Origins of the Underground Railroad in Lancaster and York Counties:
Heritage travelers will experience an excursion that highlights the rise of abolitionism and anti-slavery activism in Southeastern Pennsylvania, from about 1780 through 1860, focusing on visits to authentic sites and stories of the Underground Railroad in York and Lancaster Counties. Covering approximately 40 miles, from the Wrightsville and Columbia area to the Borough of Christiana, the tour will feature stops with costumed re-enactors and several related sites that will be described from the motor coach.
Among the stops are historic properties recognized by the National Park Service as authentic sites associated with the Underground Railroad where some of the earliest and most nationally significant episodes of resistance occurred against the institution of slavery. A catered group luncheon will also be included.
The tour will be led by historian Randolph Harris of Lancaster, a Partner in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, a program of the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service. Since 2003, Mr. Harris has been responsible — directly or in collaboration with other historians — for the designation of 20 of the approximately 50 sites in Pennsylvania included in the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.
Our next tour is planned for Sunday, May 18.
The cost is $75.00 per person, which is due by April 13th.
Future UGRR Tour dates include: Sunday, June 29th; Saturday, August 9th; and, Sunday, September 14th.
Also, as part of our fundraising initiative, the Columbia Historic Preservation Society (CHiPS) is continuing to host fundraising bus trips to a variety of cultural, historic, entertaining, scenic, and family-friendly locations. Below is a listing of our upcoming trips:
Sunday, May 25 : The 7th Annual Great PA FlavorFest at Mount Hope, where 20 wineries will provide samples of their most popular vintages and food and craft vendors will showcase their handmade delights and to Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course with a casino rebate package. $40.00 per person due by April 20th.
Sunday, June 1: Alexandria, VA for a guided group tour at The George Washington Masonic National Memorial and free time for shopping on your own in Alexandria’s quaint and historic downtown. $60.00 per person due by April 27th. (If enough people would like to go for brunch, I’ll be happy to make reservations for our group for that as well. Everyone attending brunch, however, would need to pay an additional fee if that’s added to the trip.)
Sunday, June 8: Historic Smithville, Atlantic City, and Ocean City, NJ for a fun-filled day to do-as-you-please at the shops, beaches, boardwalks, and a TBD casino with a casino rebate package. $65.00 per person due by May 4th.
Saturday, June 14th: St. Michael’s, MD for the Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival and admission to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. A perfect way to celebrate Father’s Day or enjoy this waterfront town! $75.00 per person due by May 11th.
Saturday, July 12th: State College, PA for the Central PA Festival of the Arts, etc. with stops at The Creamery on University Park’s Campus and Beaver Stadium.
Sunday, July 20th: Liberty State Park, NJ to embark on a ferry to see the Statue of Liberty on Liberty Island and to explore America’s history and/or to research your own family’s ancestry on Ellis Island with free time in Lower Manhattan and departure from Battery Park, NY.
Saturday, July 26th: Altoona, PA for free time at the famous Horseshoe Curve and Railroaders Memorial Museum and possibly an attraction at scenic Raystown Lake.
Sunday, August 3rd: Annapolis, MD for a tour of the Naval Academy and time at the gift shop and then free time downtown for the “First Sunday” festival.
Sunday, August 31st: Celebrate the bicentennial of the War of 1812 in Alexandria’s historic setting, largely preserved to appear as it did 200 years ago, when the British stormed the waterfront in 1814 at the grand “Signature Event”, where Alexandria’s waterfront will host food vendors and hours of festivities.
Just a reminder: I’ll need to have at least 30 reservations made one month prior to the trip date to be able to keep each trip. Please call Tiffani K. Lynn at (717) 799-6093 to make reservations and/or to get additional trip details. Thank you!!!