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Private tour and dinner at Sulgrave Manor, George Washington's ancestral home
Lamport Hall - Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee both descend from the Isham family
Afternoon tea at Fawsley Hall - an early Puritan home
Kelmarsh Hall - with décor by American socialite Nancy Lancaster
Ecton Church - home to Benjamin Franklin's ancestors
2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Pilgrim Fathers aboard the Mayflower and this tour looks at some of the eminent Americans whose family histories reside in Northamptonshire. The highlight of the tour is a private tour of Sulgrave Manor, with private dinner in the barn, the ancestral home of the first president, George Washington and the tour will look at the religious and political landscape that set the tone for the establishment of the USA.
Day 1: Arrive independently from 15.00 at the Northampton Marriott.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, private dinner with wine and a talk, ‘The American Connection' from Mike Ingram.
Day 2: Lamport Hall, St Giles Church and Sulgrave Manor with dinner.
Our investigation into the American connection with this distinctly English part of the country, starts with Lamport Hall, home to the Isham family, from whom both Thomas Jefferson and Robert E Lee both descend. The 12th earl, Sir Gyles Isham, pursued an acting career in Holywood in the 1930s. We then visit St Giles Church in Northampton, where Robert Browne is buried. He was the first separatist and all but two of the Pilgrim Fathers were followers of Browne's teachings. He is considered the father of the Congregational body in the English-speaking world, and "The Father of the Pilgrims" and Grandfather of the Nation. We then return to the hotel for time to freshen up before heading to Sulgrave Manor. Here, we will enjoy a private tour of the atmospheric manor house, which was the home of George Washington's English ancestors and a place of pilgrimage for many Americans. After the tour we will enjoy a welcome reception with prosecco and canapes in the garden (weather permitting) followed by dinner with wine in the Barn.
Day 3: Ecton Chruch, Kelmarsh Hall, St Mary's Fawsley and tea at Fawsley Hall.
A packed day in prospect as we head first to the village of Ecton and its church. Ecton was home to Benjamin Franklin's ancestors for over 300 years, many of them blacksmiths on the site where the Three Horseshoes pub now stands, and many buried in the churchyard with a plaque dedicated to Benjamin Franklin inside. Then to Kelmarsh Hall, built in the 1730s for the Hanbury family but redesigned by early 20th century society decorator, the American Nancy Lancaster, whose spirit pervades the house today. Finally, to St Mary's church at Fawsley and the Fawsley Hall Hotel, home to some of the earliest known Puritans in Northamptonshire and so the start of the story. A farewell afternoon tea will be served before returning to our hotel for approximately 17.30.
Please note: Post tour extra nights are available at a supplement
NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.
Northampton Marriott Hotel
Modern four-star hotel just off the M1, so easy to reach from all directions. We have been sending our guests here for a decade or more to general acclaim. Facilities include a restaurant, bar and indoor pool/leisure centre.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
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