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On the Road: Historic Homes and Gardens of Georgia and South Carolina

Program Number: 13431RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/13/2013 - 10/21/2013; 4/10/2016 - 4/18/2016; 10/9/2016 - 10/17/2016;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: Atlanta, Georgia
Price starting at: $2,049.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: On the Road; Homes & Gardens; History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 22; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 7 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian; Gluten Free    

Experience some of America’s most beautiful places as you explore the superb homes, plantations and gardens of Atlanta, Charleston, Beaufort and Savannah.


• In Atlanta, visit the Atlanta History Center’s 1928 Swan House and the 30-acre Atlanta Botanical Garden.
• Delve into Charleston’s treasure trove of history and culture, where extraordinary 18th- and 19th-century mansions include the exquisite Palmer Home and nearby Middleton Place and Magnolia plantations.
• See Beaufort, the second-oldest town in South Carolina, by carriage, and walk the cobblestone streets of Savannah’s Landmark District, lined with wrought-iron fences, stately homes and legendary gardens.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to one-half mile at moderate pace. Standing for on-site lectures on field trips. Frequent getting on/off coach.

Itinerary Summary

Arrival Atlanta, Ga., 2 nights; coach to Charleston, S.C., 3 nights; coach to Savannah, Ga., 3 nights; coach to Atlanta, departure.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.

Charleston (South Carolina)

Founded in 1670, Charleston is an old colonial city brimming with museums and historical attractions. In its early days, it was a cosmopolitan trading center whose wealth is on display today in the well-preserved architecture and cultural institutions. Picturesque tree-lined streets and a lovely coastline make it a tourist Mecca.


One of the world’s most beautiful cities, with the largest National Historic Landmark District in the U.S., this is Savannah. Residents celebrate their culture, creativity and distinctive cuisine amid Revolutionary and Civil War battle sites, elegant architecture, lush parks, and more than 20 city squares.


Atlanta is rich in culture, history and diversity. Museums and cultural attractions abound, from an excellent botanical garden to the plaza dedicated to the 1996 Olympic Games held here.

Modern, centrally located hotels. Charleston and Savannah hotels located in historic districts.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Tom Murray

Tom Murray is a graduate of San Jose State University but is a Southerner by choice, having spent more than 45 years in the South absorbing the culture, customs and history of the region. Tom specializes in coastal history with an emphasis on the sea islands of Georgia. Few people know and love beautiful Cumberland and Amelia islands better than Tom. He has spent 25 years lecturing and leading Road Scholar groups to sites from the mountains to the sea.
Carol Burton

Carol Burton attended Dalton State College, where she began her 16 years as a Road Scholar coordinator with its Center for Educational Adventure. Married to her childhood sweetheart, she grew up in Hampton, Va., and moved to Georgia in 1970. Carol said she was born with a love for animals and volunteers with her local humane society.
Ruth Miller

Ruth Miller, a graduate of Duke University, has lived all over America and journeyed throughout the world. As a Charleston historian and excursion leader, she enjoys tying local history into the American story and worldwide events. Ruth is the author and co-author of numerous books, including “Charleston Charlie — A Family Activity Book for Kids of All Ages,” “Touring the Tombstones,” and “The Angel Oak Story.” She is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Trust.
Linda Randall

After retiring from a career with IBM that spanned over 35 years, Linda has redirected her efforts into community support activities. Although a "Yankee" by birth having grown up in Vermont, Linda has incorporated her passion for Atlanta history, performing arts and literature and shares her enthusiasm by volunteering at multiple venues including the Atlanta History Center, Swan House, the Margaret Mitchell House, the Fox Theatre and the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre.
Gail Bell

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Gail Bell has been involved in the city’s business, civic and cultural community for many years, and has seen Atlanta grow to its present importance on the international stage. Gail loves connecting with visitors from around the world and has enjoyed her own travels from Egypt to Europe, Australia to China, and almost all 50 states. In addition to her 20 year career as an educational excursion leader, Gail has an interior decorating business and is an author escort.
Al Miller

