Established in 1996, J. E. Robinson Tours specializes in America's, and the world's past. Its tours of historic Alton, Illinois, and of Alton's Underground Railroad has been a hit with students and seniors alike. In these tours, offered as driving, walking, and combination tours, participants are exposed to pre-Civil War America along the Mississippi in all its dynamic complexity. Featured in these tours are rarely-heralded abolitionists, Major Charles Hunter, Priscilla Baltimore, Isaac Kelley, and Elijah Lovejoy.
The tours are done with imagination. Most are not done in costume; rather, most are done as though the participants were on an archaeological dig through Ancient Greece. The participants are exposed to the techniques used in uncovering Underground Railroad stationhouses today, as well as the techniques to hide them yesterday. In doing so, they attain an appreciation for the genius and the courage of our ancestors and for those buildings and artifacts left in their wake. Places visited included not just Alton, but may also Woods Station and Rocky Fork, rural communities outside Alton that grew as enclaves for Blacks in the 1840's and 1850's.
As of Fall 1997, J. E. Robinson Tours provides step-on services to groups visiting the St. Louis area. Plans exist for J. E. Robinson Tours to organize packaged tours for individuals and to expand services into Southern Wisconsin and Natchez, Mississippi. J. E. Robinson Tours is also available for educational and historical consulting services.
For more information, contact J. E. Robinson Tours directly at (618) 462-5590, or at firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the Alton Convention and Visitors Bureau at (800) ALTON IL.
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