North Carolina
Historic Homes and Gardens of the North Carolina Coast
Explore the historic manors, mansions and manicured gardens of coastal North Carolina. With local experts, learn the state’s history and culture through its beautifully restored homes.
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Program No. 22457RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

The North Carolina coastline is steeped in centuries of fascinating history, and the region’s beautifully restored homes and manors each have a story to tell. Delve into the state’s riveting past as you explore Federalist architecture, immaculate gardens and lavish mansions from a bygone era. Discover the picturesque historic district of Swansboro, with centuries-old homes overlooking the ocean and get lost in the manicured gardens of a massive 16-acre estate. Join local experts to learn about North Carolina history and maritime culture as you journey from one historic home to the next.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Walking on gravel paths and hilly terrain.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the historic homes of New Bern, including the extravagant Tryon Palace.
  • In the quaint town of Beaufort, experience beautifully restored homes that predate the Civil War.
  • Join local experts on invigorating nature walks in the Outer Banks to learn about their unique barrier island ecology.
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Rodney Kemp
A crowd-pleaser and proven spellbinder of adults and children alike, Rodney Kemp is a local boy who managed to remember all those tales he heard while growing up. Born in Knoxville, Tenn., Rodney earned a degree in journalism from Texas Tech University. He became a teacher and taught at Newport Elementary School and West Carteret High School, and is a member and chairman of the Carteret County Board of Education. An avid sportsman, Rodney has completed the running of 12 marathons since 1982.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Rodney Kemp
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Jay Barnes
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Becca Knudson
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