Al Miller received a bachelor’s degree in English, speech and drama from Baptist College — now Charleston Southern University. He is a recognized historian specializing in local, black history with emphasis on the Gullah-Geechee culture. He brings his musical talent to his lectures for a unique perspective. Al enjoys leading educational excursions, is a licensed real estate agent, as well as a historian and lecturer on black history. He is also a member of numerous organizations, including the Choraliers Music Club of Charleston, Alpha Phi Fraternity and St. James A.M.E. Church.
Jamie Keena, Period Music

Jamie Keena loves to sing old songs, including folk songs of America and the British Isles, patriotic airs, and “songs written to order” by Tin Pan Alley composers. With a bachelor’s in music from the College of William and Mary, Jamie accompanies his singing with guitar, banjo and ukulele, and also plays the fife, hammered dulcimer and concertina.
Katherine Owens

Katherine Owens was born in Baton Rouge, La., and graduated from Louisiana State University. She moved to Savannah, Ga., in 1986 and has led groups on city explorations of Savannah since 2001. Katherine is also a docent at the Isaiah Davenport House, an 1820 home that marked the beginning of Savannah’s historic preservation movement.
Marty Barnes

Marty Barnes has lived in Savannah for nearly a decade in a little Federal-style house built for a German sea captain in 1818. On staff at the Davenport House Museum, she does historic and Civil War walking and coach explorations. She has created two new walking explorations — "The Romance of Savannah," which reveals the untold back stories behind the historic squares and their inhabitants, plus "Courageous Women of Savannah."
Meals and Lodgings
   Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta
  Atlanta, Georgia 2 nights
   The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
  Charleston, South Carolina 3 nights
   Country Inn & Suites
  Savannah, Georgia 3 nights
 Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Hyatt Place is an exciting and innovative new select service hotel offering more of what is important to today's travelers. Our guests enjoy a spacious guestroom with a 42" high-definition flat panel television, our signature Hyatt Grand Bed, a plush Cozy Corner oversized sofa sleeper that is separated from the sleeping area, and complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi internet access throughout the hotel. The innovation extends beyond the guestroom. The Gallery is a warm and open area that features a self-registration kiosk, an intimate coffee and wine café, a TV den and an e-room with free access to a public computer and printer. Guests at Hyatt Place will also enjoy a continental breakfast each morning and can purchase freshly prepared menu items 24 hours a day. Premium espresso drinks, beer and wine are also available at the Gallery Café. Hyatt Place does not accept pets. Service animals are always welcome.
  Contact info: 3242 Peachtree Road, N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30305 USA
phone: 404-869-6161
  Room amenities: Air Conditioning (In Room) Newspaper (Free) Refrigerator Iron Telephone Television (Cable/Satellite) Non-Smoking Rooms Television Daily Maid Service Coffee Maker
  Facility amenities: About Hyatt Place Gallery The Gallery blends contemporary décor with distinctive architecture, stylish furnishings and unexpected touches to create an atmosphere of casual hospitality. About Hyatt Place spacious guestrooms Our spacious guestroom features contemporary décor with stylish furnishings including plush Hyatt Grand Beds™, state-of-the-art media and work center with a 42" high-definition flat panel television that easily integrates with laptops and other electronic devices, a comfortable Cozy Corner oversized sofa-sleeper, wet bar and bathroom vanity upgraded with granite countertops. About Hyatt Place food & beverage Hyatt Place offers an innovative approach to food service. Complimentary continental breakfast buffet is inclusive every morning. Additionally, signature menu items are available for purchase day and night, including hot breakfast entrees and specialty espresso coffee drinks. Our unprecedented approach to food services includes a cashless food center with a kiosk for touch-screen ordering along with card swipe technology. This allows guests to use their room key to charge orders to their room folio. About Hyatt Place technology Guests will enjoy complimentary high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access available throughout the hotel and registration kiosks for easy check-in/check-out service. The updated guestroom media centre is equipped with a high-definition 42" flat panel high-definition television that easily integrates with laptops and other electronic devices such as portable DVD or mp3 players
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Call for hotel rate. For early arrivals or late stayovers, please contact the Hyatt Place Sales Coordinator at 404-869-6161 ext. 5154, and tell her you are with Road Scholar for the special rate.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM

