Today: February 19, 2018
  1. SC Aquarium and Sea Turtle Recovery Center

    February 21 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  2. Meteorites & Flying Dinosaurs at Charleston Museum!

    February 22 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Georgetown Plantation Tour

    February 23 @ 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  4. War on James Island with Doug Bostick

    February 27 @ 8:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  5. Sweetgrass Basket Class

    February 28 @ 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  6. Boone Hall Plantation

    March 1 @ 9:15 AM - 2:30 PM
  7. Three Cheeses in Three Hours

    March 2 @ 12:30 PM - 4:00 PM





Hearken back to when you were just a young chip off the old block running to the school bus stop with your lunch box in one hand and a fistful of baseball cards in the other.  Or maybe—like your correspondent—you were strictly a brown-bagger with a Lincolnesque trek to school.  Nonetheless, we all remember those wonderful school bus trips where even the youngest, the most ingenuous of us, would join in the boisterous choruses of ‘A Hundred Bottles of Beer on the Wall.’  If this conjures up some of the warm and fuzzy, you’ll be pleased to know that this coming season SINHG will be on the road again.  Back on the docket are both of Doug Bostick’s War on the Islands trips which succumbed to raging storms and pestilence this fall. The Brewmobile is up and running again and Alphonso Brown will be at the helm of his white rocket ship, narrating one of the best tours of the Lower Peninsula with a wry twist of Gullah.   Lastly, we’re bowing to requests to return to Bishopville, SC where we’ll visit Paul Fryar’s garden.  Mr. Fryar is the Edward Scissorhands of topiary art, and he will personally conduct our tour.  His work is internationally recognized, has won numerous awards, and was the subject of a 2006 documentary, A Man Named Pearl. A fun day in Bishopville would not be complete without a delicious lunch at Harry and Harry Too and a quick stop at both the Cotton and Button museums.  We’ll leave the slaughterhouse to next time.


Trips that fall into the category of ‘new’ or ‘gently used’ (i.e. taken so long ago we can’t find the folders) include a ferry ride to Dewees Island; a walking tour of Boone Hall Plantation; a guided tour of the Charles Pinckney National Historic site in Mt. Pleasant; and a visit to the Morris Island Light House which stands on the southern side of the entrance to Charleston Harbor.  We’ll take in a superb exhibit of American Folk Art at the Gibbes, and tour the newly-opened, state-of-the-art Bunting Gallery of Low Country Natural History at the Charleston Museum.  Closer to home we’ll explore what’s happening at the Brickhouse Equestrian Center on River Road where CATR (Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding) assists special needs children and adults.  Last, but not least, you can view the night sky and wish upon a star when the Stargazer Club visits our own North Beach.

These are just a few of the 48 trips we’re offering for the spring season.  There’s something for everyone—and remember, if you don’t sign up, chances are you’ll never go on your own.  So please take a few minutes to sift through these descriptions.  As we’ve said before, the world of South Carolina is at your fingertips.  Carpe diem!


          * Denotes new trips or not done for over 2 years




Print Spring 2018 Trip Descriptions



  1. Beautiful Yawkey Trip – 1    Thursday, Feb. 1         8:00-5:00         Leader:  Julia

Tom Yawkey, long-time owner of the Boston Red Sox and avid conservationist, willed his magnificent South Island Plantation to the SC Department of Natural Resources in what is considered one of the most outstanding gifts to conservation in North America.  This property, located on three coastal islands at the mouth of Winyah Bay, consists of pristine marshes, wetlands, ocean beaches, long leaf pine and maritime forests.  Over the years it has become a refuge for wildlife preservation, providing research, education, field study, and protection for endangered species.  Entrance to the refuge is difficult to come by and strictly limited to groups of 14.  We’ll carpool to the Georgetown area, walk across a pontoon bridge, then tour by van, stopping once to see the Yawkeys’ matching house trailers and retreat.  We’ve run this trip again and again with good reason.  Besides being a wonderfully informative tour, the shore and wetland scenery is magnificent.  Bird and waterfowl migration is at its peak during the winter months, which will make this trip particularly interesting.  Minimal walking; participants must be able to step up into the van.  Bring water and binoculars.  Bugs should not be that much of a problem at this time of year but long sleeves, pants and repellent are recommended.  Your fee is a donation to the Tom Yawkey Wildlife Center.

Min/Max: 14        Cost: $10.00       Carpool to site, then tour by van     Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the bus


  1. Beautiful Yawkey Trip – 2     Wednesday, Feb. 7      8:00-5:00         Leader:  Roni

Please refer to Trip #1 for a full description of this tour.

Min/Max: 14        Cost: $10.00       Carpool to site, then tour by van     Bring a picnic lunch to eat on the bus


  1. Dune EcoSystems                         Thursday, Feb. 8          8:45-12:00       Leader:  Roni

Dune Ecosystems:  How do they form? What plants live on them?  What birds, reptiles and mammals live on them? What drives biodiversity on dunes? We will spend time learning about all this and more!!!  The majority of this class will be spent outside examining life found on the dunes.  Our guide will be David “Hawkeye” Gardner, Naturalist Extraordinaire and Director of Environmental Education at Camp St. Christopher.  Come join us for a fascinating morning!  Bring sun block, bug spray, hat and water. If you have binoculars, you should bring them too, but if you don’t own a pair, David has a large collection of good-quality Eagle Optics binoculars to share.  Your fee is a donation to St. Christopher Camp . 

