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New Hampshire

Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

With autumn’s brilliance as your backdrop, witness the essence of New England in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, discovering historic towns, colonial traditions and covered bridges.
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Program No. 10551RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
New Hampshire

Celebrating the Autumn Tapestry and History of New Hampshire

With autumn’s brilliance as your backdrop, witness the essence of New England in New Hampshire’s Monadnock region, discovering historic towns, colonial traditions and covered bridges.
Length
6 days
Starts at
799
Program No. 10551 RJ
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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Oct 3 - Oct 8, 2021
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849
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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849

At a Glance

Explore the incredible beauty of southern New Hampshire as you journey through the breathtaking autumn tapestry of the Monadnock region. Immerse yourself in the history and stories of the people who have made this mountainous region their home during field trips to the historic towns of Harrisville, Nelson and Jaffrey. Ride across historic covered bridges and learn about their importance, and delight in New Hampshire’s music and dance traditions.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one mile on some uneven surfaces; optional hikes. Choices will always be given to accommodate interests and physical abilities.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Delight in the vibrant reds, ambers and golds of the local landscape during a day of autumn leaf peeping.
  • Enjoy traditional N.H. music and dance presented by a legendary fiddler, storyteller and keeper of the dance.
  • Visit the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville along with the Cathedral of the Pines, a beautiful outdoor sanctuary that also serves as a memorial to the nation’s fallen soldiers.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room.
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Alan Rumrill
Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Alan Rumrill is the executive director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County. Born in New Hampshire, Alan has a degree in history and has specialized in the history of the Monadnock region. "Monadnock Moments" will be part of the resources he will use from his weekly radio program to present stories of special people and places in southwest New Hampshire.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
The Poetry of Robert Frost: The Collected Poems, Complete and Unabridged
by Robert Frost
This comprehensive volume of Robert Frost's published verse contains all eleven of his individual books of poetry-from "A Boy's Will" published in 1913, to "In the Clearing" from 1962. The editor, Edward Connery Lathem, meticulously annotated the more than 350 poems contained therein.
A Keene Sense of History II
by David R. Proper
Why did a Cheshire County man leave his house and live in a cave for several months during the Revolutionary War? What was a hogreeve? What Keene resident won the Boston Marathon seven times? These and many other questions are answered by Keene historian in David Proper's book.
The Poetry of Robert Frost The Collected Poems
by Compiled
Complete Collection of Robert Frost poems. Please choose any edition of your choice. Read as many poems as you can and come to class with 3 titles that you would like to discuss.
Monadnock, More than a Mountain
by Craig Brandon
A fascinating history of “America’s favorite mountain,” Mount Monadnock. Brandon has put together an impressive compilation that combines the history and lore of this special place. Also known as Grand Monadnock, the pinnacle of the region.
New England Forests through Time, Insights from the Harvard Forest Dioramas
by David R. Foster and John F. O'Keefe
Over the past three hundred years New England's landscape has been transformed. The forests were cleared; the land was farmed intensively through the mid-nineteenth century and then was allowed to reforest naturally as agriculture shifted west. Today, in many ways the region is more natural than at any time since the American Revolution. This fascinating natural history is essential background for anyone interested in New England's ecology, wildlife, or landscape. In New England Forests through Time these historical and environmental lessons are told through the world-renowned dioramas in Harvard's Fisher Museum. These remarkable models have introduced New England's landscape to countless visitors and have appeared in many ecology, forestry, and natural history texts. This first book based on the dioramas conveys the phenomenal history of the land, the beauty of the models, and new insights into nature.
A Long Deep Furrow: Three Centuries of Farming in New England
by Howard Russell
This book chronicles the growth of the Northeastern frontier, country life-styles, and the development of farming and agricultural technology throughout the period of colonial settlement, wars, and the mechanical age.
Monadnock Moments..Historic tales from Southwest New Hampshire
by Alan F. Rumrill
Inspired by beloved local storyteller Fritz Wetherbee, Historical Society of Cheshire County director Alan F. Rumrill collected their stories in his series, "Monadnock Moments" broadcast on Keene radio station WKNE from 1985 to 2005. Here he has gathered one hundred of his most interesting vignettes and paired them with historic images, chronicling the lives of business man, politicians and soldiers and spinning tales of disaster, murder and adventure that all had their roots in towns of southwest New Hampshire.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
Check-in, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner
West Swanzey
D
Pilgrim Pines Camp and Retreat Center

Afternoon: Check-in and Registration will begin between 4:00-5:30 pm in the Mayflower Lodge - Office. When you get your room assignment, you will also receive your welcome packet, name tag, up-to-date schedule, and other important information which we will review during orientation. Coffee and snacks will be available for you between 4:00-5:30 pm.

Dinner: Dinner begins at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Lodge, served buffet style, Pilgrim Pines offers a variety of selections with healthy choices including coffee, tea and dessert.

Evening: Orientation, 7:00 pm. We begin with introductions, then review the schedule, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Close the day with a light snack, conversation, board games, TV in the dining and fireside room.

