National Geographic : 1895 Apr 20
national Geograpbhic ociety Announcement of the Seventh Annual Excursion and Field Meeting SATURDAY, MAY 4, 1895 The Board of Managers of the NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY take pleasure in announcing that a field meeting will be held at Fredericksburg on Saturday, May 4, 1895. Weather favoring, the meeting will be held in the open air, in Buckner's grove, on Hazel run, about 2,500 feet south of the station. This locality, which is within hundred yards of the point on the railway at which the train will stop, is admirably adapted for such a purpose. The excursion will be made, rain or shine; should the weather be unfavorable, the meeting will be held in the capacious opera-house in the city. The more formal exercises will be followed by a basket picnic. A cordial invitation to attend the excursion is extended to our own members and also to the members of all the Scientific Societies of Washington represented in the Joint Commission. A special train will leave the Pennsylvania station at 9 a. m.; returning, will leave Fredericksburg at 4 p. m., reaching Washington at 6 p. m. Round-trip tickets, at $2.00, will be supplied to members and their friends by the Secretary or members of the Committee; no other expense will be necessary. A baggage-car and smoker will be attached. The train will reach Fredericksburg station at 10.45, and will stop to take on the Fredericksburg party. PROGRAM 1. Calling to Order and Introductory Remarks, by President HUBBARD .. . . . . ....... .5 minutes 2, Address of welcome on the part of the City, by Honorable A. P. ROWE,Mayor of Fredericksburg . . . 5 minutes 3. Address on the part of the State of Virginia, by Major JED HOTCHKISS, of Staunton ....... 5 minutes 4. Frederieksburg Past and Present, by Reverend R. R. HOWISON, of Braehead (near Fredericksburg) . 15 minutes 5. Geographic History of the Rappahannock Valley, by W J McGEE, of Washington . . . . . . . .. 15 minutes 6.LocalPoin.sandEvents,byW.SEYMOURWHITE,Esquire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. 10 minutes The addresses, especially that by Mr White, will refer to points of interest which members of the Society may visit during the afternoon. The formal program will be followed by a picnic along the spring creek passing through the grove, or on the shady banks of Hazel run. Members preferring not to carry baskets can dine at the hotels in Fredericksburg; and the proprietor of the Exchange hotel will provide luncheon for those who desire, at fifty cents each, delivered in the grove. About 1 o'clock parties will be formed, under the direction of conductors, to visit (1) Lee's Fort, from which a magnificent view of the Rappahannock valley may be enjoyed; (2) the National Cemetery; (3) the Marye mansion and " Sunk road " (points of note in the history of the war); (4) the Mary Washington monument; (5) the Mary Washington house in the city df Fredericksburg; (6) the historic village of Falmouth; (7) points of special geographic interest between Falmouth and Fredericksburg. The walk to all these points and return will be about six miles; the walk to the second, third, fourth, and fifth points and return will be about a mile. The hack service of Fredericksburg will be found adequate and reasonable for those who prefer to drive. Returning, the train will leave the picnic ground on Hazel run at 4 o'clock, and will leave the station at 4.06 sharp. Members may take the train at either place. The accompanying map, reproduced from the original copy prepared by the Corps of Engineers, U. S. A., through the courtesy of the War Department, represents the topographic features of Fredericksburg and environs, and locates many points of special interest. Those who desire will be supplied also (on the train) with copies of the United States Geological Survey " Fredericksburg sheet," showing a much larger area, through the courtesy of the Director of the Survey. It is a pleasure to announce that the municipal officers of Fredericksburg, with ladies, and the Mary Washing ton Monument Association of Fredericksburg, as well as many of the citizens, will participate in the meeting. Members desiring to attend the field meeting will oblige by advising the Secretary or Committee and making application for the number of tickets required for themselves and friends; and if they wish to take dinner or have luncheon supplied in Fredericksburg, they are requested to so state. The office of the Secretary, 1515 H street, will be open for this purpose from 9 to 10, April 29 to May 3, inclusive, and the last three days from 12 to 5 also. Through the kindness of the Mary Washington Monument Association, special facilities will be afforded for the inspection of the Mary Washington house; and through the courtesy of Major Rowe and Mr A. P. Rowe, Junior, the grounds about the Marye mansion will be thrown open to the party. Fredericksburg is a point of exceptional historic and scientific interest, and the holding of a field meeting there has been in contemplation for some years. It is the opinion of the Managers that ho more attractive locality for such a meeting can be found. In order to enhance the interest, it has been arranged that the regular meeting of the Society in the National Rifles' Hall, 920 G street, on the evening preceding, shall be devoted to the geographic and historic features of the section about Fredericksburg, with the following program: Fredericksburg and Vicinity; a Symposium Preparatory to the Field-day Friday,May 3, 8 p. m., National Rifles' Hall, 92o G Street GEOGRAPHY AND GBOILOGY, - - - - (15 minutes), - - Mr N. H. DARTON SURVEYING, MAPPING, AND BRIDGING, - - (15 minutes), Major GILBERT THOMPSON THE BATTLS:J As seen from the Northern side (20 minutes), General JOHN GIBBON, U. S. A. HBATT As seen from the Southern side (20 minutes), Major JED. HOTCHKISS, C. S. A. By authority of the Board, admission to this meeting will be given to friends of members showing or purchasing railway excursion tickets. The Board desire to express appreciation of the generous assistance already extended by the authorities and citizens of Fredericksburg, and to assure the Society of a cordial welcome in the historic city on the Rappahannock. COMMITTEE ON EXCURSION S W J McGEE, Chairman. MRS JOHN W. FosrmE. MRS GEN. A. W. GREELY. C. HART MERRIAM. MRS JOSEPHINE WARD SWANN. MRS WM. 0. CUNNINGHAM. JOHN G. PARK, U. S. A. MRB THOMAS WILSON. MRS DIANA KEARNEY POWELL JOHN HYD. MRS HENRY GANNETT. BERIAH WILKINS. W. B. POWELL, MI s MAURY. COLIN STUDDS. DAVID T. DAY. Miss NEWCOMB. W. W . DUFFIELD. INCORPORATED OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY, Secretary. Presiden 1515 H St., Washington, D. C., April 27, 1895.
1895 Oct 31
1894 Dec 29