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River Cruise Itinerary
Day 1: Louisville, KY
Departure 5:00 PM
Enjoy Louisville at your leisure or consider a pre-cruise Premium Shore Excursion with afternoon transfer to the American Countess.
Day 2: Madison, IN
This quaint river town is sure to win your heart. Madison’s culture and heritage is weaved into nearly every stop, ensuring you a a glimpse of the beauty and history of antique machinery at the Schroeder House, or an example of fine craftsmanship at the Lanier Mansion State Historic Site, where the stunning Greek Revival architecture is sure to impress each of its visitors!
Included Shore Excursions:
Schroeder Saddletree Factory
This factory is America’s very last 19th century saddletree factory. For 94 years, workers at the Ben Schroeder Saddletree Company crafted tens of thousands of wooden frames for saddle makers throughout the United States and Latin America. It was the nation’s longest lasting, continually operated, family owned saddletree company. After his death, Ben’s family kept his dream alive by adding stirrups, hames for horse collars, clothespins, lawn furniture and even work gloves to their line of saddletrees. The factory closed in 1972 and was left completely intact.
One of Madison’s landmarks, the original Broadway Fountain stood in the middle of Broadway for almost 100 years before it was dismantled and replaced with the 1981 bronze copy or reproduction. The original Janes, Kirtland, and Company cast iron fountain was displayed at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The only part of the original fountain that is still present in Fountain Park is a stone plinth that supported one of the original triton figures; it is set into the concrete at the south end of the central path as a base for a tablet that commemorates the replacement fountain.
Lanier Mansion State Historic Site
This Greek Revival style abode was built in 1844 and is often referred to as the “Crown Jewel of Madison’s Historic District. Tour this home adorned with historic architectural features and catch a breathtaking glimpse at the of Ohio River from the south portico beneath the colossal Corinthian columns. (only first floor is ADA, but guests have access to all 3 floors) Lanier Mansion is one of the best examples of Greek Revival architecture in the country and is considered to be the "Crown Jewel" of Madison’s Historic District. Designed by architect Francis Costigan, the mansion exhibits many original Greek Revival features including its square plan, the full façade porch on the south elevation, the Corinthian columns on the south portico, the Doric pilasters that appear on several locations on the exterior, the massive exterior entablature and dentilated cornice, the ornamental anthemia, the ornamental pediments over the windows and doors, and the Ionic columns that separate the double parlors on the first floor.
History Center and Railroad Museum
The History Center and Railroad Station Museum are owned and operated by the Jefferson County Historical Society. The History Center offers visitors a permanent exhibit gallery devoted to the history of Southern Indiana and the mid-Ohio Valley. It also contains a research library and archives. The Railroad Station Museum is a historic representation of an early 20th century passenger station. It features an octagonal waiting room that is two stories tall.
Jeremiah Sullivan House
Built in 1818 and considered Madison’s first mansion, this stately federal style structure was home to one of Madison’s most distinguished leaders, Jeremiah Sullivan. e house’s interior features most of the original woodwork and whitewashed plaster, as well as a full basement, an unusual feature in Madison during the mid-1800s. Trail Interactive exhibit!
Doctor Hutchings Office & Museum
The Dr. William D. Hutchings Office and Museum is one of the most authentic 19th century medical history restorations in the U.S. Built c. 1850 and originally used as a law office, Dr. Hutchings healed and comforted the sick here from 1878 until his death in 1903. Hundreds of the Dr. Hutchings medical records, surgical tools, books and other artifacts, including early electrical healing devices, fill the Office. Next door in the museum enjoy a sampling of Hutchings family treasures found in the Office when it was donated to Historic Madison, Inc. in 1968.
Day 3: Cincinnati, OH
Amidst the gently rolling hills along the Ohio River, Cincinnati spreads from the southwestern corner of Ohio into Northern Kentucky and Southeastern Indiana. The city is located about mid-point on the shoreline of the 981-mile long Ohio River. John Filson, one of the first settlers in the Ohio Valley community, named it Losantiville, meaning “town opposite the mouth” of the Licking River. The community was the location of Fort Washington, which provided military protection for the surrounding territories. In 1790, General Arthur St. Clair, Commander of Fort Washington, renamed it Cincinnati in honor of the society of Cincinnati, an organization of Revolutionary War officers.
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This iconic fountain is in the heart of Cincinnati, Ohio. Located at the corner of Fifth and Vine Streets, Fountain Square is a public space where Cincinnatians gather, celebrate and connect as a city.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center
This interactive center is a Smithsonian Institution affiliate, a museum of ideas, a site of conscience, a museum of American history, and museum of African American history. (Admission additional).
