Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking at Missionary Ridge; uneven, unpaved terrain.
We’ll be joined by an Appalachian music specialist who has been documenting and performing music of the Tennessee Valley region for many years. We’ll learn about the types of instruments used in pre-1930 string band music including fiddle and banjo and how they evolved into the popular music we hear today. We’ll then set out on a field trip that will take us Missionary Ridge by train. On the way, we’ll stop at Chattanooga’s Terminal Station, saved from destruction by a song. It began serving passengers in 1906, when the grand building was considered a masterpiece of Beaux Arts design. Train travel declined steadily after World War II, and Terminal Station was finally left vacant in 1970. But then, the strains of Glenn Miller’s “Chattanooga Choo Choo” began tantalizing a group of local businessmen. They invested millions of dollars and transformed it into a lively hotel and entertainment complex. Moving on, we’ll ride to Grand Junction Station for a train trip that will take us along one of the original railroad lines in Chattanooga, crossing four bridges and passing through pre-Civil War Missionary Ridge Tunnel, completed in 1858. It played an important part in the Civil War as we will hear from our local expert. The train stops at East Chattanooga, where we can see the locomotive rotating on a turntable. We’ll have time to look into the railroad restoration shop before re-boarding for the return trip. Back at Grand Junction Station, we’ll return to the hotel by motorcoach.
We’ll board the motorcoach again with our Group Leader for a field trip to the Hunter Museum of American Art, situated on an 80-foot bluff on the edge of the Tennessee River. We will explore the exceptional collection — recognized as one of the country's finest — with a museum expert. The Hunter has a particular focus on American art from the Colonial period to the present day. The collection includes contemporary studio glass, furniture, mixed media, paintings, photography, sculpture, and works on paper covering a range of styles and periods. The artists include Ansel Adams, John James Audubon, Thomas Hart Benton, Albert Bierstad, Mary Cassatt, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Dale Chihuly, Currier & Ives, Salvador Dali, Willem de Kooning, Winslow Homer, Edward Hopper, Fitz Henry Lane, Louise Nevelson, Frederick Remington, John Singer Sargent, and Andrew Wyeth, to name a very few. We’ll also be able to enjoy splendid views of the river and surrounding mountains. Returning to the hotel, the remainder of the afternoon is free. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The free trolley is available and can be boarded 1/2 a block from the hotel.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. The hotel is within walking distance of some of the finest local restaurants.
At leisure. You might like to attend a performance or other event, explore independently, or relax at the hotel with new Road Scholar friends. The Group Leader will gladly help you with your plans.