Min: 8    Max: 12            Cost: $12.00                   


  1. Charleston’s Ironworks                   Friday, Feb. 9                  1:00-5:00          Leader:  Kathy

Did you know that the patterns on the corona panels comprising the exterior of the National Museum of African American History in Washington, DC were inspired by the intricate ironwork of enslaved and free African Americans in Charleston and New Orleans?  Our renowned tour guide, Carol Ezell-Gilson, will discuss the impressive and historic ironworks of Charleston while leading us on an extensive 2 hour walking tour of some remaining ornamental ironworks.  We’ll listen as she regales the story of Charleston’s most famous ironworker, Philip Simmons, and other earlier blacksmiths who crafted the beautiful gates and fences throughout the city. Though much early work was destroyed in raging fires and fences were donated to the Confederate cause to be melted down for cannonballs, the city of Charleston still retains a wealth of remarkable ornamental iron.  Join us for this informative and enlightening historical walking tour.

Min: 10   Max: 20        Cost: $23.00


  1. SC Aquarium and Sea Turtle Recovery Center

        Wednesday, Feb. 21    9:00-1:00         Leader: Roni

Kelly Thorvalson, the Sea Turtle Rescuer Program Manager for the South Carolina Aquarium , will guide us through the new Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery Center.  Both a hospital and a guest experience,  the Sea Turtle Recovery Center makes real life rehabilitation of sick and injured sea turtles visible to guests.  We will experience the process of rescue to rehabilitation to release.  Following our tour of the Turtle Recovery Center we will then take an intimate look at many of South Carolina’s native animals and plants as our self-guided journey through the Aquarium takes us from the mountains to the sea.  As the ticket price is for the whole day you can spend as much time as you want wandering the various exhibits.  Moderate Walking.

Min: 15   Max: 25           Cost $26.00         


  1. Meteorites & Flying Dinosaurs at Charleston Museum!*           Thursday, Feb. 22     9:00-12:00      Leader: Carol

Expect the unexpected!  Matt Gibson, curator of the newly opened, 4,000 sq. ft. Bunting Natural History Gallery at the Charleston Museum, will lead us on a fascinating tour that’ll knock your socks off!  You’ll see a cast of a soaring Pelagornis (world’s largest known flying bird), an 18 foot extinct Lowcountry crocodile, meteorites, extensive Ice Age material and that’s just a start.  This is a wonderful showcase of the museum’s extensive collection that will give you a thorough overview of Lowcountry natural history.  After our tour, you’re welcome to browse the other galleries.   The Charleston Museum, founded in 1773, is the oldest in the country.  If you’ve never visited, this is a great opportunity to view and enjoy its superb collections.  Moderate walking.

Min: 10   Max: 20       Cost:  $20.00    


  1. War on James Island with Doug Bostick         Tuesday, Feb. 27          8:45-12:00       Leader: Carol

James Island was known as the ‘Jewel of the Sea Islands’ in the 18th & 19th centuries. Find out why on this fascinating bus tour. Surprisingly, the island still boasts a number of wonderful historic assets and locations. Discover a lost James Island and learn the stories of Porgy, the lost gold, the shell ring that was used to build St. Michael’s Church, the first shot of the Civil War, ‘Burn Church,’ the Revolutionary Siege of Charles Towne, the house that crossed the harbor, and ‘heaven on earth.’ Not to mention how Charles Lindbergh and Walter Hagen’s purple knickers and yellow roadster figure in as well!  Our wonderful guide, historian and raconteur, Doug Bostick, will weave a spell-binding and thoroughly informative narrative.  This trip is not a sequel to our ‘War on the Islands’ tour, but a gem in and of itself.  Participants must be able to board the bus.

Min/Max: 36               Cost: $31.00                Bus trip


  1. Sweetgrass Basket Class                                          Wednesday, Feb. 28  9:00-1:00          Leader: Carol

We’ve run this class twice and both times it was great fun.  Not only did we learn the rudiments of basket-making, we came home with our own, albeit small, basket!  Our wonderful teacher is Sarah Edwards-Hammond, one of Charleston’s finest sweetgrass artists and a 3rd generation basket-maker, having learned the craft from her mother and grandmother.  She has taught basket-making in schools, clubs, and museums all over the state and is proud to be an annual instructor for many years at the John C. Campbell Folk School, located in Brasstown, NC.  Our class will be held in the Eagles Nest Art Room at the Lake House.  All materials are included in the price.

Min/Max: 13                   Cost: $54.00                        


  1. Boone Hall Plantation *                                             Thursday, Mar. 1          9:15-2:30          Leader: Gail

An antebellum plantation, which is one of America’s oldest plantations.  Founded in 1681 by Englishman Major John Boone, it is currently owned by the McCrae family and open to the public.  It is America’s most photographed plantation as well as one of the oldest working farms, still growing and producing crops such as cotton, pecans, strawberries, peaches and a variety of other produce.  Our tour will include the opportunity to stroll the grounds and gardens and a tour of the house.  We will enjoy a delicious box lunch under the butterfly cafe picnic shelter.    There is moderate walking.

Min: 10   Max: 20          Cost: $37.00                          Lunch Provided


  1. Three Cheeses in Three Hours                           Friday Mar. 2             12:30-4:00       Leader:  Kathy

Join us at Kathy and Jeff’s home to enjoy the good company and expert teaching of the famous “Goat Lady”—Casey Price, proprietress of Johns Island Jeremiah Farm and Goat Dairy—in the preparation of three delicious goat milk cheeses in a three hour span (1-4 p.m.).   These could include a queso fresco, chevre, mozzarella, whole milk ricotta, feta, or even a curried paneer – Casey will choose.  Learn all about Jeremiah Farm, and participate in the cheese preparation as much as you wish; or, simply relax, chat, observe and enjoy the company of friends while savoring refreshments and snacks, complemented by fresh goat cheese.   It will be a fun gathering!

