We will venture to the Angel Oak Tree plus the historical McLeod Plantation. Not much walking , and instead enjoy the beautiful ride across the peninsula as we enjoy a private reception at a Charleston Single House, the home of Dr. and Mrs. Biemann and Janelle Othersen.
Start your day out right with a complete breakfast with a variety of offerings at 8:15 a.m., including fresh fruit, juices, hot coffee, tea. Early Bird Coffee is always ready by 7 a.m., and a Keurig is available at all hours.
Today, we will depart for a day full of adventure! At 9:15 a.m., our luxurious Coastal Coach allows us to comfortably enjoy the beauty of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers as we cross the Charleston Peninsula to behold the famous Angel Oak Tree, deemed the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River. The Angel Oak is believed to be over 1,500 years old and stands 65 ft high with a canopy providing 17,000 sq feet of shade. Following the Angel Oak, we will head over to North Americas only Tea Plantation, located moments away on Wadamalaw Island.
Enjoy a picnic lunch under the gorgeous oaks while overlooking a picturesque setting at McLeod Plantation.
Established in 1851, McLeod Plantation has borne witness to some of the most significant periods of Charleston’s - and our nations - history. Today McLeod Plantation is an important 37-acre Gullah/Geechee heritage site that has been carefully preserved in recognition of its cultural and historical significance. The grounds include a riverside outdoor pavilion, a sweeping oak allée, and the McLeod Oak, which is thought to be more than 600 years old.After a beautiful ride back into downtown, you are personally invited into the Single House of Dr. Biemann and Janelle Othersen as they share typical Charleston afternoon treats along with tales of working with the Board of Architectural Review of the City Charleston. Afterward is an OPTIONAL EVENING ON YOUR OWN: STAY DOWNTOWN FOR DINNER AND "SOUNDS OF CHARLESTON" CONCERT ON YOUR OWN. The 12 passenger van from Coastal Retreat will pick up any folks from the Circular Congregation Church who choose to stay for the optional concert.
Scholars who choose to return to Coastal Retreat will have another delicious meal prepared by our in house chef, Toni Scott of Parish House Catering.
After dinner, all are invited to gather together in the upstairs classroom to view a one hour Gullah video “COLORS… The journey from Africa to America” which features Gullah artists, story tellers, and musicians.