Motherland Connextions proudly offers the following Tours for your consideration.
Freedom Seekers Daily Tours
|1||Freedom Seekers Daily Heritage Tour of Niagara Falls NY- (VIATOR)|
|2||Niagara Falls USA UGRR Heritage Re-enactment Tour w/shopping (Freedom Seekers)|
|3||Freedom Seekers Daily Heritage Tour of Niagara Falls Canada - (VIATOR)|
|4||Amish Soft Adventure Heritage Tour - Niagara Falls USA (Freedom Seekers)|
|5||Underground Heritage Re-Enactment Tour - Murphy Orchards - (GROUP)|
|6||Underground Railroad Heritage Tour of the United States - (GROUP)|
|7||Underground Railroad Heritage Tour of Southern Ontario Canada - (GROUP)|
|8||Underground Railroad Heritage Tour of the United States and Canada - (GROUP)|
|9||Anti-Slavery and Re-enactment Tour - Living History Theater - (STUDENT GROUP)|
|10||Family Reunion and Not-for Profits Underground Railroad - (GROUP) USA/CANADA|
|11||Girl Scout Underground Railroad Merit Badge Tour USA/Canada (Group)|
Motherland Connextions Additional Services
|13||Customized Tour Services|
|This tour combines Underground Railroad sites with general sites of interest. It’s actually 2-tours in one. We uncover the natural migration routes of those Freedom Seekers making their way from the south en-route to Canada. Visit sites in Buffalo NY - Lewiston NY - Newfane NY and Niagara Falls NY. We experience the original hiding area beneath the 1850 barn made from American chestnut circa 1830. Listen to the stories - see the sites in Lockport NY via the Erie Canal and other various crossing points between the U.S. and Canada. See the bridge that Tubman crossed as she made her way to Canaan Land. We also view the mighty Niagara Falls while learning its connection to the American Slave trade. So if you’re a history buff – this tour is for you!|
3-4 hour Underground Railroad Heritage Tour & General Sites of Interest
Guide in period dress
...So steal-away with us and walk the paths of freedom - courage and love with the roar of the mighty Niagara at your feet.
ALL TOURS ARE INCLUSIVE OF SEEING THE FALLS
Mon.- Tues.- Thurs.- Fri. 10:00pm - 1:00pm
Sun. 3:00pm - 6:00pm
| 2017 Discount Day|
Child (12 & under) $49.00
Applies only to Daily Freedom Seekers Tours of USA/Canada
|A tour you will never forget! A tour guaranteed to make you a `New World Abolitionist` This tour brings the history alive. You actually become one of the Freedom Seekers escaping through the woods on your way to freedom. This tour begins at dusk led by a guide using candle lanterns. As you make your trek on the trail - `bounty hunters` and their dogs will be in pursuit. Think of this tour as a living play you act out a part in.|
|Travel the towns and sites in Western New York that played host to the thousands of runaways who passed through. Visit a known Underground Railroad site - the oldest property continuously owned - and occupied by African-Americans in Buffalo - New York - The Michigan Street Baptist Church. See the world's first tourist attraction - Niagara Falls and it's relationship to American Slavery. See where Mother Moses (Harriet Tubman) herself crossed in Canaan (Canada) en-route to her first home after her escape via the Underground Railroad.|
|Here the stories - and see the sites that made up the African Canadian experience. Uncover what was the second leg of the Underground Railroad. Visit the first home and worshipping site for Harriet Tubman - the British Methodist Episcopal Church(BME) Salem Chapel` in St. Catharine's Ontario - her first home. We also visit a former slave cemetery while learning what Canaanland was all about and what it meant to fugitive slaves. Along the Freedom Path.|
|Explore with us the unique relationships between Western New York and Southern Ontario. Feel the merging of African American and African Canadian history evolve into one - `North American History`. Cross the Upper and/or Lower Niagara Rivers to one of the many boarder towns to understand the draw these communities had on the Freedom seekers.|
|Educators! If you ever explored the concept of teaching using historic sites - then this is the tour for your students. This tour provides students and teachers an educational and immersive experience into 19th century civic protest. Architecture - history - politics and free-thinking are but a few of the themes presented. The sites serve as 165- year old classrooms complete with costumed interpreters/actors coming to life - in a setting where the landscape has changed very little if at all! |
This tour takes you back to an era where protest - abolition and its visionaries were the order of the day. Hear about those heroes and sheroes who put their lives in danger while defending not only their morality but also God’s Laws and the ideas of American freedom they believed in. Encounter historical figures like Sojourner Truth – former slave - speaker - abolitionist - and women’s rights activist and President Lincoln as they re-enactment their review of the Emancipation Proclamation. Visit a Quaker community “The Society of Friends” and their influence and connection with Western New York’s Anti-Slavery & Underground Railroad Movements. Visit the birthplace and house museum celebrating our country’s 13th American President – Millard Fillmore – “The Fugitive Slave Law” and its sway via the Underground Railroad.
