2018 Heritage Tour, Westport, Mass

“Pilgrims, Presidents, and even King Philip”

That’s the theme of the 2018 Heritage Tour.  Click HERE for an official flyer and registration form (when available).  You’ll find more information in the January/February issue of The Bulb Horn.  The magazine information covers highlights of the planned tour.  This page gives you opportunities to learn more about this area of southern New England.

Recommended reading for this tour starts with Nathaniel Philbrick’s book, Mayflower, which covers the history of the European settlers in New England from the arrival of the Pilgrims in 1620 to King Philip’s War in 1675.  Those events took place in southern Massachusetts and coastal Rhode Island, and that’s where the Heritage Tour will take you this year.

Sunday, June 3

Start by learning a little bit about the history of Westport, where our host hotel, the Hampton Inn is located.

Monday, June 4

Today we’ll go to the Plimoth Plantation and tour downtown Plymouth.

Tuesday, June 5

After sightseeing along the Westport River, we’ll go to Adamsville, Rhode Island for coffee break and tour of Gray’s Grist Mill.  We’ll continue our tour through Little Compton, RI and arrive in Bristol, RI at Blithewold Mansion for lunch and an afternoon tour.

At the Old Commons Burial Ground you’ll find historical information organized by the Little Compton Historical Society.

Wedneday, June 4

We will visit the town of Sandwich on Cape Cod. We’ll make two stops, the Cape Cod Canal Visitors Center and Heritage Museums and Gardens.

Thursday, June 7

Today we’ll tour Olde Dartmouth, which is comprised of present day Dartmouth, Westport, New Bedford, Fairhaven, and Acushnet, plus parts of Little Compton and Tiverton, RI.

Our stops include: Padanaram Village in Dartmouth, the Fairhaven Town Center and the buildings of H. H. Rogers and the Fort Taber/Fort Rodman Military Museum 

Friday, June 8

Larz Anderson Estate in Brookline, MA

The optional bus tour goes to the Larz Anderson Museum of Transportation in Brookline (former headquarters for the VMCCA), and the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston.