Charleston (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
6 days
Starts at
6 days
5 nights
15 meals
5B 5L 5D
Check-in, Registration, Welcome Dinner, Orientation
Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Architecture, Historic Charleston & Plantation
Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Architecture, Angel Oak, Tea Plantation, Vineyards
Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Architecture, Slave Community, Drayton Hall
Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Architectural Walk, Historic Houses, Free Time, Social
Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
Architecture, DVD, Program Concludes
Isle of Palms, Charleston County, SC
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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.
Activity Level
Walking up to two miles a day over narrow, uneven, flagstone-paved sidewalks and cobblestone streets; some standing; no elevators in historic homes.
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

Lodging is at a retreat center several miles outside of Charleston. For accommodations in Charleston’s historic district, please see Program #19403.
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Ernest O. Shealy
Architectural historian Ernest O. Shealy has a master’s in architectural history and historic preservation from the University of Virginia. He has served as house administrator for the historic Aiken-Rhett, Joseph Manigault and Heyward-Washington houses. In addition to wide-ranging community-leadership positions, Ernest hosts the radio show "Road Trip of the Month" on WKDK, has served on the South Carolina Review Board for Historic Preservation and has been a Road Scholar instructor since 1996.
Ernest O. Shealy
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