 The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel is a gem among historic Charleston hotels. Blending opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern convenience, our luxury Charleston hotel treats you to true southern hospitality, the same hospitality we showed our first guest over 150 years ago. With our recent multi-million dollar restoration, our historic Charleston hotel has recaptured its original splendor, and we're eager to share it with you. Located in the heart of Charleston, The Mills House is the only hotel included in the city's prestigious Museum Mile, and there's no shortage of lively Charleston attractions nearby: Dock Street Theatre (0.0 mile) King Street Antique District (0.0 mile) The Market Place (0.0 mile) Waterfront Park (0.0 mile) College of Charleston (0.5 mile) South Carolina Aquarium (0.5 mile) The Battery/Historic District (0.5 mile) After a day amidst the storied sights of downtown, return to the Mills House where we stand apart from other Charleston, SC luxury hotels by combining a lush, Victorian atmosphere with modern appeal. From our thoughtfully-appointed Charleston, SC accommodations to state-of-the-art meeting space and exquisite service, we continue to exceed our legendary reputation. History and luxury await! Join us at The Mills House Hotel, a Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel, and stroll the halls once walked by General Robert E. Lee and President Theodore Roosevelt.
  Contact info: 115 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401 USA
phone: 843-577-2400
  Room amenities: 2 phones with voicemail Bathtub Cable/Satellite color TV Coffee and tea makers Connecting rooms Crib upon request Free morning newspaper delivered to room Hair dryers High-speed Internet access In-room pay-per-view movies Iron/board Nightly turndown service Private bathroom Rollaway bed/cot Work desk with lamp
  Facility amenities: Housekeeping & Laundry Services Daily Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Concierge Desk to help w/tour plans Entertainment & Recreation Outdoor Pool Hotel Shops Newsstand Gift Shop Business Services Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Printer High Speed Internet Access Public Space Data Services Wireless Data Connection Miscellaneous Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk A/C Public Areas Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge) Porter/Bellman Fitness Center Outdoor Pool Parking Daily Self Parking Fee: $20.00 (USD) Valet Parking Available: $22.00 (USD) County operated garage adjacent to the hotel self parking $20.00 per night There is a 6 feet 7 inch vehicle height limitation in all garages
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes

 Country Inn & Suites
Type: Hotel
  Description: The Country Inn & Suites Savannah Historic District is the perfect spot for those looking to explore all that historic Savannah has to offer. Located within walking distance of Savannah's historical treasures, guests can take advantage of what truly is a walking city. From our beautifully appointed Savannah hotel rooms to our comfortable and inviting public areas, guests will find our downtown Savannah hotel to be the perfect home away from home. Be our guest at the Country Inn Savannah Historic District hotel and begin a memory-making experience in this truly unique city.
  Contact info: 320 Montgomery Street
Savannah, GA 31401 USA
phone: 912-921-5300
  Room amenities: In-room amenities include complimentary wired and wireless high-speed Internet access, 32" flat screen televisions, coffee and tea makers with complimentary coffee, iron/ironing boards, free local calls, and a microwave and refrigerator in each room.
  Facility amenities: Hotel Highlights: High-Speed Internet Indoor Pool Fitness Center Suites
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights after: Call hotel for rates. Please call hotel for rates. (912) 921-5300
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program begins in Atlanta, GA with hotel check-in at 4 pm followed by orientation at 5 pm in the conference room. You will be staying at Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends in Atlanta, GA with drop off at the Hartsfield International Airport and at the Atlanta hotel around 1:30 pm. You will be staying at Country Inn & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Covered parking is available at Atlanta hotel for entire duration of program. There is no charge for parking.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Atlanta, Georgia
  Nearest city or town:  Roswell, GA
  Nearest highway: I-85 and I-75
  Nearest airport:  Atlanta Hartsfield - Jackson International
  From End of Program
  Location: Atlanta, Georgia
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details

