THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN

PRIVATE DC TOUR – THE LIFE OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN
CAPITOL ESCAPES –
“THE LINCOLN LOGS”
I walk slowly, but I never walk backward. – Abraham Lincoln

With the much anticipated release of Steven Spielberg’s movie about Abraham Lincoln, it’s a great time to follow in Lincoln’s footsteps and learn more about the history of our 16th President.

Guests will enjoy special private tours developed just for them including a trip to Gettysburg National Battlefield Park for one day and then two days visiting sites in Washington D.C.

Sites in DC include Lincoln’s Cottage, The National Archives, Lunch Reservation at Lincoln Restaurant, Tour of Ford’s Theatre and the Petersen House, which is the site where Lincoln died, and then ending with A Tour of Monuments and Memorials highlighting the Lincoln Memorial. The Tour of the Monuments and Memorials can also be done as an Illuminated Night Tour instead of during the daytime.

His is a truly remarkable story of the rise from humble beginnings to achieve the highest office in the land; then a sudden and tragic death at a time when the country needed him most to complete to the great task remaining before the nation. His distinctively human and humane personality as well as his historical role as savior of the Union and emancipator of the slaves creates a legacy that endures. His eloquence of democracy, and his insistence that the Union was worth saving embody the ideals of self-government that all nations strive to achieve.

 

DAY ONE – GETTYSBURG BATTLEFIELD

Guests can travel from Washington DC to Gettysburg for the day – Travel Time from DC to Gettysburg is approximately 1 Hour and 45 minutes. A Tour Guide will accompany guests from DC to Gettysburg but there will also be a private National Park Guide for the tour of Gettysburg.

Guests will depart DC at 9am; arrive to the National Battlefield Park at approx. 11am; tour the Museum, Cyclorama, Battlefield and David Wills Home from 11am to 3:30pm and then depart Gettysburg to return back to DC at 5:30pm.

The Battle of Gettysburg was a turning point in the Civil War, the Union victory that ended General Robert E. Lee’s second and most ambitious invasion of the North in 1863. Often referred to as the “High Water Mark of the Rebellion”, it was the war’s bloodiest battle with 51,000 casualties and the setting for President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address”.

The tour will also include a visit to Attorney David Wills’ home which is where President Abraham Lincoln put the finishing touches on his Gettysburg Address. The home has a museum with 6 galleries, two of which include rooms that have been restored to the 1863 appearance: Wills’ office where he received letters from families looking for loved ones after the battle and undertook plans for the national cemetery and its dedication; and the bedroom where Lincoln stayed the night before he delivered the Gettysburg Address.

The president not only honored the Union dead buried here, but delivered to the northern people a clear objective on why the war was being fought: “that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

The mission of the National Park Service and its partner, the Gettysburg Foundation, is to provide each and every visitor with a quality experience while visiting the Museum and Visitor Center, walking in the Soldiers’ National Cemetery where President Abraham Lincoln delivered his famous Gettysburg Address, and while touring the battlefield park.

Tour will include private transportation, private guide to accompany guests/group from DC a private battlefield guide and a Tour of the David Wills’ Home. Restaurant suggestions for lunch and reservations can be arranged.

 

DAY TWO IN WASHINGTON D.C.

LINCOLN’S COTTAGE

Time: 10:00am to 11:30am

President Lincoln’s Cottage is open to the public for the first time, giving Americans an intimate, never-before seen view of Abraham Lincoln’s presidency and family life.

Designated a National Monument by President Clinton in 2000, President Lincoln’s Cottage served as Lincoln’s family residence for a quarter of his presidency and is the most significant historic site directly associated with Lincoln’s presidency aside from the White House. President Lincoln’s Cottage is located on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home in northwest Washington D.C. and has been restored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a private, non-profit organization.

In addition to President Lincoln’s Cottage, the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center adjacent to the Cottage, features related exhibits and media presentations.

During the Civil War, President Lincoln and his family resided seasonally (June-November 1862-64) at the Soldier’s Home in Washington DC. Founded in 1851 as a home for the retired and disabled veterans of American wars, the Soldier’s Home stood on 250 acres atop the third largest area in the District of Columbia. Like President Buchanan before him, Lincoln enjoyed the cool breezes and refreshing peace of the Soldier’s Home just over three miles north of downtown. But unlike his predecessor, Lincoln could not escape the Civil War and his burden of leadership even at this seasonal retreat.

