Charleston: An Insider's View
March 31–April 4, 2014
Charleston's antebellum splendors, gracious interiors, lush private gardens, fascinating people, and enduring legacy of historic preservation take center stage on this custom-designed tour of South Carolina's grandest historic city. John Meffert, former director of the National Trust's Southern Office and longtime Charleston resident, will show us the best of the city. While in the Low Country, participate in special tours of Drayton Hall and Middleton Place—two outstanding Ashley River plantations, listen for the distinct Gullah language—originated by the area's first black inhabitants—on charming Bowen's Island enjoy true Southern hospitality at a traditional private oyster bake.
Study Leader Information
John Meffert, longtime Charleston resident and historian.
Independent arrivals meet at the Francis Marion Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America program; Introductory walking tour with John Meffert ; Welcome dinner at fine restaurant
Edmunston-Alston House, director-led tour, Edmonston-Alston House, curator-led tour Lunch at a downtown bistro Gibbes Museum of Art, curator-led tour, private home visit, Private oyster roast dinner on Bowen's Island
Drayton Hall, Plantation-style luncheon at Middleton Place's gourmet restaurant Tour house and gardens at Middleton Place Independent evening
Visit two beautiful antebellum houses to see their gardens, director-led tour of the Nathaniel Russell House, Lunch and afternoon at leisure Farewell dinner at one of Charleston's best restaurants
Please email National Trust Tours for questions about this program. Be sure to include your mailing address if you are requesting a paper copy of the brochure for this program.