This greenhouse contains multiple floral plants, displayed in the palm house, desert house, the Hinkle Magnolia Garden including a bonsai and orchid displays. Krohn Conservatory was built in 1933 at the height of the Art Deco era. It’s what’s inside those aluminum and glass walls that make Krohn Conservatory truly special. You’d have to travel a good distance from Cincinnati to visit a rainforest or a desert – or come to Krohn Conservatory, Cincinnati Parks’ nationally recognized showcase of more than 3,500 plant species from around the world.
The Eden Park Observation Point
Here, you will view some landmarks within the park including a picturesque gazebo, where a breathtaking view of the city is offered to all of its visitors. This stop is the perfect place for those who love nature and scenery to hop-off.
Cincinnati Art Museum
This impressive museum harbors an unparalleled art collection consisting of more than 60,000 works, spanning over 6,000 years throughout history. It also hosts several national and international traveling exhibitions each year. Today, spend your afternoon exploring the art work from many talented artists from across the world.
Newport on the Levee
Take advantage of this centrally located stop, where many unique boutiques, restaurants, and attractions are within walking distance. Here, find the perfect souvenir to bring back home, grab a bite to eat for lunch, or just enjoy the stunning scenery around the beautiful city of Cincinnati, Ohio!
Reds Hall of Fame and Museum
A place where the story of Reds baseball comes alive each day. Explore the facility and all of its exhibits and discover the history of this iconic Ohio baseball team, including information about the Reds’ best players, historic games, and Hall of Famers. (Admission additional).
Day 4: Maysville, KY
Maysville, Kentucky offers picturesque views of the Ohio River as it contrasts to the bustling downtown district. The close-knit community works hard to showcase their heritage and culture. The city is filled with award-winning theaters, local art galleries, museums, and historical landmarks. The small-town charm is sure to delight all visitors as you explore what Maysville has to offer!
Included Shore Excursions:
Floodwall River Murals
The Maysville Floodwall Mural project began in the summer of 1998. Artist Robert Dafford recreated Maysville’s early river history along the floodwalls, depicting some of the most important historical events. The murals move west from the Limestone entrance, chronologically illustrating four seasons and changes in Mayville’s growth. Other important themes such as the Bison Hunt, Limestone Landing, Lafayette’s Reception, Sutton’s Landing, the Underground Railroad, and Rosemary Clooney, and the Tobacco Scene are all depicted as well.
The Kentucky Gateway Museum
The Kentucky Gateway Museum Center educates visitors by offering dynamic collections, exhibits, and genealogical-historical library. They provide the stories of the Maysville regions as well as shedding light on the people and events of a seven-county area through a collection of books, manuscripts, and documents from the past 300 years.
Washington Opera House
The Washington Opera House had their first performance in September of 1797. A disastrous fire occurred in April, 1850, and destroyed a church that was then known as the Old Blue Church. The Church decided to relocate to another street, and in its place two fire companies and a theatre were built. The Opera House was opened February 12, 1885 with the presentation of ‘Fatinitza’ by the Amy Gordon Opera Company. The Opera House became the center of culture and the community, only to be struck by fire in January, 1898. Once the theatre was restored its name was changed to the Washington Opera House, after the fire company that rebuilt it.
Over the past decade, The Russell Theatre Corporation has worked diligently to rescue and stabilize a nostalgic and valuable part of the Maysville community’s history. In 1928, a flamboyant and successful Maysville businessman, Col. J. Barbour Russell announced plans to build such a theater in the small town of Maysville at a cost of $125,000. The Russell Theatre was the result of the exciting period of movie palace theater construction. The theater opened December 4, 1930, amid much fanfare with the showing of "Whoopee", starring Eddie Cantor. Today, the community works hard to preserve this piece of history and keep the theater in pristine condition!
Visitors Welcome Tent
Stop off at the Visitors Welcome Tent, where a local representative will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the city of Maysville! They can provide you with suggestions on events, attractions, and points of interest, or even help you plan the perfect day based on your interests!
Day 5: Point Pleasant, WV
The town of Point Pleasant, West Virginia is located at the confluence of the Kanawha and Ohio Rivers. Surveyed by a young George Washington for land grants to soldiers for the coming American Revolution, he gave Point Pleasant its name. Nationally known for the Battle of Point Pleasant in 1774, many residents are descendants of those original soldiers and settlers. Founded in 1797, it is one of the oldest towns on the Ohio River. Point Pleasant is home to approximately 5000 residents and boasts over a $1,000,000 in art with murals, statues and paintings of Quilt Squares. The main industry is the transportation and production of coal for electric power for the entire East Coast.