 

A TOUR OF THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES

Time: 12:00pm to 1:30pm

The Rotunda of the National Archives Building in downtown Washington DC, contains the permanent exhibit of the Constitution, Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Independence. A new exhibit called the Public Vaults displays over 1,000 fascinating records (originals or reproductions) from the National Archives holdings.

Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights are in permanent display in the Rotunda. ‘A New World Is at Hand” surrounds the Rotunda’s centerpiece cases. Presenting a selection of milestone documents, the exhibit chronicles the creation of the Charters of Freedom in the 18th century and their impact on the course of history in the United States and around the world.


Magna Carta: This foundation document of English common law was confirmed by Edward I in 1297. Only four originals of the 1297 Magna Carta remain, and only one permanently resides in the United States. Purchased by the Perot Foundation in 1984, it is on loan to the National Archives.The Public Vaults
: This interactive exhibit invites visitors into the stacks and vaults of the National Archives to explore the raw material from which history is made. From Washington’s letters, Lincoln’s telegrams, and FDR’s fireside chats to UFO reports and declassified secrets of World War II, these documents chronicle both great national events and the lives of individual Americans.

A component of the National Archives Experience is the 290-seat William G. McGowan Theater. By day, the McGowan Theater continuously shows a short signature film about the National Archives and twice daily shows a film about the Charters of Freedom.

 

LUNCH AT LINCOLN RESTAURANT

Time: 1:45pm to 3:00pm

Lincoln’s seasonal American small plates menu showcases simplistic market fresh dishes by Chef Demetrio Zavala crafted from fresh ingredients supplied by local farmers, daily seafood catches by local fishermen, and artisanal meat from ranchers around the region. Our Chef includes many nods to Abraham Lincoln’s favorite foods including oysters, gingerbread and chicken fricassee.

Master mixologist John Hogan created one of the city’s most distinctive and fresh bar programs completely around the restaurant’s artistic concept. From the unique Mason jars featuring infused bourbons to the city’s first moonshine list all served in antique style copper cups, each hand-crafted drink truly reflects the simple values and tastes of an era that evoked change.

Designed by hometown artist Maggie O’Neill, the interior includes original paintings and artworks influenced by some of our most iconic American Pop artists. Challenging the boundaries of design, O’Neill incorporated over one million pennies into the spectacular tiled floor that is the centerpiece of the restaurant’s design–a feat never before attempted at this grand of a scale in the United States. From the striking Jasper Johns-esque American flag mural on the wall, to the reconditioned antique wood floors from barns in New England to a custom oversized white leather chair inspired by Lincoln’s seat at his memorial, O’Neill has translated Popovsky’s creative vision into a stunning reality.

 

 DAY THREE IN WASHINGTON D.C.

FORD’S THEATRE & MUSEUM

Time: 10:00am to 11:15am

Since it reopened its doors in 1968, more than a hundred years after the April 14, 1865, assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, Ford’s theatre has been one of the most visited sites in the nation’s capital. Ford’s Theatre has enthralled visitors because of its unique place in United States history, and its mission to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and explore the American experience through theatre and education.

 

THE PETERSEN HOUSE

Time: 11:20am to 12:00pm

The Petersen House is where President Lincoln died after being shot at the Ford’s Theater. Attendants, including Dr. Charles Leale, carried the President onto 10th street. The doctor decided to take him to Petersen’s boarding house across the street. The streets were extremely crowded with people, because of the uproar. A captain cleared the way to the brick federal style rowhouse. Then he was taken into the bedroom in the rear of the parlors and placed on a bed that was not long enough for him. Mrs. Lincoln was escorted across the street by Clara Harris, who had been in the box during the shooting, and whose fiancé, Henry Rathbone, had been stabbed by Booth during the assassination. Rathbone, bleeding severely from the knife wound in his arm, collapsed due to loss of blood after arriving at Petersen House.

