Colonial Savannah & Historic Charleston
April 13-15, 2018
A place, a people, and a unique perspective on the world. Savannah and Charleston are made of history: the home of Revolutionary statesmen, early Jewish communities, slavery and expanding freedoms. Together we will explore two charming and timeless cities, view priceless historic architecture, understand our Jewish and American heritage and visit the past with Rabbi Adam Chalom’s thoughtful perspective as he brings the history of the antebellum South to life.
Thursday April 12
Arrive in Savannah and check in:
415 W Liberty St, Savannah, GA 31401
Friday April 13
Breakfast in main breakfast area of hotel
9:00 Welcome and introductions with Rabbi Chalom (hotel event room TBA)
10:00 Waking tour of Jewish History in Savannah, including Congregation Mickve Israel.
Congregation Mickve Israel has a long and storied history, dating back to 1733, just a few months after the founding of the City of Savannah. 42 intrepid Jews set sail from England aboard The William and Sarah, with little more than their beloved Torah (which the Congregation still uses annually in their anniversary Shabbat service) and a special kit for circumcision. They arrived in Savannah, a border colony town with an innovative vision for religious tolerance, to start their lives anew in a land of freedom.
12:00 Lunch on your own.
Private 90 minute trolley tour. Historic Savannah. The extraordinary architecture, lush botanicals, and captivating stories of this historic, coastal city make for an unforgettable vacation experience. Friendly conductors narrate the tour with a fascinating and fun mix of trivia and humorous stories. (Tickets for hop on/hop off public trolley provided after tour.)
5:00 Shabbat service and meal at hotel, led by Rabbi Chalom (event room TBA)
Saturday April 14
Breakfast and check out
9:00 Board bus
11:00 Arrive Magnolia Plantation
Boxed lunch provided by Magnolia
Magnolia has been selected as one of "America's Most Beautiful Gardens" (Travel + Leisure Magazine), and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the State of South Carolina!
Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the history of our nation unfold before it from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond. It is the oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry, and the oldest public gardens in America, opening its doors to visitors in 1870 to view the thousands of beautiful flowers and plants in its famous gardens. So join us here at Magnolia Plantation to experience the beauty of its gardens and its rich history today.
Slavery to Freedom tour: Magnolia's Cabin Project began more than five years ago in an effort to preserve five historic structures that date back to 1850. These former slave dwellings now serve as the focal point for an award-winning 45-minute program in African-American history.Magnolia recognizes the importance of acknowledging the vital role that Gullah people and culture plays in any interpretation of Lowcountry history.
2:00 Board Bus to Charleston
2:30 Check in:
425 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403
3:00 Walk to Liberty Square’s Fort Sumter Visitors Center, 340 Concord St. Charleston, SC 29401, for 4:00 departure to Fort Sumter. Boat arrives back at 6PM
Decades of growing strife between North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter surrendered 34 hours later. Union forces would try for nearly four years to take it back.
Dinner on your own
Sunday April 15
9:00 Morning Discussion with Rabbi Chalom (hotel event room TBA)
10:00 Walking tour of historic Charleston
Charleston was founded as Charles Town—honoring King Charles II of England—in 1670. Its initial location at Albemarle Point on the west bank of the Ashley River (now Charles Towne Landing) was abandoned in 1680 for its present site, which became the 5th-largest city in North America within 10 years. Endemic bouts of yellow fever and malaria influenced the removal of the state government to Columbia in 1788, although the port remained among the 10 largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census. The only major American city to have a majority-enslaved population, Antebellum Charleston was controlled by a militarized oligarchy of white planters and merchants who launched the Civil War by seizing the Arsenal, Castle Pinckney, and Fort Sumter from their federal garrisons.
Known for its rich history, well-preserved architecture, distinguished restaurants, and mannerly people, Charleston is a popular tourist destination and has received a large number of accolades.
12:00 Lunch on your own at Old Market (many food stalls and restaurants)
1:45 Gather to walk to Congregation Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim
Charleston was founded in 1670, and the earliest known reference to a Jew in the English settlement is a description dated 1695. Soon thereafter other Jews followed, attracted by the civil and religious liberty of South Carolina and the ample economic opportunity of the colony. These pioneers were sufficiently numerous by 1749 to organize the present congregation, Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, (Holy Congregation House of God) and, fifteen years later, to establish the now historic Coming Street Cemetery, the oldest surviving Jewish burial ground in the South. KKBE is the fourth oldest Jewish congregation in the continental United States (after New York, Newport and Savannah).
5:00 Ending Discussion and Goodbyes with Rabbi Chalom (hotel event room TBA)
Dinner on your own
Monday April 16
Check out of hotel and depart
INCLUDED in Tour Package: Daily opening lectures and concluding discussions with Rabbi Adam Chalom, four nights accommodations, daily breakfast, Shabbat (Friday night) dinner, Savannah to Charleston transportation, Lunch at Magnolia Plantation, all tour and entrance fees and gratuities.
Not included: Some meals, airfare, incidentals and airport transfers.