…the power of the mobile classroom!
9:00 Costumed Guide/Escort boards Bus
9:30 Quaker Mtg. House
Active 1823 Society of Friends Meeting House –
historical Interpretation within the site.
9:45 Drive-by Obadiah Baker Homestead 1811
Interpretation in connection to his role
and influence on the Quaker Community and the
10:00 Arrive Griffins Mills founded1810
Living History Theatre - hosted by the Church
Matron. Re-enactors: Sojourner Truth - President
11:30 Lunch en-route
12:00 Tour Millard Fillmore Museum
1:00 Tour Concludes Return to School
Please Note: Itinerary times are +/- 20-30 - minutes and do not take into account road construction - traffic patterns and/or weather conditions.
|Venture back into the 19th century - moving about and within original structures built by early American Craftsman. We take you back to an era where protest - abolitionist and visionaries were the order of the day. Encounter historical figures like Sojourner Truth – former slave - speaker abolitionist - and women’s rights activist. Witness President Lincoln and Sojourner Truth as they re-enactment their review of the Emancipation Proclamation at the White House. Drive-by the 1830 Quaker Meeting House “The Society of Friends” and their influence and connection with Western New York’s Anti-Slavery & Underground Railroad movements. Drive-by the summer home of the 13th American President – Millard Fillmore - who allowed passage of the Fugitive Slave Law. Hop-off the van for a unique opportunity to shop at Vidler’s 5&10 – the largest 5&10 in North America or the opportunity to shop at the “Made in America store”. A box lunch is optional and on your own acct.|
Wed. 9:00 am - 2:00
|Family Reunion Tours can select any one of our group tours and are customized to fit any specific request...|
Number of hours
U.S./Canada - Passports Required
General Sites of interest - Falls - Maid of the Mist - etc.
24-passenger Shuttle Van
35-passenger Mini Coach
47-56 passenger Deluxe Motor Coach
|This tour also combines Underground Railroad sites as well as - general sites of interest – its two tours in one. Uncover what was the second leg of the Underground Railroad on this guided 3-hour tour. Travel through the city of Niagara Falls Canada and near-by wine-country (Niagara-On-The-Lake) all the while stopping at heritage sites en-route to St. Catharine’s Ontario - temporary home to Harriet Tubman. Visit her historic Church - Salem Chapel BME - visit cemeteries - meet the descendants - and hear the stories - experience Suspension Bridge and the other sites that made-up the African-Canadian Experience via the Underground Railroad - all while catching that panoramic view of Niagara Falls and the role it played in the slave trade. There will also be a brief stop for wine tasting – ice wine! - $2.00 pd. directly to winery.|
Mon. - Tues. - Wed. - Thurs. - Fri. 3:00 pm - 6:00pm
Sun. 10:00am - 1:00 pm
|We customized and Package all group tours via...|
Touring Times 4-8hrs. or more
General Sites of Interest
Meals - Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Power Pt. Presentations/1-person vignette for dinners
Specific Family Reunion request
AVAILABLE ADDITIONAL REGIONAL HISTORIC SITES:
French & Indian War
War of 1812
Additional Underground Railroad Regions
History of Hydro-Power
1905 Pan-American Exposition
STEP-ON: Client provides the transportation needed. Our Guide boards bus and conducts tour of the specified region.
