This is the Sesquicentennial anniversary – 150 years since the the Civil War in the United States.
Commemorations are taking place all across our country. Don’t miss the opportunity to relive our nation’s history by visiting the prominent locations that shaped so much of our nation’s history and character.
If a unique getaway is what you have in mind, check out some of the events commemorating the U.S. Civil War’s Sesquicentennial that began last year and will continue through 2015 (mirroring the years of the war). Whether you’re a Civil War buff or just a history head, there’s plenty to do and see. For anyone seeking a vacation that’s both rewarding and relaxing, consider a Civil War Sesquicentennial getaway to a bed and breakfast to give you the “R&R” and cultural interest you’re looking for.
B&Bs are no strangers to Civil War history; some were built on actual battlefields, sometimes by former soldiers, while others were built before the war and survived through to today. Along with offering tours of battlefields, reenactments and 1860s-themed meals, select inns are donating a portion of each booking to the Civil War Trust, a non-profit organization whose mission is to preserve battlefield land and educate the public about its importance, as part of “Reservations for Preservation.”
Here are some inns bringing Civil War history fully into focus:
Gettysburg Battlefield Bed & Breakfast—Gettysburg, PA
Located on 30 privately-held acres of actual battlefield land, the Gettysburg Battlefield Bed & Breakfast is an 8-room fieldstone farmhouse built circa 1809. It offers a 2-hour private tour of the land with a licensed battlefield guide, a gift certificate to Dobbin House Tavern, a 1776 colonial-themed restaurant, and two tickets for the Gettysburg National Military Park Visitor Center and the Shriver House Museum.
Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast—Lookout Mountain, GA
The Chanticleer Inn Bed & Breakfast sits atop a beautiful plateau on Lookout Mountain and borders Tennessee, Georgia and Alabama. You can take a short drive and check out Chattanooga, where the Union army took control of the “Gateway to the South” and the site of the Battle of Chickamauga, a major Confederate victory. The inn’s 18 guest rooms all feature traditional décor while most offer private patios.
Grace Manor Inn—Richmond, VA
Richmond served as the capital for the Confederacy during the Civil War; and, the Seven Days Battles, a series of six major battles over seven days, took place near the Virginia city. Grace Manor Inn is nestled within the Historic Fan District of Richmond and features 4 large suites with private baths, three formal parlors, an outdoor saltwater swimming pool and a 3-course gourmet breakfast. Guests can take a private tour of The Museum and White House of the Confederacy with a customized tour of other historical sites to follow.
Antietam’s Jacob Rohrback Inn—Sharpsburg, MD
Take in a history lesson while on-the-go at this Sharpsburg B&B. You can rent one of their 21-speed Trek bikes to explore the location of the bloodiest battle in American history—the Battle of Antietam (also known as the Battle of Sharpsburg in the South)—fought on September 17, 1862. The 9-mile battlefield loop also boasts historic ruins, caves, cliffs and spots for scenic picture taking and picnics.
Mayhurst Inn—Orange, VA
Built in 1859, this beautifully restored Italianate Victorian plantation home is situated on 37 acres of landscaped grounds and gardens. Its eight stately guest rooms feature double whirlpool tubs, original Italian marble fireplaces and period furnishings and décor. You are within driving distance to six Civil War battlefields, three presidential homes (Montpelier, Monticello and Ashlawn) and a number of wineries and golf courses.
Summer vacations are usually reserved for sleeping in and sunbathing. This year, try combining your escape with some lessons on the Civil War and take a piece of history home with you.
About The Author: Rich Rodriguez is the PR & Marketing Coordinator for BnBFinder.com, one of the world’s most comprehensive B&B directories. You can read more about B&Bs and travel at the BnBFinder blog. Follow along on Twitter at @BnBFinder, Facebook and Google+.
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