Getting on/off a motorcoach. Driving on The Battery approximately 4 miles. Walking up to 5 blocks; paved surfaces, some cobblestones. If you are unable to walk the distance of any of the field trips in Charleston, the group leader will be happy to call a bike taxi to assist you in transportation. Participant is responsible for the bike taxi cost.
In the hotel’s Barbadoes Room, choose what you like from the extensive breakfast buffet that features Lowcountry favorites such as Shrimp and Grits as well as corned beef hash, omelettes and other egg dishes, pancakes, French toast, fresh fruit, potatoes, bacon, sausage, ham, grits, biscuits, coffee, tea, water. Start the morning in grand Southern style.
Via motorcoach and walking, we’ll take a field trip with a local expert into the Charleston Historic District, a National Historic Landmark. A highlight is the French Huguenot Church, a National Historic Landmark. The first church was built in 1687; what we see today is the third structure on this site, completed in 1845. It was a time when services were scheduled to coincide with the arrival of Huguenot worshippers from surrounding plantations. The architectural style, Gothic Revival, was a specialty of the noted Charleston architect Edward Brickell White, with decorative elements reminiscent of great French cathedrals from the Middle Ages. The history of Charleston is not complete without a visit to the Citadel which was established in 1842 and was originally located on Marion Square right across the street from your hotel. Today the beautiful campus, which was moved in 1922 to the bank of the Ashley River, is home to over 3,400 men and women enrolled in over 20 full and part time graduate and undergraduate programs.
At the hotel in a private room for our group, we’ll have a buffet lunch with coffee, tea, water included; other beverages available for purchase.
Free Time. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and do what interests you most. Please refer to the list of Free Time Opportunities. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions. You might like to stroll along peek into courtyards and gardens of private homes, visit the City Market, the Charleston Museum, or even Fort Sumter. There are numerous possibilities throughout the Historic District.
This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to enjoy what you like. We will have a list of restaurants within walking distance and the Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.
At leisure. Continue your personal explorations, attend a performance or other event from current offerings, spend time with fellow Road Scholars, or just relax.