Each itinerary package is $39 and includes: Educational documents, historical photos, on location educational reading material, and local beer, wine, spirits, and food recommendations...
The Civil War Tour begins at The National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg. Tour highlights include the breastworks of Fort Couch that were hastily constructed to defend Harrisburg from General Lee's push north. Other points of interest include Bridgeport Heights, the Historic Peace Church at Oysters Point, the Broad Street Market and Camp Curtin monument/location.
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.
Learn about whiskey 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 you visit an old tobacco barn/distillery in downtown Lancaster! Your last stop is historic Lititz, home to a new distillery with a long history and a famous English Public House.
You will see the beautiful Rockville Bridge, the longest stone arch railroad bridge in the world. This bridge spans a section of the Susquehanna called a "water gap" and is nearly a mile long. Wooden covered bridges are quickly disappearing. The Locks & Bridges tour will route you through one of these quaint structures within the beautiful Lancaster County! Harrisburg's "Camelback Bridge" holds two of the original capitol buildings columns. An old canal lock ruin is another highlight of this tour. If you like wood, stone, and water, then this tour is for you...
Mr. Harris established his ferry at the banks of the mighty Susquehanna River. The river crossing at Columbia existed 3 years prior to Harris's Ferryman grant, further south on the Susquehanna; however, it was Harris’ Ferry that opened up the settlement of the Cumberland Valley. You will see John Harris' grave place along the beautiful Susquehanna River banks in downtown Harrisburg. Historic architecture, including the State Capitol, are included, as well as, interesting cemeteries that hold Revolutionary War and Civil War veterens!
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Native Americans travelled the Cumberland Valley for seasonal fauna 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.
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. You will visit the Evergreen Cemetery and learn about 19th century death rituals. You will make a stop at the historic railroad station where President Lincoln arrived to give his historic and influential Gettysburg Address.
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, you 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.