“Hit the Road Educational Tours” Hillwood Estate and the Washington National Cathedral Bus Trip
Departing the Fort Hunter Centennial Barn parking lot promptly at 7 a.m. (boarding begins at 6:45 a.m.), Dr. Koones will regale participants with juicy history and stories of Marjorie Merriweather Post during the trip.
Arriving at Hillwood, home of Marjorie Merriweather Post, guests will participate in a guided tour of the formal gardens and pristine mansion full of 18th and 19th century French art and incredible Fabergé eggs. Savor an afternoon tea in the midst of this grand estate.
Back on the bus, get a head start on the behind the scenes fun facts of the National Cathedral, such as the 215 stained glass windows and 112 gargoyles, whose cornerstone was laid in 1902 and completed in 1990. Participate in a guided tour highlighting the history, architecture and mission of this national treasure and enjoy some free time to visit the outstanding Gift Shop.
On the way home, a dinner stop at Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, with dinner on your own, will complete the day. Plan to return to Fort Hunter around 8:30p.m.
Tea at Hillwood: Tea Sandwich Assortment -Garden Herb Chicken Salad, Traditional English Cucumber Sandwich, Cambridge House Smoked Salmon Miniature Pastries – Duo of Tartlets, Assorted Scones with housemade preserves, whipped honey butter, Lemon Lavender Short Bread Opera Cake – espresso-soaked almond sponge cake, chocolate ganache, coffee buttercream Artisan Hot Tea Selection, iced tea available on request.
Ticket price includes: transportation by Cross Country Coach, admission at Hillwood and the National Cathedral, Afternoon Tea with gratuity at Hillwood and talks by Dr. Donald Koones. Gratuity for the bus driver and dinner at Mountain Gate are not included. All sales are final, no refunds will be issued.