Norfolk Waterside Convention Center

November 10-16, 2002
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Tour Program

Monday, Nov. 11: Walking Tour of Olde Towne Portsmouth, $35.

Tuesday, Nov. 12: Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Tour, $65.

Wednesday, Nov. 13: Colonial Williamsburg Tour, $85.

Thursday, Nov. 14: The Hermitage Museum and Chrysler Museum Tour, $40.

Friday, Nov. 15: Norfolk Historic Homes and Virginia Beach Homes Tour, $55.

After registering you will be contacted via e-mail for lunch menu choices. All tours depart from Conference Registration desk (at Marriott Hotel). Please arrive there at least 10 minutes before tour is scheduled to begin.


Walking Tour of Olde Towne Portsmouth
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The best way to approach Olde Towne Portsmouth is the historic way, by water. A guide will meet the participants at the Marriott and walk with them two blocks to nearby Waterside in Norfolk, site of the Elizabeth River Ferry, which offers a panoramic harbor view. Participants will arrive at the High Street Landing in the heart of Olde Towne.

Olde Towne Portsmouth contains one of the largest concentrations of antique homes between Alexandria, Virginia and Charleston, South Carolina. Encounter beautifully preserved Georgian, Gothic, Victorian, Greek Revival, and Colonial structures at every turn. This walking tour includes numerous historic sites within an approximate 1 mile radius. Participants will pass by Trinity Episcopal Church, which still contains original hand-hewn pews built by slaves. Participants will also see the Commodore Theatre, a luxuriously restored 1945 Art Deco style theatre.

Note: Participants in this tour will be walking approximately 2 miles with little elevation change.

After the tour, participants will be free to peruse the numerous antiques, art and specialty shops located along historic High Street. The group will then gather for a delicious lunch at the artsy Fusion 440 Bistro in Olde Towne. Participants may choose among a selection of gourmet sandwiches and wraps, such as:

  • Applewood Smoked Turkey Wrap
  • Cajun Corn Meal Oyster Wrap
  • Jamaican Jerk Pork Loin Sandwich

All sandwiches come with choice of one side item: Mushroom Caps, Fresh Seasonal Fruit, Yukon Gold Potato Salad, or Mediterranean Pasta Salad. Soda or tea also included.

Tour Package includes the following:

  • Historically trained guide
  • Ferry Ticket to and from Portsmouth
  • Lunch at Fusion 440 Bistro
  • Virginia Escape, Ltd. On-Site Staff Coordination
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

Fee per person: $35

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Jamestown Settlement Tour and Yorktown Tour
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After boarding the motorcoach, participants will enjoy an interesting introduction to the area by their historically trained tour guide. The first stop on the tour will be Jamestown Settlement.

Jamestown Settlement commemorates America's first permanent English colony with exhibition galleries and outdoor living history programs. An original engraving of Captain John Smith's map of Virginia and a stoneware jug believed to have been given to Pocahontas by the King and Queen of England are among many 17th-century artifacts on display in the indoor galleries. In the outdoor living history areas, costumed interpreters demonstrate 17th-century activities in the Powhatan Indian Village, palisaded James Fort, and on board three full-size replicas of the ships that arrived here in 1607.

After the Jamestown tour, participants will board the motorcoach, on which they will be served an excellent box lunch and cold beverage, and proceed on to historic Yorktown.

Box lunch includes choice of:

  • Baked ham on Kaiser Roll
  • Smoked Turkey with Swiss on Marble Rye Bread
  • Garden Sub with Mixed Cheeses and Sprouts

All Served with: Chips and Pickle, Small Deli Salad, Cookie, Choice of Soft Drinks

In Yorktown, participants will venture back in time to experience the famous battlefields and Surrender Field of Yorktown -- where the last battle of the Revolutionary War was fought. Travel through the fields that served to greatly influence the history of the United States as we know it today. Visit Moore House, a farmhouse where Washington and Cornwallis fought the verbal war of negotiations for the Battle of Yorktown surrender.

At the home of Thomas Nelson, Jr., a signer of the Declaration of Independence, you'll see a fine example of Georgian architecture. Its walls still bear the scars of cannonballs fired upon by Allied troops. See the Grace Church and the Victory Monument, which was commissioned in 1781 and not completed until 1884. Enjoy some time browsing the narrow streets of the historic village which remains much as it was during the waning days of the Revolution, but is now occupied by unique gift shops, antique shops, and art galleries.

Tour Package includes the following:

  • Admission to Jamestown Settlement
  • Box Lunch and Cold Beverage
  • Transportation by Mini-coach & Driver Gratuity
  • Admission to Yorktown Battlefield and Sites
  • Historically Trained Interpreter
  • Virginia Escape, Ltd. On-Site Staff Coordination
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

Fee per person: $65

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Colonial Williamsburg Tour
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Participants will enjoy a walk through history as they visit Colonial Williamsburg, a living museum that has been faithfully preserved and restored to its 18th-century appearance. A historically-trained guide will describe the lifestyle of the colonists, including such leading citizens as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. America's largest living history museum offers an unparalleled view of daily colonial life at a time when Williamsburg was a powerful center of politics, commerce, and culture.

