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North Carolina

The Legacy of the Scots-Irish: Historical Migration to Cultural Inspiration

Learn how the Scots-Irish helped shape our nation as you explore their contributions to Appalachian culture, Civil War history and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
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Program No. 20141RJ
Length
6 days
Starts at
699
North Carolina

The Legacy of the Scots-Irish: Historical Migration to Cultural Inspiration

Learn how the Scots-Irish helped shape our nation as you explore their contributions to Appalachian culture, Civil War history and the drafting of the Declaration of Independence.
Length
6 days
Starts at
699
Program No. 20141 RJ
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Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
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699
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
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699
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
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Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
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PRICES
Oct 10 - Oct 15, 2021
Starting at
889
Oct 24 - Oct 29, 2021
Starting at
889
Mar 20 - Mar 25, 2022
Starting at
939
Apr 10 - Apr 15, 2022
Starting at
939
Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2022
Starting at
939

At a Glance

From the 18th Century to the present, the saga of Scots-Irish history and culture is one of our nation’s most fascinating stories. Trace the path of the Scots-Irish and discover why many settled in the Southern Appalachian region, where they adapted to conquer adversities, tame the wilderness and became great inventors and explorers. Discover cultural traditions from the old country that found fertile ground in Appalachia, and see how music, story and dance flourished and took on new life in the isolation of mountain life.
Activity Level
Easy Going
All facilities are in one building, with approximately 300 yards walking required; a few stairs. Outside areas are mountainous, with inclines and uneven terrain.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Get a new perspective on the music, crafts and history of Southern Appalachia during a field trip to the Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center.
  • Delve into the life of Zeb Vance — a Civil War officer, governor of North Carolina and U.S. senator — during an excursion to the Vance Birthplace.
  • Learn about the Scots who were instrumental in the drafting of the Declaration of Independence and about the 21 men of Gallic descent who signed it.

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. Opportunities are available for traveling companions to attend a different program at Montreat during the same week.
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Anne Lough
Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the country, in the British Isles, Ireland and Belgium. She holds a bachelor’s in music education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a master’s from Western Carolina University. Anne is particularly respected for her artistic, sensitive style of playing and skill as an instructor and arranger. She has produced many books of dulcimer arrangements and her music can be heard on several recordings.

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

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Anne Lough is an internationally known traditional musician who performs and teaches at schools, workshops and festivals throughout the country, in the British Isles, Ireland and Belgium. She holds a bachelor’s in music education from Murray State University in Kentucky and a master’s from Western Carolina University. Anne is particularly respected for her artistic, sensitive style of playing and skill as an instructor and arranger. She has produced many books of dulcimer arrangements and her music can be heard on several recordings.
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Righton McCallum is a retired English teacher and research librarian. She has taught the local history and research course at Blue Ridge Community College in Hendersonville, N.C. Righton authored the folklore chapter of the textbook “North Carolina Research: Genealogy and Local History” and has also written two books of her own Carolina-inspired poetry, “The Montreat Gate” and “Beside the Lake.” She and her husband have two sons, three granddaughters and an opinionated Welsh Terrier named Ginger.
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Tracy has been on the program staff of Montreat Conference Center since 1986. She began working with Elderhostel programs in 1989, and in 1997 assumed the additional role of on-site coordinator. A native of the area, she graduated from Asheville-Buncombe Technical College in 1981. Her favorite hobbies are hiking, pottery and reading. Tracy married Sam in 2007, and added three daughters to her family. In addition to her own grown children, she and Sam have been foster parents since 2010. They have four grandchildren.
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.
Ireland, A Novel
by Delaney, Frank
Apples on the Flood: The Southern Mountain Experience
by Cunningham, Rodger
academically oriented
The Scotch-Irish: A Social History
by Leyburn, James
the best of the best!
various others
by Kennedy, Billy
The Scots-Irish in Pennsylvania and Kentucky (1998); Faith and Freedom: The Scots-Irish In America (1999); Heroes of the Scots-Irish In America (2000); The Making of America: How the Scots-Irish Shaped a Nation (2001); Women of the Frontier (2004); & Our Most Priceless Heritage: The Lasting Legacy of the Scots-Irish in America (2005).
The Scottish Invention of America, Democracy & Human Rights: The History of Liberty and Freedom from the Ancient Celts to the New Millennium.
by Klieforth, Alexander Leslie & Munro, Robert John
Academically oriented, but excellent resource.
The United States of Appalachia: How Southern Mountaineers Brought Independence, Culture, and Enlightenment to America
by Biggers, Jeff
The Scots-Irish in the Carolinas
by Kennedy, Billy
Tories: Fighting for the King in America's First Civil War
by Allen, Thomas B.
From Philadelphia To The South, The Great Wagon Road: How Scotch- Irish And Germanics Settled the Uplands.
by Rouse, Parke, Jr.
Good, overall review.
Born Fighting: How the Scots-Irish Shaped America.
by Webb, James.
Biography of one family and how it fits into history.
The Scottish Settlers of America: The 17th and 18th Centuries.
by Millett, Stephen M.
Not strictly Southern Appalachians.
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6 days
5 nights
15 meals
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DAY
1
check-in (arrival), getting settled, dinner, and orientation
Montreat, NC
D
Assembly Inn

Afternoon: Arrival at the Assembly Inn, check in between 4 - 5:30 PM.

Dinner: Dinner will be served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Our opening program/orientation will be at 7 PM.

