Educational Step-on 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 (Appalachian Trail). We will finish our tour with a visit to a local craft brewery, distillery, or vineyard of your choice.
The Harrisburg Tour is about 2 hours
4 Hour Tours
The Civil War History Tour begins in historic Harrisburg. We will see the breastworks of Fort Couch that were hastily constructed to defend Harrisburg from General Lee's push north. We will follow the Susquehanna south to Wrightsville where we will see the old bridge piers that once held the longest wooden covered bridge in the world. Union militia set the bridge ablaze to prevent Confederate troops from crossing. 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 follow the Warrior's Path from Harrisburg to Carlisle ending at the US Army Heritage Center. The Army Barracks is depicted here with Native Americans people "enrolled" in classes designed to "civilize" them. Molly Pitcher is buried in the old public graveyard. The tour concludes at the microbrewery that is named in her honor.
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. We will continue north to Peter’s Mountain, along the Susquehanna River. You will hike a very short piece of the famous Appalachian Trail to a scenic overlook. Local lore and history of this famous trail will be discussed. 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. Tour concludes at a local brewery.
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/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!
4 Hour Special 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. 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.
siskëwahane - Muddy River (Lenape)
You will learn about the native inhabitants of the Susquehanna River valley, regional geology, British forts, and Pennsylvania’s beer, and wine culture. We will visit a Pennsylvania Canal lock ruins, lime kiln ruins, a local brewery, vineyard and distillery.
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. Afterwards we will enjoy some adult beverages.
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 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.
Question: Where does the tour depart from?
Answer: We can meet at any place that is convenient.