Sample Itinerary

Sample Itinerary

Each week at National History Academy will address a major historical period and significant theme directly related to the AP History themes students are learning in school. For example, a week on the Civil War might feature a classroom orientation by a master teacher about the causes, conduct and consequences of the war; guest lectures by noted scholars; a tour of Gettysburg led by an expert battlefield guide; readings in primary and secondary sources; films, music and dramatic performances; and individual and group projects. You will have the opportunity to develop your skills in the discipline of history. Through written assignments, oral presentations, and first-hand activities, you will explore history is in a way that is possible only in this rich historical landscape.

You will be traveling roughly three days per week to historical sites. The start times will vary based on the daily itinerary, but a typical travel day might look like this:

8:15amCoach departure from Foxcroft
9:15amArrival at historic site
9:15am-11:45amLesson & tour
1:00pmAdditional activities or additional sites
3:30pmDepart site for Foxcroft
4:30pmArrive back at Foxcroft
4:30pm-5:30pmFree time (relax, enjoy the pool, rest)
7:00pm-10:30pmFree time or collaborative projects
10:30pmLights out

We also typically have three classroom days per week. You will engage in rich discussions around significant historical themes each week.

Week 1 – James Madison and the Making of the Constitution

Week 1 Travel Highlights

Washington, D.C.

  • US Capitol Building
  • National Mall
  • National Archives
  • Smithsonian National Museum of American History

James Madison’s Montpelier

George Washington’s Mount Vernon

Week 2 – A Nation Divided: Lincoln and the Challenge of Secession

Week 2 Travel Highlights

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

  • Storer College
  • Appalachian Trail
  • C&O Canal

Antietam National Battlefield

Washington, D.C.

  • President Lincoln’s Cottage
  • Ford’s Theater

Gettysburg National Military Park

Dickinson College

Week 3 – Women’s Rights and the Fight Over the ERA

Week 3 Travel Highlights

Washington, D.C.

  • The White House
  • Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
  • Belmont-Paul Women’s Equality National Monument
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Library of Congress

Virginia Triangle

  • Historic St. John’s Church
  • Historic Jamestowne
  • Colonial Williamsburg


Week 4 – Martin Luther King and the Struggle for Black Voting Rights

Week 4 Travel Highlights

Washington, D.C.

  • Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • Howard University
  • National Cathedral

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

University of Virginia

Michie Tavern

*This schedule is subject to change without notice.