Traveling group returns from Southern Charm

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The travelers enjoyed visiting the Angel Tree on Johns Island in Savannah, Georgia. Group members are (from left) Judy Wardle, Donna Mitchell, Benny Shaunfield, Cindy Shaunfield, Jerri McBay, Carol Chappell, Dawn Price, Barbara Rhodes, Joyce Campbell, and Mike Chappell.
Photo submitted by Jerri McBay

Collette’s Southern Charm tour was definitely full of southern charm. As the group traveled through South Carolina, Georgia, and a little bit of Florida, they were welcomed and entertained with that charm. The first stop was Charleston, South Carolina. The city tour was guided by a true Charlestonian. Those words describe a person who has lived in the area for at least nine generations. A stop was made at the Chapel on the grounds of the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. After lunch at the City Market (where ladies were making the popular sweet grass baskets), everyone spent the afternoon at the Boone Hall Plantation. Boone Hall remains a working plantation. Tourists are allowed on the main floor of the antebellum style mansion. They may also walk through the slave houses, to the cotton dock, and the gardens. A tractor-pulled wagon ride toured much of the vegetable gardens that are open for “pick your own” during the growing season, the salt marsh, and a pecan grove. One highlight of the afternoon was a live presentation of the evolution and development of the Gullah Culture. Those who attended learned of the African Americans who live in the Lowcountry region of South Carolina. The Gullah developed a creole language and culture rich in African influences that makes them distinct among African Americans. The presenter did a wonderful job of relating this history to her audience. As everyone traveled to Savannah, a stop was made on Johns Island to see the Angel Oak often referred to as the Angel Tree. The name reflects the names of the previous owners of the tree, Justis and Martha Angel. Specifics of the tree include a height of 65 feet, a circumference of 25.5 feet. The area of the shade of the tree is 17,000 square feet. The largest limb has a circumference of 11.25 feet and is 89 feet long. Everyone enjoyed spending a little time with this special live oak tree. The tour of Savannah included several special stops along the way.



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