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The America South: An Antebellum Perspective Along the Southern Coast

Program Number: 21093RJ
Start and End Dates:
11/6/2013 - 11/14/2013;
Duration: 8 nights
Location: South Carolina/Georgia/Florida
Price starting at: $4,090.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Adventure Afloat Study Cruise; Small Ship Cruising Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 23; 8 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches, 8 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

From Confederate strongholds to the sweeping fields of plantations, the American South is home to some of the most fascinating history and natural beauty in the country. With local experts, visit sites along the famous Intracoastal Waterway to gain insight into the antebellum identity that has been beautifully preserved in the historic districts of St. Augustine, Savannah and Charleston, and explore the thriving ecosystems of the islands along Georgia’s coastline.




Activity Particulars

Walking and some standing during field trips.



Itinerary At-a-Glance

Charleston, S.C., 1 night; aboard Yorktown, 7 nights.



Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.



Days 1-2: Arrival Charleston, S.C. / embark Yorktown:

Trace Charleston’s role in the Civil War as you meander along its harbor and extensive historic district, and take in the grandeur of homes such as the Calhoun Mansion and Nathaniel Russell House.



Day 3: Beaufort, S.C.:

Admire the beautifully preserved antebellum architecture of Beaufort’s downtown region, designated a National Historic Landmark.



Day 4: Savannah:

Marvel in the elegant homes that line Savannah’s historic district, including the Federal-style Davenport House and the opulent Owens-Thomas House.



Days 5-6: Brunswick / Jekyll Island / St. Simon’s Island / Intercoastal Waterway:

On Jekyll Island, explore cottages that once belonged to the Rockefellers and Vanderbilts before learning the history of the archaeological site of Fort Frederica on St. Simon’s Island. Search for birds and wildlife during a study cruise along the Intercoastal Waterway.



Day 7: St. Marys / Cumberland Island:

Journey by ferry to Cumberland Island where Park Rangers lead an exploration of the island’s historic sites and wildlife habitats.



Day 8: Jacksonville, Fla. / St. Augustine / Disembarkation

Via tram, experience St. Augustine, the nation’s oldest city, and learn about its significance in the early oil and railroad industries.



Yorktown

Built and registered in America and staffed by American officers and crew, the Yorktown is the perfect vessel for exploring America’s great coastal waterways. With a draft of only nine feet, it can sail where larger vessels cannot go, and its American registry allows it to operate domestic itineraries unavailable to foreign-flag ships. Passengers enjoy an informal onboard atmosphere and tend to spend much of their time underway enjoying lectures and concerts in the lounge or reading and relaxing on the sun deck.


Meals and Lodgings
   The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
  Charleston, South Carolina 1 night
   Yorktown
  At Sea 7 nights
 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
web: www.millshouse.com
  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
  Additional nights prior: call hotel for rate Group rates are not available during times outside of the Road Scholar program week. For early arrival or late stayovers, call the hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM

 Yorktown
Type: Cruise Ship
  Description: The Yorktown is the perfect vessel for relaxed and convivial exploration of America's great coastal waterways. Built in Florida in 1988 specifically for coastal cruising, the Yorktown is able to maneuver in secluded waterways and visit small ports that are inaccessible to larger vessels. The Yorktown flies the American flag and is staffed by friendly and experienced American officers and crew. Accommodating 138 guests in 69 exterior cabins, the ship enjoys an atmosphere of warm and relaxed informality.
  Ship Information: Length: 257 feet Beam: 43 feet Draft: 8 feet Cabins: 69 Flag: American
  Contact info: Travel Dynamics International
132 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021 USA
phone: 866-459-8853
  Room amenities: Each cabin has a private bathroom with shower and hair dryer.
  Facility amenities: The ship offers a dining room, spacious observation lounge, large sun deck, library, and swimming platform. Both the lounge and dining room are surrounded by large picture windows that afford unobstructed views of the passing scenery. The water aboard ship is safe to drink, and bottled water will be provided on group excursions. Cash (USD) and credit cards are the preferred forms of payment aboard ship. For telephone communication onboard, you may use the ship's Maritime service satellite system which will be charged to a credit card. Email access on board: Internet-ready laptop computers will be available for use on board from which personal emails can be received and sent by accessing your own web-based email account. A fee will be charged for each 30 minutes of use. There is also wireless Internet access available for a fee.
  Smoking allowed: No