Min: 8    Max: 16         Cost: $35.00                Snacks Included


  1. A Shared Legacy: Folk Art in America an Exhibit *     Tuesday, Mar. 6    9:00- 2:00        Leader: Ilse

This exhibit at the Gibbes Museum of Art tells the story of extraordinary American Folk Art made in New England, the Midwest, the Mid-Atlantic and the South between 1800 and 1925. It showcases more than 60 works by some of the most admired nineteenth –century American Artists. Included are rare and very fine portraits by such artists as Ammi Phillips and John Brewster Jr, vivid still-life paintings, allegorical scenes and landscapes, whimsical trade signs, animal sculptures, unique household objects and distinctive examples of furniture from the German American community. Created by self-taught or minimally trained artists, the works exemplify the breadth of American creative expression during a period of enormous political, social and cultural change in the United States.  Moderate Walking.  Following the tour of the exhibit we will enjoy a lovely lunch at Eli’s Table (next door) which is included.

Min: 10   Max: 20         Cost:  $ 33.00              Lunch included


  1. Downtown Culinary Tour – 1   Wednesday, Mar. 7     1:00-5:30         Leader: Kathy

This downtown culinary tastings and walking tour offers insights into Charleston’s notable historic district restaurants by showcasing four of Charleston’s culinary innovators who exemplify outstanding cooking in the New South.  The four restaurants featured are trailblazers in Charleston’s culinary scene, edgy and innovative. A broad range of samples will provide insight into Low Country cuisine—enough food to make a meal for most!  The price includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages tastings.  This 2½-hour moderate walking tour will be on uneven sidewalks in historic Charleston.

Min: 14   Max: 16         Cost: $62.00


  1. Tracking Seabrook Critters                      Thursday, Mar. 8        8:45-12:00       Leader: Lynn

                                                                                    (Raindate: Thursday, Mar. 15)

How many times have you stared at the pluff mud or sand at the beach and sworn you’re looking at the tracks of what must be – good grief! – at the very least a wild ox or water buffalo run amok?  You may well know the common, or perhaps, uncommon, species of mammals that are supposed to be here on Seabrook Island, but most of these remain elusive and shy of humans.  The best and least disturbing way to understand these animals is to track them in their native habitat.  We’ll spend the majority of this class outside looking for spoor and prints, learning how to identify them.  Our guide will be David “Hawkeye” Gardner, Animal Tracker Extraordinaire and Director of Environmental Education at St. Christopher Camp.  Come join us for a fascinating morning!  Bring sun block, bug spray, hat and water. If you have binoculars, you should bring them too, but if you don’t own a pair, David has a large collection of good-quality Eagle Optics binoculars to share.  Extensive walking.

Min: 10   Max: 15        Cost: $12.00                


  1. Ravenel Bridge Walk                                       Friday, Mar. 9             9:15-1:30         Leader: Carol

Calling all couch potatoes!  It’s time to brush the Twinkie crumbs off your chin, lace up your Nikes, and experience the exhilaration of walking where deer never run.  This year we’ll park practically under the bridge at Memorial Waterfront Park in Mt. Pleasant to begin our trek.  The bridge uphills are a little strenuous (more so from the MP side) but you can walk at your own pace and rest whenever you like.  At midpoint there are benches where we’ll regroup and enjoy the absolutely spectacular view of the harbor.  When we reach the Charleston side, we’ll refuel (lunch, light snacks, pastries, etc.) at Mercantile & Mash in the wonderfully renovated Old Cigar Factory building, a destination itself.  Afterwards we’ll retrace our steps back to our patiently waiting cars.  Bring sun protection, water, a windbreaker, and cell/camera.  Extensive walking.

Min: 5 Max: 20            Cost: none                     Lunch: optional/on your own)                       


  1. Bulls Island                                   Monday, Mar. 12        7:30 – 2:00        Leader: Nancy

Offered to the public only once a month when the tides are right, this trip brings guests directly to one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the world for shelling, swimming, birding, photography and a chance to reconnect with nature. The Bulls Island Beach Drop is one of Charleston’s best outdoor adventures. The trip begins with a 45-minute naturalist-led boat tour through the saltmarsh estuary.  A naturalist will join us on the beach to provide information and education for the group.  Or, you may want to explore the beach at your own pace and visit a shore bird rookery. The North Beach is full of whelks, sand dollars, horse conchs, lettered olives, tulip shells, moonsnails and myriad other shells. Boneyard Beach, one of nature’s most magnificent works of art in the Lowcountry, is a mile and a half walk down the beach. Cape Romain, home of Bulls Island, is home to a large population of nesting loggerhead sea turtles, Bald Eagles, bottlenose dolphins and a staggering 293 species of birds, including Red Knots, several species of terns, ospreys, and a plethora of other shore birds. Seven miles of Bulls Island’s beach are part of the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on the east coast and allow for unparalleled shelling, beach combing and exploring.

Participants will depart directly from the boat onto the beach on a ramp; Once on the island, participants can decide how much of the 7-mile beach that they wish to explore. Be sure to wear shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (Tevas-style shoes are best), a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton).  Dress in layers. You should bring cameras, binoculars, drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, bagged lunch and snacks. Extensive walking.

