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OLLI Excursions


Lowcountry Excursions  ~  History, Nature, Culture  ~

Winter 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.


 Weds., Jan. 21

Wilmington, NC Tour                                                                                 $55          XHIST 457 L01          4

We’ll head north where we will visit the Bellamy Mansion located in historic downtown on Market Street. One of North Carolina’s

finest examples of Greek Revival architecture - 22 rooms! In the afternoon, a visit to Ivy Cottage Antiques where three buildings and

a warehouse are chock full of gems, jewelry and all kinds of historic treasures!

Lunch at Indochine Restaurant

 Fri., Jan. 23

Southern Seasons Cooking School Tour, Mt. Pleasant                            $60          XHIST 457 L22          2

If you love to cook, this tour is for you! A cooking demonstration, lunch there and plenty of time to shop in their kitchen store.

 Weds., Jan. 28

Gullah Tour & Slave Market Museum, Charleston                                   $60          XHIST 457 L03          2

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

shop. We’ll discuss hexes, fixes and puttin’ on the root! After lunch, the Slave Market Museum where slaves were sold at auction.

Fri., Jan. 30

Southern Seasons Cooking School Tour, Mt. Pleasant                            $60          XHIST 457 L04          2

If you love to cook, this tour is for you! A cooking demonstration, lunch there and plenty of time to shop in their kitchen store.

Weds., Feb. 4

Behind the Scenes at the Charleston Museum - Archival Tour               $45          XHIST 457 L05         3

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’ll focus on the museum’s archives: rare letters, books, journals, artwork, diaries and maps.

Fri., Feb. 6

Hopsewee & Hampton Historic Sites                                                          $60          XHIST 457 L06         4

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 Rutledges, Horrys and Pinckneys. 

Weds., Feb. 11

Horry County Museum & Conway Glass                                                    $45          XHIST 457 L07          3

From Native Americans, Horry County beaches, textiles, military exhibit and the two-story tanked aquarium, we’ll explore Horry

County history. After lunch, a visit to Conway Glass where we will create a glass ball ornament and see a glassblowing demo.

Fri., Feb. 13

Charleston Aquarium and the Turtle Hospital                                           $60          XHIST 457 L08          2

Explore the S.C. Aquarium in Charleston and enjoy a special tour of the Sea Turtle Hospital where you will meet the current

“patients in residence” and hear about their care and restoration to health. (Please note that the hospital is a working animal

hospital and cannot guarantee patients at the time of our visit). There will be ample time to explore the aquarium.

Wed., Feb. 18

Middleton Place                                                                                            $60          XHIST 457 L09          4

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.

Fri., Feb. 20

Boone Hall & Charles Pinckney House                                                         $55          XHIST 457 L10          4

In 1743, Major John Boone planted the magnificent live oak allee featured in many movies that 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.

Weds., Feb. 25

McClellanville Village Museum & Tour                                                         $45          XHIST 457 L11         3

Opened in 1999, the Village Museum presents a timeline of history beginning with the Seewee Indians, the rise of the timber industry,

rice planting era and the growth of the local seafood industry. After lunch, we’ll tour the village historic district and Episcopal Church.

Weds., March 4

Charleston Art Galleries of the French Quarter                                          $45          XHIST 457 L12          4

Stroll the cobble-stoned 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). 

Weds., March 11 

Revolutionary War Trail & Joseph Kershaw House, Camden                    $60          XHIST 457 L13          3

Camden has the distinction of being the oldest inland city in S.C. We’ll visit the Joseph Kershaw House (1758) and Revolutionary

Park where we will learn about the two local battles. Then drive through the historic home district and visit Camden Museum. 

Fri., March 13 

Charleston Churches                                                                                     $60          XHIST 457 L14          4

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 Philips. 

Weds., March 18

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens                                                                     $50         XHIST 457 L15          4

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, Magnolia has been in the Drayton family since 1676. Featured here are “the most

beautiful gardens in the world” with more than 500 acres of grounds to explore. The oldest plantation on the Ashley River, it was

awarded the 2010 Heritage Tourism Award for its interpretive program at the slave cabins. 

Fri., March 20 

68th Annual Festival of House & Gardens, Charleston                               $80          XHIST 457 L16          5

In the prosperous decades preceding the American Revolution, some of the finest mansions in the city were built along the South

Battery. Charleston’s classic single house was constructed in this neighborhood into the 19th century. 

Weds., March 25

Airlie Gardens, Wilmington, NC                                                                     $60          XHIST 457 L17          4

Airlie Gardens is a breathtaking combination of formal gardens, wildlife, historic structures, walking trails and sculptures. Also

100,000 azaleas surround 10 acres of freshwater lakes.

Fri., & Sat., March 27 - 28

Prince George Episcopal Plantation Tours                          $60 one day/$100 both XHIST 457 L18/L19   5

This is one of the premier events in the South, offered by the church for the past 67 years! With two full days of beautiful gardens

and privately owned plantation homes and town houses, visitors are invited to tea in the Winyah Indigo Society Hall at 3 p.m.

Mon., & Tues., March 30 - 31

Riverbanks Zoo & Four Historic Columbia Homes-overnight $125/dbl; $145/sgl XHIST 457 L20/L21     5

Over the next two years, Riverbanks Zoo will be getting a 32 million dollar facelift. We will enjoy the first day at the zoo and botanical

gardens.  The next day we will visit four historic homes (Robert Mills, Hampton-Preston, Mann-Simons & Woodrow Wilson).