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Charleston, SC. Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm. You will be staying at The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Jacksonville, FL. Disembarkation by 9:00 am. You will be staying at Yorktown the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. A valid driver's license number or passport number must be on file before departure.
  Parking availability:
Parking at the Mill's House is available at a cost of $21 per day. You are responsible for this cost.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Charleston, South Carolina
  Nearest city or town:  Mt. Pleasant and Beaufort, SC
  Nearest highway: I-26
  Nearest airport:  Charleston, SC
  From End of Program
  Location:  Jacksonville, FL
Travel Details
 

Charleston

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Amtrak
phone: 800-872-7245
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Call Amtrak for pricing
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

 

Charleston, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Taxi/Shuttle Service - Charleston International Airport
phone: 843-767-7007

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximate rate from airport to hotel is $30 for two people
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

12 miles

   

Option 1: The meter fare for taxi departure from the Airport is $2.15 per loaded mile with no additional charge for the first two passengers. For each passenger in excess of two, a fee of $12.00 per passenger per trip will be charged. Option 2:The shuttle rate for Downtown Charleston is $12.00 per passenger and departs within 15 minutes. The shuttle is a shared ride and makes multiple stops. Option 3: Fixed rate for Airport vicinity is $9.00/passenger, not to exceed $27.00 per trip.

 
Driving Directions
  To Charleston From I-26, take Exit 221B, the Meeting Street Exit. Continue down Meeting Street for 2 miles. We are situated at the corner of Meeting and Queen Streets on the right.
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: Independent arrivals/Orientation and Welcome Dinner
(Wednesday, November 6)
   
 Afternoon: Hotel check-in begins at 3:00 pm at the Mill's House Hotel. Road Scholar check-in and orientation begins at 5:00 pm in the conference room. Receive an up-to-date schedule before going over the program daily schedule.
 Dinner: Meet the Road Scholar participants that will be on the cruise. Enjoy a special meal at the hotel, known for its fine dining.
   
