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The American Revolution from Philadelphia to Trenton

Follow in the Revolutionary footsteps of George Washington from Philadelphia to the Delaware River, visiting battle sites, national landmarks and his tactical headquarters on the way.
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Program No. 22708RJ
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7 days
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1,799
Pennsylvania

The American Revolution from Philadelphia to Trenton

Follow in the Revolutionary footsteps of George Washington from Philadelphia to the Delaware River, visiting battle sites, national landmarks and his tactical headquarters on the way.
Length
7 days
Starts at
1,799
Program No. 22708 RJ
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Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
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Apr 3 - Apr 9, 2022
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1,879
May 1 - May 7, 2022
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Oct 24 - Oct 30, 2021
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2,499
Apr 3 - Apr 9, 2022
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2,579
May 1 - May 7, 2022
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2,579
Oct 16 - Oct 22, 2022
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2,579

At a Glance

Follow in the footsteps of George Washington and the Continental Army from Philadelphia to Valley Forge, across the Delaware to Trenton where American troops savored their first victory. Learn about Washington’s strategy and role in commanding troops in America’s fight for independence on visits to iconic locations of the American Revolution in Philadelphia and beyond including battle sites, 18th-century landmarks and Washington’s tactical headquarters.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Lots of walking, stairs and climbing on and off buses.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 13 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you’ll…

  • Take field trips in Philadelphia to private libraries, explore Independence Hall, see the Liberty Bell and visit the new Museum of the American Revolution.
  • Walk with a historical interpreter through Valley Forge National Park and imagine the Continental Army camped there in the winter of 1776.
  • Cross the Delaware River, just like Washington and his troops did on that fateful icy night of December 24, and explore the Trenton Barracks where the battle won by American troops became a turning point in the Revolution.
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Nancy Webster
Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.

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

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Nancy Webster is a student and teacher of history. After receiving her B.A. magna cum laude from Radcliffe College of Harvard University, Nancy’s interest in early American history took her to William & Mary College where she received a double M.A. degree in American studies and museum curatorship. Today, she lectures and consults on planning, preservation and historical research. She is a member of the National Coalition of Independent Scholars, Fellows in American Studies, the Friend’s Historical Association, Women Historians of the Delaware Valley, and the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. Nancy is also curator and a board member of the Delaware Historical Society.
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Joe Becton was introduced to history by his father, a history teacher in the Philadelphia School District. After attending Philadelphia public schools, he went on to earn associate degrees in social work and social science and a B.A. in history education at the University of West Florida. He is a noted Philadelphia musical artist who performs a repertoire of 19th century spirituals and Civil War songs. He also interprets the styles of music developed by Africans in America and the collision of cultures that created the music we call gospel, jazz and blues. Joe is a retired National Park Service Ranger at Independence National Historical Park.
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Mitchell Kramer has a B.A. in playwriting from Hampshire College and attended Circle in the Square acting conservatory. He has worked off-Broadway and in regional theater including the New York Theater Workshop and Dorset Theater Festival. He is a costumed Historic Interpreter portraying Benjamin Franklin in Old City Philadelphia. Mitchell has written and produced plays for children and adults and a series of historically accurate stories about 18th century Philadelphia for Historic Philadelphia, Inc. He is on the Board of Directors of Mount Sinai Cemetery.
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Warren is a retired architect with over 30 years of experience. Much of his career was spent at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority in Philadelphia. In his professional career, he has worked on several historic projects in the Philadelphia region. Warren is an avid photographer of historic buildings and urban streetscapes. He has led groups exploring Philadelphia’s historic architecture and city planning for over 25 years and occasionally lectures on Philadelphia’s historical development.
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Lauren Biddle Kain is the site coordinator for Philadelphia Landmarks Road Scholar. She received her BS/BA from Randolph Macon College in Ashland, Virginia. After marriage and transfer to the San Diego area, she began working at EVENT NETWORK, a leading experiental retail operator, on behalf of cultural attractions such as zoos, botanical gardens, aquariums, museums, science centers and other cultural attractions. Lauren and her family now reside in the Philadelphia area. She started working with Road Scholar as a junior Group Leader for Grandparent Programs.
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Philadelphia - Portrait of an American City
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William Penn's Holy Experiment
by Bronner, E.B.
Washington: A Life
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Philadelphia: A 300-Year History / Edition 1
by Russell F. Weigley
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7 days
6 nights
13 meals
6 B 3 L 4 D
DAY
1
Registration, Orientation, Welcome Dinner, Ben Franklin
Philadelphia, PA
D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Hotel check-in from 4:00 p.m.

