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Charming Charleston

Posted by Sophomore West Scholars

May 22, 2014

Category: Student Blogs

IMG_3834.JPGThe Sophomore West Scholar Teaching Cohort took a trip to Charleston, South Carolina on March 8-12, 2014.  Students enjoyed a visit to Magnolia Plantation where they took a tour of the plantation home as well as several slave cabins that have been restored.  Students also took a nature train tour of the swamps surrounding the plantation where they saw many alligators of all sizes!

Since Charleston is one of America’s most haunted cities, taking a ghost walk was a must.  Students learned a lot of the city’s history as they heard tales of many ghosts said to haunt the city to this day, including one of America’s first female serial killers, Lavinia Fisher who along with her husband John, drugged her victims’ tea with the beautiful but deadly oleander flower which grows all over the city.  Students also toured the city’s dungeon where many pirates were kept including Stede Bonnet nicknamed “The Gentleman Pirate” who according to legend became a pirate to get away from his nagging wife!

IMG_3844.JPGStudents enjoyed a carriage ride around the city followed by a boat tour of the harbor where they learned a lot about the history of Charleston as well as spotting several dolphins at play.  A visit to the Market was enjoyed by all as students were immersed in the culture of the city.

Since the West Scholars are prospective teachers, they visited the Academic Magnet High School located in North Charleston where they were able to visit a variety of classes. The visit ended with the scholars being treated to lunch in the school cafeteria which was surprisingly good! 

The weather was beautiful, the company was good and many memories were made as the trip concluded with a Sunset Dinner Cruise around the harbor. It was the perfect ending to a perfect trip to Charming Charleston. 

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by Andrea Bell '16 (Sophomore West Scholar Cohort)Without a doubt the West Scholar's group I am a part of has become some of my closest friends, and being able to go on a trip to Charleston and doing so many fun things with them is something I will remember for years and years. The beauty and history of Charleston already created an exciting tone, but sharing unique adventures on tours and cruises with such a merry group is what added life to it all.


by Ethan Pethel '16 (Sophomore West Scholar Cohort)
I greatly enjoyed our trip to Charleston and am starting to miss it already. I especially loved visiting and seeing the historic sites around the city, such as the harbor tour seeing Fort Sumter and the carriage ride looking at the cathedrals. I also enjoyed our visit to the Magnolia Plantation and Frankie's Fun Park.

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