Accommodations: The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Boone Hall Plantation/Lunch In City Market Place/Embark Yorktown
(Thursday, November 7)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast will be in the Barbadoes Room with choices from an extensive full buffet of yummy items to choose from.
 Morning: Field Trip: Boone Hall Plantation-Boone Hall Plantation was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983 with a boundary increase in 1994. It is a steadfast link between Colonial America, the Antebellum South, and the modern era. The plantation was established shortly after the founding of the Carolina Colony and witnessed the Revolutionary War, the birth of the nation, the Civil War, the 1837 incorporation of Mount Pleasant, and recent municipal growth. For over three hundred years, Boone Hall Plantation’s proprietors have shared an unbroken tradition of private ownership rooted in commerce and agriculture. In 1681, Major John Boone and his wife Elizabeth founded the plantation using land grants from Carolina’s Lords Proprietors. Their oldest son Captain Thomas Boone is credited with the 1743 planting of the first trees in today’s sweeping, moss-draped allee of oaks. He also produced the plantation’s first successful cash crop of indigo for the European market. The most prominent original buildings comprise “Slave Street” with its nine antebellum brick cabins built between 1790 and 1810. An intact brick slave street is a rare national historic treasure. Before the Civil War, the majority of the area’s residents were African Americans, who labored on Boone Hall, Laurel Hill and Snee Farm plantations. Boone Hall Plantation is the only plantation in the S.C. Lowcountry to present a live presentation of this unique culture adapted by African slaves. These entertaining and educational performances take place in The Gullah Theater, which is located at the end of Slave Street.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at a popular restaurant near the City Market Place.
 Afternoon: After lunch, spend time in the City Market Place before boarding your ship. We will gather at the Customs House and board our bus for The City Marina at 3:00 pm. Embarkation starts at 4:00 pm. Your luggage will remain on the bus while you are touring.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Charleston
(Friday, November 8)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Spend the day in Charleston, one of the East Coast’s loveliest cities. A prosperous, cosmopolitan seaport from colonial times, it was in here in Charleston’s harbor that Confederate troops first fired upon Fort Sumter, thus starting the Civil War. Enjoy a morning tour of historic Charleston beginning with the Citadel and Summerall Chapel. Continue on a tour of the historic district visiting the 18th century Nathaniel Russell House. Built in the Adamesque style, it is considered the most significant examples of Neoclassical design in the country.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the afternoon with two options. Select from one of the following. Option 1: Drayton Hall, an 18th-century plantation located on the Ashley River and an outstanding example of Palladian architecture in North America. It is the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Option 2: Historic Middleton Place Plantation, a carefully preserved 18th-century plantation that is a National Historic Landmark is situated on the Ashley River. The property includes the House Museum, built in 1755 as the gentlemen’s guest quarters, and 65 acres of magnificent gardens.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: The ship sails in the early evening
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Beaufort, SC
(Saturday, November 9)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Today we call in Beaufort, South Carolina’s second oldest city. Set amid an estuary in the interior Sea Islands, Beaufort is steeped in beauty and in history. South Carolina seceded from the Union at the end of 1860, but less than a year had passed when the Union occupied the city of Beaufort, freeing 1,000 slaves in the region. Spend time exploring the downtown area, which is a designated National Historic Landmark whose unique, antebellum architecture has been remarkably preserved. Sightseers join a guided walking tour to learn more about the history, culture and commerce.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: This afternoon welcome aboard a troupe of storytellers, dancers and singers who retell the rich history of the founders, planters and Gullah slaves through diaries, dance and folk tales.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Yorktown departs Beaufort in the early evening
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Savannah, GA
(Sunday, November 10)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Call at Savannah, Georgia’s oldest city, founded by James Oglethorpe in 1733. In December 1864, the city fell to Sherman’s troops and was spared certain destruction when President Lincoln intervened on its behalf. Today the fine avenues and open spaces that Oglethorpe planned form the cornerstone of the three-square-mile historic district, which features over 1,000 Federal and Regency buildings and 21 verdant squares. Sightseers depart the ship in the morning and transfer by trolley to historic Forsyth Park. Stroll through the park to view the live oaks, gardens and iconic White Fountain in the heart of the Historic District. Continue on a guided walking tour and visit the graceful antebellum homes and gardens at the Andrew-Low House and the Davenport House.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: In the afternoon enjoy time at leisure to stroll among the lovely streets and squares.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: The Yorktown will depart Savannah in the late evening.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cruising the Intracoastal Waterway / Brunswick
(Monday, November 11)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Spend the day enjoying the wildlife and scenery along the Intracoastal Waterway. The Low Country is home to a multitude of birdlife and wildlife, including alligators and turtles may be seen along the swamps, marshes and sawgrass flats.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Depart after lunch for an orientation tour of Brunswick viewing the wide variety of architecture including Queen Anne, Jacobean, Eastlake, Mansard, Gothic and Italianate.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: This evening enjoy time at leisure to explore Brunswick, the major urban and economic center of southern Georgia. Spend the evening at leisure in Brunswick. The Yorktown will remain overnight in port.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Brunswick/St. Simons Island/Jekyll Island
(Tuesday, November 12)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Sightseers depart in the morning and drive to St. Simon’s Island. Explore the historic lighthouse and the archaeological site at Fort Federica. Continue to Jekyll Island for a casual lunch and time at leisure before boarding the tram for a tour of Faith Chapel with its magnificent stained glass window created by Louis Comfort Tiffany and a 19th century the cottages.
 Lunch: Local restaurant on Jekyll Island.
 Afternoon: Board a tram for the historic district to include Faith Chapel and two of the restored cottages. Return to Brunswick and sail in the late evening
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: St. Marys / Cumberland Island
(Wednesday, November 13)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Depart after breakfast for a short walk to the ferry landing and transfer by charter boat to the Cumberland Island National Park. Enjoy time on the trails exploring the rich flora and fauna of the island. Self guided trail maps will be available or choose to join a ranger led tour on the loop trail covering one mile. Our charter boat returns departs in the afternoon and lunch will be served on board.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard.
 Afternoon: Enjoy the tiny town of St. Marys.
 Dinner: Dinner onboard.
 Evening: Enjoy the evening at leisure and sail in the late evening.
   
