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Hilton Head's Treasures of Land and Sea: History, Heritage and Harvest

Program Number: 18475RJ
Start and End Dates:
2/23/2014 - 2/28/2014; 10/26/2014 - 10/31/2014; 2/22/2015 - 2/27/2015;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Hilton Head, South Carolina
Price starting at: $864.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: History & Culture Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    

Investigate Hilton Head Island from shore to shore and delve into its many influences on the history of the American South. Travel back in time on the Honey Horn History Walk to learn of Native Americans, planters, hunters and other islanders of the past, as well as of the plantation system that existed on the islands from the 1700s until the Civil War. From alligators to no-see-ums, study the area's intriguing natural inhabitants, and savor authentic Southern flavors with a real lowcountry boil.




Highlights

• Through fascinating field trips you will discover how oysters are hand-picked and enjoy a scrumptious lunch at the Bluffton Oyster Company, then explore the heart of Hilton Head in Harbour Town, Sea Pines Resort’s picturesque yacht basin!
• Probe the unique African-American culture of the Gullah with their traditions, folk rituals and language. Plus, with the new hands-on demonstration, you will learn to weave Sweetgrass baskets!
• Get up close on the crawling and swimming critters of this barrier island as you walk on the beach and learn how to throw a seine net - later, enjoy the secret succulence of She-Crab Soup!



Activity Particulars

Walking up to one mile on beaches, uneven terrain. Standing for some extended periods of time.




Date Specific Information

2-22-2015

Active travel companions interested in a more vigorous outdoor adventure in Hilton Head may consider the concurrent program “Hilton Head Outdoor Adventure: Kayaking, Birding and Ecology” (#21826).



Coordinated by Georgia College and State University.




Hilton Head

Packed with golf courses, tennis courts and long stretches of beach, Hilton Head is one of the most popular vacation spots on the East Coast. Located just an hour north of Savannah, the island also has several wildlife reserves, which offer miles of trails for nature enthusiasts.



Accommodations
Relax and enjoy the best of Hilton Head at this premier oceanfront hotel with outdoor pool, near many attractions. The fully revived and completely refreshed Beach House Resort is located mere steps away from the Island’s Coligny Beach area. Experience the beach life, sun, sand, adventure and relaxation - it all starts here!

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

As a Beaufort, S.C., resident, popular storyteller, actress, and novelist, Kim Poovey brings local history to life through her characters from the past. Whether telling a ghost story in downtown Beaufort or appearing to as the inimitable Miss Emma Victoria Brown, she transports her listeners to the past and wraps them up in the stories she tells. After each of her programs, Kim steps out of character to answer questions and elaborate on some of the historical events that shaped her stories.
 
Carlos Chacon

Carlos Chacon studied tropical biology at the University of Costa Rica and earned his masters in earth and environmental resources management from the University of South Carolina in 2007. A native of Costa Rica, Carlos joined the Coastal Discovery Museum in 2005. He has managed many international and local nature expeditions.
 
Natalie Hefter

Natalie Hefter fell in love with Hilton Head Island while vacationing there in her youth. The Florida native earned a bachelor's in art history at the University of South Carolina, and after some course work in historical preservation, began her focus on museum studies and preservation. She parlayed an internship at the Coastal Discovery Museum on Hilton Head Island into a full-time position in 1997. Natalie is now vice president of programs, overseeing temporary exhibits, educational programs and special events.
 
Amiri Farris

Amiri Farris teaches studio and fine arts at the University of South Carolina. His exuberant colors and engaging layers invite you to look deeper into the painting, revealing an energetic display of expression. Amiri has been featured in more than 50 one-person gallery shows and juried museum exhibitions across the United States, including the United States Capitol in Washington, D.C., and the York W. Bailey Museum at Historic Penn Center National Historic Landmark on St. Helena Island, S.C.
 
Pat Eisloeffel

Pat Eisloeffel is a 17-year resident of Hilton Head and, like almost everyone, is a transplant from the North. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, she still misses the mountains and winter. Pat enjoys sharing Hilton Head's treasures with Road Scholar participants, and in her free time, loves planning her own adventures, gardening and spending time at the beach.
 
