Southern Culture & Civil War Cruise and Tour
June 3-12, 2017
Join President Kenneth R. Garren, Mrs. Sheila Garren, and Tom Cassidy ’73, director of advancement special events and initiatives, on a Southern Culture & Civil War Cruise and Tour: 7 nights aboard the American Queen, and a 2-night pre-cruise hotel stay.
Enjoy an exclusive tour of Shiloh National Military Park and sumptuous dining options featuring regional cuisine by an award-winning culinary team.
Contact Tom Cassidy for additional information at 434.544.8403, 800.621.1669, or . We encourage you to make your reservations early to join President Garren, Mrs. Garren, and Tom Cassidy on the cruise!
Ports of Call
Perched on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi, Memphis has been welcoming steamboats since before the Civil War. Today the city abounds with Americana, from legendary Beale Street to Elvis Presley’s Graceland.
The heart and soul of the Mississippi Delta, this pleasant town is characterized by its plentiful museums, gardens, and authors; local legend says that Greenville water grows writers. Situated near Indianola, the birthplace of blues musician B.B. King, Greenville beckons with its own colorful attractions, including the new Trop Casino and E.E. Bass Auditorium & Cultural Center.
Billed as the “Red Carpet City of the South,” Vicksburg is a unique blend of old and new and displays its heritage with tremendous pride. The site of a dramatic siege and major turning point in the Civil War, Vicksburg is now a center of Southern hospitality with a vibrant downtown area.
One of the oldest European settlements in the lower Mississippi River Valley and former capital of the state, Natchez is a charming and authentic Southern town with a rich heritage shaped by Native Americans and those of French, African, British, and Spanish descent.
St. Francisville, Louisiana
With over 140 buildings and plantation homes on the National Register, this quaint town is a window to the past. Here are the legacies of the Butlers, the Forts, the Barrows and the Turnbulls — families who helped build the South.
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Boasting a storied past and vibrant present, Baton Rouge lives up to its motto, “Authentic Louisiana at Every Turn.” The capital city’s unique political history is reflected in a collection of memorable landmarks, from the elegantly furnished Old Governor’s Mansion to the imposing neo-Gothic Old State Capitol.
Between Baton Rouge and New Orleans lies one of the South’s most magnificent plantation homes, Nottoway. Showcasing three floors, 64 bedrooms, 12 hand-carved Italian marble fireplaces and 22 soaring exterior columns, this extravagant mansion was constructed with 365 doors and windows — an opening for each day of the year.