Welcome to McMillin Tours
2018 COMING EVENTS...............
A--Feb. 3 -BLACK HISTORY PARTY at Stewart's Home in Indian Village. The conversation will center on his tours mixed in with FREE ADULT BEVERAGES!!
TIME: 6:00-10:00PM Please bring a dish to pass & RSVP by Jan. 26.
I am adding a Sept. Oct. surprise!!!
B--March 2-6-Trip to WASHINGTON D.C. --Highlights are NEW African- American Museum!!!, War Memorials, & HARRIET TUBMAN Museum!! (just opened in May of 2017!!!)
We will be staying 2 nights at beautiful Comfort Inn's in Wash D.C. and 2 nights in a Comfort Inn in Maryland to see the Harriet Tubman Museum.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!! (I had to do it!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
C--APRIL 21, 2018-DETROIT CELEBRITY HOME TOUR--($40) (9:30-5:00) We will drive by in Henry's BEAUTIFUL COACH BUS and see about 40 homes. Many of them were & some are MOTOWN LEGENDS!! Sign up EARLY FOR THIS ONE!!
($40) (9:30-5:00) Churches we will see in the order shown below--
- St. Anne's --2nd Oldest Church in the USA!
- Holy Trinity in Corktown (BIG PARTY here on St. Patrick's DAY!!!!!!!!!!)
- Lunch In GREEKTOWN!!!
- St. John's Episcopal (near Comerica Park) (GO TIGERS!!)
- Fort Street Presbyterian (Pres. Teddy Roosevelt was here once!)
- St. Florian's Church in Hamtramck -(Tour Guide is Greg Kowakski author, historian, etc.)
E--August 3-6 2018--OHIO and KENTUCKY TOUR-
1- OHIO HIGHLIGHTS-Wilberforce and Oberlin Universities, Springboro (30 "safe house's" here!) Cincinnati----------- Harriet Beecher Stowe Home, and the famous FREEDOM CENTER!!! (Places along Ohio River between "Cincy" & Ripley) Ripley, (John Parker and John Rankin etc.)
2- KENTUCKY HIGHLIGHTS- Covington, Maysville, Washington, & Augusta.
PRICE-$299 each for two, Sgl. $599
F-- Sep. 27 to Oct 5-Trip to CANADA!!! - Includes Ottawa (Capitol), Montreal, (two nights start learning French!) Quebec City, (historic-Wolfe versus Montcalm), Halifax, (amazing history) (Portland, Maine) Port City, Terrific Views, and Victorian Mansions) Lake Placid N.Y,(John Brown & Hockey Game) (Price??-Feb 1)
G-- Oct. 27- A day trip to area LIGHTHOUSES. (Detroit to Thumb).($70) We will visit 4 LIGHTHOUSES:
*TBA To be announced
WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP
MARCH 2-6, 2018
PRICE- $399 each for two people -Single Room $599
Due to overwhelming demand doing this trip again! This will be the 3rd time in less than a year that Stewart is going on this adventure!! The big issue, of course, is the new AFRICAN-AMERICAN MUSEUM which has attracted millions!!!
The trip starts out on FRIDAY with seeing many DVD'S on the bus featuring Black History, culture, etc.They are so outstanding that the next thing you know we will be in DC!! Please bring a lunch, so the only stops we will make will be for rest rooms & EXERCISE. (we will stop every 2 -3 hours). We eat at a place near the hotel.
SATURDAY-We will stay in a gorgeous & comfortable Comfort Inn in Lorton, Virginia. They serve a yummy breakfast also! Today we go to the Museum of African-American History until 5:00. You can eat lunch in the museum.
SUNDAY- Today we explore D.C.!! In the morning we will view many historic monuments or memorials. Among them, we will see FDR Mem, MLK Mem., Jefferson Mem., Korean War Mem., Lincoln Mem., 56 Signers of the Dec. of Independence Mem., Vietnam Mem,(Men & Women) World War 11 Mem., Washington Mon., Smithsonian (about 20 buildings!!)
After this, we will eat lunch at a place to be named later. After lunch, we will cross the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and go to our Comfort Inn in Cambridge. (about a three hour drive)
MONDAY- Today we will see two Harriet Tubman Museums and other attractions. After today we really will know about HARRIET!!!
