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Overnight Bus Trip: Drums along the Mohawk

Home of General Nicholas Herkimer
Home of General Nicholas Herkimer
August 09, 2014 —August 10, 2014

THIS TRIP IS SOLD OUT! Thanks for your interest!

The Historical Society of Rockland County
Invites You to Join Us on an Overnight Excursion


When: Saturday, August 9 – Sunday August 10, 2014
Where: Motorcoach departs 8/9 at 7:30 am; returns 8/10 at 6 pm. Departure/return location is West Nyack Commuter Parking Lot.
Scroll down to bottom of page for trip itinerary.

Price: $279 per person, single occupancy; $244 per person, double occupancy. Price includes overnight accommodations, attraction admissions, and gratuities. All meals are included except Saturday lunch. Meals will include pot roast dinner before the Saturday performance, a hotel snack after the performance, Sunday breakfast, Sunday lunch, and an on-board snack bag and water each day on the bus. Please bring your own bag lunch for Saturday.

Join us on our overnight upstate New York bus tour and travel back in time to the year 1777 and our American Revolution!

Our luxury coach, equipped with lavatory, microphone, and DVD, will take us to Albany and west to the Mohawk Valley. With our on-board guide for the two days, we will see approximately 12 eighteenth-century sites and have guided tours at approximately six of them.

A Saturday highlight will be the 5 pm outdoor performance of 
"Drums along the Mohawk,” by Walter D. Edmonds. This vivid adaptation of the beloved historical novel tells the story of a newlywed couple thrust into the brutal conflict of the American Revolution during 1777. (Please pack a folding lawn chair, as chairs are not provided at the performance).

The tour stops have been hand-picked to enhance your "Drums along the Mohawk" experience: Benedict Arnold began his rescue of the endangered Mohawk Valley residents at the Van Schaick Mansion; we’ll also tour the elegant Georgian-style mansion home of the hero of the drama, General Nicholas Herkimer.

A complete listing of tour sights and stops will be posted here in May.

This trip is approved by the e4™ travel brand: It will Entertain; be Educational and Environmentally appropriate; and will include light walking Exercise.

This is an "attraction dense" trip. Guests will bring their own bag lunch to eat Saturday during the hour-plus drive between Albany and Little Falls.

The tour is expected to sell out quickly; so don't delay! Limited to 28-40 participants, depending on room occupancy. Register as single or double occupancy.

The motorcoach will depart at 7:30 am sharp on August 9 from the West Nyack Commuter Parking
located on Route 303 northbound, immediately north of the intersection with Route 59. Cars may be parked overnight (we have town permission), or you may be dropped off and picked up there. From Route 59E, turn right on the ramp for Route 303S; turn right onto Route 303, go under the Route 59 overpass, and turn right into the commuter lot.

After registration, participants will be provided with a full itinerary and further information.


Historical Society of Rockland County
20 Zukor Road
New City, NY  10956
P: (845) 634-9629
F: (845) 634-8690 

Cancellation policy:  Refunds will only be given if space can be filled by another guest prior to trip. A waiting list will be compiled, and available spaces will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Only those who have made full payment can be accommodated.

Detailed Itinerary: Please note that all stops are subject to change without notice, and all times are approximate (except morning motorcoach departure times). Also, the end of the first day will be rearranged in case of heavy rain.

Day 1 – Saturday, August 9

7:30 am      Arrive for 7:45 am motor coach departure from West Nyack commuter parking lot. Reminder: bring a  packed
                    lunch and a lawn chair for evening performance.

8:30 am      For those boarding motorcoach at New Paltz: Arrive for 8:45 am departure from NYS Thruway Park and Ride,
                    located just north of toll. (
NYS Thruway New Paltz exit northbound, 50 yards past and to left of toll booths.)

9:30 am      Travel to morning and midday stops at: 
                     - Schuyler Mansion, Albany (30 minute tour)
                     - Van Schaick Mansion, Cohoes (20 minute tour)
                     - Herkimer Home, Little Falls (30 minute tour)

2:15 pm       Arrive at Knights Inn, Little Falls; check in, unpack, and come downstairs ready for meal

2:45–3:30    Buffet pot roast dinner (with vegetarian eggplant option) at Knights Inn

3:45 pm        Leave Knights Inn for Gelston Castle

4:20 pm        Arrive at Gelston Castle; unload chairs from bus; walk to spot; settle in for performance

5:00 pm        Performance of "Drums along the Mohawk" begins (two one-hour acts with 20 minute intermission)

7:20 pm        Return to bus, pack chairs, and board

7:40 pm        Leave Gelston Castle

8:00 pm        Arrive at
Fort Herkimer Church (pull over or drive by). Sunset is at 8 pm!

8:30 pm        Arrive at Knights Inn, which will have a snack ready for us

Day 2 – Sunday, August 10

6:30 am     Beverages available for early risers at Knights Inn

7:00 am     Continental breakfast at Knights Inn (coffee, tea, juice, muffins, fruit, scrambled eggs, cereal, bagels)

8:00 am     Repack luggage and board bus

8:15 am     Depart Knights Inn for travel to

                    - Indian Castle Church (pull over)
                    - Nellis Tavern (pull over)
                    - Fort Klock (20 minute tour)
                    - Palatine Church (pull over)
                    - For tPlain Museum (20 minute tour)
                    - Van Alstyne House (pull over)
                    - Butler Homestead (pull over)
                    - Old Fort Johnson (short off-bus stop)

12:30 pm    Lunch and shopping at Apple Barrel Restaurant, Schoharie (orders to be placed in advance from bus)

1:45 pm       Leave Apple Barrel

2:00 pm       Arrive Old Stone Fort (20 minute tour)

2:30 pm       Leave Old Stone Fort for travel home

4:45 pm       Discharge passengers at New Paltz stop

6:00 pm       End trip at
West Nyack commuter lot



2014 Bus Overnight Trip Drums along the Mohawk PDF


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