Meals and Lodgings
    The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
  Hilton Head Island 5 nights
  The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: A premier oceanfront location-this hotel is located directly on the beach
  Contact info: 1 South Forest Beach Drive
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926 USA
phone: Tel-843-7855 x126
web: www.thebeachhousehhi.com
  Room amenities: Rooms include refrigerator, hairdryer, iron with ironing board, and coffee maker.
  Facility amenities: Explore a new treat on the Island – The Beach House, a Holiday Inn Resort. A refreshing coastal retreat with stylish new rooms, our Hilton Head Island hotel invites you to park your car & unpack your bags. The Beach House is located along the most enviable strand of South Carolina seashore, and is just footsteps away from Hilton Head Island’s Coligny Beach area. This facility includes an Oceanfront free-form outdoor pool,seasonal Tiki Hut Poolside Bar, oceanfront full restaurant,and gift shop. Concierge on site. Free internet in lobby. This hotel is adjacent to many restaurants,shops and attractions.
  Smoking allowed: Yes
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Ask about an Road Scholar rate Participants arriving early or staying late should call 843-785-5126 and ask for the sales office. Tell them you are coming for the Road Scholar Progam and ask for a discounted Road Scholar rate.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Ask about an Road Scholar rate Participants arriving early or staying late should call 843-785-5126 and ask for the sales office. Tell them you are coming for the Road Scholar Progam and ask for a discounted Road Scholar rate.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Check in for the hotel is at 4:00 p.m. and check in for the Road Scholar registration is between 5 and 6 in the hotel lobby. You will be staying at The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes after morning class around 11:00 am You will be staying at The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Signing a waiver of Liability/Hold Harmless Agreement is required in order to participate in the program. This form is mailed with the welcome materials and is to be mailed back to the university before the start of the program.
  Parking availability:
Free parking at hotel
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Hilton Head Island
  Nearest city or town:  Hilton Head Island
  Nearest highway: I-95 and 278
  Nearest airport:  Hilton Head Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Hilton Head Island
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Hilton Head Island/Beauford, SC

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Yellow Cab HHI
phone: 843-522-1121
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$80
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour 

 

Distance:

 

45

   

Ask for Terry or Gary. $80 per 1, 2 or 3 people (one cab full). Also check their website at: http://www.yellowcabhhi.com/

 

Hilton Head Island/Hilton Head Island Continental

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi
Taxi Checker Cab
phone: 843-842-8294
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$22.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

15 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

10 miles

 
Driving Directions
  Interstate 95 On I-95 take exit 8 in South Carolina onto highway 278 for Hilton Head Island. On Hilton Head Island, you can take the toll parkway ($1.00) or stay on business 278. They both end at the Sea Pines traffic circle. Approach the traffic circle in the left lane and exit onto Pope Avenue. At the end of Pope Avenue, turn right onto South Forest Beach Drive. The The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort is the first building on the left.
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
(Sunday, February 23)
   
 Afternoon: Check into the hotel between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. to settle into your rooms and pick up your Road Scholar information packets for the week.
 Dinner: Enjoy a delicious dinner.
 Evening: During orientation the week's activities will be discussed and participants will be given an opportunity to get to know their fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: History and Culture of Hilton Head Island/History of Hilton Head Island Field Trip
(Monday, February 24)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: This morning's lecture will focus on the fascinating aspects of Hilton Head Island's history that shaped Southern culture.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: The Honey Horn History Walk is a guided adventure traveling back in time. You'll learn of native americans, planters, hunters and islanders. Discover how the island got its name and learn about the plantation system that existed from the 1700's until the Civil War.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local lowcountry restaurant
 Evening: Sea turtles presentation on Loggerhead Sea Turtles, which nest on the beaches of Hilton Head Island between May and August. Discover fascinating turtule facts, such as that an adult females will nest every two to four years, coming ashore between 4 and 6 times per season to lay eggs. Loggerheads typically nest at night, crawling to a dry part of the beach where females will dig a nest cavity with their rear flippers and deposit an average of 120 eggs. Once the eggs have been laid, the female throws sand to disguise the nest from predators and slowly returns to the ocean.
   
Accommodations: The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: HIlton Head's Coastal Culture/Ecology beach walk.
(Tuesday, February 25)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Gullah-Geechee Stories: Art and Poetry.
 Morning: From alligators to no-see-ums, learn about some of the area's most intriguing residents and the habitat they call home.
 Lunch: Lunch
 Afternoon: Time for "hands on feet in" study of the crawling and swimming critters of this barrier island. Walk on the beach and learn how to throw a seine net. Explore along this beautiful shore to answer some tidal questions!
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Continue the discovery of Hilton Head's Treasures with delightful guests offering lecture and information about the land and sea around the Island, delving deeper into the history, heritage and harvest aplenty offered by this fascinating area.
   
