Getting on/off a motorcoach. Walking up to 1/2 mile; some uneven terrain.
At the hotel, we’ll start our day off right with a hearty and nutritious breakfast that will include a wide range of freshly baked goods, organic whole-grain cereals, fresh fruit, creamy yogurts, freshly squeezed juices, fresh eggs and bacon or sausage. Coffee, tea, and water are also included.
We’ll begin by delving into history and holiday traditions. A local historian will provide an overview of Charleston and the Carolina Lowcountry, emphasizing the craftsmanship and architecture of the homes decked in holiday finery, culinary wonders, and holiday customs leading to Christmas. We'll then board the motor coach for Boone Hall Plantation, about a 25 minute drive from our hotel.
Under the pavilion on Boone Hall’s beautiful back lawn, we’ll have a delicious, Road Scholar exclusive, Southern farm-to-table lunch. We’ll also enjoy a performance focusing on the rich history of Gullah culture.
After lunch, you'll explore the home and grounds decorated with beautiful Christmas decorations of every kind. Boone Hall is one of America's oldest living and working plantations — and reputedly, the most photographed — where we can imagine what plantation life was like here in the 1800s. The spectacular avenue of moss-draped live oak trees was planted in 1743 and today forms a magnificent, intertwined, overhead corridor. The classic mansion and grounds display their holiday finery, featuring Christmas trees adorned with locally-made decorations, wreaths of magnolia leaves, and beautiful arrangements. Boone Hall is the only plantation in the S.C. Lowcountry to feature a live presentation of the unique Gullah culture. During a self-directed exploration, we’ll learn about the experience of the enslaved and other people of color at Boone Hall and how it relates to Black history in America. The owners have preserved eight of the original servants’ quarters built between 1790-1810. Each presents a different aspect of history from slavery through emancipation and the Civil Rights struggle. Through recorded narratives, audiovisual presentations, life-sized figures, and actual historical relics, we will gain a better understand and appreciation for the daily lives of people in bondage.
Dinner is on your own or with newfound Road Scholar friends. Our group leader will have many suggestions for dinner.