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May 11, 2013

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Rhode Island

(1) Providence - A Capital Place!
(2) Providence's Independence Trail
(3) A Blackstone Valley Sampler - Treasured Highlights
(4) Kayaks on the Blackstone!
(5) Rediscover Rhode Island's North Country - The Blackstone Valley’s Best Kept Secret
(6) The Family Guy
(14) Behind the Scenes" Leisurely Valley Bicycle Tour


(7) A Revolutionary History Hunt


(8) MetroWest: Culture in Bloom
(9) Bold Knights, Big Cats - Arts & Americana
(10) Voices Echoing Throughout the Blackstone Valley
(11) Worcester and Its Vibrant Canal District

Rhode Island, Connecticut

(12) A Westerly Welcome - A Mystic Salute

Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts

(13) Quiet Corner Curiosities

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Tour #10

Voices Echoing Throughout the Blackstone Valley

National Parks Ranger Chuck Arning and award winning actress Lynne McKenney Lydick bring the past into the present in this fully guided and interpreted sojourn. We’ll visit important sites that were the backdrop to critical decisions influential women made on Independence and Abolition. Bygone times come alive at these historic sites. (All sites visited today are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.)

We begin our day in Uxbridge at the Quaker Meeting House, the heart of what was called "Quaker City.” The Meeting House was one of the earliest centers of activity in Uxbridge, and is its oldest church building. Here, the town’s first general store, its first library, and many Quaker-owned businesses buzzed with activity and commerce.
The Asa Waters Mansion, "the finest example of Georgian Colonial style in the country,” is situated in nearby Millbury within the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor. Home to Asa Waters II, his wife Susan and their eight children, this splendid mansion features magnificent imported marble and mahogany details. We’re treated to a guided tour of the mansion’s main floor, a center for early activism & invention.

It’s a short ride to Liberty Farm in Worcester, the home of Abby Kelley Foster and her husband, Stephen Foster. The Farm was a stop on the Underground Railroad and it is where you will meet “Abby,” an outspoken abolitionist and early suffragist, in the person of actress Lynne McKenney Lydick. Walk in Abby’s footsteps during a guided tour of her home. Its beautifully manicured grounds are perfect for our picnic lunch
We next visit the Daniels Farmstead in Blackstone. Tradition has it that Mrs. Daniels firmly directed the farm activities here. Dating to the 1660s, the farmstead evolved over time. Today, the buildings and property are considered unique in their complete integrity of location, setting, design, materials and workmanship. It is one of the best preserved farm complexes in the Blackstone Valley

Nearby, we visit the Chestnut Hill Meeting House, which served as a gathering place for civic, political and religious meetings. From your seat in the box-pews, hear the stories of the brave and vital deeds women performed during the Revolutionary War, and at the first National Women’s Rights Convention held in Worcester. If time allows, we’ll wander the nearby Millville Cemetery, which has burial sites going back to 1761.

What a day! It surely deserves to be saved and shared. You’ll love seeing your pictures on one another’s Facebook pages, and on ours, too. So on the ride back to Twin River, do exchange social media information with the friends you’ve made today. It will help make the memories last.

Price: $49.00
Includes: Boxed picnic lunch*
Admissions, motorcoach transportation, guide
Check-in: 8:00 am, Twin River Casino parking lot
Departs: 8:30 am
Returns: Approx. 4:15 pm
Attire: Casual, with weather in mind, comfy walking shoes
Suggest: Re-usable tote, camera, refillable water bottle

Though never required, it is customary to personally extend a gratuity to your motorcoach driver and your tour guide. A modest ‘thank you’ would be a dollar or two per person, or more if it is well earned, within your budget and commensurate to their service. Group collections are discouraged.

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*Select during ticketing process: Choose from ham, turkey, roast beef, veggie

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