Today's schedule takes us via bus on a brief overview of the historic Charleston Peninsula, a comprehensive architectural tour of Drayton Hall Plantation, and an introduction to Architecture with an emphasis upon the Charleston area. This evening, the talented Dr. Gail Goudy shares her knowledge and expertise regarding Architecture and the international influence visible in the structure and style our historical buildings.
Breakfast is served today at 8:15 a.m. Self serve coffee will be available by 7:00 a.m. daily for early risers, and hot single serving available at all hours!
9:00 a.m. We leave Coastal Retreat and enjoy the beautiful 40 minute drive across the incredible Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge over the Cooper River. Heading through the Plantation District, our adventures begin at Drayton Hall Plantation. Walking through the amazing main home of the Drayton Hall, America's prime example of Palladian Architecture, will jump start our studies this week, as we view first hand plantation home life in a state of static preservation, allowing a genuine peek into the oldest and finest structure of its time.
12:30 p.m. Together we will enjoy a lovely picnic lunch in the midst of the magnificent Drayton Hall Plantation OR Magnolia Plantation Gardens, depending upon weather and current opportunities.
Our afternoon excursion takes us to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. 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 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. You'll experience the beauty of its gardens along with its rich history with a guided tour. Following our garden tour, a driving tour of downtown Charleston will give us a glimpse of the architectural variety in Americas oldest historic district, as well as a peak into the Military College of the South, THE CITADEL.
Enjoy a delicious supper when you return to Coastal Retreat. Toni Scott with Parish House Catering will delight your palate with Lowcountry favorites throughout the week!
Dr. Gayle Goudy from the College of Charleston joins us at 7:00 p.m. in the upstairs classroom. Come learn about the diversity of architecture we will encounter as we visit the plantations and stately homes of Charleston, and how the area's rich history influences the style of buildings and renovations even today.