2017 Black Heritage 3-Day New York Tour
- Duration: 3 Days (approx.)
- Location: Rensselaer, NY (Albany, NY starting point)
- Product code: P01BC3
Day 1 – The journey begins in New York City
Your guide and coach bus will meet guests at Penn Station at 9:00am from designated location. To officially kick-off the launch of the tour in NYC, we travel to Harlem for the press event with community leaders, local, regional and state officials. After the press event we will board our coach and continue the journey to the Dyckman Farmhouse Museum. Perched on a hill above Broadway, built c.1784, it is the last remaining farmhouse in Manhattan. The Dutch colonial- style farmhouse also includes the story of Afro-Dominican Juan Rodrigues, the first documented 'non-Native American' to live on Manhattan Island. We continue our journey traveling upstate along the Historic Hudson River Pathway of private tours of sites connected to the tour theme: Native American – African – Dutch Heritage. Once we check into our hotel and refresh we will enjoy a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.
Accommodations: Hawthorn Inn and Suites, Fishkill (2-nights)
Day 2 – Honoring Our Ancestors
After breakfast at the hotel, we depart to Kingston for a walking tour of Kingston's Dutch Stockade District and the Senate House State Historic Site where the first assembly of the newly formed state legislature met. The tour includes a stop at the Ulster County Courthouse where Sojourner Truth petitioned the Grand Jury and eventually won her case to free her son who had been illegally sold. We also visit the Sojourner Truth Memorial in Esopus, commemorating her journey towards freedom near her birthplace. We then depart for a cruise on the Hudson River on board the Onrust, an exact replica of the first ship built by the Dutch in the 17th Century in New York State. We return to Rhinebeck for lunch on your own and free time to shop at popular boutiques in the village. Later in the day we visit an 18th century Dutch farm in Red Hook for an amazing presentation with historic indigenous artifacts, objects and clothing while learning about Native American history of the five nations before European or occupation. Dinner is in Poughkeepsie along the Hudson River.
Day 3 – Exploring More Shared History
Today we visit an African Burial Ground, 'The Potter's Field' in the Rhinebeck Cemetery where we will learn about 'Jack', who was born in Africa and the self-emancipated family is buried. We will visit Dutch descendant and former first lady, Eleanor Roosevelt National Historic Site in Val-Kill and pass through Vanderbilt State Historic Site and experience the brilliance of the 'Fall foliage' from the Walkway Over the Hudson. The last site on the tour, we will visit the Huguenot State Historic Site, an original Dutch village that includes Native American and African history, and a memorial gravesite of African descendants’ remains that were found on the site. After the tour we depart for NYC and will arrive at Penn Station at approximately 5:00pm (Guests may make arrangements for transfer to JFK airport or other location within NYC). [Note: sites visited are subject to change without advance notice. For full tour Terms & Conditions visit: www.blackheritagetous.com]
NOTE: Sites are based upon availability and are subject to change. You will receive the final itinerary after your reservation is confirmed.