Educational Step-on Guided Tours of the Hershey/Harrisburg Region - Est. 2016.
The Rockville Bridge - 1905 ---R.W. Johnston, Library of Congress
2 Hour Tours
You will learn about the native inhabitants of this region, before Mr. Harris established his ferry at the banks of the mighty Susquehanna River. Many river crossings dotted the Susquehanna’s east banks; however, it was Harris’ Ferry that was one of the first, and it also opened up the settlement of the Cumberland Valley. We will also talk about the Susquehanna River in terms of its geology and location. We will finish our tour with a visit to a local craft brewery, distillery, or vineyard of your choice.
The Civil War History Tour meets in the parking lot at The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. After the tour you are welcome to enjoy the museum. Tour highlights include: The breastworks of Fort Couch that was hastily constructed to defend Harrisburg from General Lee's push north, Bridgeport Heights, the Historic Peace Church at Oysters Point, and the Broad Street Market/Camp Curtin location. Tour concludes at a local brewery, vineyard, or distillery.
Native Americans travelled the Cumberland Valley for seasonal migration, trade with Europeans, and war. Europeans continued this tradition. This tour will highlight historic Carlisle and include a walk around the US Army Heritage Center. The Army Barracks is depicted here with Native Americans "enrolled" in classes designed to "civilize" them. You will see one of Lee's "postcards" in the side of a brick home caused by canon fire during the Civil War. Molly Pitcher is buried in the old public graveyard. The tour concludes at the microbrewery that is named in her honor.
3 Hour Tours
This unique tour begins at Fort Hunter where you will learn about regional geology and frontier forts. We will travel north along the Susquehanna River and pass by the famous Dauphin Narrows Statue of Liberty. You will hike a very short piece of the famous Appalachian Trail, at Peter's Mountain, to an overlook. Afterwords, we will have lunch at the historic Doyle Hotel, where thousands of “Through Hikers” have stayed the night. The tour concludes at Zeroday brewery. A “Zeroday” is Appalachian Trail - Through Hiker vernacular for a day with 0 miles gained.
4 Hour Tours
The Locks & Bridges Tour will take you around the central Pennsylvania region to see and learn about the many beautiful bridges and canal locks that the region is known for. The bridge at Rockville offers a staggering view within a water gap setting. Market street bridge preserves columns from the old 1812 capitol building. Covered bridges are almost gone; however, you will ride accross one of these beauties. Of course, the tour concludes with a stop at a local winery, brewery, or distillery.
Learn about whiskey and moonshine beginning at the first distillery in Harrisburg since prohibition. Take a step back in time and see the defunct Highspire Whiskey barrel aging warehouse and see remnants of a bygone era. Lancaster will surprise you when we visit an old tobacco barn downtown that is home to the best rye whiskey distiller in Central PA! Our last stop is historic Lititz, home to a new distillery and the famous Bull’s Head Public House. The Bull’s Head is a genuine English pub where you will learn about whiskey, eat some tasty pub grub and enjoy choosing a whiskey flight!
siskëwahane - Muddy River (Lenape)
You will learn about the native inhabitants of the Susquehanna River Valley through discussion of Barrry C. Kent's archeological work in Washington Bourogh. We will discuss regional geology, British forts, and visit a Pennsylvania Canal lock ruins, lime kiln ruins, and stop at Chiqusalunga overlooking the Susquehanna River. Native American place names will be highlighted along the way. The tour concludes at a local brewery vineyard or distillery.
Special Guest Tours
Learn about some of the historic homes and families that lived in Gettysburg during the time of the epic Battle of Gettysburg that took place here during the summer of 1863, with Special Guest Ann Mease. We will visit the Evergreen Cemetery and learn about 19th century death rituals. We will make a stop at the historic railroad station where President Lincoln arrived to give his historic and influential Gettysburg Address. As always, we conclude at a local watering hole.
You will learn what “follow the drinking gourd” meant to southern slaves looking for a way out of bondage, as well as, other interesting facts about The Underground Railroad and Pennsylvania’s unique historical role. You will learn about Thaddeus Stevens, a significant abolitionist who is buried in Lancaster. You will visit historic Columbia, Wrightsville and Lancaster. Special Guest, Randolph Harris, a local historian and creator of the Lancaster County Underground Railraod trail, will lead the discussion. As always, the tour concludes at a local brewery, winery, or distillery.
Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How do I schedule a tour?
Answer: Submit a form request or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to arrange the details of your personal tour.
Question: What is your cancellation policy?
Answer: No problem. No penalty. Please give as much notice as possible.
Question: Do you take credit cards?
Answer: Yes! I use “Square” Point of Sales to accept most magnetic strip and chipped credit cards, Android Pay and Apple Pay.
Question: What kind of tour should I expect?
Answer: This is a step-on guided tour service. I will join your group as a passenger, or co-pilot, guiding you and teaching you about the region based on the tour that you choose, or I will lead the way in my own vehicle and you will follow along to each destination. Itinerary and price is exactly the same either way; you choose.
Question: Where does the tour depart from?
Answer: We can meet at any place that is convenient within the Central Pennsylvania region.