9504
West Virginia
Cold War and Coal Mines: History and Culture in Greenbrier, WV
From historic towns to its legacy of coal mining, from Native American traditions to the Greenbrier Resort and the Cold War, learn the uniquely American story of West Virginia.
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Program No. 9504RJ
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6 days
5 nights
14 meals
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DAY
1
Arrival and Orientation
Lewisburg
D
Quality Inn

Afternoon: Arrival on Sunday at the Quality Inn in Lewisburg, WV. (Phone-304-645-7722) You may begin checking in at 3 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 is included this evening at the hotel in a private room.

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.

DAY
2
Greenbrier Bunker at Hotel/Historic Lewisburg
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

Activity note: Walking today through the bunker complex and up to 1 mile on streets in the town of Lewisburg.

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 and coffee.

Morning: Tour 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. This is a 90 minute walking exploration of the bunker and part of the hotel.

Lunch: Lunch is included today at a local restaurant. Entree and beverage included.

Afternoon: Visit the City of Lewisburg. A former mayor was fond of saying, "Only two kinds of people ever leave Lewisburg - those who will return and those who wish they could." 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 guided exploration with our group leader and 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. At the turn of the 20th century, the North House became the President’s home for Greenbrier College for Women. The Greenbrier Historical Society has operated within the North House since 1976 and has owned the building since 1992.

Dinner: Another wonderful two entrée buffet dinner is included this evening at the hotel.

Evening: This evening following dinner we enjoy a presentation with the WV Humanities Council for History Alive! "Ostenaco" with local historian Doug Wood.

DAY
3
Apple Orchard/Monroe Historical Society/Methodist Retreat
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

Activity note: Walking through the apple orchards and outbuildings over uneven terrain. Walking tour of the various buildings of the Monroe County Historical Museum may include uneven terrain.

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 and coffee.

Morning: Visit an orchard that specializes in various fruits and berries. While there we will get a "behind the scenes" picture of the workings of an orchard. Next we travel to Union, WV for a stop at the Rehoboth Church and Museum where we enjoy a guided tour.

Lunch: A delicious locally prepared picnic lunch is served at the Rehoboth church and Museum. 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. We will have an opportunity to visit the Original Museum, Log Houses and Carriage House

Dinner: Dinner will be included this evening at a local restaurant with a choice of menu.

Evening: Free time

DAY
4
Beckley Coal Mine/Whipple Company Store/Tamarack
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

Activity note: Walking tour of the Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine includes the museum, underground tunnels, coal camp and church - uneven terrain. Exploration of New River Gorge - uneven terrain.

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 and coffee.

Morning: Travel to Beckley WV. Our first stop today takes us to 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 are joined by a local historian who will spend the afternoon with us following our visit to the mine.

Lunch: A delicious lunch will be prepared and served by the Fayetteville Presbyterian Ladies Auxiliary at the church.

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. We will also visit the Whipple Company Store. This store served the coal camp of Whipple, and will give insight into the very vital role the company store played in coal camps. 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

Dinner: Dinner is included this evening at the Tamarack Welcome and State Craft Center. You will have food vouchers to use at any of the eateries.

Evening: Following dinner we adjorn to the Tamarack Theater for Karen Vuranch's drama and musical presentation of "Coal Camp Memories"

DAY
5
Green Bank Observatory/Cass State Park/Musical Performance
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

Activity note: Due to the location of Cass and the Green Bank Observatory, we will 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 hotel until we return for the evening which will be around 9:00 PM. Walking over uneven terrain at Cass State Park - steam engine excursion

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 and coffee.

Morning: We will depart for Pocahontas County to visit the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. The Green Bank National 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. Scientists from around the world use these instruments to probe fundamental questions in astronomy and physics. 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: A hot lunch buffet will be included at the Cass Whittaker Railroad Station.

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 this evening at a local restaurant to include salad, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Choices pre-selected prior to arrival at the program.

Evening: This evening we will enjoy a musical presentation with a talented local musician at the hotel.

DAY
6
Discussion/musical performance with local historian/talent
Lewisburg
B

Activity note: Program ends at 10:30 AM. Hotel check out is 11:00 AM

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 and coffee.

Morning: Morning program will include a presentation of local artifacts and a lively musical performance with local expert. Program will conclude at 10:30 AM with hotel check -out at 11:00 AM






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