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OLLI Excursions

 

Lowcountry Excursions  ~  History, Nature, Culture  ~

Fall 2014

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.

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nov. 19 (Wed.)

Mepkin   Abbey Creche Festival & the Canal Museum                  $55       XHIST 457 L27                 4

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 Barony House

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm 

Dec.   3 (Wed.)

Mepkin   Abbey Creche Festival & the Canal Museum                  $55       XHIST 457 L22                  4

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 Barony House 

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am; Litchfield Education Center - 9 am

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 5 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm 

Dec.   5 (Fri.)

The   Grove Inn/Marion                                                                 $45       XHIST 457 L23                  4

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 at Magnolia's  on Main and then the Marion Museum.

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 8 am;    Coastal Carolina Science Center - 9 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 5 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 6 pm  

Dec.   10 (Wed.)

Governor’s   Mansion & the State House , Columbia                     $55      XHIST 457 L24                   4

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 the copper dome. 

Lunch at Lizard's Thickett

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 7:30 am;    Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 7 pm  

Dec.   12 (Fri.)

James  Island Festival of Lights                                                    $50     XHIST 457 L25                    3   

Featuring over 700 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many

families throughout Charleston and beyond. James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place

to capture the magic of the holiday season. 

Dinner - To Be Announced                                                            

Departure:  Coastal Carolina Science Center - 1:30 pm; Litchfield Education Center - 2:30 pm

Return:  Litchfield Education Center - 9 pm; Coastal Carolina Science Center - 10 pm 

Dec.   17 (Wed.)

Governor’s   Mansion & the State House, Columbia (see Dec. 10)  $55     XHIST 457 L26                   4 

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 the copper dome. 

Lunch at Lizard's Thickett 

Departure: Litchfield Education Center - 7:30 am;    Coastal Carolina Science Center - 8 am

Return:   Coastal Carolina Science Center - 6 pm; Litchfield Education Center- 7 pm