Min: 40   Max: 49          Cost: $46.00                  Lunch: bring your lunch and water 


  1. Magnolia Plantation Gardens/Nature Tour        Tuesday, Mar. 13         9:00-1:00         Leader: Carol

We tried to run this trip last spring but thanks to the lingering effects of Matthew and a very early spring, there was nothing to see in the gardens.  So this time we rescheduled it earlier in March—the perfect time to see the azaleas and spring flowers in bloom.  We hope!  Our morning begins with a 45-minute narrated tram ride during which we’ll glimpse native wildlife and learn about the diverse history of the plantation as we pass slave cabins, 19th century rice ponds, and even a Native American ceremonial mound.  Afterwards, you can stroll the gardens at your leisure.  Lunch is not included in the cost, but you can buy salads, sandwiches, light fare, at the Peacock Café.  Moderate walking

Min: 15   Max: 25       Cost: $17.00


  1. Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding (CATR) *  Monday, March 19 9:30-11:30       Leader: Norm

“If wishes were horses/I’d fly across the sky…” Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding is the area’s oldest and largest nationally-accredited center for assisting special needs adults and children to enjoy  the benefits of horseback riding. An array of physical and developmental disabilities including cerebral palsy, spina bifida, autism and Down Syndrome are no barrier to specially trained horses, instructors and volunteers who help their riders see and feel the world from a different perspective. Join us for a visit to nearby Brickhouse Equestrian Center on River Road, the lovely 43-acre home to CATR, to observe a class in session and learn how horses help heal. Your trip fee is a donation to CATR.

Min: 10   Max: 20          Cost: $12.00   


  1. Behind the Scenes at Seabrook – Trip 1           Thursday, Mar. 15       9:00-12:30       Leader: Julie                                                                          (Raindate: Friday, Mar. 16)        

It’s been said that if Kiawah is the #1 island destination in the world, then Seabrook is the #1 best-kept secret island destination.  Join us for a guided tour of the magic and the people behind the scenes that make your life here on Seabrook so enjoyable.  Our trip begins at the POA conference room.  Our trip will be led by our own Jim Bannwart, former SIPOA board member.   We’ll learn about some of our island’s infrastructure that we all take for granted but know little about.  Tentative topics include: our road network, the storm drainage system; security, landscaping, the Seabrook Island Utility Commission water and waste systems, and the fire/rescue station, and maybe even the equestrian center.   We will be in some industrial areas, so closed-toe shoes and appropriate clothing are suggested.  Some walking required.  Bug spray recommended.  If you sign up for this trip, please keep both the original and the rain date clear.

Min/Max: 11                    Cost: $10.00                   Tour by Seabrook Carriage


  1. Walk the Beach with a Marine Geologist                            Friday, Mar. 16              1:45-3:45          Leader: Lynn                                                                                

Another unique tour to learn about our wonderful beaches on the barrier island.  We will meet at the Oyster Catcher Community Center for a short presentation about Seabrook / Kiawah Island formation and the ever changing shapes by nature.  We will then walk out to North Beach at low tide for a geology walk describing the dunes, beaches, sandbars and continuing the discussion on the beach formation.  This will be conducted by Marine Geologist Leslie Suatter, PhD, professor at the College of Charleston.  Wear comfortable shoes for the beach. Moderate walking.

Min: 10   Max: 20       Cost: $21.00


  1. Mepkin Abbey                                                                     Saturday, Mar. 17        9:00-2:00          Leader: Gail

Mepkin Abbey is a Trappist monastery located on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation on the Cooper River near Moncks Corners, SC.  We will begin our tour of the Mepkin Abbey Church and Nancy Bryan Gardens with a docent at 11:30 AM.  A guidebook of the Monastery/Gardens will be provided.  At Noon we will join the Monks for prayers and our tour will conclude at 12:30 PM.  Time will be allowed for browsing at the Mepkin Abbey store featuring the artistic work of local, national and international monastics and artisans, as well as the famous Mepkin Abbey mushrooms and other edibles.  Lunch at the dock in Monck’s Corners is optional, but we hope you will join us.  Easy walk on the Abbey tour.

Min: 10   Max: 20       Cost: $10.00


  1. Charleston Brewery Tour                             Tuesday, Mar. 20        1:00-6:30         Leader:  Kathy

Charleston is known for its rich history, beautiful beaches, friendly people and now, for its beer! Experience a taste of Charleston’s flourishing beer scene with an exclusive tour of the local craft breweries.  Our tour offers a behind the scenes glimpse of the art, science, and passion inside of every glass of great beer. We’ll learn the aspects of craft beer, the history of beer in Charleston and much more!  Plus! We’ll enjoy generous samples of unique Charleston brews, from pale ales to porters.  There is sure to be a beer or ale to suit your taste and you’re sure to discover a local favorite.  Begin the tour by being picked up at the Seabrook Island Real Estate parking lot so that you can sit back and enjoy the ride as well as the beer.

Min: 14  Max: 26         Cost: $72.00                Bus tour         


  1. Charleston Harbor Pilots                                       Wednesday, Mar. 21 9:30-1:00          Leader: Lynn

Charleston is home to the eighth largest container trade in the country.  The Charleston branch pilots provide services to all vessels engaged in domestic and foreign trade entering and leaving Charleston harbor.  The pilots handle vessels calling on Charleston’s five Ports Authority Terminals: 7 private cargo terminals, 2 shipyards, 2 Federal Government facilities, and 3 marinas.  State law requires a pilot on all foreign and US vessels with a draft greater than 11 feet.  Pilots board via rope ladder approximately 15 miles offshore and give orders to steer the vessel through the harbor to its appropriate berth.  They board departing vessels to provide the same service in reverse.  This is a highly dangerous and specialized job.  You’ll meet some of the men in this select group (though there is one woman applicant this year), watch a power-point presentation, and tour the Harbor Pilot building.  This trip—one of our best— is a favorite with Seabrookers, and we are pleased to run it again.

