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Southern Samplings Group Packages
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An African American Focus in North Carolina Past and Present
An African American Focus on Slavery and the Civil War
Cruisin' Coastal Carolina
The Foothills Experience
From the Piedmont to the Mountains
Gardens of North Carolina
High Point Discovery
Holiday Winter Wonderland
Mayberry Days
The Muse of the Mountains
North Carolina Arts and Gardens Tour
The Outer Banks
Swing Through the South
Stroll Into The Past
White Water - White Wine!!

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Civil War Related Southern Samplings Packages

Touring the Great Battlefields of the American Civil War
In the Footsteps of Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson
North Carolina in the Civil War
North Carolina and Virginia Civil War Sites

Student Tour Related Southern Samplings Packages
(Group Size = 40)

Mountain Fun In North Carolina
Myrtle Beach
Raft and Rail Excusion




Stroll Into The Past

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Old Salem - MESDA - The Old Salem Toy Museum - Reynolda House - Korner's Folly - Historic Bethabara Park -Horne Creek Living Historical Farm - Mrs. Hanes' Hand-Made Moravian Cookies -Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery - Krispy Kreme "Donuts" Tour

Package Includes:
3 night's Superior Class Accommodations - Deluxe Continental Breakfast, Baggage Handling
Tour of Old Salem, MESDA, and The Old Salem Toy Museum
Tour of Reynolda House & Shopping in historic Reynolda Village with 10 discounted vouchers per person
Tour of Körner's Folly
Historic Bethabara Park
Horne Creek Living Historical Farm
Piedmont Craftsmen Gallery
Krispy Kreme "Donuts" Tour
Mrs. Hanes' Hand-Made Moravian Cookies Tour
FULLY escorted by Jean Wells Travel tour escort

*Excellent dinner and lunch recommendations
*Reservations must be made in advance and are subject to availability
*1 complimentary package per 15 paying participants
*2 complimentary packages per 30 paying participants

Come let us show you how it all began...
At Old Salem, one of the most authentic and inviting living history towns in the United States - costumed interpreters carry on the work of European and African American Moravians in the backcountry church town and trading center of Salem. Every day, in all seasons of the year, the town comes to life with the household activities and trades common two hundred years ago. Residents enjoyed one of the first public water systems, one of the first fire departments, and one of the first schools for girls in America. Enjoy the beautiful gardens - Visit the Winkler Bakery and take home a very special treat, baked in the wood-fired beehive oven.

MESDA - in Old Salem
The Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts (MESDA) is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the regional decorative arts of the early South. With more than twenty period rooms and six galleries, MESDA showcases the furniture, paintings, textiles, ceramics, silver, and other metal wares made and used in Maryland, Virginia., the Carolinas, Georgia, Kentucky, and Tennessee through 1820.

The Old Salem Toy Museum

The Toy Museum is a 1700-year survey of toys dating from 225
A.D. to 1925 A.D., presented in an informative and exciting format -- and places in context those toys that were owned and used by the Moravians that settled Salem, North Carolina (1766-1850s). The Toy Museum appeals to "kids" of every age. It is also regarded by collectors as one the most prestigious antique toy collections in the world.A centerpiece of the new museum are the toys owned by Moravian children of Piedmont North Carolina. These are a rare regional survival, and include a unique collection of wooden German toys and locally made dolls cherished by generations of Salem residents.

Reynolda House, Museum of American Art

Browse in the 1917 estate of industrialist R.J. Reynolds which contains original furnishings, including the only unaltered Acolian residence organ still in its original site, handsome family clothing dating from 1905, and charming children's toys. The sixty-four-room home had some furniture added in the 1930's when a second generation moved in and built elaborate recreational facilities in the basement. The extensive art collection, dating from 1755 to the present, now housed in this National Historic Property, is considered to be the best selection of American art south of Washington DC. Visit the beautiful formal gardens and the estate's original outbuildings, now converted to specialty shops, and lunch in historic Reynolda Village. The Village is now the home of many shops, restaurants, and offices. The beautifully maintained grounds are open 365 days of the year. Take time to explore the historic significance and charm. Come visit...and enjoy!

