Low Country Gullah Tour SAV2019-02-11T16:28:46-04:00

Project Description

Low Country Gullah Tour

Lowcountry Gullah Tour

$119per person

We depart Savannah and travel to Beaufort, SC, this morning. Upon arrival, meet our local Gullah guide to learn more about Gullah Culture and the history of the area. Beaufort is often referred to as the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.” Its origins reach back to 1514 when Spanish Explorers named this area Santa Elena. Then with the abolition of slavery, Gullah culture, with its strong ties to West Africa flourished and is still an integral part of life for the local islanders living on the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Enjoy an included Gullah lunch before continuing to St. Helena Island, where the Penn Center Historic District is located. One of the oldest and historically significant African-American cultural and educational institutions in America, The Penn Center was the first school for freed slaves during the Port Royal Experiment, part of the Federal occupation of the Sea Islands after the Battle of Port Royal in November of 1861. Used as a school until the 1950s, today its mission is to preserve the Sea Island history, culture, and environment. Learn about the Gullah dialect, crafts, music, spirituals, religious beliefs, burial customs, folktales and superstitions at the York Bailey Museum. After our tour enjoy some free time in Beaufort’s Historic District before returning to the Savannah area in the late afternoon.

PRICE $119 Per Person

TRIP# 12983

INCLUDED

  • Roundtrip Transportation

  • Gullah Guide

  • Gullah Lunch

  • Penn Center Historic District tour

We depart Savannah and travel to Beaufort, SC, this morning. Upon arrival, meet our local Gullah guide to learn more about Gullah Culture and the history of the area. Beaufort is often referred to as the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands.” Its origins reach back to 1514 when Spanish Explorers named this area Santa Elena. Then with the abolition of slavery, Gullah culture, with its strong ties to West Africa flourished and is still an integral part of life for the local islanders living on the coastal islands of South Carolina and Georgia. Enjoy an included Gullah lunch before continuing to St. Helena Island, where the Penn Center Historic District is located. One of the oldest and historically significant African-American cultural and educational institutions in America, The Penn Center was the first school for freed slaves during the Port Royal Experiment, part of the Federal occupation of the Sea Islands after the Battle of Port Royal in November of 1861. Used as a school until the 1950s, today its mission is to preserve the Sea Island history, culture, and environment. Learn about the Gullah dialect, crafts, music, spirituals, religious beliefs, burial customs, folktales and superstitions at the York Bailey Museum. After our tour enjoy some free time in Beaufort’s Historic District before returning to the Savannah area in the late afternoon.