Spring 2018 Outings

Registration for these Outings opens on January 16, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.

(T10) Roanoke: Virginia Museum of Transportation

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 – $80 (Includes round trip passage, guided tour, and lunch) Register

If you like the nostalgia and history of antique automobiles, and diesel and vintage steam locomotives, this OLLI Outing to a century-old freight station reborn as a museum is a must.

The Virginia Museum of Transportation is Virginia’s Official Transportation Museum representing all aspects of transportation in the Commonwealth. The Museum has one of the finest rail exhibits in the United States and provides a broad view of Virginia’s rich railway heritage.  There is also an Automotive Gallery featuring decades of automotive history including a Virginia Tech autonomous car and an Aviation Gallery where you can climb aboard an executive jet.

During the morning, we’ll take directed tours of the Museum’s rail, road and air offerings.  You can be sure we won’t miss seeing some of the finest steam locomotives ever produced and one of the best diesel collections anywhere.  The steam locomotives were designed and built in Roanoke by the Norfolk & Western Railway.  The diesel collection includes Baldwin, General Electric, ALCO and EMD locomotives along with passenger cars, cabooses and even a dynamometer car!

We will bus over to Billy’s for a leisurely lunch followed by some free time back at the Transportation Museum before returning home. You’ll have enough time to visit the Museum gift store and take that second look at the model trains.

Bus Departures and Returns:

Charlottesville                                                                  Staunton

Seminole Square Shopping Center                              Walmart Parking Lot

Depart: 7:45 a.m.  Return: 5:30 p.m.                         Depart: 8:30 a.m.    Return: 4:30 p.m.

(T11) Richmond: A Tour of the Maggie Walker House and Cruise of the Canals 

Friday, June 1, 2018 – $80 (Includes round-trip passage, lunch, and cruise) Register

You may be unfamiliar with Maggie Lena Walker, but she devoted her life to civil rights advancement, economic empowerment, and educational opportunities for Jim Crow-era African Americans and women. Despite many adversities, Walker achieved success in the world of business and finance as the first woman in the United States to found and serve as president of a bank. As a bank president, newspaper editor, and fraternal leader, Walker served as an inspiration of pride and progress.

In the morning, OLLI travelers will first tour Maggie Walker’s 30-year residence in Richmond’s Jackson Ward.  The Maggie Walker House is now a national historic site, preserved as a tribute to Walker’s enduring legacy of vision, courage, and determination.  The house is restored to its 1930’s appearance with original Walker family pieces.

Following the tour, we’ll have lunch at Max’s, which not only has great food, but also a view of the new 10-foot bronze statue of a 45-year-old Walker standing tall and surrounded by inscriptions tracing the life of the woman who, early on, helped her mother, a former slave, by delivering clothes as a laundress.

After dessert at Max’s, we’ll go to Shockoe Slip and board a covered Riverfront Canal Cruise boat for a historically narrated water tour along Richmond’s Canal Walk. George Washington first started Richmond’s canal system in 1789 after he lobbied the General Assembly to proceed with a canal and turnpike system that would connect the harbors of the east to trade and market opportunities all the way to the Rocky Mountains.  During the cruise, we’ll view Richmond highways and the Triple Crossing from a very different perspective.  Maybe we’ll spot a Great Blue Heron, too?

Bus Departures and Returns:

Staunton                                                                             Charlottesville

Walmart Parking Lot                                                    Seminole Square Shopping Center

Depart: 7:30 a.m.  Return: 5:30 p.m.                           Depart: 8:30 a.m.    Return: 4:30 p.m.