Getting on/off a motorcoach; driving about 10 miles throughout the day, approximately 2 hours depending on traffic and number of stops. Walking up to 1 mile; generally flat terrain.
At the hotel.
We will gather for a presentation by a Licensed Battlefield Guide on the second day of fighting at Gettysburg. We’ll then board the motorcoach for a field trip to the battlefield where we will view sites where the second day’s fighting took place. On our field trip we’ll ride alon Confederate Avenue that was the Southern line of Pickett’s Charge, Little Round Top, the 20th Maine Monument, and the Wheatfield. As the Library of Congress has explained, “On July 2, 1863, the lines of the Battle of Gettysburg, now in its second day, were drawn in two sweeping parallel arcs. The Confederate and Union armies faced each other a mile apart. The Union forces extending along Cemetery Ridge to Culp’s Hill, formed the shape of a fish-hook, and the Confederate forces were spread along Seminary Ridge.” We’ll then return to the hotel.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to have what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
Afternoon We will have some time for independent exploration in the downtown area. At 4:30 p.m., we’ll regroup and walk to the Shriver House Museum that has been restored and furnished to its original 1860s appearance. During our field trip, we’ll gain an understanding of the civilian experienced and learn more about events that took place in the small town of Gettysburg during the battle. Returning to the hotel, we will have time to freshen up and relax, then gather for a social reception before dinner.
At the hotel. Share favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends during our farewell dinner.
We’ll have a special treat with a renowned local folk musician who play Civil War era music with instruments including a handmade hammer dulcimer, banjo, accordion, and harmonica. Prepare for check-out and departure after our final field trip in the morning.