South Mountain Expeditions - Tours For History Buffs




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Featuring Ed Bearss' Mississippi

This itinerary will explore historic and cultural sites including the plantation homes along the Natchez Trace, Vicksburg National Military Park, the birthplace of Elvis, and several stops on the US Civil Rights Trail including the home of Medgar Evers. A highlight of our tour will be a 3-day stay in Jackson-Brandon-Vicksburg Mississippi where Ginny Bearss will show us places and sites significant to the Ed and Margie Bearss' family.  Ed's daughter Ginny will serve refreshments at her home and show us family photos and mementos. In the company of Terry Winschel, we will tour Champion Hill and Vicksburg battlefields with a special tour of the USS Cairo. We will also include two nights in New Orleans. (click here for the itinerary)


IRELAND, THE EMERALD ISLE, MAY 2/3-15, 2023  * one room available

This new tour focuses on the Emerald Isle of Ireland. We will tour the best known sites of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  The itinerary includes city tours of Dublin, Waterford, Derry, and Belfast and excursions to the Cliffs of Moher, the Burren, and Wicklow Mountains and Killarney National Parks. We will travel on two of Ireland's most spectacular coastal drives: Slea Head Drive on the Dingle Peninsula and the Antrim Coast where we will see the Giant's Causeway. Other highlights include a day excursion by ferry to the Aran Island of Inishmore; a tour of a whiskey distillery; and a sheep dog demonstration at a working sheep farm. We hope you can join us in the spring! (Click for itinerary)


PACIFIC NW ADVENTURE, SEPTEMBER 20-30, 2023  * 3 rooms availableO

 This fall, we will be traveling to the beautiful State of Washington, from Seattle to Mount Rainier; to its exquisite coast, verdant rainforests, and on to the San Juan Island Archipelago. We will tour the city of Seattle and take a nature walk in a wildflower meadow at the foot of Mount Rainier. In Olympic National Park we will explore Hurricane Ridge which offers spectacular panoramic views on a clear day; the lush Hoh Rainforest; and stunning Rialto Beach. We will tour a picturesque lighthouse and look for orcas and whales from Limekiln Point. On San Juan Island we will learn about the Pig War of 1859 where a Captain George E. Pickett (yes, that George Pickett!) played a vital role in avoiding war with Canada over a dead pig. We hope to see you on this exciting new tour this fall! (click for detailed tour itinerary)


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We hope to see you soon on one of our tours!


Marty Gane

South Mountain Expeditions


South Mountain Expeditions, P.O. Box 204, Keedysville, MD 21756

Tel: 301-988-1852     email:



"The tour was superb. It was a great learning experience that was also great fun. Your attention to detail, your ability to assemble a cast of experts and your    knowledge of the dynamics of touring make South Mountain Expeditions the best."       --- Gail Stephens

"Kudos to Marty Gane and South Mountain Expeditions for EVERYTHING that they did to make our trip so outstanding. We have toured with many companies but Marty stands out head and shoulders for the many, many ways that she made the trip not only more informative but also more fun!"    

         ---Ken and Linda O'Bannon