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Private Civil War History Half-Day Tour

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    What to Expect
    The 3-hour tour begins when you are picked up from your departure point by a private air-conditioned vehicle. Your tour guide Rick Britton is award-winning historian and he will give you all the facts of the historical sites that you will see. The highlights include the Court Square Slave Block, where infamous slave auctions took place. Continue on to see The University of Virginia, what once was the headquarter of the Confederate General Hospital. Then on to Rio Hill, the site of Albermarle County's only clash of arms.

    A historian of the Old Dominion, Rick Britton specializes in 18th and 19th-century Virginia history and is a historian of the Old Dominion. His areas of expertise include the American Civil War, the life and times of Thomas Jefferson, and the history of the central Piedmont. He will also teach you how Charlottesville helped the Confederate war efforts during the American Civil War and visit the region’s only Civil War battlefield, and hear of the surrender of Charlottesville and the University of Virginia.
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    Departure Point
    Your hotel accommodations within 25 miles radius of the city of Charlottesville.

    Additional fee for pick up outside of the 25 miles radius may apply.
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Bottled water
    • 3 hour informative tour showcasing historical sites and facts
    • Professional tour guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Transport by private vehicle & Driver
    • Food and drinks
    • Gratuities
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Court Square Slave Block
    • The University of Virginia, headquarters of the Charlottesville General Hospital
    • Rio Hill, site of Albemarle County’s only clash of arms
    • Minimum age is 6 years old
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • A minimum 2 passengers per booking in required
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Rick is a published expert on the Civil War. He will pick you up and show you how slavery affected Charlottesville, explore where Jefferson and Madison met at the Courthouse, describe the life stories of fascinating Charlottesville inhabitants in the cemetery, and recount an
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    Rick brought history to life. His passion for the subject is contagious. He made it interesting and engaging for both me and my son. Highly recommend this tour.
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    Rick was excellent in providing information, taking us to three sites in the Charlottesville area, describing Civil War history related to slavery and the military campaign between the South and North. He has a wealth of knowledge that he describes in a very humble manner.
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    Rick Britton, our guide, is a natural storyteller. He also did a great job of tailoring the tour to our existing knowledge of the background and context in covering the events that happened locally. We could have happily spent all day with him.
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