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Tu-Endie-Wei State Park
Located on 4 acres at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers, Tu-Endie-Wei State Park means “point between two rivers” in the Wyandotte language. Inside the park is an 84-foot granite monument that commemorates the frontiersmen that lost their lives in the Battle of Point Pleasant. The park also features the Mansion House Museum, which is the oldest and largest log cabin in the Kanawha Valley. It was used as a tavern for many weary frontiersmen, including Daniel Boone and Simon Kenton.
Fort Randolph is a replica of the original Fort that stood at the confluence of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers. Built in 1776, it was protection for the settlers and soldiers from the native tribes. Chief Cornstalk was murdered there and Fort Randolph withstood a siege by the Shawnee and Mingo tribes in retaliation. The Fort features reenactors demonstrating life skills from the 1700s and includes an Officers Cabin, Surveyors Cabin, Blacksmith Shop, Wood Wright/Gun Smith Shop and Hogg’s Tavern. A Trading Post for period souvenirs is also located within the Fort. Available upon request is 1700s period clothing for guests to join the Fort reenactors for the day.
Explore the world’s only Mothman Museum, which showcases all the information the small town of Point Pleasant has on the mysterious creature that started terrorizing the town in November of 1966. Read rare historical documents from Mothman eyewitnesses relating their encounters with the monster. View the documentaries, television shows and feature films about Point Pleasant and the Mothman in the Museum Film Room. See why Point Pleasant is the most filmed town in West Virginia. Uncover the truth for yourself!!
Riverfront Park Murals & Tram Tour
The Point Pleasant Riverfront Park not only showcases a gorgeous river view and outdoor amphitheater, but also features artistic “living history” lessons with floodwall murals. Created by artist Robert Dafford, the murals bring local history to life in the form of breathtaking art. Measuring 260 feet long and 15 feet high, the scenes depict many events including the Battle of Point Pleasant. The Riverfront Park Tram Tour takes 30 passengers on a 30-minute tour of 5 local history lessons in high tech sound. The tour also includes the historical stainless-steel statues of Mason County artist Bob Roach.
Day 6: Marietta, OH
Marietta's location on two major navigable rivers made it ripe for industry and commerce in the 19th century, with boat building emerging as one of its earliest – a history that is shared at the Ohio River Museum. Oil booms in 1875 and 1910 made investors rich, leading to the construction of lavish houses, many of which still stand. In 1939, the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen, America’s Riverboat Historical Society, was established in Marietta to celebrate the region's substantial river history. Marietta is also home to the Great Mound, or Conus, built by the Mound Builders. The mound was preserved by the original pioneers and is contained within the Mound Cemetery, which is also home to the largest number of Revolutionary War officers buried in one location.
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The Mound Cemetery was developed around the base of a prehistoric Adena burial mound known as the Great Mound or Conus in order to preserve it from destruction. In its early years, the Mound Cemetery saw the burial of more than twenty-five Revolutionary War soldiers and has the highest number of burials of officers in the country.
The Castle was the home of some of Marietta’s most prominent and influential citizens and was the site of grand business, community and family functions throughout Marietta’s history. Only a total of five families have lived on the property between 1808 and 1974 and was later donated to the Betsey Mills Corporation who completed repairs and opened it for tours in 1994. Tour this historical house museum furnished with antiques from the Bosley family and the historical furniture from the other Marietta families who resided in the home.
Campus Martius Museum
Campus Martius Museum was built on the site of the original stockade, built by the Ohio Company between 1788 and 1791. Known by the early settlers as the stockade or Campus Martius, the original fortification was built to house and protect the members of the Ohio Company during the Ohio Indian Wars of 1790 to 1794. By 1795, after the signing of the Treaty of Greeneville, the stockade was no longer necessary and torn down. In 1953, the Ohio Historical Society restored the museum and moved it to the present site of the Ohio Company Land Office. Explore the many exhibits including the Ohio’s First Peoples, Marietta Pioneers and Fort Harmar.
