FALL FOR HISTORY TOUR (PRO838)On Saturday, October 13th, popular instructor and tour guide, Ellen McDaniel Weissler will be hosting a day-long trip to select spots of interest in Allegany and Garrett County. The first stop on this trip will be Emmanuel Episcopal Church where we’ll learn the history of Fort Cumberland, hear the story of Cumberland’s connection with George Washington, General Braddock and the French and Indian War, and the church’s secret participation in the Underground Railroad. We’ll get an up-close view of the Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows and learn of the controversial “Rizpah” window. We will enjoy live music being performed in the sanctuary before taking a walk through the tunnels that have survived since the fort was built in 1754!
Next, we’ll ride the Culture Coach along the Old National Highway (Rte. 40) to the Toll Gate House in LaVale. On the way, see the remaining inns which serviced travelers on the road, and the houses which are believed to have been designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. At the Toll Gate House, learn what it was like to live and work as a gate keeper, how the road was built, and the traditions of travel on the first federally-funded paved east-west road in the United States.
From the toll house we will enjoy the fall foliage as we continue west to Penn Alps Restaurant in Grantsville for a lovely fall soup and salad lunch and a walk around the Spruce Forest Artisan Village. This charming Amish-style restaurant, created from a remodeled log tavern, was built to support the work of the artisans in the Village. These folk ply their arts in historic cabins sprinkled throughout the spruce forest and sell their wares in the restaurant gift shop. Demonstrated crafts include wood carving, pottery, blacksmithing, weaving, basket-weaving, jewelry making, and painting. Visit the reconstructed Yoder House, a replica of the houses built in the mid-1700s by Swiss immigrants to the area. There is also the 1813 Casselman Bridge, the Miller House Peace Center, and Stanton's Grist Mill.
Return by bus along scenic Interstate 68 to visit the Victorian style 1867 Gordon-Roberts House on Washington Street in Cumberland. Tour the three public stories of the house (kitchen/basement, first floor parlors, ballroom and dining room, second floor bedrooms and nurseries) led by costumed docents who will describe life in Victorian America. And finally, we will end our day together with a lavish Victorian Tea in the ballroom as you hear the history of the families which lived in the house.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
8:30 AM-5:15 PM
Total Trip Cost: $40.00 (Includes round-trip transportation from ACM, all admissions, Soup & Salad lunch and Lavish Victorian Tea.)