The first colony to speak for American independence did it with the unanimous voices of the gentlemen who gathered May 15, 1776, in the tall brick building that dominated the east end of Williamsburg, the Capitol. From a hall in the Capitol of what had been England's original New World possession, Virginia instructed its delegation at Philadelphia's Continental Congress to raise the question of freedom. Thomas Jefferson's Declaration of Independence records the Continental Congress's answer. Every day, visitors of all ages tour the Capitol to learn more about government in Colonial Virginia and the colony's contribution to the American Revolution. One of the highlights of your tour will be the Governor's Palace. Built in 1722 to house the King's governors, the palace symbolized the prestige and power of British rule. The most popular exhibition building with Colonial Williamsburg visitors, the Palace's luxurious furnishings are based on an inventory taken when Royal Governor Botetourt died in October 1770.

For lunch (1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.), participants are not only in for a taste of excellent cuisine, but also a taste of real history. At the restored King's Arms Tavern of Colonial Williamsburg, participants can dine in the same settings that George Washington enjoyed in the 18th century. Participants will be served by waiters in Colonial attire.

Lunch menu includes the following:

  • Garden Green Salad
  • Chicken Pottage Pie or Vegetable Pie
  • Fresh Baked Tavern Bread Selection
  • Vanilla Ice Cream with Macaroon
  • Choice of Fountain Beverage

After the tour, participants may explore on their own and discover the quaint shops in Merchant's Square.

Tour Package includes the following:

  • Colonial Williamsburg Passes
  • Motorcoach Transportation and Driver Gratuity
  • Lunch at King's Arms Tavern
  • Historically Trained Interpreter
  • Virginia Escape, Ltd. On-site Staff Coordination
  • All applicable taxes and gratuities

Fee per person: $85

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The Hermitage Museum and Chrysler Museum Tour
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Participants will begin the day at the Hermitage Museum, which was originally built as the summer retreat of William and Florence Sloane in 1908 and later became their year-round residence. It has since become the permanent location of the Hermitage Foundation Museum. The Foundation was established in 1937 by the Sloanes to increase public awareness and appreciation of the arts and to offer encouragement and support to creative endeavors.

Although the home now serves as a museum, it is a work of art in its own right! The expert carving and attention to detail of two master craftsmen, C.J. Woodsend and M.F. McCarthy, resulted in a home of unparalleled craftsmanship and an appropriate showcase for the Sloanes' numerous collections of treasured artworks from around the world. The home is truly a celebration of the arts! Some of the works featured include Italian and French textiles and laces, English and European ceramics and paintings, handpainted glass from Germany, ivory carvings, Persian rugs, and ritual bronzes and ceramic tomb figures from China.

Participants then will go to the Chrysler Museum, where they will enjoy delicious bag lunches. Lunches include choice of:

Grilled Chicken on sourdough with lettuce and tomato


Vegetarian Sandwich with avocado, mushrooms, tomato, creamy house dressing, Swiss cheese, and sprouts on honey wheat bread

Both lunches come with chips and a cookie as well as soft drinks.

Following lunch, participants will visit the Chrysler Museum, which has been ranked by the Wall Street Journal among the top 20 museums in the country. The collection includes over 30,000 pieces, which span the ages, from 2700 B.C. to the present. Areas of particular strength are French and Italian painting and the internationally famous glass collection. The Chrysler also houses the only museum gallery in Virginia devoted solely to photography.

Tour Package includes the following:

  • Admissions to Chrysler Museum and Hermitage Museum
  • Box Lunches and Soft Drinks
  • Deluxe Motorcoach Transportation
  • Virginia Escape, Ltd. On-Site Staff Coordination

Fee per person: $40

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Norfolk Historic Homes and Virginia Beach Homes Tour
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

This morning participants will begin their Norfolk Historic Homes tour by visiting the Hunter House Victorian Museum. This Romanesque Revival home was designed by Boston architect W.D. Wentworth. Its doorway consists of a massive round arch with coursed brown ashlar. The house remained in the Hunter family until 1965, and currently serves as a Victorian museum.

Next, participants will visit the Moses Myers House, which is amidst the bustle of downtown Norfolk. This home is from the Federal period and its original furnishings recall the hopes and determination of a newly independent nation. Today, it is the only historic house in the United States interpreting the traditions of early Jewish immigrants.

The next home on the tour is the nearby Willoughby-Baylor House which offers a gracious view of a middle-class family's lifestyle in 18th-century Hampton Roads. A visit to this Georgian-style house is enhanced by a stroll through its delightful garden.

After the home tour, the group will take a break for a delicious boxed lunch. Menu includes choice of:

Veggie Pita Wrap with Pasta Salad and Cookie
Roast Beef or Tuna Salad with Provolone on French Bread with House Dressing with Chips and Cookie

The group will then proceed to Virginia Beach, where participants will visit Lynnhaven House, circa 1725. Lynnhaven House is one of America's best preserved 18th century middle-class dwellings. From there, participants will go to Old Cape Henry Lighthouse, perched on sand dunes at the edge of the Chesapeake Bay. Authorized and funded by America's first Congress, the lighthouse was built in 1791. Participants will then visit The First Landing Cross, which marks the area where America's first permanent English settlers, the Jamestown colonists, first touched the shores of the New World on April 26, 1607 -- 13 years before the Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. Both the Lighthouse and the Cross are registered National Historic Landmarks. (Please note: Participants must have photo ID with them to tour the lighthouse.)

Tour Package includes the following:

  • Admission to all attractions
  • Motorcoach Transportation and Driver Gratuity
  • Historically Trained Guide
  • Virginia Escape, Ltd. On-Site Staff Coordination
  • Boxed Lunch
  • All Applicable Taxes
  • Fee per person: $55

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