During the night and early morning, military guards patrolled outside to prevent onlookers from coming inside the house. A parade of government officials and physicians was allowed to come inside and pay respects to the unconscious President. The external and internal hemorrhaging continued throughout the night. Lincoln died in the house on April 15, 1865 at 7:22am at age 56.

 

A TOUR OF THE MONUMENTS & MEMORIALS

Time: 12:00pm to 2:30pm. This tour can also be done later in the evening as an Illuminated Night Tour.

Jefferson Memorial – A 19-foot bronze statue of the third President of the United States. The words of Thomas Jefferson, some written more than 200 years ago, have shaped American ideals

FDR Memorial – The pivotal years of FDR’s presidency are depicted through a series of four outdoor “galleries,” each devoted to one of his four terms in office, from 1933-45. The galleries feature bronze sculptures of President Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt, and events from the Great Depression and World War II.

Lincoln Memorial – “In this temple, as in the hearts of the people for whom he saved the Union, the memory of Abraham Lincoln is enshrined forever.” Beneath these words, the 16th President of the United States – the Great Emancipator and preserver of the nation during the Civil War – sits immortalized in marble. As an enduring symbol of Freedom, the Lincoln Memorial attracts anyone who seeks inspiration and hope.

Vietnam Veterans Memorial – The Vietnam Memorial is V-shaped black granite walls inscribed with the names of the 58,209 Americans missing or killed in the Vietnam War. The second and third elements of the memorial may also be visited – Frederick Hart’s life-size bronze sculpture of the Three Servicemen and the bronze statue of the Woman in Service to the Vietnam War.

Korean War Veterans Memorial – Another innovative tribute that as rugged statues of 19 servicemen in full battle gear reflecting into the granite wall adjacent to them to create an image of 19 additional men who represent the dividing line of the 38th Parallel.

National World War II Memorial – This memorial opened on Memorial Day 2004. Located on the National Mall between the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument, this stark, yet striking memorial is symbolic of the defining event of the 20th century.

Marine Corps Memorial – The largest bronze statue ever cast – five Marines and a sailor raising the Stars and Stripes over Mount Suribachi following one of the bloodiest battles in World War II on Iwo Jima on February 23, 1945.

The Washington Monument – The Washington Monument is the most prominent, as well as one of the older, attractions in Washington D.C. It was built in honor of George Washington, who led the country to independence, and then became its first President.

The White House – Guests will enjoy a drive by the White House.

The Lincoln Program includes private transportation with tax and driver’s gratuity, a private tour guide for all sites in DC including accompanying our guests from DC to Gettysburg, a private tour guide for Gettysburg Battlefield and all applicable admissions. Hotel Accommodations can also be included.

The tours can be developed to best fit our guests’ time schedule, interests and budget.

There are also additional tour options available to make this a 4-5 day tour – these options are on the following 3 pages.

Please contact me and I can put this special program together for your clients and their families. You can reach me via e-mail at kirbyjoyce@bellsouth.net or at 386-597-4839.

 

ADDITIONAL TOURING OPTIONS IN DC

A TOUR OF ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY

Touring Time is approximately 1 to 1-1/2 Hours.

Arlington National Cemetery covers 612 acres. Although not the largest national cemetery in the country, it is the most famous. Over 200,000 veterans and their dependents are buried here. From Pierre L’Enfant (George Washington’s aide during the American Revolution) to General Maxwell Taylor (Chairman of the Joints Chief of Staff during the Vietnam conflict), there are veterans buried here representing every conflict in which the United States has fought. The gravesite of John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline B. Kennedy consists of Massachusetts granite quarried over 150 years ago and personally selected by immediate family. Sedum and fescue are planted between the stone to achieve the impression of a natural, New England granite field. Quotations from President Kennedy’s 1961 inaugural address are imprinted along the ellipse in front of the grave site. The eternal flame is the focal point of the grave.

 

HILLWOOD ESTATE, MUSEUM & GARDENS

Touring Time is approximately 2-3 Hours. Time can be extended so guests can enjoy lunch at the Hillwood Estate Café. The Café serves lunch from 11am to 3:30pm – Tuesday through Saturday. On Sunday, there is an afternoon tea. There is also an Express Dining Menu available if the Café is full or you want to grab a quick snack. They offer sandwiches, salads, snacks and beverages.

