We will walk a short distance to a neighborhood restaurant for lunch. Getting on and off motor coach and ride a short distance to an historic mansion for dinner.
In the hotel lobby, our daily breakfast buffet offers a rotating variety of choices such as an egg dish, breakfast meat, hot/cold cereals, fruit, yogurt. assorted breads and pastries, milk, juices, coffee, tea, and water.
In the hotel conference room, local experts will present background lectures on distinctive features of the railroad engines, their historic uses, and the train excursion routes. Representatives from Cass Scenic Railroad will present an overview of the history of the Cass Scenic Railroad and the conversion from hauling timber to becoming an excursion train for visitors. Discussion will include unique features of Shay, Heisler and Climax steam engines. A representative from the Durbin and Greenbrier Railroad will discuss unique features of the Durbin Rocket, Cheat Mountain Salamander, and Mountain Explorer trains.
At a popular neighborhood restaurant a short walk from the hotel, enjoy a buffet lunch including salads, choice of locally favorite entrées, bread, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water.
In the afternoon, a local historian will discuss pivotal roles played by West Virginia in the Civil War, from the first shots fired at Harpers Ferry, to the first land battle at Philippi, to Federal forces rushing to secure the vital transportation network of the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and leading eventually to West Virginia statehood itself. After the lecture you will have free time to explore the local area on your own. At 5:45, we will board a motorcoach for a ten minute drive to the campus of Davis and Elkins College for dinner.
We will enjoy a 3-course buffet at historic mansion featuring salad, choice of two entrées, and dessert, plus coffee, tea, water. Graceland and Halliehurst Mansions are historic landmarks overlooking Elkins and features three floors of period rooms that are open to the public.
We will enjoy an evening of train songs, "All Aboard the Iron Horse - Songs and Stories about America's Railroads" by Mick Souter. This will include many familiar train songs and some of the stories behind the building of the railroads. Mick, a full-time musician and performer, uses an assortment of musical instruments including the banjo, harmonica, guitar, dulcimer, and auto harp to accompany his songs.