Service Expands Access to History Battlefields
Wheelchair users now enjoy greater access to major Civil War battlefields.
- By David Kopf
- Aug 11, 2011
Troy Technology Wheelchairs and All-Access Battlefield Tours (AABT), have worked together to develop a private tour service designed especially for mobility patients.
Scheduled to debut in the fall of 2011, AABT private tour service is designed to accommodate wheelchair travelers who wish to experience these historic scenes safely. Using Troy Technologies’ Pioneering Spirit Wheelchairs, visitors can now experience four major Civil War battlefields on trails and roads that were once inaccessible. These special chairs, combined with portable ramps, enable visitors to traverse fields, trails and roads that are otherwise inaccessible.
“I was immediately impressed by the durability and quality of Troy’s product line,” said Michael Aubrecht, founder of AABT said. “None of this could have happened if we didn’t have the proper accessibility gear.”
AABT takes visitors, their families and friends directly to historical hotspots while moving at their own pace with the option to be transferred. Each tour includes complete accessibility assistance and features a unique staff of experts made up of local historians, authors and preservationists.
“These tours are the perfect opportunity for our wheelchairs to shine,” said Nathan Watkins, president of Troy Technologies. “They are easy to use and more importantly you can take them nearly anywhere…like a Civil War battlefield.”
AABT is offering a primary, three hour wheelchair tour to Fredericksburg Battlefield, as well as optional trips to Chancellorsville, The Wilderness and Spotsylvania Battlefields. Stops among these choices include the Spotsylvania Confederate Cemetery, Salem Church and Ellwood. Special site requests may be accommodated if safety permits. AABT guides meet and greet patrons on site, at their location (home or hotel), or at one of the Visitor Centers.
Additional AABT plans are to offer special tours to the Wounded Warriors Project and find ways to benefit the Civil War Trust by bringing awareness to the importance of preserving battlefields. AABT’s goal is to make sure that visitors go where they want to go, see what they want to see, and experience what they want to experience.
All-Access Battlefield Tours officially opens for business on Sept. 1 and will immediately begin booking weekend dates for the month of October. Tours will then run until mid-December, break for the winter season, and start up again in the spring. For more information, please visit www.pinstripepress.net/AABT.html, view AABT’s tour package brochure, or call 540-845-2767.
David Kopf is the Editor of HME Business.