The Georgian-style mansion designed by John Deibert in 1926, was originally built for Mrs. Henry Parsons Erwin. In decorating Hillwood, Marjorie Merriweather Post hired the New York architect Alexander McIlvaine to redesign and expand the old mansion completely so that visitors could view her by-now extensive collection with greater ease.

An additional option for lunch is guests may choose to bring their own food and non-alcoholic beverages to picnic in the gardens. Picnic maps and complimentary picnic blankets are available at the Visitors Center. Beer and wine is available for purchase at the Café.

 

A VISIT TO MOUNT VERNON

Touring Time is 2-3 Hours. Guests can also have the option of enjoying lunch at the Mount Vernon Inn Restaurant or the Food Court.

Mount Vernon is the most popular historic estate in America. Located just 16 miles south of Washington D.C. and 8 miles south of Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, the plantation rests on the banks of the Potomac River.

Visitors are invited to tour the Mansion house and more than a dozen outbuildings including the slave quarters, kitchen, stables, and greenhouse. Stroll four different gardens, hike the Forest Trail, and explore the George Washington: Pioneer Farmer site, a four-acre working farm that includes a re-creation of Washington’s 16-sided treading barn. George and Martha Washington rest in peace in the tomb where wreath-laying ceremonies are held daily, and the Slave Memorial and Burial Ground is nearby.

 

THE NATIONAL CATHEDRAL

Touring Time is 1-1/2 to 2 Hours.

The Cathedral Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in the City and Diocese of Washington, known as the Washington National Cathedral, is an Episcopal cathedral in Washington D.C., the capital of the United States. It is a listed monument on the National Register of Historic Places and the designated “National House of Prayer” of the United States. In 2007, it was voted one of the three most beautiful buildings in the United States in a survey by the American Institute of Architects.

The pulpit was carved out of stones from Canterbury Cathedral; Glastonbury Abbey provided stone for the bishop’s cathedra, his formal seat. The high altar is made from the ledge of rick in which Christ’s sepulchre was hewn.

 

THE OLD STONE HOUSE

Touring Time is 45 Minutes to 1 Hour. Hours for the Old Stone House are 12:00pm to 5:00pm.

The Old Stone House was built in 1765, making it the oldest standing building in Washington, DC. The exterior of the house if constructed of locally quarried blue granite. The house was built by Christopher Layman, a cabinetmaker by trade, as both a residence and a shop. Layman died shortly after constructing the house. It was sold to Cassandra Chew who added a wing to the rear of the house in 1767. The street (then called Bridge Street) was a main thoroughfare for road traffic from the Western frontier and paralleled the canal into Georgetown. The house has been used throughout its history as a residence or residence/shop, until it was purchased in 1953 by the U.S. Government.

The Old Stone House is also a contributing property to the Georgetown Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. Today, the home is 85% original to its 18th century construction.

 

A TOUR OF TUDOR PLACE

Touring Time is approximately 1 Hour. Tours are every hour on Tuesday-Saturday from 10am to 3pm and Sunday from 12pm to 3pm. Tudor Place is closed on Monday, all the major holidays and the month of January with the exception of 1/18-1/22, 2013. The January dates are for introducing the new “Tour for the Presidential Inauguration.”

Tudor Place was built by Martha Washington’s granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter, son of a successful Scottish tobacco merchant. In 1805, Thomas Peter purchased the land comprising a city lot in Georgetown Heights with an $8,000 legacy from Martha Custis Peter’s stepgrandfather, George Washington. The Peters asked Dr. William Thornton, architect of the U.S. Capitol, to design the stately neoclassical house with its circular domed portico and expansive gardens. Completed in 1816, Tudor Place remained under the ownership of six succeeding generations of the Peter family until 1983.

 

ONE FULL DAY TOUR – MONTICELLO & MICHIE TAVERN

A TOUR OF MONTICELLO

Tour Time is approximately 2-3 Hours as an indoor & outdoor experience. Travel Time from DC to Monticello is 2 hours and 30 minutes. Guests can also have lunch at the historic Michie Tavern which is located just a ½ mile below Monticello.

Monticello is the home of Thomas Jefferson, third U.S. President, author and founder of the University of Virginia.

