Dust off your tri-corner hat and mob cap and join us as we travel back in time to where the seeds of the American Revolution were planted and bore fruit. We will begin in Boston and see the Old State House where fiery debates occurred, walk where the Boston Massacre erupted, take part in reenacting the Boston Tea Party(prepare to heave ho some British tea into the Boston Harbor) and hear ranger talks on the Battle of Bunker Hill; we’ll also visit other historic landmarks such as Faneuil Hall aka “The Cradle of Liberty”, the Old North Church, Paul Revere’s house and the USS Constitution, “Old Ironsides”. From there we travel to Minute Man National Historical Park and follow the day (April 19, 1775) that marked the beginning of the war to independence from first blood on Lexington Green to the “shot heard round the world at North Bridge in Concord.
Then we travel to New York visiting Fort Stanwix National Monument in Rome, Oriskany Battlefield in Oriskany, and Fort Ticonderoga where Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold (before he turned traitor) led the “Green Mountain Boys” in an easy victory over British forces. Saratoga National Historical Park where a decisive American victory convinced the French to support the fledging nation also rates a visit as does the Bennington Battlefield in New York as well as Vermont. We will charter a bus to West Point for a private tour and lunch at the Officers’ Club followed by a visit to the New Windsor Cantonment, General Henry Knox’s Headquarters, and an optional visit to the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor. We will explore General Washington’s Headquarters at Newburgh then enjoy a tour-guided bus trip into New York City where some sites are now sky scrapers but others are alive and well such as FederalHall and Fraunces Tavern and Museum where we’ll have lunch. New Jersey is next with tours at Fort Lee, Morristown National Historic Park, Washington Crossing State Park (and Washington Crossing on the PA side), Monmouth Battlefield State Park, Princeton Battlefield State Park and Old Barracks Museum in Trenton. Then into Pennsylvania to Valley Forge National Historical Park in King of Prussia and Brandywine Battlefield Museum in Chadds Ford. The City Of Brotherly Love we’ll see via charter bus taking into Independence National Historical Park for park ranger talks and tours of Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell Center, the new American Revolution Museum, and dining at historic City Tavern. Our final destination will be in Virginia at Washington’s beloved estate, Mount Vernon for a VIP tour and our final banquet.
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