Step-On Services apply for...
Current 2016 Step-on rates...
$480.00 for 4-hrs. minimum for groups of 47 or more persons.
$120 ea. additional hour - not inclusive of admissions
$65.00 per hr. for groups under 25-persons.
$62.50 per hr. for Wholesale Operator Rates.
We also package with other general sites of interest and attractions in both the United & Canada
Group Outbound Services Avail. Upon Request (See Example below)
Detroit/Windsor 3 Days - 2 Nights
It is back - and even better. This one is special - it was our first outbound. We are sure you heard about the first trip. Visit an area of the Northeast Great Lakes Region where fugitives made their way to freedom. See the Windy City from the eyes of a 19th century fugitive. Cross the Detroit River en-route to freedom - hear the tales and see original sites of Famous Freedom Seekers in a land they called home - Canaan. We will not only visit the hit makers but also do a little shopping and have dinner at one of Detroit's famous eateries.
Clients can request personalized and private time per any daily tour. $60.00
|Applies to any one of the group tours we offer.|
|...Warning - This Tour was designed for the true Experiential Tourist Adventurer!! |
The busier our lives get - the more fascinating the Amish become. The Plain People - as they are sometimes called - enjoy full and rich lives despite lacking most of the modern conveniences we take for granted. While most of us wouldn't want to join their world forever - traveling in Amish Country gives visitors the chance to sample the simplicity and harmony of an earlier era. Their origins began with the Anabaptist reform movement in Switzerland circa 1525. About 250 - 000 Amish live in the United States. While traditionally they've been farmers - many now operate small businesses ranging from furniture making and baking to quilting and market gardening. This tour embeds the visitor squarely in the heart of Amish country in the picturesque Conewango Valley in NY’s Southern Tier where they will have a chance to experience food - culture and crafts. So slow down and recharge while touring Amish Country with us. An Amish continental Breakfast & Lunch is Included
10:30 AM Arrive at Leon Historical Society’s 1836
church in Leon - for welcome and historic
orientation to the Amish Community of Western
New York’s Conewango Valley.
11:00 Leave Leon for Cherry Creek. Guides provide
narrative interpretation of Amish schools and the
natural history of the valley along the way.
11:15 Arrive at home of Noah and Mattie Hostetler and
their quilt and gift shop. Dozens of beautiful
handmade quilts are on display for sale as well
as other gift items - preserves and maple syrup.
Possible sawmill tour/demonstration.
11:45 Leave Hostetler home for short drive to A&B Shoes-
N-Boots and custom tarp shop - where
proprietor Andrew Miller will discuss Amish life
and answer questions.
12:15 PM Lunch
Leave for short drive to Yuri and Barbara
Miller’s baked goods shop in Conewango - which
sells a variety of breads - pies - other baked
goods and candies.
12:30 Travel into the heart of Amish country - through
the scenic rolling hills of the east side of the
valley. Stop includes a roadside cemetery - where
guides will discuss Amish burial customs.
1:00 Arrive at Valley View Cheese Shop - which sells
many Amish-made items in addition to fresh cheese
curds and other cheeses.
1:15 Short drive to Raber’s Blacksmith Shop. Ferrier
Daniel Raber will discuss - and possibly
demonstrate how a horse is shod and answer
questions about the Amish and their horses.
1:45 Short drive back to our starting point in Leon -
where our tour will conclude with another chance
for questions and answers - and farewell.
Sat. - 9:00 am - 2:00 pm