Emeritus Program

Trips

Tyler Azalea Trail, Historic Homes and Civil War Reenactment Bus Trip

Saturday, March 28, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Course # 948530
Fee: $48

Let's celebrate the arrival of spring with the colorful sights of Tyler, Texas. There are eight miles of blooming azaleas, dogwoods and spring flowers nestled among gracious Southern mansions for us to see.

Then we will take an exciting tour of the Bonner-Whitaker McClendon House, an 1878 Victorian mansion and birthplace of a famous person. We will find out who! Admission $5.

Lunch at the Potpourri House (on your own) and browse in their fabulous gift shop. Our host, Les Ellsworth is the son of the agent who discovered the gun in the 'nest' the sniper used to shoot the president, John F. Kennedy. He was tasked with finding all the details concerning the assassination gun. Les will answer our questions about his father's opinion of the shooting.

We will also tour the Historic Goodman-LeGrand Home and Museum, an 1859 masterpiece of design. Whether you are an antique buff or history enthusiast, you will be fascinated with these two homes and the Fine Art Fair, crafts and produce offered for purchase on the rolling lawn.

Then to the original site of a Confederate Prisoner of War Camp during the Civil War. Camp Ford Living History Park will have men & women in period costumes re-enacting military life during the Civil War. They will exhibit weapons and equipment, women's clothing, a blacksmith in action, medical equipment and campfire cooking. And there will be a reenactment of a Civil War battle.

The bus departs at 8:00 AM from Richland College Parking Lot D and will return to Parking Lot D at 6:00 PM
To register for the trip: call 972-238-6145 or 972-238-6147
Our bus is a Handicapped Accessible Luxury Coach**
**If Accessibility is needed, please register no later than February 9, 2015, then call the Emeritus office at 972-238-6972 for a confirmed reservation with your wheelchair.
The cost of the trip includes transportation only. No refunds after February 2, 2015

To register call 972-238-6147

Glen Rose Grist Mill, Granbury Square Mystery Tour and Acton State Park

Saturday, May 9, 2015
8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Course # 948613
Fee: $42

May is busting out all over and we are celebrating with a tour of charming Glen Rose and its historic Barnard's Grist Mill of 1860. We will tour the limestone building with walls 3 feet thick for settlers' protection from the Indians and the tools they used in milling grain. We also visit the Art Museum with paintings and sculptures from famous artists, including Robert Summers, who created a statue of John Wayne and the cowboys and cattle drive in downtown Dallas (the largest sculpture in North America).

The next stop is Granbury with its historical buildings and tall tales. We will have a local step-on guide to let us in on Granbury's historical secrets. Did John Wilkes Booth escape death after assassinating President Lincoln and settle in Granbury as many residents believe? Why do many locals believe Jesse James lived for years in Granbury after his supposed death? And who lovingly tends the grave there marked 'Jessie James'?

We will have lunch in Granbury in a restaurant of your choice - lunch on your own.

Then we will explore the shops and museums surrounding the Courthouse Square. The present Limestone Courthouse is the fifth and proudly displays a Seth Thomas town clock installed on this new building in 1891. But there is no mystery about the great shops there with a fascinating selection of specialty items.

As we see Granbury in the rearview mirror, we are headed for the tiny town of Acton, Texas. There we will visit the Smallest State Park in Texas. This tiny cemetery holds the remains of Davy Crockett's widow, Elizabeth. A statue of Elizabeth was erected at her grave site to honor Texas pioneer mothers.

The bus departs at 8:30 AM from Richland College Parking Lot D and will return to Parking Lot D at 6:00 PM
To register for the trip: call 972-238-6147 or 972-238-6145
Our bus is a Handicapped Accessible Luxury Coach**
**If Accessibility is needed, please register no later than March 20, 2015, then call the Emeritus office at 972-238-6972 for a confirmed reservation with your wheelchair.
The cost of the trip includes transportation only. No refunds after March 6, 2015

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