Körner's Folly - Kernersville, NC
The Strangest House in the World! The Folly defies simple description. It is said that no two doorways are exactly alike. It has 20 fireplaces of differing designs. Its cubbyholes and trap doors fascinate; its pivoting "windows" and other openings anchor a unique air distribution system. Its murals and artworks add a sense of fancy. Children-sized rooms give way to an airy elegant, high-ceilinged Receptions Room. A former stable becomes a library and a sewing room. Superlatives fail - from tile to woodwork, brick to decorative murals and frescos by German master Caesar Mitch, the Folly is truly like no other home in the world. And it is one whose charms and enchantments deserve to be shared with generations yet to come.

Historic Bethabara Park

Visit Historic Bethabara (be-THA-ba-ra) for an imaginative journey to the Carolina Backcountry of nearly 250 years ago. A small group of Moravians daringly settled this religious village and trade center in an 18th century wilderness full of bears, wolves, Indians and outlaws. Today's Bethabara evokes this era. A National Historic Landmark, this 1753 site of the German-speaking, Protestant settlement nestles in a picturesque, wooded 175-acre wildlife preserve (with 126 kinds of area birds.) The museum features a unique, restored and furnished 1788 church, archaeological ruins, Visitor Center with introductory video, exhibits and tours with costumed guides, as well as a reconstructed village, a French and Indian War fort and colonial and medical gardens. Explore the nature trails to the mill site, stroll the boardwalk over the beaver pond (an spot otters, mink, foxes, deer and woodchucks) or picnic overlooking the village. Begin your visit to Winston-Salem at the place where it all began.

Horne Creek Living Historical Farm

At Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle, North Carolina, a multi-year project is underway to reconstruct the physical environment and seasonal work cycle of a North Carolina family farm from a century ago. Visitors may encounter archaeologists investigating the site of an early farm building or watch as staff experiment with traditional log construction techniques. You can try your hand at cutting grass with a scythe or listen to an eighty-year-old woman explain how to make lye soap. Horne Creek Living Historical Farm provides a unique opportunity to learn about our rural past.

Mrs. Hanes' Hand-Made Moravian Cookies
- where Eva Foltz Hanes is the seventh generation of cookie makers in her family! The tour begins in the warehouse where supplies are stored and continues to "Grandma's kitchen," complete with an old wood stove. You will proceed to the packing room, and then on to the mixing room where you will see a mixer that can mix up to 1,000 pounds of dough. The most popular area is the special "glassed-in viewing window" where you will watch the "artists in aprons" at work. Along the way you will sample all six flavors of the cookies: Ginger, Sugar, Chocolate, Lemon, Butterscotch, and Black Walnut. These cookies are made from an old family recipe handed down for generations. Each cookie is rolled and cut by hand; the flavor is rolled into the cookies - Come Taste and See!

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336 725-1624 (Fax: 336 724-5852)
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Newsletter Date:
Sun, 06/11/17
Jean Wells Presents 12 great friends in CanCun

Hello All--  Get your friends together and call me;  there are so many fabulous choices to go, and have a really fun time!
Hope all is well!!

Click on the "Journeys" tab to read about a recent trip a JWT traveler made to Cancun!

Warmest regards,


Newsletter Date:
Sun, 04/09/17
Jean Wells Presents Seth Martin in Iceland

JWT introduces Seth Martin in Reykjavik, Iceland.  When he came to my office and we started talking about Iceland, he said he wanted to go to this country by himself as he knew exactly what he wanted to do, and indeed he did.  With a flight from RDU, and car rental upon arrival, he began to explore this beautiful country and did all the things he wanted to do.

Click on the "Journeys" tab and read his commentary; enjoy his pictures, and you will feel as if you were in Iceland enjoying it all. Thanks, Seth, for sending this to me.

Warmest regards,


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