Discover the Ohio Country Pioneers

Description: In our 2nd book club tour, we will travel back to a time before there was an Ohio. The American Revolution had just ended and the soldiers and officers had to be paid. Enter the Northwest Territory. Discover what those early pioneers endured and how their decisions to ban slavery and allow women to inherit were as revolutionary then as they are important today.

Tour Dates: October 25 – 27, 2022

Activity Level: Activity Level 3 on a 5 point difficulty scale: This tour includes moderate physical activity. The itinerary blends some longer days with shorter days and more leisure time. Walking tours which include standing time, as well as walking slightly longer distances, up stairs or on uneven walking surfaces should be expected.

  1. Registration: Save your spot with a $100 refundable deposit except $50 processing fee until September 15, 2022. After September 15, 2022, the tour is non-refundable.
  2. Register and pay online with your credit card (2.9% bank fee applies) or bank draft (no fee) at Or fill out and mail the registration form on the flyer with a check.
  3. Second payment (50% balance) due March 15, 2022. Final payments are due by September 15, 2022.
  4. Late registrations accepted based on availability.
  5. We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance. Scroll to the bottom of the page for more information on travel insurance.

Follow the link above for a funky old-timey documentary about the Ohio Country Pioneers

King Double – $749

(1 room, 1 King Bed)

Queen Single – $832

(1 room, 1 Queen Bed)

Twin Bed Double – $722

(1 room, 2 Twin Beds)

King Parlor Double – $782

(1 room, 2 King Beds)

*$100 Deposit is required to hold a spot


What's Included

  • Luxury motor coach transportation from Prime Tours, Dublin, Ohio.
  • 2 nights at the historic Lafayette situated at the conluence of the Ohio and Muskingum Rivers in downton Marietta including daily breakfast.
  • Dinner at Lafayette Hotel with speaker Linda Showalter talking about her time working with David McCullough
  • Guided bus & walking tour of book sites led by a local historian Harley Noland. Hear the history of:
    – Prehistoric Adena Burial Mound
    – The Mound Cemetery – stop to pay tribute to the last resting place of many Revolutionary War veterans including Rufus Putnam, Benjamin Tupper, Commodore Whipple, and Colonel Stacy.
    – Colonel Joseph Barker House photo op
    – Ohio River Lock & Dam photo op
    – And all the beautiful homes and churches that the land boom, and later the oil boom built.
  • Guided Tour of the Marietta College Special Collections used by David McCullough to write the book, led by Linda Showalter who aided him in his research
  • Admission to Campus Martius and guided Pioneers Tour by Willam Reynolds who assisted David McCullough with his research of their archives.
  • Paddleboat ride to Blennerhassett Island where you will take guided period tours of:
    – Blennerhassett Mansion
    – Horse Drawn Wagon Rider through the Island
  • Guided Tour of the grounds and historical Henderson Hall including glassblowing and blacksmith demo
  • Prime Tours Escort

What's Not Included

  • Tips & Gratuities
  • Meals not listed on itinerary
  • Travel Insurance -Scroll to the bottom of the page for travel insurance links. 
  • The Pioneers book – Click the title to order from Amazon or pick it up at the library
Liability, Schedule Changes & Universal Cancellation Statement

Cancellations and Refunds

Cancellation fees apply to the entire booking, including tour fare, air add-ons, ground transfers, pre- and post- hotel and tour packages. If any components are canceled, you will be responsible for any cancellation fees imposed by the airlines, other transportation carriers, other tour and ground operators, and other hotel properties. You are not entitled to any refund, payment, compensation, or credit except as otherwise provided in this Section. Any refunds will be made directly to the method of payment you used at the time of booking or your travel agent and you must receive your refund directly from these sources. Guests who cancel in writing as set forth below within the dates shown below for any reason, including medical or family reasons, are subject to the following per-person cancellation fees, as applicable.


You hereby agree that losses sustained by Prime Tours in the event of your cancellation would be very difficult or impossible to quantify and that the fees set forth in the below cancellation schedule represent a fair and reasonable assessment as liquidated damages. Since a cancellation likely means a diminished opportunity to sell the same space on other cruises or trips, the cancellation fees below apply regardless of a name change or stateroom resale.


