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OLLI Excursions


Lowcountry Excursions  ~  History, Nature, Culture  ~

Fall 2015 

Join Robin McCall on a series of Southern historical, cultural and natural history excursions. Fee includes van, driver, guide and entrance fees; lunch extra. Vans depart from Conway and/or Litchfield and Myrtle Beach. Students will be called with specific departure/return times, but plan on a full day. Activity Level: 1 (moderate) to 5 (extensive). Registration required one week in advance; refunds for cancellations made a week prior or if a replacement is found.


 Sept. 16 (Wed.)    

XHIST 457 L01 / $60

Southern Season Cooking School, Mt. Pleasant

If you love to cook, this tour is for you. A cooking demonstration, lunch there and plenty of time to

shop in the kitchen store. Activity Level:  1

 Sept. 19 (Sat.)

XHIST 457 L02 / $55

Scottish Games at Boone Hall

This will be a day packed with activities: Olympic games, Scottish music, highland dancing and

more than 25 bagpipe bands echoing through the beautiful live oaks. Great food - we’ll try some Haggis.

Activity Level: 5

 Sept. 23 (Wed.)    

XHIST 457 L03 / $55

Fort Sumter

One of America’s most historic landmarks! We’ll cross Charleston harbor by boat to the fort where we’ll

walk and explore all the historic places, followed by lunch at the Market Pavilion. Activity Level:  3

 Sept. 25 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L04 / $60

 Hopsewee & Hampton Historic Sites

Hopsewee, a National Historic Landmark, was built almost 40 years before the Revolutionary War and

owned by only five families, including Thomas Lynch, signer of the Declaration of Independence. After

lunch there, we travel to Hampton Plantation, home to several prominent families of Colonial and Antebellum S.C.,

including Rutledge’s, Horry’s and Pinckney’s. Activity Level:  3

 Sept. 30 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L05 / $55

 Bellamy Mansion

We’ll head north to visit the Bellamy Mansion located in historic downtown Wilmington on Market Street.  One of

North Carolina’s finest examples of Greek revival architecture-22 rooms! Activity Level:  3

 Oct. 2 (Fri)

XHIST 457 L06 / $55

 Florence Flower Festival & Darla Moore Botanical Garden

45,000 square feet of sheds filled to the brim with produce and plants.  Several family-owned- nurseries complete

with gardens, greenhouses and gift shops, plus a large selection of statuary products. Activity Level:  5

 Oct. 7 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L07 / $45

Charleston Art Galleries of the French Quarter

Stroll the cobblestoned streets and gaslit alleyways in the Old French Quarter where we will visit Anne Worsham

Richardson Gallery, Dog & Horse, Gay Sanders Fisher, Pink House Gallery and Coleman Fine Art (Mary Whyte).

Activity Level:  5

 Oct. 9 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L08 / $60

Charleston Churches

Well known as the “Holy City,” Charleston churches are both beautiful and historic. We’ll visit five: First Scots Presbyterian,

First Baptist Church, French Huguenot Church, Saint Michael’s and Saint Philip’s. Activity Level:  5

 Oct. 14 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L09 / $55

 Charleston Tea Plantation & Angel Oak

Located on Wadmalaw Island, visitors will learn firsthand how tea is made during an informative factory tour,

followed by a trolley ride through the tea fields, lunch at the Tomato Shed Restaurant and a visit to the Angel Oak

tree which is over 1,000 years old.  Activity Level:  3

 Oct. 16 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L10 / $45

 Old Market and Citadel Dress Parade

We will stroll downtown Charleston through the “Old Market” in the morning then head to lunch at a “special

surprise.” In the afternoon, we’ll attend the Citadel Dress Parade after viewing The Summerall Chapel and the

Citadel Museum. Activity Level:  3

 Oct. 21 (Wed)

XHIST 457 L11 / $55

 Senior Day at the State Fair, Columbia

Free Ferris wheel rides and other special activities geared especially for seniors, plus livestock, art shows, flower

displays. Activity Level:  5

 Oct. 23 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L12 / $60

 Birds of Prey Tour

In 2002 The Rice family of Charleston donated 152 acres in Charleston County for this state-of-the art Avian

Conservation Center. Internationally recognized, the center hosts owls, bald eagles, falcons, wild hawks and other

birds of prey. Lunch at T.W. Grahams. (cost of lunch not included) Activity Level:  3

 Oct. 27 (Tues.)

