Bus Trip to Charleston
$290 – Non Members Single Room, $230 Non Members per person Double Room, Friends Discounts available
Hop on board our chartered bus and travel with the Friends of the Garden as we visit two of the oldest and most historic plantations in the South.
First stop is Magnolia Plantation, the ancestral home of the Drayton family since 1676, still managed by descendants of the Draytons. The 500-acre estate includes 70 acres of gardens, designed in a classical romantic style by Reverend John Drayton for his wife Julia. Rev. Drayton is credited with introducing the first azaleas to America and planting the first camellias in the Southeast.
At Magnolia Plantation, we’ll have a tram tour of the once-thriving rice plantation and a tour of the Plantation house, furnished with the Drayton’s collection of early-American antiques, porcelains, quilts and heirlooms.
After check-in and a brief rest at the Holiday Inn Express in Mount Pleasant, we will travel to Charleston’s historic district for dinner at the famous Hymans Restaurant, hailed by Southern Living magazine as one best seafood restaurants in the Southeast.
On day two we’ll visit Boone Hall Plantation where we will have guided tours of the plantation house and slave quarters. There also will be time to explore the gardens surrounding the house as well as a black history museum on the property. Our tour ends at the Gullah Theater where we will hear about the lives, culture and customs of the Gullah people, descendants of African slaves who settled in the Low Country of South Carolina.
Our final stop is Page’s Okra Grill, a family-owned restaurant offering made-from-scratch dishes, including southern comfort foods, traditional coastal seafood, and homemade desserts.
This trip requires a moderate amount of walking. Although the two plantation home tours are both on one level, there are several steps leading up to the entrances.
Trip cost includes charter bus transportation, admission and guided tours at both plantations, a box lunch at Magnolia Plantation, lodging at the Holiday Inn Express, and dinner at Hymans Seafood Restaurant. Lunch on day two at Page’s Okra Grill is on-your-own.
Registration deadline is October 1, 2017