SEP 2014

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S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 21 • • • • • • • • • Take A HISTORICAL CULTURAL JOURNEY Through The South teeped in history, the South has the opportunity to grace groups with experiences from the earliest settlers and the founding of America to the Civil War and the Civil Rights move- ment. Many of the country's most monumental moments have occurred here, and much of this history remains preserved today. And along with its shrines to yesteryear, groups will find diverse opportunities to experience culture, from traditions of the past to modern works of art. Join us on a journey on just some of the historical and cultural hot spots throughout the region that make for entertaining places to gather your groups. S and ➤ See what everyone is raving about —or "raven" about—at the Edgar Allan Poe House and Museum, one of the many cultural and historical spots in Baltimore. Or plan an event at the Grand Historic Venue, built in 1867 as the headquarters of the Grand Lodge of Maryland for the Freemasons. The Masons eventually relocated in 1996 and now the venue is open for special events. Take a history lesson in Fredericks- burg, which sits on the falls of the Rappa- hannock River, and was a favorite fishing and hunting ground for the Virginia Indians. To early settlers, the fall line was the colony's first frontier. And for genera- tions to follow, the river brought both prosperity and conflict. Historic Fredericks- burg thrived early as an inland frontier port, where river traffic and tobacco trade grew along with the town's importance. Close to George Washington's boyhood home and a safe distance from the Colonial government in Williamsburg, Fredericksburg contributed heavily to the American cause during the Revolutionary War. Munitions were manufactured here, five generals left their families here to fight and Freder- icksburg for- tunes were devoted to the cause. In 1777, Thomas Jefferson and others met here to draft the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, laying groundwork for the U.S. Bill of Rights. Many buildings of the era still line the streets of Fredericksburg. Make a toast in Northern Virginia as this "Wine Country" is home to a large number of wineries thanks to relative ➤ Maryland Virginia • • •

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