Atlanta, GA


From Airport




Public Transportation
Marta-Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
phone: 404-848-5000


Per Person/One Way:


$2 - $5 approximately
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes 




20 miles


Arriving air travelers should follow the Ground Transportation signs to MARTA. The entrance to MARTA's Airport Station is located inside the western end of the airport's main terminal. Faregates are just a few feet from the baggage claim areas. Take the Red Line from airport to Buckhead Station. When you arrive, call the hotel to pick you up. 404 869 6161 or walk three blocks. Marta website is:


Atlanta, GA


From Airport




Commercial Van/Shuttle
A-National Limousine Service
phone: 800-533-4859
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


$20.50 per person one way or $37 per person round trip
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


30 minutes from airport to hotel depending on traffic 




20 miles


1) You can always make a reservation on line at 2) Cash, and most major credit cards are accepted 3) The Atlanta Airport Shuttle Service is open from 6:00 AM to 12:00 midnight 7 days a week. 4) They request you make your reservation as soon as you book your flight and have your flight details, however we will accept walk ups at our airport booth. 5) You should depart to the airport 2 hours prior to domestic flights.

Driving Directions
  I-75 Southbound to Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta From I-75 South, take Exit 255, West Paces Ferry Road exit. Stay in the left lane and it will turn into the middle lane toward Buckhead. Follow West Paces Ferry Road all the way to Peachtree Road. You will have to cross over Peachtree and turn LEFT onto Bolling Road, and then a RIGHT back onto Peachtree. Hyatt Place will be down on your left, near Piedmont/ Peachtree intersection.
  I-75/I-85 Northbound to Atlanta Hyatt Place Buckhead Take I-75/I-85 Northbound through Downtown Atlanta. I 85 and I 75 will split and go separate directions. Three lanes going to I-85 will be on the left. You can even exit on the left for I-85. Take I-85 North. From I-85 North, take exit 87 - GA 400 North. On GA 400 North, take Exit 2 - Lenox Road/Buckhead. Take a LEFT off the ramp, following signs to Piedmont Road. Take a LEFT at the 2nd light onto Piedmont. Get in the far right hand lane. Go less than a mile and make a RIGHT onto Peachtree. Hotel is on your right, immediately past the Piedmont/Peachtree intersection. There is a "Rooms To Go" store on your right at the intersection. As soon as you turn onto Peachtree, you will see your hotel next to "Room To Go" on the right.
  Southbound I-85 to Atlanta Hyatt Place Buckhead Take Exit 88 toward Cheshire Bridge Road/Lenox Road/GA 400. Take a right off exit ramp heading North. Continue on Lenox Road approx. 2 miles. Proceed to Peachtree Road, turn left heading south past Lenox Mall on your left and continue to intersection of Peachtree and Peidmont. Your hotel will be on your right after the Peachtree and Piedmont intersection. It is right beside the huge Rooms To Go store that sits on the corner of Peachtree and Piedmont.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Check-in at Hotel/Dinner/Orientation and Get Acquainted
(Sunday, October 13)
 Afternoon: Arrive at Hartsfield International Airport or on your own to Atlanta. Check-in at 4:00 pm followed by orientation and get acquainted at 5:00 pm and dinner at 6:00 pm.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel
 Evening: Welcome and orientation. We will go over the week's program and what to expect. We will try and answer any questions you may have about our exciting excursions while travelling in Georgia and South Carolina. We will leave on Monday morning for a visit to a plantation.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Bulloch Hall Plantation/Archibald Smith Plantation/Swan Coach House/Swan Mansion and Gardens/Presentation on Gone With The Wind
(Monday, October 14)
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: You will visit two plantations: Bulloch Hall, completed in 1839 for Major James Stephens Bulloch, one of Roswell's founders. Bulloch Hall is a Greek Revival structure and one of the South's finest examples of true temple-form architecture. In 1853, Major Bulloch's daughter, Mittie, married Theodore Roosevelt, Sr. in the dining room of the house. Their son, Theodore Roosevelt became our 26th President. The second plantation is Archibald Smith Plantation. Hidden among the trees in Historic Roswell, Georgia lies the elegant home constructed by one of the town’s founding fathers, Archibald Smith. In 1838, the Smith family and nearly 30 of their slaves left their two plantations in St. Marys, along the southern coast of Georgia, to make a new start with some 300 acres of cotton farmland north of the Roswell Town Square. What this well-to-do 19th Century farming family did not realize when they constructed their home was that it would be preserved by their descendants as an untouched treasure of southern history.
 Lunch: Enjoy lunch at the renown Swan Coach House. Prior to relocating to its current location, the Foundation members had to remodel and enlarge the building that once served as the carriage house of the handsome Philip Schutze designed Swan House to create the charming Restaurant and Gift Shop. In 1985, Mr. and Mrs. O. Ray Moore built the Art Gallery, an integral part of the Swan Coach House. The Swan Coach House continues to be a labor of love for the Forward Arts Foundation members. They continue to strive to create a Southern, hospitable atmosphere where we will enjoy our lunch.
 Afternoon: Discover life on a typical yeomen farm in Antebellum Georgia when you visit the Tullie Smith Farm House. Enjoy heritage vegetables and field crops in period gardens and see the wide variety of plants beloved by today's Atlantans. You will also visit the Swan House, a 1928 Georgian mansion. The 33 acres of gardens, woodlands and nature trails allow visitors to learn more about plants native to the state. A curator will be your expert guide through the gardens.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Gone With The Wind will always be associated with Atlanta and with plantations of the south. Hear the real story about Tara, the plantation, and facts about the author of Gone With the Wind.
Accommodations: Hyatt Place Buckhead Atlanta
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Atlanta By Motor Coach/Atlanta Botanical Gardens/Travel to Charleston
(Tuesday, October 15)

