Patsy Cline & the Potomac Eagle
Start with a tour of Harpers Ferry National Park where a visit is like stepping into the past. Then enjoy a narrated excursion on the Potomac Eagle and view historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Then it’s on to Winchester, VA for a Patsy Cline tour. Learn of Patsy’s music career, her childhood home and dreams of becoming a Country Music Star. This package also includes a tribute singer who will sing some of Patsy’s favorite songs.
Day 1 – Start with an afternoon tour of Harpers Ferry National Park. The history of Harpers Ferry has few parallels in the American Drama. It is more than one event, one date, or one individual. It is multi-layered – involving a diverse number of people and events that influenced the course of our nation’s history. Harpers Ferry witnessed the first
successful application of interchangeable manufacture, the arrival of the first successful American railroad, John Brown’s attack on slavery, the largest surrender of Federal troops during the Civil War, and the education of former slaves in one of the earliest integrated schools in the United States.
Then travel to Winchester VA and check into your hotel for a two night stay. Dinner is included this evening at the historic and award winning George Washington Hotel in charming Downtown Winchester.
Day 2 – Today, you will take a ride on the Potomac Eagle Scenic Railroad. For three hours enjoy a narrated excursion through a tranquil and pristine mountain valley. View historic farms and lush mountain greenery. Around every curve you are rewarded with the splendor of native wildflowers, evergreens, and mixed hardwoods in an unspoiled countryside environment. Don’t be surprised to see bald eagles swooping overhead in pursuit of prey or gliding gently across the blue mountain skies as if to flaunt their supremacy of the air.
Returning to Winchester this afternoon your group will stop at the Patsy Cline Visitors Center here you will be divided into two groups and one will explore the displays here in the Visitors Center and learn of Patsy’s music career, the other half will visit the Patsy Cline Historic House and learn about her childhood home and dreams of becoming a Country Music Star. Groups will alternate these two attractions.
Next is a driving tour of Patsy’s Hometown, you’ll see Gaunt’s Drug Store where she worked as a teenager, the house where she married Charlie in 1957, her High School, her gravesite and more.
Dinner tonight is at Granny’s Restaurant. This was Daisy & Red’s a honky tonk bar back in the day, but now it’s a local restaurant that serves Patsy’s Recipe for Fried Chicken, with mashed potatoes and gravy. Once dinner is over a tribute singer will join you at the Restaurant and sing some of Patsy’s favorite songs.
Day 3 – This morning after breakfast, you have the option of visiting either the Luray Caverns or taking a scenic ride along the Skyline Drive.
Since discovery in 1878 by a tinsmith and a local photographer, visitors by the millions have made Luray Caverns the most popular cave in Eastern America and an internationally acclaimed destination. 4,000,000 centuries in the making beneath Virginia’s storied Shenandoah Valley, this “must see” U.S. Natural Landmark awaits your discovery.
A slow ride down Skyline Drive will give you a whole new driving experience. The historic 105-mile Skyline Drive, a National Scenic Byway, traverses Shenandoah National Park, a beautiful, historic national treasure. The Park varies in width from less than one mile to about thirteen miles, so that views from peaks and overlooks include not only the Blue Ridge itself, but also the patchwork of woods, farmlands and orchards on either side.
Then depart for home.