South Carolina Fall Explorer: Hartsville, Cheraw, and the Old Pee Dee Cotton District

November 20 - 21, 2019

Chartered Coach Touring – Down Home on the Great Pee Dee River

Late Fall – perfect time for a drive into South Carolina’s intriguing past.  We’ll pass through the sandhills region, entering the coastal plain of Darlington and eastern Chesterfield counties.  We’ll visit Pearl Fryar’s amazing topiary garden on our approach to Hartsville – the town that the Coker family built.  Enjoy Hartsville’s lovely Main Street ambiance, plus visits to Kalmia House and Garden.  We’ll spend our overnight in Hartsville.  On Day Two, we’ll make our way to South Carolina’s storied cotton port – Cheraw – located in advance of the rhyolite shoals in the Great Pee Dee River.  Cheraw is an architectural treasure-trove.  We’ll enjoy visits to lovely homes, civic buildings, and to Old St. David’s – one of South Carolina’s most important churches.

Trip highlights:

  • Pearl Fryar’s topiary masterpiece
  • Kalmia Gardens (plus a guided tour of Kalmia House)
  • Beautiful Hartsville – Coker family stories, Coker College, and the story of Sonoco
  • Cheraw architecture – guided touring of lovely structures in town

Trip price:  $565 / person (double occupancy; single supplement, $80); price includes comfortable chartered coach transportation (with a sign-up of 12 – 24 travelers); all meals; all touring per the itinerary; concierge / guide service throughout the trip.  Price does not include alcohol or optional trip insurance.

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Chumley’s take:  Cheraw is one of the most remarkable collections of lovely old homes that you’ll find, in any direction.  Our goal is to leave as friends, with an invitation in hand to come back again (for more!).


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