Min: 12    Max: 15      Cost: $20.00    


  1. Charles Pinkney Nat’l Historic Site                    Thursday, Mar. 22      9:00 – 1:00       Leader: Lynn

Guided tour of the Charles Pinkney National Historic Site, located outside Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC.  It is a 28-acre remnant of Charles Pinkney’s original 18th century 715-acre plantation known as Snee Farm, where rice and indigo were grown.  The tour will include the interpretation of his life , the lives of Snee Farm’s free and enslaved inhabitants, and the history of the United States.  It is an opportunity to see the 17 minute video in the 1828 farmhouse that remains today.  Moderate walking.

Min: 10   Max: 25        Cost: $13.00


  1. Georgetown Plantation Tour                             Friday, Mar. 23              8:00-6:00          Leader: Carol

An annual SINHG favorite, this is the 71st running of the Georgetown Plantation Tour!  Sponsored by the good ladies of the Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, this tour features pre-Revolutionary and antebellum churches, privately owned town houses, and plantations.  There will be a lot of walking—wear low-heeled shoes (for your comfort as well as the protection of old floors and rugs).  For more details, as well as information about other tour events please check the website:   Due to the 1½+ hour drive time and the number of homes to see, this will be a self-guided tour.  You can pick and choose which places you’d like to visit and enjoy the day at your own pace.  These historic buildings have stairs and are not handicap accessible. Much easy walking. Reservations are prepaid.  No refund if a replacement cannot be found.

Min: 10   Max: unlimited          Cost: $45.00


  1. Stargazing on Seabrook Island*                               Saturday, Mar. 24       6:45-9:45 PM  Leader: Lynn

Do you want to know about the stars in our evening sky?  The Stargazer Club will come to Seabrook Island with some telescopes and club members to help us view the night sky and understand more about the celestial bodies.  If you have your own telescope and want to bring and learn more about its use, you are welcome to do that.  If you are an amateur we will have a short 30 minute presentation at the Oyster Catcher Community Center before going out to the telescopes.  We will set up the telescopes on Seabrook Island near the community center.  Easy walking.

Min: 15   Max: 30          Cost: $14.00


  1. U.S. Coast Guard                                                                Monday, Mar. 26          9:00-1:00          Leader: Bob

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790, the Coast Guard has safeguarded our nation’s maritime interests and environment around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity, and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, shore regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.  Our tour will include: The Captain of the Port building, The Rice Mill Building, Station Charleston, Aids to Navigation Team (ANT) Charleston, USCGC Anvil, USCGC Yellowfin, Small Boats and Utility Boats, Sector Engineering, and the Sector Buoy Yard. This is not an easy tour to set up, but well worth the trouble.  Tour attendees should wear comfortable shoes; please, ladies—no heels.  Picture ID’s required!  There is moderate walking as well as ability to get on and off the boat.

Min: 15   Max: 20          Cost: $10.00


  1. McLeod Plantation Tour                                           Tuesday, Mar. 27         9:45-12:30       Leader: Lynn

We’ll step back in time while visiting this historic, antebellum Plantation, located at the intersection of Country Club and Folly Roads.  The Plantation originated in 1695 and was one of the largest cotton Plantations of the Sea Islands, stretching as far as present-day Lowes.  Those magnificent live oaks at Ellis Park were all a part of the original homestead.  In 1851 William McLeod who built the current plantation home purchased the land.  It later evolved into a Civil War Headquarters for Union and Confederate troops, a Freedman’s Bureau site and a truck farm in the 20th Century.  Our 2-hour guided tour will include the history of the property, its occupants and its evolution to current time.  This is a superb tour given from the point of view of the slaves and freed men that lived here.  It features the newly restored plantation home and the original slave cabins.

Min: 10   Max: 25          Cost: $13.00


  1. Lower Wambaw Creek Kayak Paddle Wednesday, Mar. 28   8:30-1:30         Leader: Steve   

Wambaw Creek is a beautiful blackwater creek which is a tributary to the Santee River and was paddled by the Santee and coastal Plain Indians for thousands of years. The creek is surrounded by a seasonal floodplain swamp where giant old growth Bald Cypress trees as well as, Water Tupelo, Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple and Swamp Dogwood shade the banks of its pristine black waters. It offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing.  This paddle will take you through the lower section of the creek out toward the Santee River.  We will paddle by the historic Hampton Plantation and all along the banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the rice era where historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous rice plantations.

Min: 16    Max: 20      Cost: $40.00


  1. Conducted Tour of Charles Towne Landing    Thursday, Mar. 29       9:00-1:30          Leader: Ilse

Not only will we tour the birthplace of South Carolina, where English settlers established the first permanent European Colony in the Carolinas in 1670, but as a special favor we will be allowed to tour the Legare Waring House which was built around 1840 as the overseers home and after the civil war was owned by George Seabrook Legare and later passed on to his daughter Ferdinanda Izlar Backer Legare Waring and is currently a popular wedding and event site.

A small bus will take us to the Native American Ceremonial Site, the Original Settlement Site, a reproduction of the Adventure Vessel and many more interesting spots along the way. All of this is under the guidance of Historian John Hiatt.

After the Tour feel free to visit the Museum, the Animal Forest and the Christopher Garden. Those who want to join me for lunch, I will be going to “The Red Orchid” which is a Chinese Restaurant almost across the highway from our tour.  Easy walking.

Min: 7    Max: 14            Cost $17.00


  1. Topiary Gardens, Cotton Museum, and Button Museum *   Tuesday, Apr. 3 8:00-7:00          Leader: Ilse

We are most fortunate that Mr. Pearl Fryar will personally conduct a tour of his famous gardens in Bishopville for our group. Since 1981, when Pearl acquired his first yard, he has been working tirelessly to cover it in whimsical topiaries by rescuing discarded plants from the compost pile of local nurseries. Having no gardening background he taught himself and with patience, care, and skilled hands watched his plants grow and thrive.

