Afternoon: Arrival on Sunday at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Lewisburg, WV. (Phone-304-645-7999) You may begin checking in at 4 p.m. Register with your local Road Scholar Group Leader from 3:00 - 5:00 PM in either the dining area or lobby of the hotel.
Dinner: A two entrée buffet dinner served with salad, dessert, coffee, tea and water is included this evening at the hotel in a private room. Additional beverages are not available for purchase.
Evening: Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will then review 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 and schedules 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. Scheduled free time is set aside 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. Instructor Keith Lilly will speak on West Virginia History and roots. Learn the history/culture/social structure unique to Southern West Virginia.
Activity note: Walking today through the bunker complex and up to 1 mile on streets and trails. Some unpaved surfaces.
Breakfast: Start your day with a selection of hot, fresh and healthy choices from eggs, waffles and meat to cereal, pastries and fresh fruit, juice, water, milk and coffee.
Morning: Explore the Greenbrier Cold War Bunker, code name "Greek Island." This was to be a relocation facility for the Congress of the United States in the event of a nuclear attack. Expert led 90 minute walking exploration of the bunker and parts of the hotel.
Lunch: Lunch is included today at a local restaurant. Entree and beverage included.
Afternoon: This afternoon we'll travel to Monroe County with our historian. Along the way we'll learn the Native American and Civil War History of the state before concluding with a stop in the City of Lewisburg. In 1978, a 236-acre area in the heart of Lewisburg was designated a National Register Historic District. This 221-year-old town with many 18th- and 19th-century buildings is set amid the Allegheny Mountains and is where the steeple clock still tolls the hour and the church bells ring out on Sunday mornings. Old structures, converted to new purposes, are still in use, and antebellum homes (often remaining in the same families for generations) are still occupied. Our time in Lewisburg will include a visit to the North House Museum. Explore the lives of Greenbrier Valley residents at the North House Museum. Built in 1820, the North House was the home of local lawyer John North and his wife Charlotte for more than a decade before becoming James Frazier’s Star Tavern and Inn. We return to the hotel for a little rest and relaxation.
Dinner: Dinner will be served at the hotel or local restaurant.
Evening: Evening program with our historian on farming in West Virginia during the Civil War which will be done in period attire.
Activity note: Due to the location of Cass and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, we will be travel approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes by bus. If you tend toward motion sickness and take medication for that, please bring that with you. Also, due to the location of these sites, we will not be able to return to the motel until we return for the evening which will be around 7 p.m.
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.
Morning: We will depart for Pocahontas County to visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The Green Bank NationScal Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) is one of the world's premier research facilities for radio astronomy. NRAO operates powerful, advanced radio telescopes spanning the western hemisphere. Green Bank National Radio Astronomy Observatory is home to the largest fully steerable dish in the world. Simple film cameras are welcome all over the site, however, digital cameras, 35mm cameras with advanced electronics or video recorders are not permitted near the telescopes. The electronic devices create radio pollution which can ruin astronomers’ data. Feel free to bring your digital cameras, but there will be an area that they must be turned off. If you would want close up pictures of the telescopes, feel free to bring a simple film camera.
Lunch: Buffet lunch will be included at the Cass Railroad Station. Buffet will include a choice of two entree's, vegetable, starch, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages.
Afternoon: Visit Cass Scenic Railroad and enjoy a ride on the steam engine and learn of the history of Cass as a logging town.
Dinner: Dinner will be included.
Evening: Free time this evening as we will not be returning to the hotel until the early evening.
Activity note: Little Walking today, some standing. Entering a coal mine today so be sure to bring a jacket as temperature in the mine is 50 degrees.
Breakfast: Breakfast is served at the hotel this morning.
Morning: We will visit the Beckley Exhibition Coal mine and learn of the day to day work of a coal miner through riding in a "man car" through the mine. Also enjoy various buildings that have been recovered and restored from various mine sites, such as the superindendent's home, miner's shanty, church and schoolhouse. We will also visit the Whipple Company Store. This store served the coal camp of Whipple, and will give insight into the very vital the company store played in coal camps.
Lunch: A delicious lunch will be prepared and served at a local church or community center by the staff.
Afternoon: Next we travel to the Canyon Rim Visitor Center to view a portion of the New River Gorge and the New River Gorge Bridge. The New River is a rugged, white water river, flowing northward through deep canyons, the New River is among the oldest rivers on the continent. Located in southern West Virginia, New River Gorge National River was established in 1978 to conserve and protect 53 miles of the New River as a free-flowing waterway. This unit of the National Park System encompasses over 70,000 acres of land along the New River between the towns of Hinton and Fayetteville. The park and surrounding area are rich in cultural and natural history, with an abundance of scenic and recreational opportunities. Visit Tamarack - Tamarack is the nation's first and only statewide collection of handmade craft, art and cuisine showcasing "The Best of West Virginia." From hand-carved furniture to glass and pottery to Appalachian quilts, Tamarack offers only the best. You will also find an array of regional specialty foods and products. We adjorn to the Tamarack Theater for Karen Vuranch's drama and musical presentation of "Coal Camp Memories"
Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the Tamarack Welcome and State Craft Center. You will have the choice off of a menu.
Evening: Following dinner we enjoy a scenic drive back to our hotel for the evening.
Activity note: Today we do some walking on uneven and unpaved surfaces, walk up to one mile today, some standing during our programs.
Breakfast: Breakfast is included this morning at the hotel.
Morning: Visit an orchard that specialized in various fruits and berries. While there we will get a "behind the scenes" picture of the workings of an orchard.
Lunch: At delicious locally prepared lunch is served at the local Methodist Retreat Center and Church. During lunch we enjoy a lecture on locally grown and raised products and visit to the center.
Afternoon: Visit the Monroe County Historical Society. Frontier settlement, family traditions, early industry, enslavement, civil war, sacrifice, and freedom – these are some of the stories in our Monroe County heritage. Our Society exists to preserve these stories and their visible artifacts.
Dinner: Dinner will be included this evening at a local restaurant with a choice of menu.
Evening: This evening we enjoy some great local entertainment at the hotel.
Breakfast: Breakfast is included at the hotel.
Morning: This morning we enjoy a local storyteller or Period Attired Historian for a presentation on the early history of West Virginia. We hope you enjoyed 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!