Lowcountry cemetery tours at Brookgreen Gardens

Brookgreen_gardens_trekker_excursio Just 20 miles south of always bustling Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, visitors find a glorious sculpture garden set amid Lowcountry scenery.

Brookgreen Gardens, a National Historic Landmark, is focusing on local culture this month with special programs and tours.

* The Silent Cities of Brookgreen Gardens tour explores the garden's cemeteries, the final resting place of former slaves and plantation owners that once worked the land. (Brookgreen is built on the site of four former rice plantations.) As a cemetery nut, I know I'd love this trip, exploring old tombstones amid live oaks hanging with Spanish moss. The two-hour excursion runs Sundays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at  noon and costs $15 in addition to park admission.

* A walking tour explores the archeological dig site of the original plantation house foundations, as well as other sites, and a cemetery. It runs Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays through March 6. Tickets run $3

* Finally, on Wednesdays through March, 4, at 1 p.m., the park hosts Gullah/Geechee Mania!, an interactive, cultural game show about the region's unique culture. Admission free.

Even if you can't catch a special tour, it's worth stopping by. When I visited years ago I spent hours wandering the gardens, enjoying the views and sernity . Then I headed back up to Myrtle Beach for a rousing game of miniature golf.

COMMENTS

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    These historical cemeteries are really worth a visit. Touring these places makes you feel a glimpse of the past. It is interesting to see the old gravestones at Brookgreen Gardens.

    January 29, 2012 at 8:35 pm

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