Lunch & dinner to be determined. Get some crabcakes or other tasty fish before we leave this beautiful Chesapeake Bay area. One of James Michiner novels was called Chesapeake.
TUESDAY- This is the day we leave. We could follow some of the roads that take us by some of the historic signs. Time of arrival home should be early in the evening. (Maybe 7:00 PM) More WONDERFUL VIDEOS!
MAKES THE TIME GO FAST WITH VIDEOS & YOU LEARN!!!
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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TRIP TO OHIO & KENTUCKY
AUGUST 3-6, 2018-(Sgl-$559) (Dbl-$399-each)
During this fabulous 4 day, 3 night adventure we will either visit or learn about the following Ohio Cities: , Wilberforce, Springboro, Cincinnati*, New Richmond, Point Pleasant, RIPLEY, Georgetown, Red Oak, Sardinia, Wellington, Oberlin.& Sandusky. Kentucky cities will include, Maysville, Washington, & Augusta...
AUGUST 3- FRIDAY- The beginning of our “WOW ADVENTURE” happens at 9:00 AM from the Military Museum in Eastpointe. As we drive south on I-75 we will introduce ourselves, go thru Stewart's handouts, watch relevant videos and have lunch on the bus. Please bring your own lunch for the first day. Stewart will have plenty of soft drinks, water, snack stuff, apples and “sweets' for your pleasure. When we come to Dayton we will learn about Paul Lawrence Dunbar (he grew up here).Near Wilberforce, we will learn about some of the UGRR history in this area...We then drive thru Wilberforce University Campus and see historic markers and visit the Wilberforce Museum. (our 1st stop) This is the oldest private historically black college in the USA! After visiting the Wilberforce Museum. we will see the “Cry Baby” Bridge and then the home of the 3rd Black Man who went to Westpoint--Charles Young! (our 2nd stop) (the home that he was born in is in Kentucky) I have seen it once in Mays Lick, Kentucky.
Our 3rd stop will be Springboro, where we will visit a B & B which once served as a “station” on the UGRR. In that home, we will see a secret hiding place where fugitives could hide if necessary. Springboro once had over 20 homes that were on the UGRR!!! We will see many of them.(outside only). We will eat at a choice of restaurants before we check into our Red Roof Inn. We will be spending two nights here...
AUGUST 4-SATURDAY--Our 1st highlight today will be driving near the beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati(“Cinci”) (2nd largest Cemetery in the USA) where we will learn about the final resting places of two very famous abolitionists---Supreme Court Justice Samuel Chase & Levi Coffin—a former “President” of the UGRR. Our 1st stop today will be the home where Harriet Beecher Stowe stayed in “Cinci. “ She wrote the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin. This experience at her home will be a REMARKABLE VISIT!! Our next stop will be lunch at a choice of restaurants in downtown “Cinci”... The area is called “The Banks”. In the afternoon we will see one of the HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP:---The fantastic FREEDOM CENTER on the banks of the Ohio River in Cinci.(1:30-5:00) You will never forget the sight of the SLAVE PEN! etc. After the museum, we will walk near the Ohio River reading historical markers. We also will look across the Ohio River to Covington, Kentucky. A very sad UGRR incident occurred near this place. We will learn about the horrors suffered by Margaret Garner (& her children) on their attempt to gain freedom. Dinner will be at a choice of restaurants in “The Banks”
AUGUST 5--SUNDAY-In the AM we will drive along the Ohio River. seeing romantic, historical,& relevant towns in Ohio associated with the UGRR. These include Richmond, Pt. Pleasant, Moscow, & RIPLEY. Ripley, Ohio along with John Rankin, John Parker and a host of other brave people escorted or gave directions to thousands of people on the UGRR. In Ripley we will climb FREEDOM HILL (optional). This is a steep walk where fugitives in the 19th Century escaped slavery in Kentucky & sought refuge at Pastor John Rankin's home at the top of the hill in Ripley. We will have a tour of John Rankin's home. You will have a breathtaking. view of the Ohio River and Kentucky from the Rankin home. We will then enjoy lunch at a choice of restaurants in Ripley. After lunch we will tour Main Street where we will see a number of “stations” on the UGRR including John Parker's home---an incredible abolitionist! We will tour his home also! After Ripley we cross the Ohio River & learn about the Historic town of Maysville, Kentucky. We will walk along the levee located on the Ohio River & view beautiful murals. The murals describe the history & events in Maysville history.
