6 – 9 pm – Opening Ceremony & The Rotary Club of Moncks Corner’s Taste of Berkeley – The festival kicks off with a welcoming from local dignitaries, performances from local singers including the MLK Choir, a pictorial slideshow of local history from Berkeley County Library system, plus an array of restaurants offering a taste of local food with wine pairings.
**Tickets are $30 each, pre-sale only. Must be over the age of 21 to drink.
Join us for a short visit to the Marion’s. The year is 1792, ten years after the last guns had gone silent. Reminisce with Mary Esther (Videau) Marion about life for her and Francis in 1792 and what it must have been like ten years earlier “Near This Spot” during this interactive play from Berkeley High’s Drama Club. Food trucks will be on site. *Ticketed Event, $5.
Date And Time
Sat, April 25, 2020
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM EDT
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** Registration Required
Hop aboard the History Bus with Carol Poole, renowned local historian and teacher, for a tour of local cultural and historical sites! Meet up at Old Santee Canal State Park and board the bus for an amazing half-day tour of important sites and stories that bring history to life.
Stop first at the site of Revolutionary Fort Fair Lawn under the ownership of the Lord Berkeley Conservation Trust and the conservation of the SC Battleground Trust. Learn all about the hugely significant Fort Fair Lawn, one of more than 30 SC forts constructed by the British during the Revolutionary War and “probably the most pristine, intact, original American Revolutionary War fortification in South Carolina, if not the country,” Doug Bostick, Executive Director for the SC Battleground Preservation Trust). (Some walking required.)
Next stop at Biggin Church and Cemetery, named for Biggin Hill in Kent, England, donated by John Colleton of Wadboo Barony, and completed in 1712. Visit the lowcountry notables lying in the churchyard, learn of the rich history of the Parish of St. John’s Berkeley, used until the end of the Confederacy, and enjoy the extraordinary natural beauty of the camellias and azaleas surrounding you there.
Travel to Cordesville and stop at Taveau Church, built in 1835 by Martha Caroline Swinton Ball Taveau. Formerly a Presbyterian Church and once a vibrant house of worship used by the area’s black community and called “Holy Ghost Headquarters”, the simple 19th century-era church owned by the Cordesville United Methodist Church now stands vacant.
Enter the spectacular avenues of oaks on the grounds of Mepkin Abbey, a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the Cooper River at the site of Mepkin Plantation. Founded by the monks of Gethsemani, the brothers are part of the Trappist Order and devote their lives to prayer, spiritual study, work and hospitality. Tour the gardens and the Abbey Church at 11:30 with a Mepkin guide. Listen to the quiet of this deeply religious and historical place and take a breath of tranquility.
Lastly, ride to Strawberry Chapel of Ease and see Childsbury Settlement on the Cooper River. (NOTE: This is if time allows.)
9 am – 12 pm and 1pm – 3pm – Nature Lovers’ Master Naturalist Guided Kayak Tour
Enjoy an easy paddle in Lake Moutlre’s secret garden.
*Adults $32. Children $20 (ages 4 – 12)
Get a taste of lowcountry life with a relaxing naturalist guided kayak tour on calm water with acres of fragrant water lilies, crested floating heart and more. Glide through this beautiful wildlife management area where Bald Eagles and Osprey soar. Enjoy an easy paddle in Lake Moultrie’s secret garden. https://www.bluewayadventures.com/
9am -11am and 1 – 3 pm – Wadboo Creek Master Naturalist Guided Kayak Tour – Discover revolutionary war and lowcountry rice culture history with this trip for history bus and wildlife enthusiasts alike.
*Adults $32, Children $20 (age 4 -12)
Enjoy a naturalist guided kayak tour with revolutionary war and lowcountry rice culture history breathtaking views of moss-draped Cypress trees, abandoned rice fields, limestone bluffs and amazing wildlife. Learn about the “Swamp Fox” General Francis Marion and the area where one of his last revolutionary war battles took place with kayaking past elegant wading birds lining the river banks. This is a great trip for history buffs and wildlife enthusiasts. https://www.bluewayadventures.com/