A typical day for Jefferson started early, because, in his own words, “Whether I retire to bed early or late, I rise with the sun.” He told of a fifty-year period in which the sun has never caught him in bed; he rose as soon as he could read the hands of the clock kept directly opposite his bed. Monticello is filled with Jefferson’s innovations, many of which he designed or adapted “with greater eye to convenience.” As in the rest of the house, the bedroom’s furnishings illustrate many of Jefferson’s ideas about the efficient use of time, space, and light, including prominently placed clocks, space-saving alcove beds, and light maximizing mirrors.

Jefferson researched and wrote many letters in what has been called the earliest modern office. Jefferson’s Cabinet was, in contemporary language, “user-friendly,” with a revolving bookstand, table and chair. Here Jefferson used a copy machine to make duplicate sets of his letters, which he kept in filing presses, tying them into bundles organized alphabetically and chronologically. This arrangement allowed Jefferson to pinpoint the location of any given letter, and even send for a particular one when he was away from Monticello.

Monticello is a majestic reminder of Jefferson’s creativity and talent. Tours range from the intimacy of his private suite of rooms to the sensations of his gardens, orchards and vineyards, and to the stories of slaves who worked on the plantation.

A new visitor’s center was just finished at Monticello and is partially built into the base of a mountain and largely surrounded by trees which blend into the central Virginia landscape. Invisible from Thomas Jefferson’s home atop the “little mountain” and half underground, the $43 million, 42,000 square-foot complex of five western-cedar pavilions was designed not to compete with or mimic the neoclassical architecture of the main attraction. Monticello’s curators and historians created the exhibits for the multimedia age, including a new introductory film that highlights Jefferson’s life and the impact his groundbreaking ideas have made in modern times – illustrated in part with a clip from the January inauguration of President Barack Obama.

The thousands of people who visit Monticello annually now are able to get a more detailed overview of Jefferson through several exhibits. Aimed at visitors ages 6 through 11, the Discovery Room allows children to write with a “polygraph” machine based on the one in Jefferson’s house, try on replicas of 18th-century outfits, build Monticello with blocks and enter a replica of a slave dwelling.

Monticello has also added an education learning center for seminars and other learning activities, a dining area with indoor and outdoor seating and a gift shop.

 

ONE FULL DAY TOUR – MONTICELLO & MICHIE TAVERN

LUNCH AT MICHIE TAVERN

Lunch is served from 11:15am to 3:30pm from April-October and from 11:30am to 3:00pm from November to March. The Tavern is closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Historic Michie Tavern, established in 1784 by Scotsman William Michie, served as the social center of its community and accommodated travelers with food, drink and lodging. In 1927, the Tavern was moved 17 miles to its present location close to Monticello, serving as a prime example of the Colonial Revival period. Today, visitors experience the Tavern’s past through a historical journey which recreates 18th-century life.

The Tavern’s dining room, the Ordinary, features hearty Midday Fare offered by servers in period attire. The rustic tavern setting renders a dining experience rich in southern culture and hospitality for families to enjoy. Virginia wines and traditional lagers are available to complement your meal. Lunch will be served in a buffet fashion. Guests are welcome to have seconds.

Your menu may consist of:

* Colonial Fried Chicken                     * Stewed Tomatoes

* Black-Eyed Peas                               * Cole Slaw

* Hickory Smoked Pork BBQ              * Whole Baby Beets

* Homemade Biscuits and Cornbread  * Non-Alcoholic Beverage

* Mashed Potatoes & Gravy                * Baked Marinated Chicken

Additional sites to see at Michie Tavern:

The General Store: Housed within the Meadow Run Grist Mill, offers shopping opportunities in an old mercantile atmosphere. Two floors feature a variety of gifts from Virginia’s Finest foods, wines and old-fashioned candies from toys, jewelry, collectibles and a vintage Christmas shop. The new Reading Room offers period newspapers, history-related books, artwork, and chess sets.

The Tavern Gift Shop: Adjacent to the dining room, features a wide selection of historical reproductions and an attractive line of gifts which reflect the original Tavern.

The Clothier: Located along a wooded path between the Tavern and General Store, is the first in a series of Marketplace Shops and features period apparel, quilts and accessories.