UNDERGROUND RAILROAD TRIP TO OHIO & KENTUCKY–Oct.23-26, 2015
During this exciting 4 day 3 night adventure we will either visit or learn about the following Cities:
Oct. 23-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, (optional) go thru Stewart’s handouts, watch relevant videos and have lunch on bus. Please bring your own lunch for the first day. Stewart will have plenty of soft drinks, water, snack stuff, apples and “sweets’ for you pleasure. Our 1st official “stop” (we will stop for restroom breaks when time permits) will be driving by the home of Paul Lawrence Dunbar in Dayton.
Our 2nd stop will be Wilberforce University—the oldest private historically black college in the USA. We will learn about some UGRR stories here and see the home of the 3rd Black Man who went to Westpoint. (we will see the home that he was born in when we get to 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(outside only) many of them. We will then check into a Motel 6 where we will be spending two nights. & dinner will be at a Cracker Barrel.
Oct. 24-SATURDAY- Our 1st highlight today will be driving near the beautiful Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati (“Cinci”(2nd largest Cemetery in the USA) & 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 will be the home where Harriet Beecher Stowe stayed in Cinci. She wrote the novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Our next stop will be lunch at a choice of restaurants in downtown Cinci. 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. You will never forget the sight of the SLAVE PEN! etc. About 5:00 we will cross the Ohio River to Covington, Kentucky. There we will see a historical marker which details the horrors suffered by Margaret Garner (and her children) on their attempt to gain freedom. Dinner will be at a choice of restaurants (very German area) in Covington and then return to our motel in Ohio.
Oct. 25-SUNDAY- In the AM we will drive along the Ohio River. seeing romantic, historical, & relevant towns in Ohio associated with the UGRR, etc.(Richmond, Pt. Pleasant, Moscow, & RIPLEY!). In Ripley we will enjoy lunch at a choice of restaurants. After lunch we will tour Main Street, then we will visit the John Parker Home—an incredible man!! We then will climb Freedom Hill—-(taking that walk is optional) to the famous John Rankin Home. (William Lloyd Garrison was inspired by RANKIN!!!) After Ripley we cross the Ohio River and. you will have a chance to take a ferry boat across the Ohio River to experience first hand the emotions of those fleeing & very brave fugitives in the 19th century. We then enjoy a buffet dinner at the quaint. Parkview Restaurant in Augusta, Kentucky. ($15 includes everything). The county is dry, but, BYO is allowed! From Augusta you can see John Rankin’s home at the top of the hill in Ripley, Ohio.. Many enslaved people living in Kentucky longed for their day to climb that hill. As time went on Ripley, Ohio along with John Rankin, John Parker and a host of others from Ripley escorted or gave directions to thousands of refugees.
Oct. 26-MONDAY- Today, at 8:45 AM we met the ONE AND ONLY—-JERRY GORE!! He is the ultimate HISTORIAN, SINGER, STORY TELLER, COMEDIAN & GREAT GUY! He will lead us on a tour of quaint Washington. This village of Washington has LOTS OF HISTORY.! Walking around this historic place seems to take you back 200 years. It is so quiet and relaxing. It does not have all of the commercial activity so many historical places seem to have. By far the most historical event in Washington (according to me-Stewart) is —this is where Harriet Beecher Stowe first saw enslaved people being sold and it horrified her! At that point she became determined to write a book about that experience—the RESULT—-UNCLE TOM’S CABIN.
About 12 miles from Washington we will see a home that was the birth-place of the 3rd Black Person to be accepted at Westpoint. Remember, we saw another home that this proud Westpoint Cadet lived in when we were in Wilberforce. Finally, our wonderful guide Jerry Gore will take us on a tour to see the charming and HISTORICAL town of Maysville. Located on the Ohio River it was like an interstate highway in the 1700′s and 1800′s.-
Check this out!!!!!!—
- In 1803 Meriweather Lewis (of the Lewis & Clark Expedition) picked up the famous (also infamous) John Coulter enroute from Pittsburgh to Louisville where he met William Clark.
- Lafayette made a trip back to the United States from France about 45 years after his French Army helped George Washington win The American Revolution. He made a long trip down the Ohio River where he stayed in Maysville.
- Thorton Blackburn was born here. He and his wife Lucie escaped slavery in Louisville and became famous in Detroit & Toronto. He had the first taxi cab in TORONTO!!
- Jerry Gore will fill us in on lots of other stuff on tour day.
About 11:45 AM we will enjoy lunch at a choice of restaurants. After lunch we say goodby to the charismatic Jerry Gore, and get on the bus, and start driving north. We will pass sites with UGRR connections, but, only making passing references to them. We will make a brief stop in Wellington (the famous Wellington raid really put OBERLIN ON THE MAP!!) and when we get to 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. Dinner may be in Oberlin, Sandusky, or Toledo (maybe Tony Packos in Toledo!) as I cannot predict our timing for this day.
I hope we are back to Eastpointe by 8:00 PM —-but, it may be close to 9:00 PM
*CINCI—this stands for Cincinnati
PS-$100 DEPOSIT is June 1. The BALANCE DUE AUGUST 1
DEPARTURE POINT FOR TOURS–Almost all of Stewart’s TOURS leave from 16600 Stephens Road in Eastpointe. Stephens is the equivalent of 9 and one-half Mile Road. The building is the wonderful new Michigan Military Museum. The building is only one block from Gratiot.
Museum phone is 586-872-2581. E-Mail is firstname.lastname@example.org.