XHIST 457 L13 / $40

 Magnolia Cemetery

This historic cemetery in Charleston was dedicated in 1850: Charles Fraser delivered the dedication address.  It

was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a Historic District in 1978. This cemetery is known as one

of the most famous and beautiful cemeteries in the South. Activity Level:  5

 Oct. 30 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L14 / $65

 Captain Rod’s Lowcountry Plantation Tour

Captain Rod Singleton brings a lifetime of experiences, tales and folklore to this tour.  We will enjoy the beautiful

Waccamaw River, a magical mixture of antebellum history, lowcountry legends and personal experiences on the water.

Activity Level:  2

 Nov. 7 (Sat.)

XHIST 457 L15 / $190

 Auldbrass Plantation Tour (Frank Lloyd Wright)

Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 properties: Auldbrass is the only plantation among them.  It is one

of the largest and most complex projects he ever undertook, and he worked on it for more than 25 years! In 1986

film producer Joel Silver bought Auldbrass and, with the help of Eric Loyd Wright (grandson), meticulously   restored

this stunning architecture gem. Only open once every two years. This is a rare chance to visit this amazing place!

Lunch is included at a local plantation. Activity Level:  5

 Nov. 11 (Wed.)   

XHIST 457 L16 / $60

 Gullah Tour & Avery Institute, Charleston

Alphonso Brown takes us on a tour of the Gullah culture: Catfish Row, AME church and Philip Simmons’ blacksmith

shop. We’ll discuss hexes, fixes and puttin’ on the root. The Avery Institute of African American

History and Culture, founded in 1865 to provide education for the Charleston Gullah community, holds a large

collection of art and archival materials. After lunch (not included), off to the Market. Activity Level:  3

 Nov. 13 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L17 / $45

 Behind the Scenes at the Charleston Museum

America’s first museum, the Charleston Museum was founded in 1773, making it America’s first museum. Come

with us as we take a peek behind the scenes at the hidden rooms of the museum. We will be behind the scenes with

Graham Long featuring the textile collection, over 100 wedding gowns from the 1800-present, silver collection, guns,

swords, and rare birds. Activity Level:  3

 Nov. 18 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L18 / $55

 Mepkin Abbey Creche Festival

Enjoy the private collection of nativity scenes displayed at this special time.  Originally a rice plantation with plats

dating back to 1762, Mepkin was purchased in 1936 by Henry and Clare Boothe Luce who restored the gardens and developed

the equestrian and hunting activities.  In 1949 the Luce family gave the property to the Roman Catholic Church for a monastic foundation.

Lunch at the Barony House Restaurant. Activity Level:  3

 Nov. 20 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L19 / $55

 Boone Hall and Charles Pinckney House

In 1743, Major John Boone planted the magnificent live oak alley, featured in many movies, which will take your

breath away. After a tour of the house and gardens, we’ll visit Charles Pinckney’s home, “Snee Farm.” Purchased by

his father in 1754, it was once 715 acres; today, only 28 acres remain. President George Washington

visited in 1791. Activity Level:  4

 Dec. 2 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L20 / $60

 Edmondston-Alston House

Charles Edmondston built this house in 1825; it was one of the first substantial houses to be built along

Charleston’s sea wall. A decade later Charles Alston, a member of a well-established Low Country rice-planting

dynasty purchased the house and immediately began updating the architecture, in the Greek Revival style.  

The striking Greek Revival interiors, fascinating collections of the family portraits, furniture and silver and maritime

views from the piazza make the Edmondston-Alston House an unforgettable part of any Charleston adventure. Activity Level:  4

 Dec. 4 (Fri.)

XHIST 457 L21 / $60

 Middleton Place

This National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens. The centuries-old camellias

bloom in the winter. Built in 1755, the House Museum represents four generations of Middletons who have

maintained ownership for 320 years. This includes house and gardens tour. Lunch on your own at the 5 - star

restaurant or the snack shack, your choice. Activity Level:  5

 Dec. 9 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L22 / $45

 The Grove Inn/Marion

Located on 10 acres in the heart of Marion is a beautiful Eastlake-Style manor house completed in 1895, a 7,000

square foot mansion furnished with antiques and historical mementos.  Lunch in an old bank building, then visit

the Grove Inn. Activity Level:  3

 Dec. 16 (Wed.)

XHIST 457 L23 / $55

 Governor’s Mansion & the State House, Columbia

Built in 1855, the Governor’s Mansion was spared during Sherman’s burning of Columbia.  More than just the

governor’s residence, it features rooms of antique silver, china, furniture, paintings and documents.  The State

House, built in 1875 in the Greek Revival style, features 27 monuments, carvings, Doric columns, stained glass

windows and a copper dome. Activity Level:  3