Accommodations: Yorktown
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Jacksonville / Disembark
(Thursday, November 14)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast onboard.
 Morning: Disembarkation will take place by 9:00 am. Motor coach departures to the Jacksonville International Airport will leave from the ship for participants needing a ride to the airport.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
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 Short History of Charleston


Author: Robert N. Rosen


Description: A concise small history of Charleston that is easy to read and enjoyable.



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.



Cumberland Island: A History


Author: Mary Bullard


Description: Author Mary Bullard, widely regarded as the person most knowledgeable about Cumberland Island, is a descendant of the Carnegie family, Cumberland's last owners before it was acquired by the federal government in 1972 and designated a National Seashore. Bullard's discussion of the Carnegie era on Cumberland is notable for its intimate glimpse into how the family's feelings toward the island bore upon Cumberland's destiny.



Cumberland Island: Strong Women, Wild Horses


Author: Charles Seabrook


Description: In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook uses his talent as an award-winning environmental writer to describe the island's natural bounty and to tell its long and intriguing history. You'll meet Catherine "Caty" Greene Miller, the widow of Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene and the woman who inspired Eli Whitney to invent the cotton gin. She was also the inspiration behind Dungeness, the 30-room tabby mansion built on Cumberland Island in 1803. Another strong woman who currently resides on the island is Carol Ruckdeschel, a naturalist who was the subject of a John McPhee profile in the New Yorker in 1974. GoGo Ferguson and Carol were great friends until they disagreed on the future of the island. Their ensuing feud reveals the continuing debate among residents, conservationists, and developers about how the island should be managed. In Cumberland Island, Charles Seabrook provides a fascinating look into the history of one of America's greatest natural treasures.



Jekyll Island Club, The (GA) (Images of America)


Author: Jekyll Island Museum


Description: In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period. Show More Show Less



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.



St. Simons Island: A Summary of Its History [Paperback]


Author: R. Edwin Green


Description: South of Savannah, along the picturesque and historic coastline of Georgia, lies a group of barrier islands known as the Golden Isles. This collection of coastal Sea Islands has attracted people—Native Americans, European settlers and vacationing sun-seekers—throughout history, for the islands’ bountiful resources and appealing climate. Perhaps the brightest jewel of these islands is St. Simons Island. The History Press is proud to release St. Simons Island: A Summary of its History, by local resident and historian Reverend Edwin Green. Green has compiled an informative volume, which highlights the unique and developing history of one of Georgia’s most popular Sea Islands.



St. Simons Trilogy


Author: Eugenia Price


The Jekyll Island Club


Author: Tyler E. Bagwell and The Jekyll Island Museum


Description: In the late nineteenth century, some of the wealthiest families in America joined together to form the Jekyll Island Club. The Club operated for 54 years, from 1888 until 1942, and attracted an elite membership. The families of Cyrus McCormick, J.P. Morgan, Joseph Pulitzer, and William Vanderbilt were among those who enjoyed the leisurely pace and recreational adventure of the Georgia coast. The Jekyll Island Club includes images of the architecture, clothing, transportation, and natural beauty unique to the island. This exquisite collection is sure to rekindle awe and wonder in the hearts of those who have visited the island, and will serve as a wonderful introduction for newcomers. The Jekyll Island Club is a fascinating look at a bygone period.





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