Note: Atlanta to Charleston will be approximately 5 hours on a motor coach with a stop along the way. Movie on board.

 Breakfast: Breakfast in hotel.
 Morning: Before going to the Botanical Gardens, enjoy a motor coach sightseeing trip of Atlanta. Then pend the rest of the morning at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens. The 6,000 square foot Orchid Display House is divided into two areas: Formal and Naturalistic.The lush, colorful entrance to the Orchid Display House has all the elements of a formal garden: geometrically shaped beds, symmetrical design and architectural accents. But here the setting is strictly tropical and the focus is on orchids. This is just one of many areas for viewing. The Garden features dozens of permanent pieces of art, including sculptures and water features. Depending on what time of year you are visiting, there will be many exhibits by special artist. This is a favorite! We will have a guided tour of the gardens and anyone may branch off and go on their own to spend more or less time as they choose.
 Lunch: We will take our lunch on the motor coach as we head to Charleston, SC....a beautiful drive.
 Afternoon: Enjoy a selected movie along the way to Charleston.
 Dinner: After checking in at our hotel, we'll enjoy a relaxing evening dining together.
 Evening: The evening is free to stroll the historic streets of Charleston. You are in the heart of the city. You may prefer to have cocktails and sit and enjoy the patio area of this beautiful hotel.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Charleston Interior City Field Trip/Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, October 16)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Field trip to interior city of Charleston to include public gardens and private homes. The Palmer Home was built in 1848 by John Ravenel, whose son designed the "Little David", the first semi-submersible vessel and the forerunner to the submarine. This private home is now operated by third generation owner, Frances Palmer. The house is furnished and decorated with antiques dating back two hundred years. You will tour the home and enjoy morning drinks and snacks. You'll see its private garden, as well as other private gardens on a walking tour of the historic area.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Participants will enjoy an afternoon on their own to visit the City Market, stroll among the private homes and peek into the courtyards of their gardens, and even go to Fort Sumter if you choose.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own so you don't have to rush back and interrupt your pace. Feel free to join the group leader at a restaurant if you choose. We will have a list of suggested restaurants within walking distance.
 Evening: Free evening to continue your own exploration of Charleston. No need to hurry back for a lecture tonight.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens/Low Country Buffet/Magnolia Plantation and Gardens/Gullah Presentation
(Thursday, October 17)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: MIDDLETON PLACE is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that has survived revolution, Civil War, and earthquake. It was the home of four important generations of Middletons, beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession. Tour the Gardens, the House Museum, and the Plantation Stableyards. Middleton Place is located on the Ashley River.
 Lunch: Lunch at Middleton.
 Afternoon: Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1872 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Gullah presentation.
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Travel Charleston to Beaufort/Carriage Ride/Travel Beaufort to Savannah
(Friday, October 18)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel
