The Great Smokies: Trains, Cherokee and Appalachian Culture

Ride historic rails across scenic mountains as you learn about Appalachian culture, Cherokee heritage, traditional music and regional cuisine.
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Program No. 21267RJ
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Carol and Bill Burton are fantastic tour hosts. Enjoyed the presentations by Lee Knight.


Interesting history on the city of Chattanooga, Cherokee and Battle of Chickamauga.


Our trip was enjoyable, reasonably priced, well organized with a terrific leader and our group was very congenial. A great way to get a feel for the the Smokey Mountain area and an overview of the history. Dave Hadden Carlsbad, CA


The program covers parts of our history that are not well known but should be. We learned about the native inhabitants and the people who came in to the region and about the railroads in different eras.


If you are interested in some history of the Civil War, Appalachin music and culture and want to see some beautiful country, this is the course to take. I found it to be the best Road Scholar course I have taken.

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This was an overall interesting trip. The train rides were enjoyable. We learned about the Cherokee and the Trail of Tears from an local Appalachian resident, a non-Cherokee, who had studied the history. Chattanooga is a beautiful city, and the local expert did an excellent job of summarizing its fascinating history.


The Great Smokies: Trains, Cherokee and Appalachian Culture. Enjoyed companionship of welcoming participants immensely during this trip . . . particularly on Chattanooga tours, while walking as well as on the the trains. Leader, docents, lectures, music, art, sites and videos on the way to and in Hiawassee were also very educational and enjoyable. Folk School, museums, and countryside all lovely memories. I liked the cooler weather in October and especially learning about the Appalachian and folk cultures. Never a dull moment on this trip. Rickie


Greetings, I already completed my survey on line last Friday, 26th of October. This trip was fantastic. I learned so much about the culture as Road Scholar promised. The accomodations, guides, food and transportations were comfortable, knowledgeable and tasty. We definitely got our money's worth. Our leader, Carol Burton was attentive, organized and such a sweetheart. I recommend this trip to all. I am looking forward to many more trips with Road Scholars. Thank you, Jenny (Genevieve) Polkowke capea1995@yahoo.com 406-671-0933


Program is interesting and just the right free time to enjoy local sights on your own. The program leader was exceptional. Places we visited were what should be expected on this trip. Trip is easy going and can be enjoyed by all.


This program was fascinating! The areas we stayed at were beautiful! We learned a lot about Chattanooga & the surrounding areas. I would recommend this to everyone!


This program might spark further journeys of the rail system or Cherokee knowledge . Thoroughly enjoyable !!!!!!!

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