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Join the Washington, D.C. Chapter NRHS on the B&O Explorer - June 1
From its founding in 1827, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad literally helped invent the modern railroad industry and create the physical mobility that made possible a continental nation. The B&O was the country’s first long-distance, main-line railroad, linking Tidewater at Baltimore with the Ohio River Valley. Like the Erie Canal, it changed the ways Americans thought about travel, distance, and the how we might settle a vast land. Much of that grand experiment unfolded in the Potomac River Valley a few dozen miles west of Washington.
In this all-day study tour, Historian and Curator John P. Hankey delves into 190 years of American History and Culture as the tour explores the original route of the B&O from Brunswick, Maryland to Martinsburg, West Virginia—one of the most rich and historic railroad corridors in the United States. Visit Harpers Ferry, site of the B&O’s Potomac River crossing and epic Civil War struggles. At Martinsburg, tour the 1866 shops and roundhouse and discuss 19th century railroad technology. At Brunswick examine how an 1830s railroad has transitioned to the 21st century. Along the way, encounter the architecture and archeology of railroading going back to the dawn of the industry. Tour discussions will include national development, technology, social and cultural heritage, and how railroad mobility shaped our American ways of life. Reservations are just $129.00 per person for this all day motor coach tour and includes all admissions, snacks, and a box lunch. More information is available at http://www.dcnrhs.org.
Web Page: http://www.dcnrhs.org/travel-with-us/trips/2019060101