Accommodations: The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Seafood in the Lowcountry /Free afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, February 26)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Probe the unique African-American culture of the Gullah with their traditions, folk rituals, and language.
 Lunch: Lunch at the hotel.
 Afternoon: Free time to enjoy the amenities of the Island or to visit nearby towns of interest
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to enjoy local restaurants.
 Evening: Free Evening
   
Accommodations: The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Hilton Head and Gullah Culture
(Thursday, February 27)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Step back in time to when oysters were hand picked and shucked at the Bluffton Oyster Factory. Get ready to see a shrimp trawler up close! In 1999, the Bluffton Oyster Company was awarded by the South Carolina Department of Commerce, cited as one of the top 10 oldest and still prosperous companies in the state of South Carolina. All oysters are harvested and shucked by hand. The Bluffton Oyster Company employs approximately 15 oyster pickers and up to 12 oysters shuckers on a daily basis during the oyster season.
 Morning: Also this morning, you will visit the Heyward House (c.1841). It provides visitors a glimpse into the past. Guided excursions of the house and grounds are offered. One of only eight antebellum homes to survive the Civil War, this well-preserved house museum is the only historic home in Bluffton that is open to the public.
 Lunch: Lunch at Bluffton Oyster Company Restaurant. Take this opportunity to savor authentic Southern flavors and order the low country boil or enjoy fresh, local oysters, clams, mussels, shrimp, scallops, fish filets, and soft shell crabs.
 Afternoon: Visit the Church of the Cross. Formal worship in the Bluffton area traces its roots to the establishment in 1767 of St. Luke’s Parish, where a church was built near Pritchardville in 1787. Service on “The Bluff” of the May River first took place in the early 1830s. The young town of Bluffton was a summer resort for area and inland planters and a stop on the ferry route between Savannah and Beaufort. By 1842, a chapel was built near the current location of The Church of the Cross. In July of 1857, the present building was consecrated. Architect E. B. White designed a structure described then as a “handsome cruciform Gothic building”, which indeed it remains today. Fanned arches with a look of palmettos top its mullioned windows that are framed by latticed shutters. The builders sent to England for the rose-colored glass in the windows. Inside, soft-pink scored plaster enhances the warm light. Exposed pine timbers evoke power and stability. In 1863, Federal troops marched into Bluffton burning most of the town. Although the church was spared, its congregation fled. Services on The Bluff resumed in 1870, when the Rev. E. E. Bellinger arrived and oversaw repairs.
 Dinner: Dinner
 Evening: Kim Poovey, author and professional storyteller, performs excerpts from the novel as Emma. Emma is the main character in the fictional novel Truer Words. She is a strong-willed, independent woman who is not afraid to stand up for what is right. Raised on a wealthy plantation in the Lowcountry of South Carolina during the Victorian era, Emma's life is not as simple as it appears. Her family holds a secret that could cost them their lives if discovered. But for Emma, doing the right thing is worth the risk.
   
Accommodations: The Beach House - A Holiday Inn Resort
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Hilton Head History of Modern Day Development
(Friday, February 28)
   
 Breakfast: Healthy Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Morning lecture will continue to discuss Hilton Head's past and present.
 Lunch: Program concludes after morning lecture. No lunch is offered.
   
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


Profits and Politics in Paradise: The Development of Hilton Head Island


Author: Michael Danielson


Description: Explores the interplay of private power and public authority as well as the dilemma of growth in America's recreation-based communities.



Tideland Treasure: The Naturalist's Guide to the Beaches and Salt Marshes of Hilton Head Island and the Southeastern Coast


Author: Todd Ballantine


Description: Explores Hilton Head Island's beaches and salt marshes.



The Dolphins of Hilton Head: Their Natural History


Author: Cara Gubbins


Description: Interesting stories of the dolphins and their natural history around the Hilton Head area.



Gullah Folktales from the Georgia Coast


Author: Charles Colcock Jones


Description: In 1888, Charles Colcock Jones Jr. published the first collection of folk narratives from the Gullah-speaking people of the South Atlantic coast-tales he heard black servants exchange on his family rice and cotton plantation. It has been out of print and largely unavailable until now.





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