Just a few miles from the Topiary Gardens we will visit the Cotton and Button Museums. The Cotton Museum is a major interpretive site preserving the legacy of cotton and rural life. Exhibits allow visitors to experience the cotton culture and way of life from field to factory. The Button Museum showcases the work of Dalton Steven’s , a man suffering from insomnia , sewing and gluing buttons on clothing, cars and musical instruments during the night.  Moderate Walking

We will stop for lunch at Harry’s and Harry’s (cost not included). Bring a snack for the return trip.

Min: 25   Max: 38          Cost $ 65.00                                    Transportation: Bus          Lunch: optional


  1. Brookgreen Gardens          Wednesday, Apr. 4      8:15-5:00         Leader:  Carol

Brookgreen Gardens is a sculpture garden and wildlife preserve located in Murrell’s Inlet, SC (about a 2-hour drive from Seabrook).  This 9,100 acre property includes themed gardens featuring the largest collection of American sculptures, a Lowcountry zoo, and trails that wind through several ecosystems.  It was founded in 1932 by Archer Milton Huntington, heir to an immense railroad fortune, and his wife Anna Hyatt Hutchinson to showcase Anna and her sister’s sculptures, as well as those of other American artists.  The sculptures and spring flowers can only be described as spectacular.

Our morning begins with a 1-hour tour of the main sculpture garden.  Lunch is on your own.  There are several options available: the Pavilion Restaurant, Courtyard Café, and the Old Kitchen.  Or if you prefer, pack a lunch and eat at one of the picnic tables available.  For a small extra fee you can purchase tickets for a creek boat ride and/or Butterfly House.  Or simply wander the grounds at your own leisure.  There’s plenty to enjoy: a wonderful, small-sculpture loggia, a charming child’s garden, splendid fountains, etc., etc.  We suggest you visit to familiarize yourself with everything Brookgreen has to offer.  The gardens are well worth the drive.  Brookgreen is handicap accessible.

Min: 15   Max: 25        Cost: $15.00                            Lunch on your own


  1. Hampton Park and Citadel Tour                           Friday, Apr. 6                 1:00-4:45          Leader: Bob

This Carol Ezell-Gilson tour will explore the adaptable and multipurpose history of Hampton Park starting at its initial beginning as Washington’s Race Course where the wealthy plantation owners showed their thoroughbreds.  During the Civil War, it was modified into a Union Prisoner of War Camp when the area inside the circular racecourse took on this singular purpose. Afterwards, the first Memorial Day was held on May 1, 1865 when black Charlestonians gathered to honor the Union soldiers who were buried there.  Then, in 1901, Hampton Park was transformed once again when the Carolina and West Indian Exposition—the World’s Fair of its time—came to Charleston!

The story of the attempted 1822 slave rebellion will be discussed at the Denmark Vesey statue, erected just 2 years ago on park grounds.   Our group will then visit the Citadel campus next door, to learn about the history of the Citadel Military College which arose from that attempted slave rebellion.  We’ll walk around the center of the campus and learn more of the story of the school and its military leaders.  There is ample on-site parking and restrooms at parking lot and Citadel Library. Carol Ezell-Gilson designed this tour especially for SINHG, and it involves a fair amount of moderate walking with several stops.

Special Bonus – Tour will end in time for Tour Members to stay and watch the Cadet Retreat Parade, scheduled to start at 3:45 and last for an hour!

Min: 10   Max: 20         Cost: $23.00                 Cadet Retreat Parade (optional)                    


  1. Downtown Culinary Tour – 2     Monday, Apr. 9           1:00-5:30       Leader: Maureen

Please refer to Trip #12 for a full description of this tour.

Min: 14   Max: 16         Cost: $62.00 


  1. Dewees Island *                                    Tuesday, Apr. 10         7:30-2:00         Leader: Nancy

Dewees Island is a private eco-friendly island only accessible by ferry.  Sit back and enjoy the 20-minute ferry ride from Isle of Palms to Dewees Island.  Along the way you may be rewarded with sightings of dolphin, bald eagle or white-tailed deer.  Once on Dewees, we will begin our discovery of the salt marsh, maritime forests, and beach habitats, as well as many of the organisms found within.  Emphasis and discussion will be placed on human and animal habitat and how Dewees Island is building and living in harmony with nature. Time will also be spent in the Nature Center to experience the special exhibits including an alligator skeleton, a pygmy sperm whale skeleton and live animals. Be sure to bring appropriate outdoor clothing, hat, comfortable shoes (which can get sandy), sunscreen, bug spray, water and snacks.  The entire tour is outdoors, extensive walking.

Min: 12   Max: 18        Cost: $10.00      


  1. Quenby Creek Kayak Paddle                             Thursday, Apr. 12       8:30-1:30         Leader: Steve

Step back in time as you paddle along the highway of history. Once the main transportation artery for the region, the Cooper River in this area has changed little today. The Cooper River of Berkeley and Charleston Counties was once lined with plantations and rice fields. Remnants of this bygone era are still visible today. Wind through rice canals, past one of the best preserved rice trunks, and view grand homes from the water. This 2 hour trip through the blackwater river will present unexpected beauty and satisfy the historian in all of us.