Afternoon: Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table in the lobby to register with the program staff and get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule that reflects any last-minute changes, and to learn when and where the Orientation session will take place. If your arrival is delayed, please ask for your packet when you check in. Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone with a warm welcome and lead introductions. We will review the schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, COVID guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have. Free time is reserved for your personal independent exploration. Evenings at leisure offer opportunities to make the program more meaningful and memorable through personal independent exploration, engaging in available activities on your own, or simply relaxing and making new friends among fellow participants. The Group Leader will always be happy to offer suggestions. Program activities, schedules, personnel, and indicated distances or times may be changed due to local conditions/circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Dinner will be provided this evening, either at the hotel.

Evening: Ben Franklin is in town! He wants to greet you and tell you, modestly, about his role in the steps leading up to the revolution.

DAY
2
Founding Fathers, Independence Hall & Liberty Bell MoAR
Philadelphia, PA
B,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Walking on city streets and as your explore the museum.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: After breakfast, we will have a lecture on "Founding Fathers". After our lecture we will board our bus. We will visit Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. The old cracked Bell still proclaims liberty and Independence Hall echoes the words, "We the People". Explore Franklin's Philadelphia and America's continuing struggle to fulfill the Founders' declaration of "all men are created equal". Enjoy a ranger-guided introduction to Independence Hall and a self-guided exploration at Liberty Bell with a park ranger available for questions. Road Scholar has already purchased your ticket for a specified entry time. However, if you arrive a day ahead or stay later and wish to go back to Independence Hall, you will need to acquire a ticket.

Lunch: Lunch is on your own today at the Bourse.

Afternoon: We’ll then go to the new Museum of the American Revolution, the first of its kind to trace the steps that lead to our break with the “Mother Country” of England and eventually to revolutionary war. Led by an educator, we will take a virtual journey through the American Revolution, encountering the events, people, and ideals of the founding of the United States through state-of-the-art design and technology. The collection of thousands of objects includes works of art, manuscripts, and printed pieces from the period. One particularly historic item is the original tent that George Washington used as his command center.

Dinner: Dinner will provided this evening.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
3
Waynesborough & Valley Forge, Free evening
Philadelphia, PA
B,L
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: We’ll travel the route General Anthony Wayne took to his farm in Waynesborough. In Waynesborough we will be invited into General Wayne's ancestral home for an expert led exploration.

Lunch: Boxed Lunch at Waynesborough.

Afternoon: After lunch we will depart Waynesborough to travel to Valley Forge. The six-month encampment of General George Washington ’s Continental Army at Valley Forge in the winter of 1777-1778 was a major turning point in the American Revolutionary War. Hear from your guide, a revolutionary war solider, the tale he has to tell. We’ll return to the hotel after our field trip.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening.

Evening: At leisure. You might like to experience more of the sights and sound of Philadelphia or perhaps attend a performance at one of the city’s superb arts venues.

