Georgia/North Carolina/South Carolina

On the Road: Atlanta, Asheville, Charleston and Savannah

See these four historically significant cities of the South from the perspectives of both famous icons and the common man and slave as you visit museums, estates and historic districts.
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Program No. 23348RJ
10 days
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At a Glance

Hit the road in Georgia and make your way from Atlanta to Asheville, Charleston and Savannah as you explore these four gems of the Southeast. Learn the stories of both historic giants and lesser-known men and women who made their mark on the south—from Martin Luther King Jr. and Jimmy Carter, to plantation slaves and Civil War soldiers. Study the cultural significance of literary contributions from authors like Margaret Mitchell and Thomas Wolfe. Explore the architecture of historic district townhouses and great mansions and estates alike, and enjoy evening performances for a taste of folk and spiritual music of the past and present.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore the Biltmore Estate’s architecture and 8,000 acres of gardens, and learn how wine is made at the estate’s Antler Hill Farm and Winery.
  • Learn about Gullah culture at Boone Hall Plantation, and take in the grave history and yet beautiful architecture of Owens-Thomas House and Slave Quarters.
  • Dine where the famous have dined — Paschal’s Restaurant — and enjoy a cooking class as you learn about Southern cuisine.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Saving Savannah: The City and the Civil War
by Jacqueline Jones
In this masterful portrait of life in Savannah before, during, and after the Civil War, prize-winning historian Jacqueline Jones transports readers to the balmy, raucous streets of that fabled Southern port city. Here is a subtle and rich social history that weaves together stories of the everyday lives of blacks and whites, rich and poor, men and women from all walks of life confronting the transformations that would alter their city forever. Deeply researched and vividly written, Saving Savannah is an invaluable contribution to our understanding of the Civil War years.
Asheville's Historical Architecture
by Richard Hansley
Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733
by Preston Russell (Author), Barbara Hines (Author)
Savannah: A History of Her People Since 1733 offers a chronological view of Savannah history, including period photogrpahs and sketches. If you are acquainted with Savannah, this book will help solidify your knowlegde. If you are new to Savannah or need to learn more about the city, the book will increase your knowledge.
The Burning of Atlanta in 1864: The History of One of the Civil War’s Most Controversial Events
by Charles River Editors
*Includes pictures *Includes accounts of the fighting and burning by Sherman and Union soldiers *Includes online resources and a bibliography for further reading *Includes a table of contents
Hidden History of Savannah
by Brenna Michaels (Author), T. C. Michaels (Author)
Savannah has repeatedly stood on the edge of ruin, brought to its knees by bloody battles, mysterious pestilence, fire, unforgiving weather and the drums of war. Men and women whose names echo in history once walked its streets. Countless other faces are seemingly forgotten, names that history held in looser grip--like Mary Musgrove, the colonial translator and entrepreneur, or Dr. Samuel Nunes, shipwrecked by chance on Savannah's coastal shores just in time to curb a deadly epidemic and save Savannah's first settlers. And then there's John Geary, the larger-than-life Union general who beat Sherman's march south to the sea. Join authors Brenna and T.C. Michaels as they explore Savannah's long, wide and very often hidden history.
Charleston! Charleston!: The History of a Southern City
by Walter Frazer
This book records Charleston's development from 1670 and ends with an afterword on the effects of Hurricane Hugo in 1989, drawing with special care on information from every facet of the city's life-its people and institutions; its art and architecture; its recreational, social and intellectual life; its politics and city government.
Legendary Locals of Asheville
by Kevan D. Fraiser
Like all great cities, Asheville’s story is one of people, not institutions or industries. For more than two centuries, deep in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, extraordinary women and men have created a truly unique American city. Legendary Locals of Asheville tells the stories of the people who founded, built, and rebuilt Asheville. From the first woman elected to state office in the South, who won her primary before women had the right to vote, to the grandson of a famed railroad magnate who built a 250-room chateau that became the largest home in America, to the entrepreneur who helped ignite the city’s renaissance when he risked opening an art gallery downtown when most of it was still boarded up, Ashevillians are an amazing lot. Likewise, there are stories of extraordinary groups like the renowned faculty of an experimental college that redefined the American arts or the brave high school students who joined together to fight segregation. Their stories are as touching and fascinating as they are varied.

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