Min: 16     Max: 20          Cost: $44.00                


  1. Cooking with Dani Manilia                           Thursday, Apr. 12       5:30-9:00 PM   Leader: Maureen

Join us for a cooking demonstration and tasting of South Asian favorites at the home of Monique Boissier and Jim Sporn.   South East Asian Favorites: this sampling of all-time favorites makes a delicious meal or a creative addition to an hors d’oeuvres buffet.    On the menu will be: Vietnamese Spring Rolls, Thai Green Mango Salad, Laotian Laab, and Balinese Sesame Coconut Cookies.  Dani Manilla has been involved the culinary world for over 30 years. In the 1980’s she was part of the San Francisco Professional Food Society along with such culinary pioneers as Alice Waters, Carol Field, and Jeramiah Tower.   During her years as a caterer, she organized events for Yves Saint Laurent, Paloma Picasso, Giorgio Armani, and Audrey Hepburn.   Early in her career, Bon Appétit magazine featured her as a “Great Chef” and her recipes have been published in Food and Wine and Sunset magazines.  Dani has taught culinary classes in Los Angeles, San Francisco, the south of France, Southern Seasons, and continues to teach at the Culinary Academy of Charleston.  While living in France, Dani was pastry head pastry chef at Chez Regis on the Côte d’Azur. After her part-time move to Charleston six years ago, she was chef at Chai on King Street.  A world traveler, Dani now divides her time between the south of France and Charleston.

Min: 8              Max: 10                        Cost: $70.00        


  1. War on the Islands w/ Doug Bostick                    Monday, Apr. 16         8:45-12:00       Leader: Bob

At 2:00 a.m. on February 9, 1864, 2,500 Union troops waded across Captain Sam’s inlet, marched across Seabrook Island, and attacked Confederate pickets near what is now the traffic circle at Freshfields.  Over the next 4 days a fierce battle was waged up and down the full length of Betsy Kerrison Parkway.  In July of the same year, 3,100 Union troops made landfall on Seabrook and faced a similar number of Confederates in the Battle of Bloody Bridge, which was fought in stages over 6 days covering the entirety of Johns Island.

On the Sea Islands history abounds in our own front yards.  Join us for our ‘War on the Islands’ bus tour where we’ll visit Civil War and Revolutionary battle sites here on Johns Island and areas of Hollywood, SC.  There has been great demand for this excellent tour over the last few Trip Seasons and we’re delighted to offer it again.

Doug Bostick is an 8th generation South Carolinian with ancestors dating back to George Flagg, Secretary of the Sons of Liberty.  He is an author with 27 books to his credit and a talented storyteller.  Doug is the Executive Director and CEO of the South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, a land trust that preserves historic sites in the Palmetto State.

Min/Max: 36                 Cost: $31.00                               Bus trip


38 Upper King Culinary Tour                                            Tuesday, Apr. 17          2:00-6:30          Leader: Frank

This culinary walking tour offers insight into Charleston’s Upper King Street district and surrounding neighborhoods, showcasing four of Charleston’s culinary innovators who exemplify cooking in the New South. Except for HoM, where we’ll meet, the tour will feature different restaurants than those on SINHG’s tour in the past. The four restaurants featured are trailblazers in Charleston’s culinary scene, edgy and innovative, and the afternoon combines elements of a historical tour with a culinary adventure.  A broad range of samples will provide insight into Lowcountry cuisine—enough food to make a meal for most!  The price includes all food and non-alcoholic beverages tastings.  This 2½-hour moderate walking tour will be on uneven sidewalks in historic Charleston.

Min: 14    Max: 16        Cost: $62.00


  1. Behind the Scenes at Seabrook -Trip 2         Thursday, Apr. 19       9:00-12:30       Leader: Julie                                                                                                                (Rain date:  Friday, Apr. 20)

Please refer to Trip #18 for a full description of this tour.  If you sign up for this trip, please keep both the original and the rain date clear.

Min/Max:   11                 Cost: $10.00                    Tour by Seabrook Carriage


  1. Grimke Sisters                                                            Tuesday, Apr. 24          9:00-1:15          Leader:  Frank

This Carol Ezell-Gilson tour tells the remarkable story of Sarah and Angelina Grimke, the first female abolitionist agents in the country and first American feminists.  The Grimke family was one of the most prestigious slave-holding families in Charleston.  The sisters’ journey from privileged young women to abolitionists and feminists is a fascinating one. Their important work was lost to history until 2014 when popular novelist Sue Monk Kidd published The Invention of Wings, a best-selling novel that brought their story to light.  This tour separates fact from fiction and tells the fascinating saga of the Grimke family, a story with surprising twists and turns.  This is a two-mile, 2-hour moderate walking tour.  It will start at the Charleston Library Society at 164 King Street, just north of the corner of Queen and King Streets, and will end at Washington Park.

Min: 10   Max: 20        Cost: $23.00          


  1. Morris Island with Dr. Stephen Wise *    Wednesday, Apr. 25    8:15-1:00         Leader: Jean

This is an exciting mixture of natural and cultural history here in the Lowcountry. Our journey begins on Bowens Island as we cruise through pristine tidal creeks aboard a Carolina Skiff bay boat out to Morris Island and the historic Morris Island Lighthouse. As you cruise the six miles out to the uninhabited barrier island, the captain from Charleston Outdoor Adventures will discuss native wildlife and the diverse eco-systems of the Lowcountry. While on Morris Island, we’ll have the unique opportunity to learn from Dr. Stephen Wise, renowned author and historian, about the role of the island in the Union Campaign to capture Charleston. Our cruise time will be approximately 45 minutes each way and we’ll have about an hour on the island.  Wear comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting wet and bring water, sun block, and bug spray.  And don’t forget your binoculars and cameras, too!  Moderate to extensive walking.

