A breathtaking panorama from the cliffs of Chattanooga’s Lookout Mountain sets the tone for this unrivaled journey through ports of call that played a part in the conflict which tore a nation apart. Visit fascinating landmarks like Pope’s Tavern Museum in Florence, Alabama that served as a stagecoach stop and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War. The picturesque town of New Madrid offers beautiful vistas and a wealth of history to explore. As you pass through these gracious towns and encounter the welcoming people that inhabit them, you’ll gain a new appreciation for how the fabric of America has been woven back together.
See the sights of Florence, Alabama; Southern Living at its best. We’ll begin the Hop on-Hop off tour with one of the oldest structures in Florence, Pope’s Tavern Museum. Previously used as a stagecoach stop, tavern, inn, and hospital for both Confederate and Union forces during the Civil War, the Tavern Museum beautifully displays the cultural history of Florence. Next stop is the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts. This gallery and center for the coordination and promotion for cultural activity in the area serves as the cultural hub for Florence.
A trip to Florence wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the childhood home of The Father of the Blues, William Christopher Handy. Born here in 1873, Handy would become the most influential songwriter America has ever seen. The WC Handy House Museum is little more than a simple cabin along the streets of Florence, but for music and history buffs alike, it represents the humble beginnings of a musical genius. Full of artifacts and memorabilia, this stop will chronicle the life of Handy and explain how he shaped the Blues.
Next stop is the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, a cypress, glass, and brick abode built by Wright in 1939-1940. This historic home has been called one of the purest examples of Wright’s Usonian style, an approach to architecture named after the United States of America.
Climb the steps of history at the Florence Indian Mound & Museum. This 43 foot high mound is the Tennessee Valley’s largest domiciliary mound and an ideal example of early Native American inhabitance of this area.
The jumping off point for Shiloh National Military Park. The center traces the story of Corinth in the Civil War from secession through Reconstruction. It includes two state-of-the-art films on Shiloh and Corinth, plus interactive interpretive exhibits and stunning bronze work.
No soldier who took part in the two day’s engagement at Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again,” recalled one Union veteran. “We wanted a square, stand-up fight [and] got all we wanted of it.” Besides preserving the site of the bloody April 1862’s battle in Tennessee, the park commemorates the subsequent siege, battle, and occupation of the key railroad junction at nearby Corinth, Mississippi.
Shiloh National Military Park contains a wide array of historic sites. In addition to the battlefield of Shiloh itself, the park contains a separate unit at Corinth, Mississippi, that preserves and interprets the Siege and Battle of Corinth. Located within the boundaries of Shiloh Park, there is also a United States National Cemetery, which contains around 4,000 soldiers and their family members. A National Historic Landmark in its own right, the Shiloh Indian Mounds are also located with the park boundaries.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of river cruising as the you spend a leisurely day onboard.
Known as the city of art, rhythm and rivers, Paducah boasts a lively Lowertown Arts District, the renowned River Heritage Museum, a Save America’s Treasures project, and tours via foot, trolley or horse-drawn carriage reveal its charm. OR Elegant displays at the Museum of the American Quilter’s Society highlight the vigorous rebirth of quiltmaking. It’s just one of the colorful attractions in a lovely city of 19th century architecture, specialty shops and one-of-a-kind eateries.
Board our luxury motorcoach as we tour Paducah and all that this Kentucky town has to offer. If the fine art of quilting interests you, stop at the National Quilt Museum where you’ll fine championship quilts by modern day artists. Next, we’ll stop at the Lower Town Shopping District, Paducah’s oldest residential neighborhood. Lower Town serves as home to relocated artists from around the world as a results of the City’s Artists Relocation Program.
As our tour continues, we will visit a Greek Revival home that exhibits highlights of Western Kentucky’s role in the War Between the States; The Lloyd Tilghman House & Civil War Museum. Next, we’ll stop at The Paducah Railroad Museum which displays heavy equipment and memorabilia from railroads throughout Paducah. Along the way we will observe some unforgettable portraits from Paducah’s past depicting Paducah’s rich history in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals. Explore the Market House Square area and browse through the specialty shops and antiques. Lastly, we will visit Paducah’s maritime legacy and folklore at the River Discovery Center, a Save America’s Treasures project in Paducah’s oldest standing structure.
Relive scenes out of the battle and siege of New Madrid and enjoy a presentation at the Hunter-Dawson Historic Site. You’ll see the war through the eyes of local soldiers.
As we board our luxury motorcoach at New Madrid Public Boat Dock, we will stroll down the 120 foot observation deck and view the 8 mile long “Bessie Bend Oxbow” at the New Madrid Observation Deck. Then we will discover how culture is reflected in this ever changing river town from the Mississippian Indian period and on at the New Madrid Historical Museum. After that, enjoy some ice cream, shop for souvenirs or just take a stroll around as we stop at Main Street.
Then, you can take a short walk to Veteran’s Park which honors New Madrid County citizens who served or are currently serving in the armed services. Other stops along the way are the New Madrid County Courthouse, and the cypress framed 15-room antebellum home of Hunter-Dawson State Historic Site. Next, we will stop at Higgerson SchooI, built in the 1940’s this primitive schoolhouse serves as a window to the educational practices that shaped rural America. Lastly, we’ll stop by the oldest home in New Madrid, the Hart-Stepp House Art Gallery.
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The largest steamboat ever built, the grand American Queen is a gracious and elegant triumph of American ingenuity. Although filled with today’s modern amenities, her rooms and accommodations display all the opulence of the American Victorian era. Combining the best of the old and the new, this beautiful lady of the river epitomizes the grace and grandeur that has made Steamboating a cherished American tradition for more than two centuries. One voyage and you’ll see why.