Print Full Itinerary: Saturday, March 27
Itinerary: (Subject to change due to local conditions, unforeseen events, or more interesting, as-yet unplanned awesome experiences that become available)
The New Jersey History Tour
Smithville Mansion ~ Underground Railroad Museum ~ Prison Museum
One Day Tour ~ Saturday, March 27, 2021
*new dates may be added based on interest*
Our first stop on the history tour is the Smithville Historic District, now listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. This village grew from a small sawmill operation to a major industrial plant employing hundreds of workers and is famous for its Star high wheeled bicycle. The highlight here is an 1840s Greek Revival Mansion built by H.P. Smith, Pioneer of the Industrial Revolution. The Smithville Mansion will take us back in time to revisit the many transgressions that occurred here as well as experiencing the history of Smith’s industrial village. Our second stop is the Underground Railroad Museum of Burlington County. Started by Louise Calloway on a site directly behind a station on the Underground Railroad, the museum is now housed in Historic Smithville. Our tour here offers a visual presentation of the Underground Railroad experience right here in New Jersey and Burlington County where it flourished before the Civil War. We will leave the museum with a better understanding of why Burlington County merits the honored title of “the Cradle of Emancipation”. After an included lunch at the historic Robin’s Nest Restaurant in Mt. Holly, we’ll make our third historical stop at the Burlington County Prison Museum. Local and national history, architecture, criminal law, sociology, art and the paranormal are only a few things we will find along our tour here. One more stop before our return home, downtown Burlington’s Historic District. We’ll spend some time here browsing the boutiques and quaint antique shops including the Historic Burlington Antiques Emporium, then make our way home with wonderful memories of an historical day.
Saturday, March 27:
Departs Ridgewood’s Graydon Pool parking lot (corner of Linwood Avenue & Northern Parkway) at 8:00 AM and returns at approximately 5:45 PM
Departs from The Chatham Middle School at 480 Main Street, Chatham at 8:45 AM and returns at approximately 5:00 PM.
Cars may be parked at either location for the duration of the tour at your own risk.
No reservations accepted without a payment of $155 per person. Make checks payable to “Group Tours & Travel” and mail to the above address. A full refund will be granted if canceled prior to February 12, 2021. No refund will be granted on a cancellation that occurs after February 12, 2021. Group Tours is not responsible for any delays, cancellations, injuries or circumstances beyond its control and reserves the right to change this itinerary. All trip components are subject to change in accordance with Government, State, and Local guidelines and/or mandates. This tour will run rain or shine.
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Pay by check: make payable to Group Tours & Travel, mail to 1710 E. Lancaster Ave. #319, Paoli, PA 19301
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