During a term in the BSIW Program students go on a variety of day and overnight trips to historic and cultural sites up and down the east coast. These trips may include some of the following:
We visit the site of the Gettysburg battle in Pennsylvania. This battle was one of the most significant turning points of the Civil War. After learning more about the war at the Visitors’ Center, we tour the battlefield with a licensed battlefield guide and re-enact battle lines.
The home of the first president is just across the Potomac. We visit Mt. Vernon Estate and Gardens to gain some insight into George Washington’s life.
Every quarter, we take a longer trip to another area of the East Coast. The trip could be but is not limited to any one of the following options:
Visiting Charleston is a great way to appreciate the historical context that lead to the beginning of the Civil War. We visit Fort Sumter, The Old Slave Mart, and McLeod Plantation in order to stimulate conversation about the legacy of the Civil War. We also take advantage of the natural beauty and delicious food that Charleston has to offer.
New York is bursting with art, music and social change. To take advantage of all the city has to offer, we have toured museums like the Whitney American Art Museum and the Guggenheim and have stopped by the United Nations Headquarters. We also visit Broadway to see a live show. Previous quarters have attended: All the Way, You Can’t Take It with You and Hamilton.
In order to appreciate our geographic surrounding, and understand U.S. history more fully, we visit Philadelphia. While in Philadelphia, we tour Independence Hall, visit the Liberty Bell and spend a few hours at the National Constitution Center. We enjoy a colonial-themed dinner at the historic City Tavern.
On our Virginia founding era trip we visit James Madison’s Montpelier, Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the university of Virginia to discuss the accomplishments and legacy of our founding fathers. We also take a trip to Richmond and Yorktown to discuss the Revolutionary War and Virginia’s role in the founding of our country.