Come experience the rich history and the holiday traditions of Gullah heritage in the Lowcountry of South Carolina! Gullah or Geechee dates back to the late 1500’s when African’s were brought to the Carolina Colony. Today, there are nearly half a million people who still actively identify as Gullah between Jacksonville, Florida and Jacksonville, North Carolina in a stretch that is referred to as the Gullah Geechee Historical Corridor. At the beginning of your tour you will venture down to Georgetown to visit the Gullah Museum; it is here that history comes alive through art, artifacts and handmade story-telling quilts. Bunny Smith Rodrigues, one of the founders of the museum, is known for her Michelle Obama Story quilt, which was featured in the 2013 Presidential Inauguration Parade, and shows Mrs. Obama’s Gullah heritage, which traces back to Georgetown, South Carolina. Next, you will head to Hopsewee Plantation, home to a charming 18th century plantation styled house and beautiful oak shaded grounds. Enjoy a historical tour of the house and learn about the Gullah people’s involvement on the rice plantation from 1670 till the Stono Rebellion. During your time at Hopsewee you will also have the chance to view a sweetgrass basket demonstration by Vera Manigualt, an eighth-generation weaver and Gullah descendant. Sweetgrass baskets are a treasured Lowcountry tradition that was brought to the United States by West African slaves in the 1700’s. The baskets are created by tightly coiling bundles of sweetgrass, and hold great cultural significant to the Gullah people. After leaving Hopsewee we will stop for lunch and then go on a city tour of historic Georgetown. Established in 1526 few cities have as much history or charm as Georgetown. You will get to see the heart of the city, the historic district, full of preserved buildings that can date back to Victorian Era, and the gorgeous historic waterfront. Lastly, we will head to Brookgreen Gardens, named one of the “Top Five Favorite Gardens” by Southern Living Magazine, Brookgreen is filled with beautiful native flora and American sculpture. The Gardens are home to the largest collection of outdoor sculptures by American artist in the world! During your time at Brookgreen you will get to experience an entertaining performance of the Christmas Story in Gullah, and a fun, informative program about Gullah food, history and holiday tradition from Ron Daise. You may recognize Ron from the hit 1990’s Nickelodeon show Gullah Gullah Island, he has since become very well-known and respected in the Gullah community winning awards such as the South Carolina African Heritage Commission’s Lifetime Achievement Award. So, come join us for a tour not only rich in culture, but rich in holiday spirit as well!
Itinerary: Approximately 9 hours
2) Gray Line Tour Guide
3) Admission to Hopsewee Plantation & Sweetgrass Demonstration
4) Historic Georgetown City Tour
5) Admission to Brookgreen Gardens & Gullah Program
Tour Does Not Include:
2) Driver or Tour Guide Gratuities
Who is it for?All ages – Family
Tickets : How to get tickets?
At the door: If available. – call & check if available
WHEN & WHERE
Date & Time: Thursday, November 09, 2017 | 13:00 PM to Thursday, November 09, 2017 | 22:00 PM
Venue & Address : Georgetown, SC & Georgetown, SC 29440, 29442 United States
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