Robert Frost could have used a local guide when he decided to take the road less traveled by, as he discovered only too late that it was patrolled by feral park rangers. Learn how a tour guide makes all the difference with today’s Groupon from Motherland Connextions. Choose from the following options:
- For $24, you get a Freedom Seekers tour of Niagara for a child age 5–12 (a $48 value).
- For $39, you get a Freedom Seekers tour of Niagara for an adult (adult tickets cover ages 13 years or older; a $78 value).
- For $149, you get a Freedom Seekers tour of Niagara for 4 adults (a $312 value).
- For $299, you get a Freedom Seekers tour of Niagara for 10 adults (a $780 value).
Tours run Wednesday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Each tour includes:
- A guided three- to four-hour exploration of Underground Railroad landmarks.
- Admission to every destination.
Helmed by local historian Kevin Cottrell and featured on the Travel Channel’s Secrets of Niagara Falls, Motherland Connextions’ Freedom Seekers tour ferries knowledge-seekers to the historic, heroic world of the region’s Underground Railroad. Dressed in period clothing such as straw hats and tinfoil space boots, guides transport groups to local landmarks steeped in educational and emotional significance. To feel firsthand the colossal effort involved in steering slaves across state and country lines to freedom, tours explore historic churches and bridges and even travel to the majestic Niagara Falls to hear eyewitness accounts from the river’s ancient tortoises. Check Motherland Connextions’ Facebook page for more info.
Visitors through western New York’s southern tier will see the locations of several key events in American history. At the center of these events is a small Quaker community, who had a paramount connection to the Underground Railroad. After paying a visit to the village, guests also have the opportunity to drive by the birthplace and house museum of President Millard Fillmore, who oversaw the passage of the 1850 Fugitive Slave Law. Tour-goers will also experience the historic Griffin Mills Presbyterian Church, whose living history events commemorate anti-slavery by staging events such as re-enactments and informative evening programs.