Dec. 1: Drayton Hall and Middleton Place present “A Day on the Ashley.”
At Drayton Hall visitors will experience a one-hour Connoisseur’s House
Tour, self-guided nature walks, one of the oldest documented African-American
cemeteries in the nation still in use, and the artisan-inspired museum shop. At
Middleton Place visitors will enjoy a casual lunch followed by a guided tour of the
house museum, self-guided tour of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, the
Plantation Stableyards, freedmen’s cabin, chapel, and museum shop. Optional
carriage tours are also available. The new Day on the Ashley package must be reserved
at least 48 hours in advance and is subject to availability. Drayton Hall and
Middleton Place, Ashley River Rd. Call for price. For more info, call (843) 769-
2630, email email@example.com and visit www.draytonhall.org.
Dec. 2-16: Charleston Museum presents Holiday Wining and Dining
Tours at the Heyward-Washington House. Catch the holiday spirit at The
Charleston Museum’s Heyward-Washington House. Special 18th Century
See elaborate table settings and period appropriate faux food throughout the various
entertaining spaces within the house. Tour the c. 1740 kitchen building and
learn about open hearth cooking. Visit the laundry area, servants’ quarters, and
auxiliary kitchen herb garden. Heyward-Washington House, 87 Church St. Dec.
2, 9, 16 at 4p.m. Admission is FREE/members and children under 3; FREE/with
regular museum admission of $10/adults; $5/children. For more info, visit
Dec. 4-31: Charleston Museum presents Holiday Decorations at the
Joseph Manigault House. Each year, the Garden Club of Charleston uses this
magnificent house as a backdrop for their creative arrangements, using only live
plant materials that would have been available in the Lowcountry during the 19th
century. Joseph Manigault House, 350 Meeting St. Dec. 4-31 open 10a.m.-5p.m.
Mon.-Sat.; 1-5p.m. Sun. Admission is FREE/members and children under 3;
FREE/with regular museum admission of $10/adults; $5/children. For more info,
Dec. 20: Charleston Museum presents a special One-Day Exhibit: Original
South Carolina Ordinance of Secession. The Charleston Museum will
exhibit the original South Carolina Ordinance of Secession on the 150th anniversary
of its signing. The document comes to us on loan from the SC Department
of Archives and History. Please be sure to stop by and see it on December
20, the only day it will be on exhibit to the public in Charleston! Charleston Museum,
360 Meeting St. Dec. 20 from 9a.m.-5p.m. Admission is FREE/members
and children under 3; FREE/with regular museum admission of $10/adults;
$5/children. For more info, visit www.charlestonmuseum.org.
Ongoing: The American Military Museum. American Military Museum,
360 Concord. St. Ste. 9. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm; Sun. 1-5pm. Admission
is $7/adults, $5/seniors 55+/veterans and spouse/drilling NG/res/spouse,
$3/student 13-18 or any current student ID; $2/children 6-12; FREE/active duty
& spouses. For more info, call (843) 577-7000 and visit www.americanmilitarymuseum.
Ongoing: Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture
at the College of Charleston.Offers tours of the building and museum
galleries. Avery Research Center, 125 Bull St. St. Mon-Fri 10:30a.m., 11:30a.m.,
1:30p.m., 2:30p.m., 3:30p.m.; Sat. 12:30p.m., 1:30p.m., 2:30p.m., 3:30p.m. Admission
is FREE. For more info, call (843) 953-7609 or visit www.cofc.edu/avery.
Ongoing: Boone Hall Plantation. Presentations that cannot be found on any
other plantations in the area are part of what helps make Boone Hall unique. However,
these shows are seasonal so check in advance for performance dates and
times. 1235 Long Point Rd. Mt. Pleasant. $17.50/adults; $15/seniors, military, &
AAA members; $7.50/children 6-12; FREE/children 5 and under. For more info,
call (843) 884-4371 and visit www.boonehallplantation.com.
Ongoing: Cabbage Row. The section of Church Street used as the inspiration
for “Catfish Row” in the Dubose Heyward story, “Porgy.” This story was the basis
for Gershwin’s opera “Porgy and Bess,” which is a fictionalized glimpse of black
life during the 1920’s. The character “Porgy” was based on an actual Charlestonian,
Samuel Smalls. Church St. at Tradd St. Admission is FREE. For more info, call
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