Brookgreen Gardens offers winter history excursions

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014

Photo courtesy of Brookgreen Gardens Tour-goers will have a chance to walk through former slaves’ and plantation owners’ graveyards and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origin.

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This winter, from now to March 6, on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday at noon and 2:30 p.m., visitors will have a rare opportunity to explore some of the cemeteries, the Silent Cities at Brookgreen.

Guests will travel on back roads with a guide in a Brookgreen vehicle to the Oaks Plantation site and other former rice plantation sites and learn the history of the people who lived and worked here.

They will have a chance to walk through former slaves’ and plantation owners’ graveyards and hear about the historical burial customs of European and African origin.

This is a two-hour excursion. Tickets are $15 in addition to garden admission and must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time.

Reservations are suggested and are available by calling 843-235-6038.

Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. Tickets are non-refundable.

Another history excursion, The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail, is offered from now to March 7, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from noon until 3 p.m.

Through interpretive panels along this natural walking trail visitors learn about the story of The Oaks Plantation and see archaeological sites that include the plantation owner and slave areas.

Transportation to The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Trail is only by mini-bus, which departs on the hour from noon until 3 p.m.

Tickets are $3 per person and must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Visitors who purchase tickets for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark and non-profit organization, is located on U.S. 17 between Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island, and is open to the public daily.

For more information visit www.brookgreen.org, or call 843-235-6000.

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