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The Itinerary

Colonial Affairs: A Treacherous Affront

25 August - 2 September 2017

Price per person £2,575.00 No Single supplement
Deposit per person £150.00

Join us as we examine the bountiful sites and events in and around the first colonial capital in Philadelphia. It was the site of the first and second continental congresses where rebellion was debated and ratified, a brief interlude of English Civility under the command of Sir William Howe and eventually the site of battles of great significance and an encampment synonymous with suffering and survival.


25 August:
Depart Heathrow and fly to Philadelphia International Airport to be met by your guide.
The same hotel will be used for the whole tour.

26 August:
This morning we will visit the American encampment at Valley Forge. Here the Americans learned discipline from Baron von Stueben and emerged a worthy opponent for the British Army and its allies. The day will conclude with visits to the Crossing of the Delaware, Trenton and Princeton.
Return to hotel.

27 August:
Today we will go far afield to see the rear guard action at Monmouth Courthouse where General Clinton was attacked while withdrawing back to New York. The afternoon will take you to Independence Square where you will see the buildings and hear the stories where American independence was declared and the United States Constitution was drafted. This evening meet historians Gary Ecelbarger and Scott Patchan who will introduce the 1777 Philadelphia Campaign through George Washington's eyes.
Return to hotel.

George Washington

28 August:
Travel in British footsteps as Howe's armada lands at Head of Elk and moves towards Philadelphia. See how Washington organizes to resist them while visiting his headquarters at Iron Hill and then where blood is first shed at Cooch's Bridge. After lunch, we will set up Washington's army at Brandywine and look over the defensive terrain he held and the river crossings that would be key. We will also see another Washington Headquarters before visiting the Brandywine Museum where we end the day.
Return to hotel.

29 August:
While 9/11 means something much different today, in 1777 it was the day of battle at Brandywine. We will open the battle west of the creek in meaningful stops at Welsh's Tavern and Kennett Meeting House. Here the casualties mount in severe fighting. Our last morning stop is with Washington's artillery on Proctor's Hill. The afternoon looks at the British strategy which turns Washington's positions. This will be obvious as we follow Cornwallis via Trimble's and Jeffrie's Fords. The battle is decided at Osborne, Birmingham and Battle Hills and Dillworth Tavern. Washington is beaten and Howe prepares to enter Philadelphia where the Continental Congress has fled to York, Pennsylvania.
Return to the hotel.

30 August:
Washington withdraws and is pursued on the Old Lancaster Road, we will stop at Immaculate College where Washington offered battle and continue on to the Battle of the Clouds and then to Yellow Springs where Washington displays his political acumen and makes a risky decision. As we continue withdrawing we will visit the small but moving site of the Paoli Massacre. We close this day passing Fatland Ford and going to the banks of the Schuylkill River where Howe beats Washington to Philadelphia.
Return to hotel.

31 August:
Today we open with the British occupation of Philadelphia and visit Howe's headquarters at Stenton, a home that was once Washington's HQ. We then travel to Cliveden central spot of the British encampment at Germantown. Washington's severe attack ran out of ammunition and under pressure from Cornwallis Washington ordered a withdrawal. Our next stop at the Emlen House lets us discuss the Conway Cabal--a major threat to Washington's leadership. The day will end with the Battle of Whitemarsh.
Return to hotel.

1 September:
Our program would not be complete if we did not study the British operations against Forts Mifflin and Mercer. Two interlocking fortifications that were used to close the Delaware River and protect Philadelphia from assault via the Chesapeake Bay. The afternoon will take you to see some iconic sites in Philadelphia such as the famous "Rocky Balboa" monument We will then travel back to the Philadelphia Airport for your return flight.

2 September:
Arrive London Heathrow.

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