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15-Day Grand Tour of Italy
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Why You'll Love It
Prices starting at $4,589 per person based on double occupancy including deposit, taxes and fees. Single supplements are available. Several optional excursions are available for an additional fee. For further information and itinerary, check the website http://dowbenedict.grouptoursite.com/. Dow Benedict, Dean of Arts and Humanities at Shepherd University will be accompanying you on this trip. You may contact him at (304) 876-6822 with questions.
Coal Country 3-Day Tour to Southern West Virginia
Tamarack Cultural Center - the best in WV arts, crafts, and music and provides a wide array of exhibits, shopping opportunities, and award winning cuisine
Beckley Exhibition Coal Mine - take a man-trip 1,800 feet under the mountain to learn about the lives and work of early pick miners with retired second and third generation coal miners as guides. Visit a mining museum and tour a number of relocated coal town structures
1890 Whipple Company Store in nearby Scarbro, WV - learn about life in an early WV coal camp, the complex operations of a large company store, and living under the control of mine guards and Baldwin Felts detectives
Matewan, WV - tour the town tracing the famous 1920 gunfight that took place and witness a re-enactment of the "Matewan Massacre" on the streets of Matewan. Enjoy lunch with retired and active coal miners and their families at the UMWA Local 1440
Tug River, KY - visit the graves of Sid Hatfield, Ed Chambers, and Cabell Testerman
Blair Mountain Battlefield, Logan County, WV - meet with an archaeologist who has researched portions of the battlefield. Guests will also learn about battle itself and have the opportunity to walk the battle line at Blair Mountain Gap
McDowell County Courthouse, Welch, WV - trace the steps leading to the August 1, 1921 assassinations of Matewan Police Chief Sid Hatfield and his friend Ed Chambers by deputized Baldwin Felts agents. The killings were in revenge for the "Matewan Massacre" of the previous year and would set in motion events that would lead to the Battle of Blair Mountain by the end of the month.
WWI Black Soldiers Memorial, Kimball, WV - learn about the life and contributions of large African American coalfield communities in McDowell and Mercer Counties.
Bramwell, WV - take a guided walking tour of Bramwell, once known as "the town of millionaires", visit some of its many mansions, learn about the lives of West Virginia's early coal barons and financiers, and enjoy a buffet lunch at the Bramwell Café.
New River Gorge Bridge Visitor's Center
Lodging: Accommodations (two nights) - Twin Falls Resort State Park Lodge near Mullens, WV
Dates: Friday, October 4 through Sunday, October 6, 2013
Costs: $395 per person, double occupancy
What's included: Transportation, two nights lodging at Twin Falls Resort State Park, admissions to the Exhibition Coal Mine and the Whipple Company Store, a re-enactment of the Matewan Massacre, a tour of the Blair Mountain Battlefield, a donation to the WWI Black Soldiers Memorial, a (costumed) guided tour of Bramwell, WV, lunch at Tamarack, a catered lunch in Matewan, a buffet lunch at the Bramwell Café, tour guide(s) by Coal Country Tours (Doug Estepp), cold drinks, fruit, and snacks on the bus.
To Register: Contact Karen Rice, Director of Lifelong Learning, Shepherd University, P.O. Box 5000, Shepherdstown, WV 25443, (304) 876-5135, email@example.com