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An African American Focus in North Carolina Past and Present
An African American Focus on Slavery and the Civil War
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An African-American Focus on Slavery and the Civil War

Suggested travel time: March, 2004
3 nights in Charleston, SC

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Day 1
Arrive in Charleston, SC, and check into your comfortable accommodations; you will stay here for 3 nights.

Dinner on your own, followed by a ghost walking tour. Enjoy!!

Day 2
Begin with a morning meeting at the hotel to describe how and why slavery became rooted in the South and why Charleston became the number one port for slave importation (New York City was number two) in the late 18th century. This will be followed by a walking tour of Charleston's former port where slaves would have landed, Old Slave Mart building, houses owned by free blacks, and the Exchange Building, the center of government during the time when slavery was at its height. Visit the Four Corners in Charleston to see the ladies making the sweet grass baskets. While on the docks, tell the story of Robert Smalls, who became the first Black Civil War hero in 1862.


Travel by motorcoach over the Cooper River to Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, SC. to see the original slave cabins outside Boone Hall. Tell the story of plantation life living arrangements here.

Leave Boone Hall and go to Patriot's Point where you will take the boat to Fort Sumter. While touring the Fort, Clint will tell the story of the attack on Battery Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts, the regiment made famous by the movie "Glory." (Morris Island, where Fort Wagner was is washed away, but the island would have been seen several miles away from Fort Sumter and the general location can be pointed out.)

Dinner in Charleston (Included)

Day 3
Drive to Beaufort, SC. Enioy your carriage ride in this historic district. See the McKee-Smalls home, birthplace of Robert Smalls, the first Black Civil War hero. Stop at his gravesite, and tell his story.

On to Port Royal, SC (if there is no lock down on the base), where you will see the spot where the Emancipation Proclamation was first read in public and where the first Black Regiments were first raised.

Head to Penn Center on nearby St. Helena Island. You will learn more about the Gullah culture and hear the Gullah accent. This island was where the first freed slaves went to school, taught to read and write by the White Abolitionists from New York and Massachusetts.

Return to Charleston for dinner. (On your own.)

Day 4

Package Includes:
3 night's accommodations, tax baggage, 3 continental breakfasts
Ghost Walking Tour
Local Charleston Guide/Escort on Day 2
Boone Hall Plantation
Fort Sumter Cruise
1 Dinner on Day 2
Local Beaufort Guide/Escort
Beaufort Carriage Tour
Admission to Penn Center
** 1 Autographed Book of Clint Johnson's
**Personally escorted by Clint Johnson

Clint Johnson was the senior writer for Seven Days in Winston-Salem and has authored several corporate histories. His articles have appeared in more than sixty magazines and newspapers. A lifelong Civil War buff, he has been a Civil War reenactor for the past seventeen years. He lives in Winston-Salem, N. C.
For more information about Clint on this site, visit our "About Us" page.

For more information call Jean Wells at:
336 725-1624 (Fax: 336 724-5852)
OR email:


An African-American Focus on Slavery and the Civil War: One-Day Itinerary

Meet and Greet from a JWT escort

Private tour of Reynolda House, the Gardens, and the Village


Depart the Village and head toward Wake Forest University. Drive through Wake Forest University; overview of Winston-Salem on your way to Diggs Gallery.


Diggs Gallery, Winston-Salem State University (Private Tour)


Depart Diggs Gallery and head toward Old Salem

Group check-in at the NEW Visitor's Center; you'll pick up entry tickets to St. Philip's Church and the Log Church. Cross the covered bridge and enter Old Salem. Lunch on your own: Salem Tavern (pumpkin muffins and delicious chicken pie--staff is dressed in period costumes) or the Salem Village Shoppe (sandwiches).

Meet as a group at St. Philips complex, which includes the 1861 brick church and the 1823 log church. Enjoy Old Salem--walking on the cobblestone streets, the gift shops, the Winkler Bakery--before meeting at the church. (Brochures will be handed out.)

Depart Old Salem

Last stop: Krispy Kreme Donuts--Winston-Salem is the home of the KKdonut!! ENJOY!!

Return to the hotel to freshen up, relax, and prepare for the evening!

For more information call Jean Wells at:
336 725-1624 (Fax: 336 724-5852)
OR email:


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Tues, 01/30/18
JEAN WELLS TRAVEL presents: Macdougall Honeymoon to Australia

Hello Everyone,

Pam Davis, Indep. Contractor with JWT, had such a great experience working with the MacDougalls on their honeymoon to the "Land Down Under."  This couple really knows how to plan a honeymoon! Check out their commentary and a few of their pictures on the "Journeys" tab!


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