DAY
2
Three Class Presentations, Mountain Gateway Museum
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: Our early morning course, Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America with Anne Lough will present the background of Celtic origins, culture, tradition and migrations. Our mid-morning refreshment will be in the lobby. Afterward, we'll return to the classroom for our presentation on the Scots-Irish Influence on America with Righton McCallum. Because of their Presbyterian religion and heritage, the Scots-Irish were literate in a land of otherwise undereducated settlers. No matter how destitute a family on arrival, if they were industrious, they prospered in some endeavor. We'll explore their contributions!

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course focuses on the contributions of the Scots-Irish in the southern Appalachians. Let's learn all about ballads with Anne Lough After class, we'll venture to Old Fort, NC (20 minutes) to visit the Mountain Gateway Museum. The Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center offers a variety of educational and historical exhibits for public viewing. Some permanent exhibits include - Remedies From the Past: Folk Medicine in Western NC, Spinning and Weaving, Moonshining, A Time to Plant and a Time to Pluck, and there are two 19th Century cabins on the museum's grounds. Temporary exhibits are rotated in the museum in various times of the year. The Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center promotes the understanding of regional history and culture and their relationship to the world at large, for the benefit of visitors and residents. Through museum services to historical organizations, collections management, interpretive exhibits, and public events, Mountain Gateway Museum and Heritage Center encourages the preservation and understanding of local, state, and regional history for future generations.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Dinner will be served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: Evening program, from 7:00 to 8:00 is "Fun in the Mountains." games/cards and tv available in the lobby for fellowship. Perhaps a movie on a big screen, if the group is interested

DAY
3
3 presentations, walk around Montreat, fun evening program
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: Our early morning course "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America", with Anne Lough starts with the people settling the British Isles (Celts, etc.) then brings Celtic/Scots history through the monastic movement and to the Reformation. Mid-morning, we'll have a refreshment break and then return to the classroom for more explorations on the Scots-Irish Influence on America with Righton McCallum. Did you know that the Declaration of Independence was drafted by Scots and signed by 21 men of Gallic descent?

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course is on "Scots-Irish in the Southern Appalachians, with Anne Lough." We'll explore music traditions, including the dulcimer! You'll learn a tune or two on the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer (yes you can play it in 15 minutes, and you'll love it). After class, we'll have time for a walk around Montreat or a hike in the mountains.

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner

Evening: Another Fun evening program... a concert or a storyteller will entertain us!

DAY
4
3 presentations, free afternoon to explore the area
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: During the early morning course on "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America," Anne Lough will skip back and forth across the ocean and years to discuss these settlers in the Appalachian mountains. We'll talk about Scots history through the Reformation and up to James VI. Mid-morning, we'll venture to the lobby for refreshments and fellowship After returning to the classroom for the course on "Scots-Irish influence on America" with Righton McCallum.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Free time to explore the area!

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner Many of us have lost a connection with our food. Food comes in boxes and shrink-wrap, and rarely as raw, natural ingredients! We could have misconceptions of how the food was grown, or what are the best products to use. Being aware of where your food comes from can lead to a greater appreciation for your food. The Farm to Table meal here at Montreat tonight includes Caribbean chicken {coconut sauce}, from Coleman farms, Clinton, SC; Herb baked catfish from Ayden, NC; rice pilaf; sauteed kale from the Robertson family farm in Marietta, SC; roasted carrots from GA, rolls, fruit, salad, dessert. Some substitutions may be necessary, depending on the availability of fresh vegetables. Many of our desserts are “handmade” by our staff baker, Joyce. We are excited to participate in The Farm to Table movement, because it when we use locally produced foods, we know where our food comes from. We re-establish the link between farmers and other people.

Evening: During our evening course on "Scots-Irish in the Southern Appalachians" with Anne Lough, we will "kick up our heels" (mountain folk dancing -- so easy, if you can walk, you can do it) and learn about play parties.

DAY
5
Three Class Presentations, Field Trip, Fun Evening
Montreat, NC
B,L,D
Assembly Inn

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast

Morning: During the early morning course on "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America," Anne will help us take a look at life in the Lowlands and the Plantation of Ulster. Our mid-morning break will be in the lobby and then we'll return to the classroom for "Scots-Irish Influence on America" with Righton McCallum.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Afternoon: Our afternoon course will be "Scots-Irish in the Southern Appalachians" with Anne Lough. We'll explore the beautiful harmony of the shaped note tradition and talk about folk songs and storytelling. Following class, we'll venture for another field trip, this time to the Folk Art Center on the Blue Ridge Parkway or to the Vance Birthplace (depending on availability of this NC historic site).

Dinner: 5:30 - 6:30 dinner is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Evening: 7:00 - 8:00 Evening program... concert or storyteller. games/cards/tv in lobby for fellowship (no movie tonight).

DAY
6
2 class presentations
Montreat, NC
B,L

Breakfast: 7:30 - 8:30 a.m. breakfast is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room

Morning: During the early morning course on "Land, Land, My Land: The Scots-Irish Migration to America," Anne will help us to understand life in Ulster and the reasons of the Scots Irish migration to America. Our mid-morning break will offer refreshments and an opportunity to check out of your room (check required by 11 a.m.) Our last class of the program will be with Righton McCallum on "Scots-Irish Influence on America." We'll review some of our greatest inventors, our busiest explorers and most intriguing Cherokee chieftains. Our national debt to these courageous settlers is worthy of study! Our closing program is from 12:15 - 12:30, and then we'll have lunch and say our goodbyes.

Lunch: 12:30 - 1:30 lunch is served in the Assembly Inn Dining Room






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