 Morning: Depart Charleston, SC - Guided field trip to Beaufort, SC by carriage. Beaufort entered its golden era about 1800, when Sea Island cotton debuted, and many of Beaufort’s loveliest mansions were built by the wealthy owners of cotton, indigo, and rice plantations. By the 1800s, Port Royal -- the Town incorporated in 1874 -- also had found peace and prosperity. It even boasted a Navy yard, but an 1893 hurricane and economic calamities later brought hard times. Today, reminders of the area’s colorful history abound in architecture preserved with loving care and folkways honored across generations. The entire downtown Beaufort area is designated a historic district. Architecture from many grand cultures and eras includes French, Colonial, Spanish-American, and Revolutionary origins. At least 90 significant homes, forts, churches, cemeteries, inns, and other buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
 Lunch: Lunch in Beaufort is on your own and at your own pace and time. We will have a list of restaurants to choose from.
 Afternoon: After spending some time in the historic district, we will depart Beaufort for Savannah.
 Dinner: Dinner at the hotel
 Evening: Relax and unwind from a busy day of adventures. Surrounding your hotel you will find restaurants and neat places for an after dinner drink or a place to gather with newfound friends.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: SavannahField Trip/Dinner on Riverstreet/Free Evening On Riverstreet
(Saturday, October 19)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel
 Morning: Field trip of Savannah homes and gardens includes a walking tour of homes and gardens overlooking some of the oldest squares in the Landmark District. The history of Savannah is intertwined with its gardening. Every spring Savannah becomes a pilgrimage for tourist, enhanced by the blooming azaleas and flowers in the 22 major squares and parks. The very reason for the founding of the city was to grow items that could be sold to profit the colony. With General Oglethorpe's plan for the numerous squares, Savannah's legacy as a garden city became cemented through time. An introduction to the squares of Savannah is only the beginning of the tour. Savannah also host some of the finest private urban gardens in the country. As interesting as the gardens of Savannah are also the gates. Savannah has a significant history as a center of elegant ironwork produced at many of the now defunct ironworks.
 Lunch: Lunch at the popular restaurant called The Olde Pink House.
 Afternoon: Field trip continues with Cathedral of St. John the Baptist and Andrew Lowe Home.
 Dinner: Dinner at a popular restaurant in Savannah on the famous Riverstreet.
 Evening: Free evening on Riverstreet. The motor coach will pick you up at a designated time and place and return you to the hotel.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Trolley Around Savannah/Architecture and Field Trip of Squares/Lunch In Private Home/Evening Entertainment
(Sunday, October 20)
 Breakfast: Breakfast included.
 Morning: Depart for contiunuation of garden and homes field trip in Savannah on a trolley with a guide.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at Elizabeth on 37th.
 Afternoon: Visit the many squares and understand the architecture and the reason Savannah was spared the wrath of war by General Sherman.
 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: Enjoy a presentation on the music of the Civil War era and the instruments played during that time. It is history and music that you will love by a popular local musician.
Accommodations: Country Inn & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Travel Savannah to Atlanta/Picnic Lunch/Arrive Atlanta 1-1:30 pm
(Monday, October 21)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Depart Savannah for Atlanta
 Lunch: Have lunch along the way as you watch the movie "Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil", a favorite book authored by a local.
 Afternoon: Arrive Atlanta between 1:00 pm and 1:30pm. We will drop off participants at the Atlanta International Airport first and then take remaining participants to the Hyatt Place to pick up their cars.
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List

