16301
Pennsylvania
Three Civil War Battlefields: Harpers Ferry, Antietam and Gettysburg
Dive deep into the story of the Civil War as you learn about John Brown’s raid in Harpers Ferry, the Emancipation Proclamation in Sharpsburg and the war’s turning point in Gettysburg.
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Program No. 16301RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
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DAY
1
Check-In, Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Class
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Afternoon: CHECK-IN & REGISTRATION: Check into hotel any time after 3:00 pm; Welcome reception and registration in the hotel at 5:00 pm. ORIENTATION: At 5:30 pm we'll gather in our designated classroom and take some time to review the schedule, safety guidelines and emergency procedures for the week. We'll also answer any questions and begin to get acquainted with each other.

Dinner: After orientation we'll enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

Evening: After dinner we'll have our first class of the week as we get to know Mary Todd Lincoln through the eyes of her close friend and contemporary, Hannah Shearer in a living history presentation. There will be time following her presentation for a question-and-answer session.

DAY
2
Visitors Center, Cyclorama, Harpers Ferry & Antietam Preview
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll board the bus and head to the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitors Center and Museum. There we'll spend the morning gaining insight on the Battle of Gettysburg at this state of the art facility. View the twenty two minute film "A New Birth of Freedom" narrated by Morgan Freeman, followed by a viewing of the restored cyclorama painting (one of only three left in the U.S.) which is a depiction of the Battle of Gettysburg. This will give you a great overview and understanding of the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg. Visit the museum gallery at your leisure and have a chance to see an extensive collection of artifacts and relics that were found on the battlefield of Gettysburg and other prominent battlefields of the Civil War. Browse the book store and gift shop with an outstanding collection of books on the Civil War and the battle of Gettysburg.

Lunch: At the hotel.

Afternoon: After lunch, we will have a preview of the battles at Harper's Ferry and Antietam, followed by a hands on presentation of the uniforms and accoutrements of a Civil War soldier.

Dinner: We will enjoy an early meal at the Visitor Center.

Evening: Our meal will be followed by an in-depth up close and personal look at the history of cycloramas in the U.S. , and especially the Picketts Charge cyclorama here in Gettysburg.

DAY
3
Field Trip to Harpers Ferry & Antietam Battlefields
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: After breakfast, we'll travel to Harpers Ferry National Historic Park, West Virginia, and enjoy a final presentation by Ed Suplee on “Harpers Ferry, the Story of John Brown’s Raid.” Following our lecture we'll visit the site of John Brown's Fort and climb Jefferson's Rock, where Thomas Jefferson proclaimed Harpers Ferry to be "perhaps one of the most stupendous scenes in nature." After our field trip, enjoy some free time to visit the historic town's museums, shops and beautiful sites.

Lunch: We will enjoy a picnic lunch at the Visitor Center (weather permitting) - or on the bus.

Afternoon: This afternoon we'll continue on to Antietam, the site where 23,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing after twelve hours of savage combat on September 17, 1862. Highlights of your visit include the Dunker Church, Sunken Road and Burnsides Bridge.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Free Time.

DAY
4
Gettysburg: Day One, Battlefield Tour, Civil War Folk Music
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,L,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll begin our program with a class on the first day of fighting at Gettysburg. Following our discussion, we'll go through the the Seminary Ridge Museum, the site of the of the 1st day of fighting.

Lunch: Following our field trip, we'll return to the hotel for lunch.

Afternoon: After lunch, afterwards we will venture out to visit the first day's corresponding sites on the Battlefield from this morning's lecture.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Meet a local renowned folk musician while he plays Civil War era music. He will discuss his handmade hammer dulcimer, the banjo, accordion and harmonica as he plays his musical selections.

DAY
5
Gettysburg: Day Two, Battlefield Tour, Shriver House
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B,D
Historic Gettysburg Hotel

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: This morning we'll discuss the second day of fighting at Gettysburg before boarding the bus to visit the battlefield and view the sites where the second day's fighting took place. On our field trip we'll travel on Confederate Avenue along the Southern line of Pickett's Charge, Little Round Top, the 20th Maine monument and the Wheatfield.

Lunch: Participants will enjoy lunch on their own and some leisure time to explore the downtown area.

Afternoon: At 4:30, we'll gather to walk to the Shriver House Museum, which has been restored and furnished to its original 1860s decor. A visit to the museum will lend understanding to what the civilians experienced and the events that took place in the small town of Gettysburg during the battle.

Dinner: Special farewell dinner with a social beforehand.

DAY
6
Gettysburg: Day Three, Program Concludes
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
B

Breakfast: Full breakfast buffet at the hotel.

Morning: DayThree of the Battle - lecture and field trip to the battlefield to see the locations discussed.






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