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Tour price includes:
- Round-trip air-conditioned bus from Ipswich to Washington, D.C. and all trip transportation
- 4 nights accommodation in New York City (1) , Washington, D.C. (2), and Winterthur, DE (1)
- Full time tour escort
- Private guided tour of the 1640 original Ipswich Hart House exhibit in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
- Two-day visit to Washington, D.C., including special tour of Smithsonian Museum of
American History house from Ipswich: Within These Walls
- Attend performance of JT Turner’s play based on Within these Walls: 1 House, 5
Families, 200 Years of History
- Visit Winterthur Museum and gardens in Winterthur, Delaware with private guided tour of original 1640 Hart House
- All 4 breakfasts, all 4 dinners
- All museum entrance fees, tips and taxes
9:30 a.m. depart Ipswich and embark on our journey into colonial American history. Arrive in New York City at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and visit the American Wing, where we see the original 17th century Hart House interior that was purchased by the museum and rebuilt in Manhattan in 1936. Along with our very own Hart House, we can see the Met’s vast collections from not only New England but throughout the thirteen colonies. For all of you who appreciate the amazing wealth of history we have in Ipswich, this trip will add to your early American history knowledge, helping to fill in what you may not know about what the rest of the colonies were doing as we were growing. After our museum visit we have free time to explore Manhattan. We meet at a local restaurant for dinner and then drive to our hotel.
After breakfast we depart for Washington DC. Upon arrival in our nation’s capital we check into our hotel in the city center just a block from the Smithsonian Institution. We will receive a private tour of the 16 Elm Street Ipswich House, which is the largest exhibit at the entire museum. “Within these Walls” lets us peer through its walls, windows, and doors to view settings played out against the backdrop of Colonial America, the American Revolution, the abolitionist movement, the industrial era, and World War II. Enjoy free time to explore the rest of the Smithsonian. We will meet at a local restaurant for dinner and then out for a moonlight walk.
After breakfast at the hotel explore the monuments, memorials, museums, and magnificent architecture of our national’s capitol on your own or with friends, at your own pace. In the afternoon we meet at the Smithsonian to watch our own J. T. Turner’s play “Within These Walls”, which will take place in front of the exhibit. We then recap our adventures as we enjoy dinner together at a local restaurant.
After breakfast we depart for Wilmington, Delaware and the home of the world renowned Winterthur Museum. Discover an unparalleled collection of American antiques when we tour the house and visit the galleries. Enjoy over 60 acres of beautiful gardens as you wander the grounds of this magnificent estate. Winterthur’s 1,000 acres encompass rolling hills, streams, meadows, and forests. Founder Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) developed an appreciation of nature as a boy that served as the basis for his life’s work in the garden. He selected the choicest plants from around the world to enhance the natural setting, arranging them in lyrical color combinations and carefully orchestrating a succession of bloom from late January to November. Du Pont translated his love of the land into a unified work of art that embodies a romantic vision of nature’s beauty. Dinner tonight is in Wilmington, and then on to our hotel.
Following breakfast at the hotel we embark on our journey back home to Ipswich, MA. We will keep you entertained on the ride home and stop for lunch along the way. Arrival back in Ipswich approximately 3:00p.m.