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SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Tredegar Iron Works

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Apr 29, 2019 9:38:07 AM

Named after the hometown of the Welsh builders and engineers who completed it in 1837, the Tredegar Iron Works was the largest iron works and munitions factory for the Confederacy during the Civil War and was the primary factor in the decision to move the Confederate capital from Montgomery, Alabama to Richmond, Virginia.

 

Today, Tredegar is home to the Richmond National Battlefield Park Visitors Center. Maps, artifacts, video, and activities inside the building highlight life in Civil War-era Richmond, making it a rich educational opportunity for NationsClassroom school groups.

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Topics: Richmond, VA, Tredegar Iron Works

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Historic St. John's Church

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Mar 18, 2019 8:37:54 AM

Virginia played an instrumental role in winning American independence and determining the values and aspirations of the new nation.  St. John’s Church in Richmond’s historic Church Hill neighborhood is a shrine to the foundations of our republic and the founding ideal of liberty.  

 

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Topics: Richmond, VA

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Rafting on the James River or Riverfront Canal Trail Walking Tour Alternative

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Mar 8, 2019 9:45:00 AM

As Virginia’s largest river, the James River has held extraordinary historic, economic, environmental, and recreational importance to Virginians and to the United States. As a vital transportation and commercial pathway between the 17th and 20th Centuries, the river and surrounding area has been the site for Jamestown, the first permanent settlement in the New World; the colonial capital of Williamsburg; Revolutionary War battles; Civil War battles; and the modern day capital city of Richmond.

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Topics: Richmond, VA

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The American Civil War Museum

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Feb 27, 2019 8:59:09 AM

With Virginia being the location of numerous Civil War battles and Richmond being the Confederate capital, it is fitting that Virginia’s capital city has one of the best museums dedicated to the War Between the States.  In this week's SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT, licensed tour guide Christian Mirasol gives readers his perspective on visiting the American Civil War Museum.  

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Topics: Richmond, VA, American Civil War Museum

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Pamplin Historical Park in Virginia - PART TWO

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Feb 11, 2019 7:00:00 AM

Licensed Tour Guide Christian Mirasol continues his discussion of Virginia's Pamplin Historical Park in Part Two of this week's SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT.  Did you miss last week's post?  Catch up here.

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Topics: Pamplin Historical Park, Richmond, VA

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: Pamplin Historical Park in Virginia - PART ONE

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Feb 8, 2019 3:09:20 PM

Pamplin Historical Park fosters a multi-sensory, interactive experience for student groups learning about America’s Civil War heritage.  Licensed tour guide Christian Mirasol shares his experiences and advice for taking student groups to this historic park in this week's SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT.

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Topics: Pamplin Historical Park, Richmond, VA

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: L'Enfant Plaza Food Court

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Dec 17, 2018 12:14:11 PM

Located inside a mixed-use commercial building complex two blocks away from the vicinity of the National Mall and adjacent Smithsonian museums, the L’Enfant Plaza Food Court makes for an excellent and suitable lunchtime destination for NationsClassroom school groups.

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: National Air and Space Museum at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Nov 14, 2018 1:35:29 PM

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum has the world’s largest assemblage of aircraft and space vehicles.  However, most visitors are not aware that the D.C. museum along the National Mall only comprises 10% of the entire collection. The remaining 90% is housed inside the museum’s annex, the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, located 25 miles from Washington, D.C. near Dulles International Airport in the suburb of Chantilly, VA.

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School Trip Spotlight: Ronald Reagan Building Food Court

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 31, 2018 4:05:56 PM

One of the trickiest parts of planning a group trip is finding dining options large enough to accomodate your group, flexible enough to be able to pop in without reservations, and with enough variety to appease even your pickiest eaters.  Sound about right?  In this article Christian Mirasol, a licensed Washington, D.C. tour guide, reviews the Ronald Reagan Building Food Court - which might just be the answer to your dining problems!

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Topics: School Trip to D.C.

SCHOOL TRIP SPOTLIGHT: The Washington National Cathedral

Posted by Christian Mirasol, Licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide on Oct 3, 2018 3:09:00 PM

Planning a trip to Washington, D.C. this year?  Are you considering taking a tour of the Washington National Cathedral?  Christian Mirasol, a licensed Washington, D.C. Tour Guide, gives NationsClassroom his personal review of the Washington National Cathedral. Read on for Christian's tips and for more behind-the-scenes information about this historic church.

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Topics: Washington National Cathedral

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