RROC 2017 Fall Tour
“Brandywine Valley & Delaware Tour”
Monday, September 11th, through Friday, September 15th
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Dick & Amy Cain email@example.com 610-388-7683
Thom and Lorraine Weinhardt firstname.lastname@example.org 609-937-0826 856-494-4289
The tour is limited to 40 cars (80 people). A “first come-first served” waiting list will be maintained. 30 DAYS CANCELLATION NOTICE IS REQUIRED FOR A FULL REFUND.
RROC 2017 BRANDYWINE FALL TOUR ITINERARY
Sunday, September 10, 2017
Hotel Check-In – Homewood Suites
Meet Registration 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Monday, September 11, 2017
Longwood Gardens is one of the world’s great horticultural displays. The garden wonderland, created by industrialist Pierre S. duPont, was purchased in 1906 to preserve its trees. It is now 1077 acres of dazzling gardens, woodlands, meadows, fountains and a 4.5 acre conservatory. The Main Fountain Garden now includes dynamic new spinning and spiraling fountain features, jets propelling water as high as 175 feet, new fountain lighting, and a more welcoming and immersive garden experience for guests.
We will have a guided tour of the gardens and a chance to view the new fountain display that is returning after a two-year $90 million revitalization. Our tour will include a talk by Maynard Barksdale, the author of the book,
The Brandywine, An Intimate Portrait, which is included in your goodie bag
9:45 to 2:00
11:45 Lunch will be on your own at The Cafe.
1:00 Talk by Barksdale Maynard
Monday Evening, September 11, 2017
The University and Whist Club
The first house was built on this property in 1766. Over the years there were many changes to the property. The present building was built in 1856 designed by renowned Philadelphia architect Robert Morris Smith in the “pure Italian style”. The tower, now at the center of the building was built to house a spring water cistern with a power pump for running water in the house. The next owners, J. Danforth Bush and his wife, made changes to the property giving it the air of an English manor house. The house became the University Club in 1937. In 1958 the University Club merged with the Wilmington Whist Club. The club is known for its fine cuisine and outstanding service.
Cocktails and Hors D ’Oeuvres 5:30
Ties and Jackets requested
Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Brandywine Valley Pennsylvania
Our tour will start with a visit to the Antique Ice Tool Museum outside of West Chester, PA. This fascinating museum is in a fully restored 1834 Chester County bank barn that houses the largest collection of ice industry artifacts in the country. The museum was founded by the Stack family, whose impressive one of a kind collection is a representation of the family’s involvement in the ice business for over three generations. This tour will be given by members of the Stack family.
After leaving the Ice Museum we will embark on a tour of Southern Chester County and the tributaries of the Brandywine Creek. This tour will culminate with lunch at the Whip Tavern, Springdell, PA. This is an authentic replica of a British Pub. The menu consists of typical British fare such as, Shepard’s Pie, Bangers and Mash, Fish and Chips, Scotch Egg and Sticky Toffee Pudding. Beer and cider only. If you wish you may bring your own other libation.
Pay on your own
The Whip is opening especially for us on Tuesday as they are normally closed that day.
9:00 Depart Hotel
9:45 Museum Tour
1:00 PM Lunch at the Whip
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Delaware Driving Tour
The Historic Homes of Odessa
The Coastal Wetlands
Lunch at Sambo’s Tavern
We will visit the historic village of Odessa, Delaware. Known in the 18th-century as Cantwell’s Bridge, Odessa played a vital role in commercial life along the Delaware River as a busy grain shipping port. Today, you can stroll along tree-lined streets and admire examples of 18th and 19th century architecture. Chief among these are the five properties that make up the Historic Odessa Foundation.
We will then proceed through the Delaware Coastal Wetlands to Leipsic, DE and Sambo’s Tavern.
9:00 Depart Hotel
10:00 Historic Odessa Tour
12:30 Lunch at Sambo’s Tavern
Pay on your own - cash only
Must be over 21
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Driving Tour of Northern Delaware
Wilmington & Western Railroad
The Back Burner Lunch
Our day will start with a tour of scenic Northern Delaware on our way to the Wilmington & Western Railroad.
The Wilmington & Western Railroad, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is one of the most historic and scenic railroads in the Eastern United States. We will be leaving the Greenbank Station on a steam locomotive built around 1909 in carriages that date back to 1914. We will travel through Delaware’s historic valley of the Red Clay Creek to the village of Hockessin, Delaware where we will disembark at The Back Burner restaurant. After lunch we will get back on the train and return to Greenbank Station.
9:00 Driving Tour
Drive to Greenbank Station
11:00 Train departs
Includes entree, non-alcoholic beverage and gratuity
Friday September 15, 2017
Winterthur Museum and Gardens
Almost 60 years ago, collector and horticulturist Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) opened his childhood home, Winterthur, to the public. Today, Winterthur (pronounced “winter-tour”) is the premier museum of American decorative arts, with an unparalleled collection of nearly 90,000 objects made or used in America between about 1640 and 1860. The collection is displayed in the magnificent 175-room house, much as it was when the du Pont family lived here, as well as in permanent and changing exhibition galleries.
Winterthur is set amidst a 1,000-acre preserve of rolling meadows and woodlands. Designed by du Pont, its 60-acre naturalistic garden is among America’s best, with magnificent specimen plantings and massed displays of color. Graduate programs and a preeminent research library make Winterthur an important center for the study of American art and culture.
Our visit will include a tour of the conservation area of Winterthur, a guided tour of the exhibit Treasures on Trial (The Art and Science of Detecting Fakes) and a tour of the highlights of the house.
9:30 to 3:30
12:00 Lunch on your own at Winterthur
Friday Evening, September 15, 2017
Wilmington Country Club
The Wilmington Country Club was formed in 1901. The original clubhouse and golf course was opened in 1902. In 1959 members of the club purchased 335 acres of land, the Winterthur Property, from Henry F. du Pont. The first golf course of two opened in 1959. The clubhouse was completed in 1962. In 2014 a $7 million renovation to the clubhouse was completed.
5:30 Cocktails and Hors D ‘Oeuvres
6:30 Buffet Dinner
Jackets and Ties Are Requested