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S16T5 Harpers Ferry West Virginia National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry West Virginia National Historical Park: A Lifelong Learning Coach and Walking Trip

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Harpers Ferry is a picturesque hillside town overlooking the confluence of two rivers: the Shenandoah and the Potomac. Harpers Ferry also happens to be located at the juncture of three states: Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland. Come spend a morning with a Harpers Ferry Park tour guide, certified by the Harpers Ferry Historical Association. Our guide will help us understand the history of Harpers Ferry. He will explore with us the Historic Lower Town as well as other significant features of the National Historical Park. Learn why an American church chose to fly a British flag (the Union Jack) during the Civil War. Discover the beginning of modern factory processes. Ponder why Harpers Ferry was so strategic to both the Union and Confederate Armies, changing hands six times during that conflict. The afternoon is free for you to have lunch on your own at one of the several Lower Town restaurants or bring your own lunch if you wish. After lunch, you will have time to explore the Lower Town bookstore, boutiques, and antique shops. If you wish to walk a bit more, there are a number of short trails and scenic overlooks. Bring your camera. Note: some walking on uneven surfaces and slight to moderate inclines will be part of this tour.

The tour package includes the following:
* Round-trip motor coach transportation
* Guided tour

Itinerary: Please bring your cell phone.
6:45 a.m. Board bus next to the Harrisonburg Farmer's Market/Turner Pavilion. Be sure to park in the 10 hour parking area.
7:00 a.m. Depart for Harpers Ferry, WV, with rest stop in Winchester at approximate 8:15.
9:00 a.m. Arrive at the Visitor's Center of Harpers Ferry National Historic Park.
9:15-Noon Explore and learn more about Harpers Ferry, led by our Park Tour Guide.
Noon Lunch on your own at one of the several Lower Town restaurants.
1:00-3:00 p.m Explore the Harpers Ferry scenic overlooks and trails, or spend time in the many shops.
3:00 p.m. Board our JMU bus at the Lower Town shuttle bus stop; stop at Visitor's Center Rest Rooms.
3:15 p.m. Depart for Harrisonburg.
5:15 p.m. Arrive at the Harrisonburg Farmer's Market parking lot.

Price per person is $40.00 with a maximum of 27 persons. Each person will also pay $5 cash for individual Park entry fee, or use your personal National Park Service Golden Age Lifetime Pass with your current Virginia Driver's License to enter the Park for free. A suggested $2.00 gratuity will be collected by your hosts for the bus driver.

Reservation and payment is due by April 1, 2016. No cancellations after 12 noon on April 1, 2016.

As approved by the Advisory Board, if space is available 21 days before a trip, Lifelong Learning Institute members may bring one non-member guest at the cost of the trip plus an additional $5.00. This additional $5.00 check should be made payable to James Madison University. Non-member guests can pay a one-year membership for $20.00, plus the cost of the trip, and not have to wait until 21 days before a trip.
Responsibility on Tours and Class Trips: The tours and class-associated field trips of the JMU-LLI require walking and the physical capability to access sites that may have structural obstacles. By participating, members understand that should they require personal assistance to participate in tours/field trips, they are responsible for securing such assistance. That responsibility includes registering a person with Lifelong Learning Institute who can and will be totally responsible for providing all assistance. That person must register as a member and pay the cost of the tour/trip.


Payment Information: Payment is due at time of registration and must be made by credit card (AMEX, MasterCard, Visa and Discover.) There is a $5 credit card convenience fee assessed at the time of payment. You will be redirected to the payment web site after clicking submit. Please have your credit card ready. Once payment is successfully completed, you will receive a payment receipt and a registration confirmation by email.

Withdrawal/Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to one week before the class start date, and receive a full refund (minus any credit card processing fees.) After that date, no refunds will be given.

For registration questions, please contact Lifelong Learning Institute at or 540/568.2923.

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