A C-SPAN videojournalist accompanied the group. Included are the Lancaster, PA grave of President James Buchanan and his home, Wheatland. After that, the tour visited the Gettysburg Civil War battlefield and President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s farm.


Welcome to Presidents and Patriots

History Tours!

Personally hosted by author and presidential historian

Richard Norton Smith


2019 Tours !

Delivering world-class history themed motor coach tours since 1984.

All tours personally led and hosted by author and historian Richard Norton Smith


Discover the advantages of traveling on one of our guided, personally hosted, small group tours. Each of our two annual tours are hosted and led by renowned author and presidential historian Richard Norton Smith.

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We Welcome Solo Travelers!

Whether you're newly single or, perhaps, your companion just isn't into history as much as you are, solo travelers will find our tours fun and enjoyable, all while discovering new places and meeting new friends.  And don't feel like you'd be the odd one out ... our tours are comprised of roughly half doubles and half singles. As an added service, should you wish to be matched with another solo traveler, we will be more than happy to try to find you a roommate.

2017 Tours !

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Richard Norton Smith is C-SPAN's in-house historian, where he was responsible for such long form series as Presidential Libraries: History Uncovered, The Contenders, and Influence and Image: America's First Ladies. Mr. Smith has been director of the Herbert Hoover, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald Reagan, and Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museums, as well as founding director of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. He has a rare gift for making history real, relevant, and entertaining. "There's no excuse for a dull book, a dull museum, or a dull tour," he says, "especially when dealing with history, the most fascinating subject I know."

Our deluxe motor coach tours are designed with your comfort and enjoyment in mind, and our small group setting creates a much more intimate, personal setting when compared with other tours who attempt to fill their motor coaches to capacity. In fact, many of our guests are repeat participants (more than 90 of our guests have joined us on six or more tours!). This, combined with a shared interest in the history being experienced, makes for an unusually relaxed, fun and friendly atmosphere. If you are a C-SPAN viewer, you may have seen one or more of our tours featured over the past several years. C-SPAN has been along with us on several past trips, and has broadcast segments on their history channel, C-SPAN 3.