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South Carolina

Charleston’s Plantations and Stately Homes

Immerse yourself in the uniquely American story of Charleston as you learn about plantation life, traditional cuisine, historic architecture and the Civil War.
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Program No. 19402RJ
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6 days
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1,249
South Carolina

Charleston’s Plantations and Stately Homes

Immerse yourself in the uniquely American story of Charleston as you learn about plantation life, traditional cuisine, historic architecture and the Civil War.
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6 days
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Program No. 19402 RJ
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6 days
5 nights
13 meals
5B 4L 4D
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At a Glance

Absorb the beauty and depth of Charleston’s stately homes and lowcountry plantations as you delve into their histories on exclusive, expert-led explorations of historic houses, plantation and gardens. Learn the uncensored story of slave life during onsite lectures, and examine the many influences that gave Charleston its grand downtown structures.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Compare the Aiken-Rhett House in its unrestored state with the beautifully restored 19th-century Nathanial Russell House.
  • Enjoy a look into — and tasty sampling of — modern plantation life at Charleston Tea Plantation, containing America’s only tea garden, and enjoy a visit to other historic plantations in the area.
  • Enjoy an exploration of Charleston’s Historic Battery, viewing the exteriors of stately homes built before, during and after the Civil War.

General Notes

The Retreat Difference: This unique, often basic and no-frills experience at a Road Scholar Retreat includes opportunities for early morning exercise, interaction with the local community for insight into local life, an authentic farm-to-table or locally sourced meal, a live performance or event and a value-priced single room. Lodging is at a retreat center several miles outside of Charleston. For accommodations in Charleston’s historic district, please see "Signature City Charleston: Historic Plantations and Gardens" (#19403).
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
American Architecture: A History
by Leland M. Roth
American Architecture introduces the major developments that shaped the American-built environment from before the arrival of the Europeans to the present, from ceremonial enclosures and homes to modernism and its discontents. On both the high-style architecture of aspiration and the everyday vernacular architecture, Leland Roth presents the historical impact of changes in conceptual imagery, style, building technology, landscape design, and town-planning theory. There is also extensive historical coverage of 17th- and 18th-century architecture and regional style. Throughout Roth charts the gradual development of towns, cities, and suburbs along with the social, cultural, and political forces that shaped their growth.
The Children of Pride: A True Story of Georgia and the Civil War
by Robert Manson Myers and Charles Colcok Jones
[Selected] from the voluminous family papers of the Rev. Dr. Charles Colcock Jones (1804-1863), of Liberty County, Georgia.
The Invention of Wings
by Sue Monk Kidd
The Invention of Wings, a powerful and sweeping historical novel by Sue Monk Kidd, begins, fittingly, with an image of flight: Hetty “Handful”, who has grown up as a slave in early nineteenth century Charleston, recalls the night her mother told her that her ancestors in Africa could fly over trees and clouds. That day, Handful’s mother, Charlotte, gave her daughter the gift of hope— the possibility that someday she might regain her wings and fly to freedom. Throughout Kidd’s exquisitely written story, Handful struggles, sometimes with quiet dissidence, sometimes with open rebellion, to cultivate a belief in the invincibility of her spirit and in the sacred truth that one does not need actual wings in order to rise. Barely a stone’s throw from the slave quarters where Handful and her mother share a room behind the grand Grimké house, another young woman fights a different battle with the constraints of her society. Sarah Grimké is the middle daughter of a wealthy and prominent family at the pinnacle of Charleston’s social hierarchy—the daughter her mother calls difficult and her father calls remarkable. From the time of her first violent childhood confrontation with slavery, Sarah is unable to abide the oppression and brutality of the slave system that surrounds her. Ambitious and keenly intelligent, she harbors an intense longing to have a voice in the world and to follow her father and brothers’ footsteps to a profession in the law. Crushed by the strictures that her family and society impose on women, Sarah forges a tortuous, yet brave path toward abolition and women’s rights—a crusade in which she will be joined by her fiery sister Angelina.
Architects of Charleston
by Beatrice St. Julien Ravenel
A Woman Rice Planter
by Elizabeth Allston Pringle
A self-portrait of an admirable plantation mistress spanning a period from antebellum days until World War I, originally published under the pseudonym "Patience Pennington."
Meals
13 Meals
5 Breakfasts
4 Lunches
4 Dinners
The following choices may be available when requested in advance: Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Low Salt
Lodging
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Oct 17, 2021 - Oct 22, 2021
  • Oct 17, 2021 - Oct 22, 2021
5 nights
Isle of Palms
Road Scholars staying at the Coastal Retreat enjoy private room accommodations, each with a private bathroom (shower only), mini fridge and individually controlled heat and air conditioning. The two-story retreat has both stairs and an elevator, with lobby areas for reading, relaxation and conversation on both floors. During their stay, guests can enjoy the sea breeze on the outdoor covered deck, play games or read in the comfortable lounging area, and spend contemplative moments in the tree-shaded prayer garden. Within walking distance are a grocery store and the shops and eateries of a small commercial center. Good to know: No TVs in rooms; TV available in upstairs and downstairs lobbies. No phones in rooms; courtesy phone available. Free Wi-Fi available on both floors in common areas; limited in rooms.





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