October 19th Bus Tour

Included in this tour are lectures about the role George Washington played in the defense of Virginia following the defeat and death of Major General Edward Braddock.

The cost is $50.00 per person and reservations (required) need to be made by October 15. Please contact Mary at 717-328-3467 or mary@cimlg.org to make your reservations.

The Atlantic Coast Charters Bus will leave the Conococheague Institute at 8:00 am. Local historian, professor, and author, Roger Swartz, along with Conococheague Institute Historian, Calvin Bricker, will be your tour leaders.

Our first stop will allow Roger Swartz to present a lecture of the French and Indian War historical importance of Williamsport, Maryland.

Then you will move on to George Washington’s office museum in Winchester, VA. Time to explore this site is 10:00-10:45.

Next is a Walking Tour of “Old Town” Winchester led by Roger Swartz. Points of interest include:

Lunch will be your choice from 12:00-1:00 at any of the twenty-two restaurants in the Pedestrian Mall.

At 1:00 the bus will depart from George Washington’s office (32 W Cork St, Winchester, VA 22601) for a drive through the “Potato Hill District” observing structures built from the recycled stockade materials of Fort Loudoun.

Along the way you will also have a lecture by Roger Swartz as you pass General Daniel Morgan’s home and learn more about this famous Virginian.

At 1:45 you are scheduled to arrive at Fort Edwards where there will be a lecture by Roger Swartz about the significance of the fort. You will have time to tour the fort, grounds, museum and gift shop. Then at 3:00 it is back on the bus to continue our tour.

We will drive by the Hopewell Friends Meeting House. Built in 1736, it is the oldest meeting house in the Shenandoah Valley. It was burnt in 1757; however it was rebuilt in 1759-1761. Interestingly, General Braddock’s army marched past the original structure. Again, Roger Swartz will give a brief lecture.

The last stop on this tour before returning to the Conococheague is at Pawling’s Tavern. Roger Swartz’s lecture will center on General Braddock’s defeated army which encamped here in August of 1755.

You will arrive back at the Conococheague at approximately 5:00.