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Presbyterian heritage tour of Georgia and South Carolina lowcountry

Tour lecturer Erskine Clarke (center) at
the grave of Charles Jones.

From the earliest days of European settlement, life in the Georgia and South Carolina lowcountry was shaped by French Huguenots and English Puritans, and Scottish and Scots-Irish Presbyterians, together with scattered German and Dutch Calvinists, according to Erskine Clarke, CTS professor emeritus of American Religious History, who will serve as tour lecturer. Clarke is the author of the award-winning book Dwelling Place: A Plantation Epic.

Early presbyterian communities were also peopled by African American slaves. By the time of the Civil War, African American Presbyterians outnumbered European American Presbyterians in the low country by substantial numbers.

"On this five-day tour, we'll learn how a strong Calvinist and Presbyterian presence helped shape the religious and cultural life and the economy of early South Carolina and Georgia," says tour organizer Kaye Carmichael.

Led by Clarke, tour participants will visit historic African American churches, landmark churches on Edisto and Johns Islands, Independent Presbyterian Church in Savannah, and First (Scots) Church in Charleston. Also on the tour will be museums, cemeteries, a plantation, and beautiful springtime gardens.

The tour fee includes traveling on a luxury motor coach, four nights' hotel lodging with breakfasts, two dinners, three lunches, en route lectures, locally guided tours, a harbor cruise, historic site entrance fees, tips to driver and local guides, and service and local taxes. Travel insurance is not included but highly recommended.

This is the third time Erskine Clarke has led a similar tour in this area. Previous participants are enthusiastic about it:

"Reliving the places we visited...what we learned. It was a great experience," says Suzanne Benton. The tour planners "created a warm atmosphere which was contagious."

Jeanne Dickey says, "WOW sums up my awe and appreciation...what a wonderful trip you planned and executed for us!"

"We gladly recommend it to others!" say Clarence and Margaret Fouse.

The cost is $1,145 per person, double occupancy, or $1,585, single occupancy. These fees are based on 30 participants; if fewer than 30 people register, the price will be adjusted.

Deadline for registration and fee deposits has been extended.
The cancellation policy is as follows: Before February 19: refund of payments received to date, minus $50 per person administrative fee. After final payment on February 19: Non-refundable.

Click here to register online.

Questions about the tour? Contact Kay Carmichael

Questions about registration? Contact CTS Lifelong Learning Registrar Angela Wyatt Or, phone 404-687-4587.