1-In 1803 Meriweather Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) picked up the famous (also infamous) John Coulter enroute from Pittsburgh to Louisville where they meet William Clark.
2-Lafayette made a trip back to the USA from France about 45 years after his French Army helped George Washington win the American Revolution. Lafayette was only 19 when he came to assist the Continental Army. He left Pittsburgh on the Ohio River to come to Maysville. (the same trip Meriweather Lewis made in 1804)
3-Thornton Blackburn was born here. He and his wife Lucie escaped slavery in Louisville & became famous in Detroit. His escape from a Detroit Jail started the first Detroit Race Riot in 1833. He had been placed in jail by slave catchers, but, Detroit abolitionists broke in the jail & he & his wife escaped to Canada... Thornton had the first taxi cab in Toronto!!!
Next, we will go to Washington a quiet & relaxed village. Walking around this historic place seems to take you back 200 years. It does not have all of the commercial activity so many historical places seem to have. By far the most historical event in Washington was when Harriet Beecher Stowe first saw slaves being sold---and it horrified her. The result—Harriet decided to write the book—Uncle Tom's Cabin. We then check into our Super 8 Motel, freshen up, and head downtown to eat at Chandlers.
AUGUST 6-MONDAY --Today we get up EARLY for our departure from our Super 8 at 8:30!!!!!!!! We are going to Tour Augusta, Kentucky and take a boat ride across the Ohio River... Our Tour Guide will be Carolyn Miller and she is TERRIFIC!! Your experience on the boat will be quite different than the fugitives before the Civil War... Those fugitives were just SCARED TO DEATH but, their desire for FREEDOM outweighed anything else!!!!!!!!!!!!!. Carolyn will share many sites in Augusta that referred to slavery and the agony of that situation. About 10:30 or 11:00 we will leave Augusta and start our trek back to Ohio. and lunch at a Ponderosa Restaurant in Hillsboro, Ohio. After lunch, we are off for Wellington where we will learn about the “Wellington raid”That incident .really put OBERLIN ON THE MAP!!!. We then arrive in OBERLIN—our last MAJOR STOP OF THE TRIP! We will learn about its history and some of the AMAZING PEOPLE who walked on this campus. We will tour the historic sites in Oberlin. I cannot predict our timing for this day. I hope we are back to Eastpointe no later than 9:00PM.!!!
*Cinci--this stands for Cincinnati.
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I will provide snack stuff, pop, water, etc. - THE END. Stewart
PS-You just enjoyed my BEST UGRR TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
UGRR* TOUR TO CANADA
SEPTEMBER 2-4, 2018
Single.-Room--$386 --------------Double. Room--$216 each
The HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS TRIP ARE--seeing UNCLE TOM' CABIN and a visit to NORTH BUXTON'S ANNUAL REUNION!. We will also visit these major sites!!!!!!!!------ Windsor Historic Marker, Sandwich Church, Amherstburg Museum. Chatham History (John Brown & Frederick Douglas Meeting) & the incredible John Walls site.
Sept. 2 - SUNDAY-This three-day adventure begins in Eastpointe on Sept.2 at 9:00 AM. First, we drive thru the tunnel, go thru customs., & visit the CURRENCY EXCHANGE!! It is a GREAT TIME to visit Canada for YOUR POCKETBOOK!! Please be aware of the different possibilities you have at customs. Of course, US Passports are best, but, an enhanced USA Driver's License also works.
Our first stop will be in Windsor (near the Casino) where we will see a Historic Marker which is tied in with DETROIT. Ed Dwight is the sculptor of these two monuments. In Hart Plaza in Detroit, the granite monument features George DeBaptiste pointing across the Detroit River to FREEDOM!! The Marker in Windsor represents the BEACON OF FREEDOM for thousands of enslaved blacks!!!!
Next, we are going to visit the Sandwich First Baptist Church which is the oldest black Church in Windsor. It is Sunday so we are going to pray in this church with our Canadian neighbors!! This will be a very solemn occasion! After the service, we will be given a tour of the church.
