Classes & Activities in Charleston (South Carolina)

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    Pat Conroy's Beaufort Tour

    “I’ve come home to the place I was always writing about…. I’ve tried to make Beaufort, South Carolina, my own.”—Pat Conroy, The Death of Santini See Pat Conroy’s Beaufort in this 90-minute tour of sites from Pat’s writing life—including the high school where he was a student during his junior and senior years and where he later taught for two years before going to Daufuskie Island, homes in the historic Point where Pat lived and wrote, sites related to his teachers and friends, his parents’ grave site, Pat’s grave on St. Helena, and locations connected to the filming of The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini. Following the bus tour, guests are also encouraged to visit the Conroy Center at 308 Charles Street where you can see artifacts from Pat’s life, including his writing desk and chair, the Great Santini’s flight jacket, and the handwritten prologue to The Prince of Tides. As a guest of this tour you will receive a 10% discount on purchases of gifts and books at the Conroy Center.
    Pat Conroy's Beaufort Tour

    1006 Bay St, Beaufort

    • Explore Beaufort with an emphasis on Pat Conroy’s life
    • Visit historic locations relevant to his life
    • Learn about the landmarks touched upon in his famous works of literature
    • Great for the whole family
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    Walking History and Movie Tour

    Beaufort wasn't named "beau" for nothing. But you already know that, that's why you're interested in seeing it! You can't go to the second oldest (first handsomest) town in South Carolina without getting a taste of the historic and cinematic roles Beaufort has had a part in. Beaufort Tours wants to take you on a stroll and teach you all about this charming little town's incredible background. You'll walk beneath stunning live oaks draped with Spanish Moss, pre-Civil War houses built of tabby, resurrection fern on angel oaks, The Big Chill House, and the houses temporarily inhabited by Demi Moore, Nick Nolte, Sally Field, and Barbra Streisand, during the shooting of their various films. But that's just the cultural half of the story -- this little town ALSO played a part in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars -- so you can imagine everything it's been through. What makes it even more impressive that according to Coastal Living Magazine in 2013, Beaufort
    Walking History and Movie Tour

    1006 Bay St, Beaufort

    • Take a walking tour in "America's Happiest Seaside Town", Beaufort's historic district
    • Learn the history of this beautiful town and ask your knowledgeable guide questions to learn more
    • Walk beneath stunning live oaks draped with Spanish Moss, and learn about the town's historic and film culture
    • Scope out the homes and temporary dwellings of such stars as Demi Moore, Nick Nolte, Sally Field, Barbara Streisand and Pat Conroy
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    History and Movie Van Tour

    Beaufort wasn't named "beau" for nothing. But you already knew that, that's why you're here to see it! Well, you can't go to the second oldest (first handsomest) town in South Carolina without getting a taste of the historic and cinematic roles Beaufort has had a part in. Beaufort Tours wants to take you on a joyride and teach you all about this charming little town's incredible background. Did you know that Beaufort was the setting for The Great Santini, The Big Chill, G.I. Jane, Forrest Gump, Prince of Tides and Something to Talk About? Well, now you do! You'll get to visit the sites and homes where the stars stayed downtown, and -- while you're at it -- check out such locations as a medical center funded by Bubba Gump, The National Cemetery where The Great Santini was buried, and the bridge from Forrest Gump that Forrest crossed on the way back east from his cross-country run. We know what you're thinking, What is this, the Hollywood of the East Coast? Well -- it just might be... it just might be.
    History and Movie Van Tour

    1006 Bay St, Beaufort

    • Take a van tour in "America's Happiest Seaside Town,"through downtown Beaufort
    • Learn the history of this beautiful town and ask your knowledgeable guide questions to learn more
    • Ride beneath stunning live oaks draped with Spanish Moss and learn about the town's historic and film culture
    • Scope out the homes and temporary dwellings of such stars as Demi Moore, Nick Nolte, Sally Field, Barbara Streisand and Pat Conroy
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    Sea Island Plantation and Gullah Tour

    In the mid-1800's (before the Civil War) there were 151 plantations of varying sizes in the St. Helena Parish of South Carolina, which was comprised completely of sea islands surrounded by salt water estuaries. Take this tour to discover and explore the second-largest of these, which at one time had 224 slaves working on its nearly 3,000 acres. You will see the past come alive as you drive down the Avenue of Oaks and visit the Slave Cemetery and the Praise House. It's a heavy history... but there are some uplifting highlights too, such as the Penn Center, founded in 1862 by Laura Towne and Ellen Murray, who came to the Beaufort area to provide educational opportunities for the recently freed slaves of the sea islands. The same Center served as a retreat for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and it now holds a mission of "promoting and preserving the history and culture of the Sea Islands," also known as Gullah culture. Contribute to the cause by educating yourself with this incredible tour.
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    Sea Island Plantation and Gullah Tour

    1006 Bay St, Beaufort

    • Tour the second-largest cotton producing plantation of the 151 plantations in St. Helena Parish, comprised of sea islands surrounded by salt water estuaries
    • Learn the complicated history behind plantations, and how Laura Towne and Ellen Murray founded The Penn Center to provide education to freed slaves
    • Get your tour from local author and guide Pierre McGowan, who has written a book on the very subject -- "Tales of the Barrier Islands"
    • Enjoy the sights and gorgeous shores of Lowcountry
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    Reconstruction Tour

    After the Battle of Port Royal in 1861, Beaufort became the Union Headquarters for the South. Thus began Reconstruction. Take this tour to learn about this unique period of history and some of the structures that played a key role in this time of rebuilding. Emancipation came early to the Sea Islands, due to an early draft of the Proclamation being read on the former John Joyner Smith Plantation (the current site of the US Naval Hospital), January 1, 1863. The tour begins with an overview of the town's history and continues on to St. Helena Island, home of the current day historical site Penn Center, where Martin Luther King spent much of his time writing his "I Have a Dream" speech. He rehearsed this well-known speech in the Brick Baptist Church built by slaves in 1855 for the plantation owners. The tour continues to this site and many more, all of enormous historic value. It concludes with a story about Robert Smalls (1839-1915), a slave born in Beaufort, who achieved not only freedom, but fame and success unbeknownst to freedmen of that era. A Civil War hero, Robert Smalls was rewarded by the Union for commandeering the ship The Planter in the Charleston Harbor. He took his $1500 reward to return home and buy the house in which he was raised. What a story! What a place! What a tour.
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    Reconstruction Tour

    1006 Bay St, Beaufort

    • Take a van-and-foot tour through the town that led the rest in Reconstruction and learn about this unique time in America's past
    • Explore the history and a few of the sites in which some of the country's most important events took place during and post-Emancipation
    • See the very spot where Dr. Martin Luther King Jr wrote much of his "I Have a Dream"Speech
    • Learn about the trials many freedmen faced, and check out an institution that housed the first technical school in the country, built for the purpose of educating freed slaves
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