.

Dinner: A relaxing evening dinner buffet will be served in the East House Dining Room.

Evening: Enjoy an evening of entertainment followed by an ice cream social making your own sundaes to "top off" the week.

DAY
6
Program Concludes
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Breakfast: Breakfast served buffet style in the East House Dining Room.

Morning: Learn from an expert-led lecture on the music of the Gilded Age and the favorite music of the moneyed.

Lunch: Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. in the East House Dining Room. Departure and farewells immediately after lunch.