Sample Itinerary

Each week at the National History Academy will address a major historical period and significant theme directly related to the AP History themes students are learning in school. For example, a week on the Civil War will feature a classroom orientation by a master teacher about the causes, conduct and consequences of the war; guest lectures by noted scholars; a bicycle tour of Gettysburg led by an expert battlefield guide; readings in primary and secondary sources; films, music and dramatic performances; and individual and group projects. Each student will have the opportunity to develop their skills in the discipline of history. Through written assignments, oral presentations and first-hand activities, they will explore history is in a way that is possible only in this rich historical landscape.

Students will be traveling most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays to historical sites. The start times will vary based on the daily itinerary, but a typical travel day might look like this:

TimeActivity
7:00amBreakfast
8:15amCoach departure from Foxcroft
9:15amArrival at historic site
9:15am-11:45amLesson & tour
12:00pmLunch
1:00pmAdditional activities or additional sites
3:30pmDepart site for Foxcroft
4:30pmArrive back at Foxcroft
4:30pm-6:00pmFree time (relax, enjoy the pool, rest)
6:00pmDinner
7:00pm-10:30pmFree time or collaborative projects
10:30pmLights out

Monday, Wednesday and Friday are classroom days. Students will engage in rich discussions around historical themes of significance each week.


Week 1 –James Madison and the Making of the Constitution

Week 1 Travel Highlights

Washington, D.C.
– National Archives
– Smithsonian National Museum of American History

James Madison’s Montpelier

Week 2 – Colonial America, Founding of a Nation

Week 2 Travel Highlights

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Community 4th of July Parade

Virginia Triangle
– Jamestown Settlement and Historic Jamestown
– Colonial Williamsburg
– Yorktown & the American Revolution Museum

Week 3 – Lincoln and Secession

Week 3 Travel Highlights

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
– Storer College
– Appalachian Trail
– C&O Canal

Gettysburg National Military Park
– Seminary Ridge Museum
– Eisenhower National Historical Site

Antietam National Battlefield

Week 4 – Reconstruction

Week 4 Travel Highlights

Piedmont Overlook & Shenandoah National Park

Washington, D.C.
– US Capitol Building
– President Lincoln’s Cottage
– Ford’s Theater

Underground Railroad Sites & Harriet Tubman

Outdoor Activity Day (Canoe the Potomac or Bike the C&O Canal

Week 5 – Civil Rights (expanding the Constitution to all)

Week 5 Travel Highlights

Baltimore
– Fort McHenry
– B&O Railroad Museum
– Flag House (Star Spangled Banner House)

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

University of Virginia
– Academical Village

Washington, D.C
– MLK Memorial
– Lincoln Memorial
– Frederick Douglas House