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African-American History Itinerary: Olde English to Old Charleston

Day 1: York County

  • Begin your experience at the Museum of York County with an "African Safari".
  • The next stop is Historic Brattonsville. At Brattonsville you will connect with the past through costumed re-enactors and the stories they tell portraying slave life in the 1700s and 1800s.
  • Travel to York for lunch and a genealogical research seminar at McCelvey Center. Also, learn about The Friendship Nine, a group of college students who conducted a history-making sit-in in 1961.
  • After lunch your destination is Sanders’ Farm. Meet Dori Sanders, renowned author (Clover, Her Own Place, and a cookbook), farmer and storyteller. From here, you will check into your hotel to freshen up.
  • Dinner is at Old Town Bistro. The lunch counter in this old McCrory's Store was the site of a 1961 sit-in by The Friendship Nine. Watch a video of that momentous occasion in Civil Rights history. Then meet and have dinner with a member of that group.

Day 2: Boykin and Columbia

  • Travel to Boykin, the site of the Battle of Boykin's Mill, a Civil War battle site where the all-Negro 54th Massachusetts Infantry (depicted in the film "Glory", starring Denzel Washington) fought as the first group of former slaves and freemen to fight as a commissioned group. Next visit The Broom Place to watch as brooms are made on original broom equipment over 100 years old inside a former slave cabin. Step inside Swift Creek Baptist Church, an historic church with slave galleries and slave graveyard. Have lunch on the porch at the Boykin Company Store.
  • After lunch, leave for Columbia where you will first tour the South Carolina State Museum with the curator of African-American history.
  • Next a guide from the Historic Columbia Foundation's will board your coach to take you on a tour of 25 prominent African-American sites in the capitol city.
  • Check into one of Columbia's many fine hotels. Then freshen up and venture out to the Vista for an evening of shopping, dining and entertainment on your own.

Day 3: Charleston

  • After a delicious southern breakfast at your hotel, travel to the Historic Charleston area. Charleston has been voted the “Most Mannerly City” in the United States 13 years in a row.
  • Travel up the Ashley River National Scenic Byway for a visit to Middleton Place, one of the many plantation homes in the Charleston area.
  • Drive through Sullivan's Island, which historians have called the "Ellis Island" for the estimated 200,000 enslaved Africans.
  • Enjoy lunch and shopping on your own at the City Market. While there, you can browse for a hand-made sweetgrass basket, a craft that was brought from Africa.
  • During the afternoon, take the 2-hour Gullah Tour, which includes the Underground Railroad, the Whipping House, Old Slave Mart and the blacksmith, Mr. Philip Simmons’ workshop, or visit the South Carolina Aquarium.
  • Depart for home with great memories of your trip to South Carolina.