DAY
2
Monadnock History, Covered Bridges, Local Fauna
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Camp and Retreat Center

Activity note: We’ll have an opportunity to take part in a pre-breakfast Tai Chi session. Getting in and out of maxi-vans.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread for toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Morning class will begin at 9:00 am with a lecture by the Executive Director of the Historical Society of Cheshire County on the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade Danish to renew your energy. The morning will conclude with a timber frame expert who will share building techniques on the six covered bridges of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Lunch will be served buffet style in the Mayflower Dining Room inviting you to the choices of a full salad bar, soup of the day and salad and or sandwich, brownies or cookies, and drinks of your choice. Gluten free or special vegetarian are always available upon request.

Afternoon: The afternoon will offer a maxi-van tour of the 6 covered bridges of Cheshire County followed by time to enjoy beautiful Swanzey Lake. Free time opportunities will include a planned hike as well as options to canoe, golf, play tennis or just relax.

Dinner: Dinner, will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room where a full buffet dinner awaits your palate featuring a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice. Alternative entrées and special dietary needs are available upon request.

Evening: After dinner, we will enjoy a presentation by a local naturalist on the fauna of the region for the purposes of tree identification and remember why leaves change color. The day will close with a light snack and opportunities for conversation, board games, puzzles, reading, or watching TV.

DAY
3
Local History and Music, Destination Highlights
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Camp and Retreat Center

Activity note: We’ll have an opportunity to take part in a pre-breakfast Tai Chi session.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread for toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: Our first class of the day at 9:00 am will continue presenting the history of the Monadnock Region. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and coffee cake to help renew your energy. The morning will conclude with an overview of the historic sites of tomorrow.

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style 12:30- 1:15 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room with delicious choices from the salad bar, homemade soup, sandwiches, dessert and choice of drinks.

Afternoon: In the early afternoon, we have the opportunity to hear from a local author about their work about the region. In the late afternoon, we will have a session on traditional songs and dances of New Hampshire.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, where a delicious buffet will be served including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice.

Evening: After dinner, a musician will lead us in a evening of music and dance. A light snack, conversation, board games, building a puzzle, TV, will be available to close the day.

DAY
4
Leaf Peeping Excursion into Vermont and New Hampshire
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Camp and Retreat Center

Activity note: We’ll have an opportunity to take part in a pre-breakfast Tai Chi session. Getting in/out of motorcoach; driving about 160 miles, approximately 4 hours. Walking and standing at field trip sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread for toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: You are invited to board a tour bus for a full day of "leaf peeping" and picture taking. Our destination for the day, carefully determined by the foliage, will include stops that highlight the rich artistic and cultural heritage of the local area. The day will include lunch at a restaurant as we make our way around some of the most picturesque points of local interest.

Lunch: Lunch at 12:30 pm at a restaurant on tour.

Afternoon: Our "leaf peeping" exploration continues into the afternoon, stopping at one of New Hampshire's most beautiful Farms of Distinction before returning to Pilgrim Pines in time for dinner.

Dinner: Dinner will be served at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room, where a delicious buffet will be served including a salad bar, meat and vegetable entrée, dessert and drinks of your choice.

Evening: At the close of a fun day, enjoy an evening with a local artist, sharing their work. After, a light snack, conversation, and activities of your choice will be available to close out the day.

DAY
5
Nelson & Harrisville, Cathedral of the Pines, Farm-To-Table
West Swanzey
B,L,D
Pilgrim Pines Camp and Retreat Center

Activity note: We’ll have an opportunity to take part in a pre-breakfast Tai Chi session. Getting in/out of motorcoach; driving about 40 miles, approximately 2 hours. Walking and standing at field trip sites.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring farm-to-table selections with locally sourced ingredients.

Morning: Our morning will begin with one of Swanzey's most-loved residents, sharing with us local legends and adventures from his large third-generation farm. The morning break will include coffee, tea, water, fruit and homemade donuts to renew your energy. After the break we will board a motor coach for a field trip to the historic towns of Nelson and Harrisville. When we arrive in Nelson, we'll enjoy a guided exploration covering the history of the town with Alan Rumrill, Executive Director of Historical Society of Cheshire County.

Lunch: Box Lunches will be served at 12:30 pm in the historic dance hall of Nelson, NH.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will board the motorcoach for a short trip to the historic mill town of Harrisville. Once again, Alan Rumrill will lead us on a guided exploration, concluding with a visit to the Cathedral of the Pines.

Dinner: Dinner will be served buffet style at 6:00 pm in the Mayflower Dining Room. It will feature a full buffet menu and salad bar.

Evening: Tonight, we have a representative from the Monadnock Conservancy share with us their work and vision, protecting the special places of our region. After, we invite you to the dining room for a snack, conversation and time to reflect our week together.

DAY
6
Final Session, Check Out of Rooms
West Swanzey
B,L

Activity note: We'll have an opportunity to teak part in a pre-breakfast Tai Chi session.

Breakfast: Breakfast will be served 8:00-8:45 am, buffet style in the mayflower Dining Room featuring choices of cold and hot cereals, bread for toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit bar with yogurt and granola, plus coffee, tea, and juice.

Morning: After breakfast, we have ample time to check out of our rooms before heading into our final session, discovering the mountain called Grand Monadnock through photographs and imagery dating from the mid 1800's.

Lunch: Bagged lunches will be available throughout the morning, providing sustenance as you head home. For folks staying until the end of the session, lunches will be ready for your departure. We hope you have enjoyed our celebration of the autumn tapestry and history of southwestern New Hampshire and hope you will join us for other Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all of your journeys and we encourage you to keep exploring, wherever it may take you.






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