Step Into the Past: SC's Old Aiken and Edgefield Region

March 13 – 15, 2019

Old South Carolina; Lovely Small Town Ambiance; Political Nerve Center.

Let’s step into the past, in two of South Carolina’s most legendary places – Aiken and Edgefield.  Our home base – the Willcox Hotel – will present us the “Winter Colony” lifestyle that came to Aiken around the turn of the 20th century.  We’ll reach further back in Edgefield – home of 10 SC governors, as well as Old Edgefield Pottery, the state’s best regional archive, and a plethora of ancient homes and churches.

Trip highlights:

  • Edgefield treasures, including the Old Courthouse, guided touring in the archives and in Willowbrook Cemetery
  • The Old Edgefield Pottery – and a demonstration by the latest Edgefield Potter in Residence, Justin Guy
  • Aiken’s sandy lanes connecting fine Winter Colony residences to hidden barns and paddocks
  • Redcliffe Plantation – home of James Henry Hammond (stories on location); and other sites in and around Beech Island

Trip price:  $1095 / person; single supplement, $225; price includes:  2 nights accommodation and breakfast in the lovely Willcox Hotel; 3 lunches and 2 dinners; all touring per the itinerary; comfortable chauffeured transportation; small group warmth and attention to detail.  Price does not include other meals, alcohol, or optional trip insurance.

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Chumley’s take:  Aiken and Edgefield represent two very distinct geographical regions of South Carolina – each built on soil qualities, overlooked by the casual observer, but vital to the fame of each.  It’s not what’s in the water . . . it’s what’s in the soil.  Let’s put our hands in that dirt!


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