All requests for cancellation must be received in writing. Cancellations cannot be made online. Cancellations received 180 days or more prior to departure, or as stated in your trip flyer, are refundable less an administrative fee of a minimum US $50 per person, or as stated in your trip flyer. If cancellation occurs less than 120 days prior to departure, all payments are forfeited, unless otherwise stated in your trip flyer. If full payment has not yet been received, the full penalty will still apply and any unpaid balance is due immediately. To protect your investment, Prime Tours highly recommends that you obtain adequate trip cancellation insurance.


Liability Statement

Prime Tours of Dublin, Ohio serves as an independent agent for tour passengers, arranging transportation, hotels, meals and sightseeing for the benefit of its customers. Prime Tours, nor the organizing party, is responsible for any loss or damages of property or for injuries or illness incurred by passengers, nor for delays caused by situations beyond our control, including natural disasters, pandemics including Covid-19, riots, strikes, non-participation or other events that could affect the tour. The exact scheduling and scope of events, hotels, meals, etc. during any tour is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control, and additional personal expenses could be incurred, such as added hotel nights, added meals, transportation costs, etc. Persons registering for the tour agree to these terms. Travel insurance might cover some or all of additional incurred expenses depending on the circumstances. Prime Tours highly recommends travel insurance. 


Itinerary Changes

Tours are usually planned months or even a year or more in advance. Between planning time and operation, we constantly strive to improve each itinerary and add to your convenience and enjoyment. However, should improvements be made and/or unforeseen conditions beyond our control deem change necessary; we reserve the right to do so. This may result in varying itineraries and substitute facilities or attractions of equivalent or better value. In the event of national or local holidays, certain listed features i.e. museums, attractions, etc., may be affected or unavailable. If the cancellation of a scheduled activity is encountered, we will endeavor to provide a suitable substitute if at all possible. 


Disabilities and Special Needs 

Prime Tours makes every effort to contract with providers of transportation which fully comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you have special travel or accommodation needs, you must notify us in writing as to the nature of any special accommodations or needs you may require. Prime Tours nor any of the providers of transportation, lodging, or entertainment can ensure special accommodations without advance notice. Passengers requiring special assistance, including without limitation those who permanently or periodically use a wheelchair, must be accompanied by someone who is fit and able to assist them, and who will be completely responsible for providing all required assistance. The right is reserved to decline to accept or retain any person as a member of this trip who, in the opinion of Prime Tours is unfit for travel or whose physical or mental condition may constitute a danger to themselves or to others on the trip. 



For this reservation, I/we requested that PrimeTours, an independently owned and operated travel business, book travel arrangements on my behalf. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, I acknowledge and fully understand that these travel arrangements may be interrupted or canceled by the associated travel supplier, a government entity, or another third party outside of Prime Tours control for reasons that are unforeseeable at this time. I also understand and acknowledge that travel involves the risk of a variety of hazards to health and/or safety, including but not limited to, injury, illness, disease, epidemics, and/or pandemics. I expressly understand and agree that I assume all such risks and financial costs including, but not limited to Covid testing and quarantines associated with travel whether or not specified herein. I further understand and acknowledge that Prime Tours has no control over the associated supplier`s policies which, in addition to applicable law, will solely govern any cancellation, re-booking, and refund related to these travel arrangements.

Travel Insurance

Prime Tours highly recommends purchasing travel insurance to protect your financial investment. Prime Tours is not an insurance company, but can, upon your request, purchase a policy on your behalf which you pay for. All terms and conditions of said insurance policy are stated within the policy paperwork which is sent to you electronically upon purchase. Prime Tours recommends that you review the policy completely. In most cases you have 14 days to change your mind on the policy. After that, if you or Prime Tours cancels the trip, your premium will be non-refundable, but can be transferred to another trip within 12 or more months depending on the insurance company. Prime Tours is not responsible for requesting or providing refunds or transferring your policy to a new trip.

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Mobility Statement

 *This tour requires average physical activity. You should be in good health, able to climb stairs and walk reasonable distances, possibly over uneven ground and cobblestoned streets.

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