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History School Trip: Harper’s Ferry, Antietam, Gettysburg

History School Trip

Harper’s Ferry Cavalry Program (source:

This history school trip explores many locations with great significance in the Civil War. Over three days, we will explore Harper’s Ferry, Antietem, and Gettysburg. We will also enjoy an Amish style dinner in Lancaster and end the trip with a fun visit to Hershey Park.

History School Trip: Day 1

This trip begins in the early afternoon at Harper’s Ferry National Historic Park. A national park ranger will lead you on a tour of battlefield areas and significant historical locations throughout the park.


History School Trip

Antietam National Battlefield ( source:

Then, we will drive to Sharpsburg, Maryland to explore Antietem National Battlefield, the site of the bloodiest one day battle in American history.

Take a self-guided walking tour of the battlefield ending at the Mumma Farmhouse, the site of the only deliberate destruction of civilian property during the battle.

It’s time for two very engaging activities. First, is “Cannoneers, To Your Posts!” and then “Battlefield in a Box”. During “Cannoneer, To Your Posts,” students take part in a Civil War artillery drill with artillery implements using one of the park’s cannons. (No actual firing of the cannon). During “Battlefield in a Box,” a large representation of the battlefield is created on the ground by the park ranger. The ranger moves groups of students around the roads, bridges, and other map features to illustrate the movements of troops during the battle and to demonstrate the influence of terrain. Students will

After, we’re off to Gettysburg National Military Park! Dinner is provided at General Pickett’s Buffet. You will definitely be full after this delicious homemade dinner buffet!

Keep your wits about you. This evening we will go on a Ghosts of Gettysburg walking tour. Don’t be alarmed if you get that “I’m not alone” feeling.

Then, check into your hotel for the evening.

History School Trip: Day 2

Start the day with a hearty continental breakfast at the hotel.

Then, make your way to the Gettysburg National Military Park‘s Visitor Center. Set the stage to your visit at Gettysburg by watching the film, “A New Birth of Freedom”, narrated by award winning actor Morgan Freeman. Take in the restored Gettysburg Cyclorama, which depicts the final fury of Gettysburg- “Pickett’s Charge”.

After, explore the Gettysburg Museum. Be sure to check out the interactive stations to learn more about a day in the life of a Civil War soldier.

Enjoy lunch at one of the several dining options at the Gettysburg Saloon.

This afternoon we will go on a 2-hour guided driving tour of the battlefield. The Gettysburg guides are a wealth of knowledge. They will detail the events of the three-day battle. Groups will visit Little Round Top, the High Water Mark of the Confederacy, the start of Pickett’s charge and many more.
Next, take a walking tour of Gettysburg National Cemetery and stand at the place where Abraham Lincoln gave the Gettysburg Address.

After, explore the Gettysburg Heritage Center before departing for Lancaster.

Tonight, enjoy an Amish Family Style dinner  at Plain ‘N Fancy Farm.

Visit the outlets for a little shopping before checking into your hotel in Lancaster.

History School Trip: Day 3

Fill up on a delicious continental breakfast at the hotel. You’ll need your energy for all the fun you will be having today!

History School Trip

Hershey’s Chocolate Tour (source:

All aboard for a trolley tour of Hershey! Conductors dressed in period costumes will tell you all about the history of CHOCOLATE TOWN, USA  and the life of Milton Hershey. Sweet treats are provided throughout the tour.

Visit the Hershey Visitor’s Center at Chocolate World.

Then, watch Hershey’s 4-D Chocolate Mystery.

Next, go on Hershey’s Great American Chocolate Tour. See the transformation from bean to bar!

Enjoy lunch at a location of your choice before departing for home.

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