South Carolina
Signature City Charleston: Historic Plantations and Gardens
Immerse yourself in the culture and unique story of Charleston, where you’ll discover plantation homes, Lowcountry cuisine, antebellum architecture and all the charms of the South.
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Program No. 19403FDY
6 days
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At a Glance

In one of America’s most historic and beautiful cities, take a step back in time as you explore the manicured gardens, ornate home interiors and antebellum history of the plantations nestled within Charleston and the coastal Lowcountry. Encounter the life stories of those who lived and worked in these stately homes and historic plantations, black and white, slave and free. Learn about the Gullah people, slave descendants who have preserved more of their African heritage than any other community in the country.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking up to two miles and standing up to an hour on field trips. Some uneven surfaces at the plantations and cobblestone streets.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Step inside the Nathaniel Russell Home and the Edmondston-Alston Home, Middleton Place Plantation and Gardens and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.
  • Attend the Charleston City Market, four blocks of open-air buildings where vendors sell paintings, pottery, sweetgrass baskets and more.
  • Enjoy sumptuous Lowcountry cuisine, a sweetgrass basket-weaving demo, Gullah language and culture and the only tea plantation in the U.S.

General Notes

You may be interested in a more leisurely version of this program, "Charleston at a Slower Pace: Cuisine, Culture & History" (#23056). You may also be interested in a lower-priced program based outside Charleston, "Charleston's Plantations and Stately Homes" (#19402).
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Ruth Miller
Ruth Miller, a graduate of Duke University, has lived all over America and journeyed throughout the world. As a Charleston historian and excursion leader, she enjoys tying local history into the American story and worldwide events. Ruth is the author and co-author of numerous books, including “Charleston Charlie — A Family Activity Book for Kids of All Ages,” “Touring the Tombstones,” and “The Angel Oak Story.” She is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Trust.
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