*Spirit of Brownville River Cruise

Dates: May 25, 2019

Meets: Sa from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Location: SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

Registration Fee: $109.00

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Requirement: moderate walking to extensive walking

Join us for a day of adventure exploring the town of Brownville, “Nebraska’s Oldest Little River Town,” the J. Sterling Morton Mansion, and Indian Cave State Park. Once served by the steamboats that maneuvered the currents from St. Louis to Montana, the town of Brownville is full of historic buildings, bookstores, fine art, shops and antiques. A highlight of the tour will be a 1 ½ hour luncheon cruise on the ‘Spirit of Brownville’ paddle wheeler. Then stop at the River Inn Resort to see the state’s only floating boutique bed and breakfast. There will be time to shop the annual spring flea market in Brownville. Treasures include antiques, art, gifts, and clothing with 260 vendors on site. Whiskey Run Creek Vineyard and Winery, housed in a 100-year old refurbished barn, is located within walking distance. During your free time you may choose to do wine tasting and visit their 1886 cave which they use as an underground wine cellar.

 

Indian Cave State Park, an area which covers 3,052 acres of natural beauty near Shubert NE, is another destination to enjoy. The park takes its name from a large sandstone cavity of uncertain age which is a natural formation with Indian petroglyphs (picture writing) etched on the walls. View the wildflowers and listen to the lovely songbirds along our path as you view the site. Also, explore St. Deroin which once existed here as a small town. Visit the general store and the school house; plus, learn about how the settlers made soap and candles. Afterward, visit the J. Sterling Morton Mansion, in Nebraska City. Morton was the originator of Arbor Day and Secretary of Agriculture under President Grover Cleveland. The 52-room Colonial Revival house began in 1855. The mansion features Victorian and Empire furnishings, many were owned by the Mortons. The sun parlor contains a Tiffany skylight with grape trellis design. The house, a National Historic Landmark, is surrounded by 270 varieties of trees and shrubs.

 

The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Brownville riverboat cruise/luncheon, the park fee, and the J. Sterling Mansion. Bring money for shopping, snacks, and optional wine tasting at Whiskey Run Creek. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:00 a.m. from Sarpy Center; park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot. Return is at approximately 7:00 p.m. Sorry, no discount. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip. The trip leader is Kevin Kowskie. 

Notes:

Requirement: moderate walking to extensive walking
The cost paid to MCC is for bus transportation, the Brownville riverboat cruise/luncheon, the park fee and the J. Sterling Mansion. Bring money for shopping, snacks and optional wine tasting at Whiskey Run Creek. Our deluxe motor coach departs promptly at 7:00 a.m. from Sarpy Center (park and meet the bus in the northeast parking lot). Return is at approximately 7:00 p.m. Refunds will not be allowed within seven days of the trip.
Fee: $109.00
Hours:12.00
CEUs:1.20

SRP Sarpy Center Parking Lot

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