9504
Lewisburg
Greenbrier Valley Adventure
From historic towns to its legacy of coal mining, from Native American traditions to the Greenbrier Resort and the Cold War, come 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 or dinner may be served at a local restaurant.

Evening: This evening following dinner we enjoy a lecture and musical presentation with a local storyteller - musician

DAY
3
Cass Railroad/National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

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: 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: Lunch will be included at the Cass 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.

Evening: Free time

DAY
4
"Coal Camp Memories"/Whipple Company Store/Tamarack Craft
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

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 for Karen Vuranch's presentation of "Coal Camp Memories" and then on 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.

Lunch: A delicious lunch will be prepared and served at a local church or community center by the staff.

Afternoon: 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 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 the choice off of a menu.

Evening: Free Time

DAY
5
Apple Orchard/Monroe Historical Society/Methodist Retreat
Lewisburg
B,L,D
Quality Inn

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 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: At Greenbrier Valley Theater - Lewisburg, WV. The Greenbrier Valley Theater, a performance venue that used to be a downtown department store, now designated the Year Round State Theater for West Virginia. Performance to be announced at a later date.

DAY
6
Learn about Cherokee History and Culture, Lunch and Departures
Lewisburg
B

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: Study the history, customs, philosophy and way of life of the Native Americans as presented by a local historian in period attire and dress.