Min: 10   Max: 17                    Cost: $57.00   


  1. Charleston West Walk Tour *                               Thursday, Apr. 26       9:00-1:00          Leader:  Maureen

Another historical tour with renowned tour guide Carol Ezell-Gilson, created for Seabrookers who want to know more!  “Charleston West Walk” begins within the old walled city, viewing impressive public buildings and lovely churches.  The route leads west to the block of misery for the “unfortunates”, revealing the underside of the city and giving visitors a more complete understanding of Charleston’s history.  The tour ends amidst large Victorian mansions built on sites of earlier structures destroyed by the Great Fire of 1861.  At tour’s end, participants will be invited as guests to our tour guide, Carol’s house on Broad Street (circa 1878) for light refreshments.  Tour will start and end at Washington Park behind City Hall at Broad and Meeting Streets.   Moderate walking.

Min: 10   Max: 15        Cost: $28.00   


  1. Downtown Gullah Tour                            Tuesday, May 1          10:00-2:00       Leader: Frank

Alphonso Brown is a very busy man.  With his extensive background in music (B.S. degree in musicology from SCSU and Master’s degree from Southern Illinois Univ.) , he is choirmaster/organist for the Emmanuel AME Church on Calhoun Street.  At Mother Emmanuel he directs 5 choirs, some of which are featured annually in Piccolo Spoleto and a host of other venues including concerts, television and even film documentaries.  In his spare time, Mr. Brown leads lively Gullah excursions downtown on his 25 seat touring bus.  This 2-hour trip begins and ends at the Charleston Visitors Center and takes you to numerous places on the peninsula where you’ll gain insight into the rich Gullah history of this area.  Mr. Brown knows his stuff-he was born in the tiny hamlet of Rantowles, 12 miles south of Charleston, speaks fluent Gullah and is familiar with its traditions.  We’ve run this trip several times before and always have a fun and lively time. Participants must be able to board bus .

Min/ Max: 25                Cost: $23.00      Carpool to downtown, then tour by bus


  1. Charleston Architecture                                       Thursday, May 3           9:00-1:00          Leader:  Gail

We will begin our tour at Washington Square Park and stroll through the historic district with our guide, Carol Ezell-Gilson.  Charleston’s beautiful and varied architecture will be viewed while we learn about the unique features of the Charleston single and double house and the configuration of deep lots with dependencies in back.  Buildings designed by Charleston’s first “Gentleman Architect”, Gabriel Manigault will be featured as well as two beautiful examples of Charleston native Robert Mills design.  Modification of buildings based on calamities, need for modernization, and society’s taste for more popular architectural styles will be discussed.  Afterwards, members will have an opportunity to take advantage of Charleston’s many fine restaurants and shopping.  Moderate Walking.

Min: 10   Max: 20        Cost: $23.00         


  1. Wadboo Creek to Tailrace Kayak Paddle   Wednesday, May 9    8:30-1:30            Leader: Steve

Wadboo Creek is a natural Tributary off the Cooper River. The creek is surrounded by old rice reclaimed rice fields.  It has wonderful wildlife viewing opportunities along this rich habitat.  Once on the Cooper River we will paddle by Old Santee Canal Park, which is where the famous Old Santee Canal entered into the Cooper River, which is also where the Tailrace Canal connects with the Cooper River.  This area is also rich in history.  The Native Americans and the Cherokee Path that ran through the Area, Stoney Landing and the mysterious “Little David” semi-submersible, and the Santee Cooper lake system that was built in the 1930’s, and much more.

Min: 16           Max: 20                       Cost: $40.00


  1. The Great Earthquake of 1886                      Thursday, May 10       9:00–1:00         Leader: Maureen

Another great tour with renowned tour guide Carol Ezell-Gilson!  On August 31, 1886, at about 9:40 pm, a magnitude 7.3 or 7.4 earthquake devastated Charleston.  The quake was felt as far south as Cuba and as far north as Boston where church bells rang with the force of it.  Countless brick structures and buildings on landfill suffered great damage.  The waterfront wharves of the port city were in ruins.  This two-hour moderate walking tour will take you back to the devastation through old photos and eyewitness accounts.  You’ll learn of the city’s remarkable recovery after the disaster under the inspiring leadership of William Ashmead Courtney, one of Charleston’s most admirable mayors.  Tour will start and end at Washington Park behind City Hall at Broad and Meeting Streets.   Moderate walking.

Min: 10    Max: 20        Cost: $23.00


  1. Sea Island Cotton on Jenkins Point                Saturday, May 12       12:00-3:00       Leader:  Gail

Sea Island Cotton is described as the first cotton ever grown. This cotton was cultivated in a variety of environments including barrier islands such as Seabrook and Edisto. Our guide, Shawn Halifax will demonstrate Sea Island Cotton’s footprints on our very own Jenkins Point. Shawn is Charleston County Parks Cultural History Coordinator, and has over 20 years of experience as an interpreter of natural and cultural history. Shawn’s Sea Island Cotton tours are very popular and have been highly rated by the South Carolina Master Naturalists.

Min: 10   Max: 20       Cost: $21.00       


  1. Deveaux Bank Tour                 Tuesday, May 15         9:15-1:15         Leader:  Frank

Ahoy mates!  The last two trips to visit Deveaux Bank have been so popular; we’re offering it again this spring! The Pirate Lady catamaran will leave from St. John’s Kayak Tours off Betsy Kerrison at 10:00 AM and take us to Deveaux Bank (the island off the coast by our Pelican’s Nest restaurant). After viewing the island from our boat, we’ll disembark via gangway to the beach and walk around the island exploring the shoreline.  Along the way, we hope to see nesting and migrating shorebirds and some of the many dolphins that call our water home.  Naturalist Kate Schaefer from the Coastal Conservation League will lead the tour.  Expect moderate to strenuous walking on the beach and through some tidal pools.  Wear comfortable shoes you don’t mind getting wet and bring water, sun block, and bug spray.  And don’t forget your binoculars and cameras, too!

Min: 37   Max: 44            Cost: $56.00