Ohio River Museum
This museum features exhibits recounting the history of the Ohio River and the many different types of boats that have been transporting people and cargo for hundreds of years. Three buildings of exhibits focus on the history of the Ohio River and its importance relating to the expansion of our country. The Golden Age of the steamboat recalls the romance and luxury as many people traveled the river in style. The pride of the museum is the W.P. Snyder, Jr., the last of the steam-powered, stern wheeled towboats in the United States and a National Historic Landmark. Docked on the Muskingum River and open for guided tours since 1955, the Snyder takes visitors back to a different era of work boats on the river.
Children’s Toy & Doll Museum
Located in the historic Harmar Village of Marietta, this museum features unique dollhouses, teddy bears, dolls, games, stores and offices furnished to their respective periods. They also have antique metal banks and a reproduction carousel horse that represents a gentler time of county fairs on summer nights. Take a step into the past.
The Henry Fearing House Museum
The Henry Fearing House was built in 1847 for Henry Fearing, a successful business man who owned and developed property along with interest in a steamboat. He later donated the land for a Woman’s Home.
Day 7: Wheeling, WV
Founded by Colonel Ebenezer Zane in 1769, Wheeling was established as a town in 1795 and became a popular frontier town by the early 1880s, largely due to trade along the Ohio River in conjunction with the B&O Railroad and National Road – the nation’s first roadway and a most important avenue of commerce. In the late nineteenth century, the town served as a prime industrial center for the state with thriving factory business in iron, steel, glass and tobacco. Through its bustling industrial economy and steady working population, Wheeling developed an area of fine housing around Wheeling Island on the Ohio River called Victorian Old Town. First-time visitors to the Friendly City will find plenty of history to explore in the area. Walk across the 150-year-old Wheeling Suspension Bridge and gaze at the graceful waters of the Ohio River or better yet take a walk through Victorian Old Town and visit breathtaking homes from the stylish Victorian Era.
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West Virginia Independence Hall
Nearly six years before President Lincoln signed the proclamation making West Virginia the 35th State in the Union, construction had begun on the Wheeling Custom House, headquarters for federal officers for the Western District of Virginia. Its completion, coinciding with the Civil War provided a facility for political discussions and constitutional conventions. The grand architecture of the building’s interiors have been restored to be authentic to the time period in which it portrays. Guests can view an interpretive video, “For Liberty and Union,” and take a self-guided tour of the building.
Built in 1892 by wealthy banker George W. Eckhart Jr., the Eckhart House was considered to be one of the residential building achievements of the year by the Wheeling Daily Intelligencer in October 29, 1892. With most of its original architectural features well preserved, it has earned the title of Victorian Wheeling’s ‘Crown Jewel’. The three story Queen Anne town home is nestled in the heart of Victorian Old Town and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Besides tours, the Eckhart House has a Tea Room and a Gift Shop.
The Capitol Theatre is the largest theatre in West Virginia and a landmark building in the national historic district of downtown Wheeling. For many years, it has served as the home of Jamboree USA and the Wheeling Symphony Orchestra. The Capitol Theatre opened its doors for the first time on November 29th, 1928 for four different shows with each seat costing sixty cents. The building originally had a copper marquee with a large and electric neon sign at the entrance and was composed with a color scheme of mulberry, delicate green tones, ivory and various shades of gold russet.
The Centre Wheeling Market is a historic public market located along Market Street between 22nd and 23rd Streets and was built in 1853. The market is older than the state itself. The Upper Market House is the eldest market house in the country. Local business owners in and around the Centre Market square strive to bring back the comfort of home. The Centre Market has a wide arrange of shops and restaurants including hand crafted jewelry and pottery and a fish market. There is something here for everyone!
Day 8: Pittsburgh, PA
Thank you for cruising with us! We hope that you had a memorable experience and look forward to welcoming you aboard in the future. Enjoy Pittsburgh at your leisure or consider a Post-Cruise Premium Shore Excursion with airport transfer.
All This Included
Uncover America's bucolic heartland as you travel the tranquil waters of the Ohio River from Louisville to Pittsburgh, the iconic city where names like Carnegie and Bessemer created the steel-making capital of the world.
Complimentary Hop-On Hop-Off shore excursions in each port of call
All onboard meals, including both fine dining and casual cuisine
24-hour room service
Complimentary wine and beer with dinner
Complimentary cappuccino, espresso, specialty coffees, tea, bottled water and soft drinks throughout your voyage
Gracious service from a friendly, all-American staff
Acclaimed entertainment worthy of Broadway
Our own dedicated fleet of deluxe motorcoaches
Accommodations on this Tour
Cruising: cabin onboard the American Countess
Cabin upgrades are available.
Port Taxes of $199 per person are additional and not included in the prices shown above.
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