A Witness to History: Charleston's Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

Author: Ruth Miller and Ann Taylor Andrus

Description: The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon in Charleston, South Carolina, is one of the great buildings of Colonial America. Serving as city hall, customs house, post office and prison; as the British Headquarters during the occupation of Charles Towne and then host to a great ball honoring George Washington, the Exchange has been an eyewitness to America’s history. This stoic building-—designated a National Historic Landmark in 1975—-has been described as the best example of the dignity and ornament of the traditional English “exchange-town hall” design of the eighteenth century built in the United States. From within its Great Hall to deep below in the Provost Dungeon, the Exchange has played a vital role in American history. Andrus’ and Miller’s fast-paced and readable survey of the history and significance of the Old Exchange Building will appeal to visitor and serious historian alike.

Allegiance: Fort Sumter, Charleston, and the Beginning of the Civil War

Author: David Detzer

Description: An original and deeply human portrait of soldiers and civilians caught in the vortex of war. So vividly does Allegiance re-create the events leading to the firing of the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861, that we can feel the fabric of the Union tearing apart. It is a tense and surprising story, filled with indecisive bureaucrats, uninformed leaders, hotheaded politicians, and dedicated and honorable soldiers on both sides. The six-month-long agony that began with Lincoln's election in November sputtered from one crisis to the next until Lincoln's inauguration, and finally exploded as the soldiers at Sumter neared starvation. At the center of this dramatic narrative is the heroic figure of Major Robert Anderson, a soldier whose experience had taught him above all that war is the poorest form of policy. With little help from Washington, D.C., Anderson almost single-handedly forestalled the beginning of the war until he finally had no choice but to fight. David Detzer's decade-long research illuminates the passions that led to the fighting, the sober reflections of the man who restrained its outbreak, and individuals on both sides who changed American history. No other historian has given us a clearer or more intimate picture of the human drama of Fort Sumter.

Atlanta: Then and Now

Author: Michael Rose

Description: Atlanta Then and Now is a captivating chronicle of history and change since the dawn of the camera age. It pairs historic photographs, many over a century old, with specially commissioned views of the same scene as it exists today showing the evolution of Atlanta.

Courage to Dissent: Atlanta and the Long History of the Civil Rights Movement

Author: Tomiko Brown-Nagin

Description: The Civil Rights movement that emerged in the United States after World War II was a reaction against centuries of racial discrimination. In this sweeping history of the Civil Rights movement in Atlanta--the South's largest and most economically important city--from the 1940s through 1980, Tomiko Brown-Nagin shows that the movement featured a vast array of activists and many sophisticated approaches to activism. Long before "black power" emerged and gave black dissent from the mainstream civil rights agenda a new name, African Americans in Atlanta debated the meaning of equality and the steps necessary to obtain social and economic justice. This groundbreaking book uncovers the activism of visionaries--both well-known legal figures and unsung citizens--from across the ideological spectrum who sought something different from, or more complicated than, "integration." Local activists often played leading roles in carrying out the integrationist agenda of the NAACP, but some also pursued goals that differed markedly from those of the venerable civil rights organization. Brown-Nagin discusses debates over politics, housing, public accommodations, and schools. She documents how the bruising battle over school desegregation in the 1970s, which featured opposing camps of African Americans, had its roots in the years before Brown v. Board of Education.