DAY
4
Christ Church, Betsy Ross, Elfreth's Alley, NCC
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Activity note: Walking on city streets and as your explore the museum.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: We’ll go for a field trip to visit some of the historic landmarks in Philadelphia’s Old City District — known as America’s most historic square mile — such as the Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, and Elfreth's Alley. While there is no documented evidence that Betsy Ross actually did sew the first American flag, the story that George Washington himself asked her to make it lives on. Christ Church, founded in 1695, has long been called “the Nation's church” due to its associations with notable Revolutionary era leaders. Seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and five signers of the Constitution are buried here. Elfreth’s Alley represents three centuries of American everyday life. As a National Historic Landmark, it preserves 32 structures built from 1728-1836, one of our last remaining early American streetscapes.

Lunch: Lunch will be at the National Constitution Center. Vouchers will be provided.

Afternoon: Afternoon visit to the National Constitution Center. Enjoy a theater presentation by an actor on the importance of freedom and the have time to explore the self guided exhibits explaining the Bill of Rights and each of the Amendments.

Dinner: Dinner will be at a local resturant.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
5
Lecture, Cliveden House, Free afternoon & Evening
Philadelphia, PA
B
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: After breakfast we’ll have an expert presentation on Washington's strategic battle plan for the American Revolution. We will then visit Clivedon House in Germantown. Built from 1763-64, Cliveden was the country estate of Benjamin Chew, then the Attorney-General of Pennsylvania. The British captured Philadelphia in September 1777. When the Battle of Germantown erupted on October 4, six companies of British soldiers occupied Cliveden. The American forces attacked but, protected by the house’s thick stone walls, the British held out. Although not a military victory, this battle helped persuade France that the nascent American nation was worthy of support. Cliveden today is one of America’s best preserved and least altered historic sites. Musket burns from the Battle of Germantown can still be seen on the entryway floor. It is now a designated National Historic Landmark. We’ll then return to the hotel for a free afternoon and evening.

Lunch: Lunch will be on your own this afternoon.

Afternoon: Free afternoon once we return to Philadelphia to our hotel. Free Time: Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Dinner: Dinner is on your own this evening.

Evening: After a busy day of exploring, you have time to rest up for another busy travel day tomorrow.

DAY
6
Washington Crossing, Trenton
Philadelphia, PA
B,L,D
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: Our field trip today traces another signal event in the history of the Revolutionary War as we follow Washington’s path crossing the Delaware, one of the iconic images in American memory. It was December 25, 1776. So far in the Revolutionary War, the British had won victory after victory. American morale was low. General George Washington decided to take a huge gamble. He gathered his forces of 2,400 men and crossed the Delaware River — ferried by local fishermen — to attack a garrison of Hessian mercenaries camped at Trenton, New Jersey. The surprise attack was successful and the Hessians surrendered. The crossing site is now a National Historic Landmark.

Lunch: At an historic Inn.

Afternoon: We have crossed the Delaware in daylight and not in the middle of the night as Washington's army did and our purpose is to surprise the sleeping British solders after their night of Christmas Eve celebration at Trenton Barracks. We will have a guided visit of the Old Barracks Museum, also known as Old Barracks, in Trenton, New Jersey. Is the only remaining colonial barracks in New Jersey. It is the last of five such barracks authorized by the colonial legislature in 1758 to house about 300 soldiers in the French and Indian War. During the American Revolution, George Washington crossed the Delaware River to catch the Hessian garrison in Trenton by surprise. Following the American Revolution, the Trenton Barracks were used as a military hospital specializing in smallpox inoculations.

Dinner: Our farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant. Your last opportunity to share your favorite experiences with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Prepare for departure after our conclusion.

DAY
7
A Tale of Two Cities, Program Concludes
Philadelphia, PA
B

Activity note: Hotel check-out by 12:00 Noon.

Breakfast: Restaurant Balcony Cafe, Mezzanine. Full American Breakfast Buffet.-Due to Covid, this could be a la cart. We are adhering to the local guidelines.

Morning: Joe Becton will lecture on The Tale of Two Cities.

Lunch: This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please join our Facebook page and share photos of your program. Visit us at www.facebook.com/rsadventures. Best wishes for all your journeys!






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