Antebellum Trail & Cherry Blossom

Antebellum Trail & Cherry Blossom

Travel with Gunther Tours to make fond memories of Antebellum Georgia, southern hospitality, distinctive period architecture, and the magical sight and sweet-scent of thousands of blooming Yoshino Cherry Trees.

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Travel with Gunther Tours to make fond memories of Antebellum Georgia, southern hospitality, distinctive period architecture, and the magical sight and sweet-scent of thousands of blooming Yoshino Cherry Trees.

Antebellum Trail & Cherry Blossoms

Macon & Madison, Georgia

 

Included:

*  Basic amenities

*  4 nights hotel accommodations

*  4 breakfasts

*  4 dinners

*  Guided Tours of Georgia, including:

         -Historic Macon

         -Cherry Blossom Trail

*  6 House Museums, including:

         -Cannonball House

         -Woodruff Mansion

         -Hay House

         -Heritage House

         -Rogers House

         -Rose Cottage

*  Attractions and admissions per itinerary, including:

         -Ava Gardner Museum

         -Downtown Macon Visitors Center

         -Photo-stop at Fickling Farm

         -Cherry Blossom Festival

         -Mulberry Street Arts & Crafts Festival

         -Georgia’s Antebellum Trail

*  Driver, Escort and Step-on Guide Gratuities

 

 

 

Day 1

Welcome Aboard! Travel in comfort aboard our deluxe motor coach as we head south toward "The Heart of Georgia", Macon, Georgia. Our first destination is the Ava Gardner Museum located in Smithfield, North Carolina. A self-guided tour of the museum walks you through the remarkable life, loves, and legacy of one of Hollywood's legendary actress as told to you by some of her close friends and family. View an extensive collection of Ava Gardner memorabilia that includes costumes, jewelry, movie posters and awards that represent Ava's 50-year career as a leading Hollywood actress. Also, see a short biographical film of the actress featuring information about her personal and professional life. Later you are treated to a delicious dinner at a Cracker Barrel before checking into the Comfort Suites in Florence, South Carolina for the night.

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Day 2

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for the "Cherry Blossom Capital of the World", Macon, Georgia. Upon our arrival, we visit the Downtown Macon Visitors Center. Enjoy this state-of-the-art visitor center, view colorful exhibits and an informative time-line, browse for gifts in the souvenir shop, and watch Macon, Georgia: Where Soul Lives, an exciting twelve-minute video explaining how Southern charm, and a soulful musical heritage have branded Macon "Where Soul Lives". Next we meet our step-on guide and depart for a tour of historic Macon. Along the way we will be entertained with tales of Macon's colorful history while viewing many of the cities notable sights, including memorable southern mansions. Originally named Fort Hawkins, Macon was a thriving trading post in the 18th century due to its location on the Ocmulgee River. When the city was chartered in 1824, the founders wanted to build a "city within a park" designating broad streets, 250 acres for a Central Park and passed ordinances requiring people to plant shade trees at their homes. There are over 300,000 Yoshino Cherry Trees in Macon. You will hear the story of William Fickling, his love of beauty and how the cherry blossom festival came to be. The tour will include a visit to Cannonball House, a classic Greek Revival mansion built in 1853. Step inside the only house in Macon damaged during the Civil War when struck by a Hotchkiss shell during an attack in 1864. Now restored with period furnishings, it houses a Civil War museum and features recreated meeting rooms of the world's first secret societies for women, Alpha Delta Pi and Phi Mu sororities. Tonight, we are treated to a delicious dinner at a local restaurant after checking into our deluxe accommodations at the Marriott Macon City Center for the next two nights.

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Day 3

After breakfast, we meet our step-on guide and set out to explore the Cherry Blossom Trail. Highlights of our tour will include viewing canopies of cherry tree blooms along Macon's streets and in residential neighborhoods, and a special photo-stop at Fickling Farm, which boasting nearly 10,000 Yoshino cherry trees. The Farm carries on the legacy of the late William A. Fickling Sr., who possessed a passion for horticulture and a deep appreciation for the Yoshino cherry tree. Mr. Fickling first propagated Yoshino cherry trees in Macon and began generously donating trees to help beautify Macon, and now the Fickling Family Foundation continues to donate thousands of cherry trees to Macon residents each year. The tour includes a visit to the Woodruff Mansion, a classic Greek Revival mansion built in 1836, located on the Mercer University campus. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the mansion is an antebellum home situated atop Coleman Hill and commands a spectacular view of downtown Macon. Next, we'll enjoy the festivities of the Cherry Blossom Festival and the Mulberry Street Arts & Crafts Festival, the oldest arts & crafts festival in Middle Georgia. Have fun leisurely browsing the hundreds of fine, quality vendors and craftsmen displaying their artistic creations and unique works. Lunch is on your own. After returning to the hotel, you will have some time to relax and freshen up before we go out for a delicious dinner and tour at the Hay House. One of Georgia's most historic homes and distinguished structures, the Johnston-Felton-Hay House in Macon was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Construction began in 1855 and continued into 1859. The House was built in the Italian Renaissance Revival style, a marked contrast to the Greek Revival architecture of the antebellum period. Following our special evening, we return to our hotel for a restful night's sleep.

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Day 4

After breakfast, we follow Georgia's Antebellum Trail to Madison, Georgia. Upon our arrival, we meet our step-on guide for a tour of the Heritage House. This Greek Revival home was built in 1811 and purchased in 1830 by Dr. Elijah Evans Jones, a prominent physician in Madison. Dr. Jones was also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Female college in Madison and a major shareholder in the Georgia Railroad. After lunch on your own, we tour the Rogers House. Built by Reuben Rogers in 1809-1810, this house is a fine example of Piedmont Plain-style architecture seen throughout the rural southern United States. Designed as a two-over-two style, the house has been restored using photographs and records from the City of Madison archives and looks as it probably appeared in 1873. Yet the house pre-dates the Morgan County Courthouse, built in 1905, by almost 100 years. The furnishings are representative of the mid-19th century. Next, we tour the Rose Cottage. Born into slavery, Adeline Rose, built her cottage in 1891. Little is known of her life before October 1891. She made her living taking in washing and ironing at 50 cents a load with most of her early work done for the boarders of the Hardy House, which was owned by the mother of the famous comedian Oliver Hardy. Adeline Rose died in 1959 after living in the house for 68 years. It was felt that it was very important to save the cottage built out of the labor of love by a woman who was born into slavery, so in 1966 the City of Madison moved the Rose Cottage to its present location. Later, we say goodbye to "The Peach State" as we depart for our overnight accommodations in Florence, South Carolina. A dinner stop will be made en route to Florence.

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Day 5

After a deluxe continental breakfast, we depart for home taking with us fond memories of Antebellum Georgia, southern hospitality, distinctive period architecture, and the magical sight and sweet-scent of thousands of blooming Yoshino Cherry Trees.

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B=Breakfast, D =Dinner

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Carney Park & Ride Carney Park & Ride - 2980 Jomat Ave. Parkville, MD
Exit 31A (Harford Rd north) off Route 695
Gunther Charters Gunther's - 7443 Shipley Ave. Harmans, MD (GPS)
Lot C off of Shipley Ave.
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