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.

This trip is full. Please contact us if you would like to be placed on a wait list. 


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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