Next, we take off for Amherstburg where we will eat lunch at a choice of wonderful restaurants. After lunch, we have a little free time & then we visit the Amherstburg National Black Museum of Canada. We then take Highway 401 in our beautiful COACH BUS (Nuline Tours with the bus driver HENRY!) & drive to Chatham. -- the most historic black town in Canada! We check into our wonderful Super 8 Motel. We will rest for a bit & then take a short tour of Chatham & finally dinner at your choice of many restaurants!!!
Sept. 3--MONDAY--We will have a continental breakfast at our motel. (you can make your own waffle!) There is also a Tim Horton's across the street and their new menu includes hot stuff. (by the way, Tim Horton was a defenseman for the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1950's!!) For another choice, Henry could drive us about 3 blocks to another breakfast place. (Breakfast Grill) We will leave our Super 8 and visit the church in South Buxton. From the church in South Buxton, we go to North Buxton & see the Annual Labor Day Parade. We arrive about 11:30 to see the famous annual “parade “ & to enjoy the beautiful people!” This parade will include tractors pulling floats & other things that you will only see in a small country town. Appreciate the hospitality and PLEASE SPEAK TO STRANGERS! Canadians are extremely friendly!! Many of the people will be Americans. Pack your own lunch or get it in North Buxton. Descendants from North Buxton have been arriving here each Labor Day for about 90 years to celebrate its history! This is a rare place where race is pretty much a non-issue!!! We will tour their museum & among the many things we will learn about is that the Black School was so successful that many local whites from the area left their schools, & enrolled in the North Buxton Black School!! I do not want to be condescending or patronizing, but this was a remarkable thing to happen. We will visit that one room school! MAKE SURE you take time to TALK TO PEOPLE on this wonderful day! Late in the afternoon, we will go into historic Chatham. Other historic sights will also be seen. Dinner is on your own in charming Chatham.(Glitters Fun Eatery or the Satellite Restaurant) We will be staying again at the Super 8 Motel in Chatham!!!
Sept. 4-TUESDAY- After breakfast, we get on country roads thru the agricultural Ontario countryside to Dresden. This is where Josiah Henson lived. He was the main character in Harriet Beecher Stowe's best selling novel-Uncle Tom's Cabin. Of course, we will see the “cabin” & museum. Hensen established the Dawn Settlement for slaves to learn skills & begin a brand new life of FREEDOM! Queen Victoria wanted to meet him! Josiah made two trips to England--& indeed he did meet Her Majesty!! Lunch arrangements in Dresden are WONDERFUL! We will have two or 3 choices. After lunch, we are off to the home site of the amazing John Walls. He lived about 10 miles from Windsor near a small town called Puce. (Puce means mosquito in French!) It is one of the most famous & amazing UGRR stories of all times!!
We then have some free time. That can be spent at numerous choices: the Casino, having dinner, visiting Dieppe Park & the Windsor Waterfront, or shopping at the Tunnel Duty-Free Shop. Group can decide on what they want to do or, e could just go home!!! That would include crossing the Ambassador Bridge and enjoying the USA from the BRIDGE!!
The departure point is 16600 Stephens Rd. in Eastpointe-48201.
Stephens is the equivalent of 9 & One Half Mile Rd. (their phone number is 586-872-2581 and their e-mail is ----firstname.lastname@example.org
Stewart McMillin can be reached at 313-922-1990 or email@example.com (cell phone-313-706-0942)
Bring enough money for FOOD and SHOPPING!!!!! and HAVE FUN!
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Who Is Stewart McMillin?
WHO IS STEWART & WHY HE DOES WHAT HE DOES- I have been conducting tours of Detroit since 1968. I have lived in Indian Village since 1996, having moved there from Grosse Pointe. I graduated from MSU in 1962 with a Major in History & earned the Degree of Master of Arts from EMU in 1967. I subbed in DPS in 1963 & then taught full time in Hazel Park from 1963-1964. From 1964-1993 I taught Social Studies, coached, & was involved in many clubs at East Detroit High School (now known as Eastpointe). Teaching Humanities at WSU kept me busy from 1994-2001. In addition to teaching, and conducting tours, traveling has been one of my passions. I have now been to all 50 states, all of the Canadian Provinces, (plus Yukon) and 141 countries including 17 countries in Africa and every country in Europe, except Iceland.