River History and Boat Tours

We are currently taking reservations for the General Jackson river history and boat tour for the 2013/2014 school year. If your classes are studying early American history, Nashville and Middle Tennessee history, or studying the Western River system this is a great field trip stop for your students. This 1 hour and 15 minute interactive tour will have your class exploring the decks of a true sternwheeler; they will also enjoy a presentation in the Victorian Theater by our Captain, and receive an informative handout and puzzle. Finally, the entire class will trek to the top of the vessel to visit the wheelhouse, and learn what it’s like to steer a boat the size of a football field down the Cumberland River.

Lunch Option

We are able to accommodate sack lunches at our dockside gazebo area or in the Victorian Theater*.
If your class would like us to cater a box lunch or short order buffet (hot dogs and side) we can meet your needs.  All food and beverage orders will be forwarded to our Catering office.

*lunch in the Victorian theater may be limited due to a scheduled midday cruise

Booking a tour

If you have any questions regarding any tour details please feel free to leave an e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For scheduling and ticket reservations please call 615-458-3932 and speak to our catering representative.

Pricing

Teachers & Faculty                                           free 
Students and Chaperones                                  $5

Lesson Plans

  • A brief history of Nashville and Middle Tennessee
      • The Mound builders
      • The French long hunters
      • The great sulfur springs
      • Roberson/Donelson expedition
      • Fort Nashborough
  • Introduction of River commerce in Nashville
      • Flat boats and Keel boats
      • Noah Ludlow and the first showboat – Noah’s Ark
      • The Original General Jackson
      • The end of the steamboat era
  • The Cumberland River and its effect on our community
      • The head/tail waters of the Cumberland River
      • Hydrology and the importance of the Western River system to the United States
      • 2010 Flood
  • The river industry today
      • Tow boats and the materials they transport
  • The General Jackson Showboat
      • When the GJAC was launched
      • Dimensions / Capacities
      • Propulsion
  • Q & A
  • Pilot House tour
      • An exciting visit to the wheel house where our Captain will show your class how to navigate the Cumberland River, and where one lucky student might blow the whistle!

Handout

An informative handout will be given to each student. It includes a map of the Cumberland River, historical data, navigation aides, points of interest, and a layout of the General Jackson Showboat.



2013/2014 Schedule

  • All schedules are subject to change or modification to meet your needs.

August-December

Monday - Friday (150 guests per tour)

On dates with a scheduled midday cruise:                      9:15-10:30

On dates with no scheduled cruises or an evening event, we will be able to accommodate the following scenarios (or similar) to fit your classes need:

9:00-10:15
11:00-12:15
1:00 – 2:15


January, February, March

Monday - Friday (150 students per tour)

9:00-10:15
11:00-12:15
1:00-2:15


April - May

Monday - Friday (150 guests per tour)

On dates with a scheduled midday cruise:                      9:15-10:30

On dates with no scheduled cruises or an evening event, we will be able to accommodate the following scenarios or similar to fit your classes need:

9:00-10:15
11:00-12:15
1:00 – 2:15