Chesapeake Seafaring History
9 Days / 8 Nights
Departure Date: October 7-15
Tour Code: CHES90
A seafaring adventure begins as we meet our fellow travelers motoring eastward bound. Our first night out will be spent in the Indianapolis metropolis at the always accommodating Drury Inn.
DAY TWO CB, L
Travels continue through eastern Indiana, Cincinnati and into West Virginia with our usual stretch and meal stops along the way. We rest our heads in the town of Beckley at the Country Inn & Suites.
DAY THREE CB, L
By lunchtime we’ve crossed the border into Virginia and stop for a great meal at the Historic Michie Tavern. Circa 1784, this rustic tavern features hearty midday fare offered by servers in period attire. The setting provides a dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality. Be sure to wander throughout this historic Inn and take back a few souvenirs from the gift shop. We continue our travels into Richmond where we can unpack for two nights at the Holiday Inn Express.
DAY FOUR CB, D
Located on the site of Tredegar Iron Works, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar is the nation’s first museum to explore the war from Union, Confederate and African American perspectives. The plant employed skilled domestic and foreign workers as well as slaves and free blacks. One of the nation’s most significant Civil War Sites, Tredegar is now a National Historic Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After this visit a local guide joins our group for a driving tour of Richmond, VA. As the capital of Virginia Richmond was designed by Thomas Jefferson and has been a pivotal city for almost 400 years. Agecroft Hall was built in the late 1500s in Lancaster England and was moved piece by piece to where it sits today. As you tour this magnificent structure the lives of the landed gentry from England’s Tudor and early Stuart periods is opened up. It proudly stood during the reigns of King Henry VIII and Elizabeth I!
Tonight we stay in the 17th century as we dine and enjoy Swift Creek Mill Theatre. Our dinner and evening’s amusement is housed in the iconic structure of Swift Creek Mill. It’s been here since 1663 – that’s more than 350 years!
DAYS FIVE — CB, D
Enjoy your breakfast before we depart for Berkeley Planation. Built in 1726 of brick fired right here on the plantation, the house and grounds occupy a beautifully landscaped hilltop location overlooking the James River. It was also the site of the very first Thanksgiving celebration which we learn all about during our tour.
Heading into Norfolk, VA we’ll pause for a visit at the Battleship Wisconsin and Nauticus. Walk the decks of one of our most impressive wartime ships then visit Nauticus, a maritime-themed science center and museum located on the downtown waterfront.
Later, enjoy dinner in another historic location. The Freemason Abbey built in 1873 was once a church but now serves delicious regional fare. This evening as the sun goes down step on board the American Rover, a 135-foot three-masted topsail schooner. As we sail watch the goings on of a working waterfront harbor then enjoy nature’s spectacle glisten on the water as the sun slowly sets. After this full day of historic touring we check into the Holiday Inn & Suites here in Norfolk for a two-night stay.
DAY SIX — CB, L
We’ve sailed the harbor and watched the sun glinting off the gentle waves. Now it’s time to cross the bay on the engineering marvel known as The Chesapeake Bay Bridge. At nearly 18 miles long, the bridge-tunnel complex connects Virginia’s Eastern Shore with Virginia’s mainland in Virginia Beach/Norfolk. Our bus being high above the rail, offers breathtaking views of the Chesapeake Bay.
At Cherrystone Aqua Farm we’ll see one of the oldest fisheries in the area. For more than 115 years, the Ballard family has been producing the best clams and oysters in the world. Learn more about this amazing business during our visit.
As we continue our crossing we’ll pause at the Barrier Islands Center to see how generations living in these island communities are preserving their way of life. Our last stop of the day is at a local winery, Chatham Vineyards. Operated by the Wehner family at historic Chatham Farm, this has been a working farm for over four centuries. Enjoy a taste of the wine whose grapes were grown on sea swept hillsides.
DAY SEVEN — CB, L
Travels take us into Virginia’s interior enroute to the town of Smithfield. Most notable for its salt cured hams we start our day with a tour of St. Luke’s Church. Also known at the old brick church, St. Luke’s was built in 1682. We’ll explore the building and grounds of this renowned historic site and national landmark on a journey through over 400 years of vibrant, American history. Lunch is special today. Experience real southern charm while we dine in simple elegance at the Smithfield Inn. It’s been in continuous operation since 1870. We’re on the road again as we continue our homeward bound travels. Tonight we overnight at the Stonewall Jackson Hotel in Staunton, VA.
DAY EIGHT — CB, L
Today finds us passing through Pittsburgh where we view the spectacular panorama of Pittsburgh and its three rivers. Experience a ride on the 140-year-old the Duquesne Incline Railway from the observation deck while seeing this spectacular visual. It’s then on to our lunch stop. Many of PBS fans will recognize the name Lidia. She has long had a restaurant here in Pittsburgh were we will enjoy our meal. Our final overnight will be in the Streetsboro, OH area.
DAY NINE — CB, L
Home is approaching as we round through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and back to Wisconsin. What a great trip to the Chesapeake region. We hope to see you again!
PER PERSON PRICING:
Deposit: $200 per person within 7 days of making reservation. Final payment is due 60 days prior to departure. Luggage handling included for one suitcase. RoamRight Insurance is available and strongly recommended.
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