Gullah Cuisine : By Land and by Sea

Author: Charlotte Jenkins

Description: Take a journey with Chef Charlotte Jenkins into her creative kitchen, and also into her life. Charlotte and her husband Frank grew up Gullah at a time when the Old Ways were giving way to the New Ways. They are of the generation that bridged those two worlds. Charlotte learned to cook Gullah the way her mama, her grandmamma and all the mamas that have come before her - by working alongside one another. But she also trained at Johnson & Wales Culinary Institute in Charleston where she adapted the traditional recipes to be more healthful. In1997, she and her husband Frank opened Gullah Cuisine in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. They are now widely acknowledged as offering the best of authentic Gullah cooking. Gullah Cuisine: By Land and By Sea brings Charlotte's wonderful recipes to you. But it does more than that - the book is a tale of connection, sharing a world the Gullah built. It features a narrative by critically acclaimed author William P. Baldwin, photographs by Pulitzer-prize-nominee Mic Smith and art by beloved Gullah painter Jonathan Green.

Images of America - Buckhead

Author: Susan Kesslers Barnard

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Author: John Berendt

Description: Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty,early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case.

Mrs. Whaley and Her Charleston Garden

Author: Emily Whaley

Description: In conversation with William Baldwin. Emily Whaley's garden on Church Street in Charleston, South Carolina, may be the most visited private garden in the country. And no wonder. It is the life's work of a vibrant, sociable, opinionated, determined, forceful woman who has spent the last eighty-five years cultivating whatever life offered her. MRS. WHALEY AND HER CHARLESTON GARDEN captures and preserves Emily Whaley's distinctive voice and braces us with a clear understanding of how one might cultivate a practical personal philosophy alongside one's garden.

Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733

Author: Preston Russell (Author), Barbara Hines (Author)

Description: Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733 offers a chronological view of Savannah history, including period photogrpahs and sketches. If you are acquainted with Savannah, this book will help solidify your knowlegde. If you are new to Savannah or need to learn more about the city, the book will increase your knowledge.

Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War

Author: Jacqueline Jones

Description: In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prize-winning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. Here is a subtle and rich social history that weaves together stories of the everyday lives of blacks and whites, rich and poor, men and women from all walks of life confronting the transformations that would alter their city forever. Deeply researched and vividly written, Saving Savannah is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the Civil War years.

South of Broad

Author: Pat Conroy

Description: Against the sumptuous backdrop of Charleston, South Carolina, South of Broad gathers a unique cast of sinners and saints. Leopold Bloom King, our narrator, is the son of an amiable, loving father who teaches science at the local high school. His mother, an ex-nun, is the high school principal and a well-known Joyce scholar. After Leo's older brother commits suicide at the age of thirteen, the family struggles with the shattering effects of his death, and Leo, lonely and isolated, searches for something to sustain him. Eventually, he finds his answer when he becomes part of a tightly knit group of high school seniors that includes friends Sheba and Trevor Poe, glamorous twins with an alcoholic mother and a prison-escapee father; hardscrabble mountain runaways Niles and Starla Whitehead; socialite Molly Huger and her boyfriend, Chadworth Rutledge X; and an ever-widening circle whose liaisons will ripple across two decades-from 1960s counterculture through the dawn of the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. The ties among them endure for years, surviving marriages happy and troubled, unrequited loves and unspoken longings, hard-won successes and devastating breakdowns, and Charleston's dark legacy of racism and class divisions. But the final test of friendship that brings them to San Francisco is something no one is prepared for. South of Broad is Pat Conroy at his finest; a long-awaited work from a great American writer whose passion for life and language knows no bounds.

Touring the Tombstones

Author: Ruth Miller

Description: A series of guide books to Charleston's 18th century graveyards.

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