Vermont/New Hampshire
Historic Homes, Gardens and Country Farms of Vermont and New Hampshire
Learn about the historic properties of Vermont and New Hampshire alongside experts as you visit colonial homes, preserved gardens, national parks and a working 19th-century farm.
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Program No. 21415RJ
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6 nights
15 meals
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Portsmouth, NH
Holiday Inn Portsmouth

Afternoon: Hotel check-in available from 3:00 p.m. Program Registration: 3:00-5:00 p.m. After you have your room assignment, head to the living room to register with the program staff. You’ll receive your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and other important information. If you arrive late, please ask for your packet when you check in.

Dinner: Enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in a private room with two entree's, salad, dessert. Coffee and tea are included, and alcoholic beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: Orientation: After dinner, we will hold our program orientation. The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have. Indicated times are approximate. Program activities, schedules, and personnel may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding. We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration. The Group Leader will often be available during free time to accompany informal excursions, activities, or meals that have been excluded from the program cost. You are welcome to join if you like, with any associated costs on your own.

Portsmouth/Moffatt Ladd House/Strawberry Banke/ Lobster
Portsmouth, NH
Holiday Inn Portsmouth

Activity note: Walking today with some hills, cobblestone streets up to 1 mile

Breakfast: This morning enjoy a buffet breakfast which includes eggs, breakfast meats, fruit, pancakes or similar, juice, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We start our day in Portsmouth at the Moffatt Ladd House, a Georgian mansion near the waterfront that dates to 1763. Enjoy a docent-led tour of through the beautifully restored home and elegant mid 19th century gardens.

Lunch: This meal is on your own to enjoy what you like at the Strawberry Bank, White Apron Café or other eateries.

Afternoon: After lunch we will gather again to view the Strawberry Banke Museum. This outdoor history museum chronicles daily life from 1695 through 1954 in its waterfront neighborhood. We will have a guided exploration of the gardens followed by time for independent exploration of the the many historical buildings. We conclude our day in Portsmouth with a guided exploration of the city led by a local historian, finishing up the day in Prescott Park. This public park, home to an Arts Festival, features a formal garden and fountains, as well as a yearly trial garden with over 500 varieties of annuals.

Dinner: Enjoy dinner this evening at a Portsmouth restaurant featuring local fare, including delicious seafood including a choice of lobster.

Depart NH/Fells Historic Site/Saint Gaudens Historic Site/VT
Brandon, VT
Brandon Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel. Luggage to the coach for departure.

Morning: Today we depart for the Green Mountains of Vermont. Our first stop today takes us to he Fells Historic Estate & Gardens. The Fells is a Colonial Revival home in Newbury, New Hampshire surrounded by various gardens and nature trails. It is the former summer home of John M. Hay, who was an American writer and diplomat. Enjoy a presentation by the Garden Conservancy, and an exploration of the home, gardens and woodland trails. We continue to our restaurant stop in New Hampshire, The Old Courthouse.

Lunch: Lunch is served at the Old Courthouse Restaurant in Newport, NH. Lunch includes choice of sandwich, beverage and dessert.

Afternoon: After lunch, we travel to Cornish, New Hampshire where we will visit the Saint Gaudens National Historic Site. The site includes the home and studios of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, a great American sculptor who produced such works as the Shaw Memorial in downtown Boston and designed the 1907 twenty dollar gold coin. We’ll enjoy a guided exploration of his home as well as the sculpture garden. We continue to Vermont and arrive at our inn in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Dinner is served this evening in the Main Dining Room. You will preselect a choice of entree served with a salad, starch, vegetable, dessert, coffee, water. Additional beverages are available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure. Relax before another full field trip day tomorrow.

Robert Todd Lincoln Hildene/Southern Vermont Arts Center
Brandon, VT
Brandon Inn

Breakfast: Buffet breakfast includes eggs, sausage, bacon, granola, yogurt, fruit, pastries, juice, coffee, tea and water.

Morning: After breakfast, we’ll board the coach to head south to Manchester, VT. We will explore Hildene, the summer home of Abraham Lincoln’s son Robert Todd Lincoln. Robert became the chairman of the Pullman Company, and built this Georgian Revival mansion in 1905. Enjoy a docent-led exploration of the home and gardens, as well as the Pullman car that resides on the grounds.

Lunch: A delicious picnic lunch is served at Hildene offering a choice of sandwich options.

Afternoon: After lunch we travel to the Southern Vermont Art Center. The center is situated amid over one-hundred acres of pristine forest in the heart of the Green Mountains, SVAC offers a first class experience in a traditional New England setting. With a rotating calendar of member and guest exhibitions, the largest sculpture park in Vermont. Explore the twenty-eight room Yester House Gallery, home to diverse exhibitions featuring artwork, photography, and sculpture by our member artists. Across the courtyard, the contemporary Elizabeth de C. Wilson Museum offers one of the East Coast’s finest exhibition spaces outside a major city, and boasts over 800 pieces of 19th and 20th century art, including the world's largest collection of works by Luigi Lucioni.

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the inn.

Evening: Enjoy a light historical presentation by our leader and historical expert James Dassatti.

Billings Farm/Rockefeller National Historic Park/Woodstock
Brandon, VT
Brandon Inn

Activity note: Walking and standing today. Walk from Billings to Rockefeller is a long incline to the Welcome Center and additional walking on grounds and in home

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the inn.

Morning: This morning we travel to the Marsh-Billings- Rockefeller National Historic Site. Our first stop takes us to the Billings Farm and Agricultural Museum. We will enjoy a guided exploration of the farm that will include the working dairy barns, the 1890 Farmhouse and the agricultural museum.

Lunch: A boxed lunch is served at the farm. Lunch will include a sandwich, chips, fruit, cookie and water.

Afternoon: This afternoon we explore the home of Laurance Rockefeller and the adjacent perennial gardens. The educational presentation will be led by National Park Service staff.

Dinner: Dinner is served in the Main Dining Room.

Evening: This evening we are joined by a local historian for a talk and walking exploration of the historic town of Brandon which has over 100 homes on the National Historic Register.

Shelburne Farms/Historic Church Street/Ethan Allen Homestead
Brandon, VT
Brandon Inn

Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the inn.

Morning: This morning we travel to Shelburne Farms. The farm is a nonprofit organization educating for a sustainable future. That means learning that links knowledge, inquiry, and action to help students build a healthy future for their communities and the planet. The home campus is a 1,400-acre working farm, forest, and National Historic Landmark. We enjoy a visit to the home, farm and gardens.

Lunch: This meal is on your own to enjoy the historic Church Street Marketplace which offers over 100 restaurants along a cobblestone street.

Afternoon: After lunch we will gather again and travel to the Ethan Allen Homestead located on the banks of the Winooski River. Inside the Allen House you will see some of the daily tasks and skills required to survive on the Vermont frontier, as well as an introduction to Ethan's philosophical writings and land speculation activities. Experience the cramped conditions and gain a new understanding of the lives of our 18th Century counterparts.

Dinner: Enjoy a fabulous farewell dinner served in the Main Dining Room.

Evening: This evening we enjoy light entertainment in the living room.

Transfer to Portsmouth, NH/ Farewells & Departures
Brandon, VT

Breakfast: At the inn.

Morning: Following check out, we board the coach by 8:15 a.m. and depart for Portsmouth, NH. We plan on returning to the Holiday Inn by 12:00 PM for individual departures. This concludes our program. The coach can make a stop at the Manchester Airport on the journey back to New Hampshire. We hope you enjoy all your Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. We encourage you to join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!