November 3 to November 6, 2022

Charleston, SC

SOLD OUT - We have reached our limit of 30 participants. Please call 812-866-7012 to be added to a waiting list.

Have you wondered why Charleston, South Carolina, consistently ranks as one of the country's best places to live? If so, join President Lake, Kelly Lambert, and other Hanoverians for an extraordinary alum event in Charleston. We will explore how Charleston recovered from the ravages of the Civil War to become one of the "best" cities in America.

Patterned after Hanover's 2016 lifelong learning experience in the Mississippi Delta, the trip to Charleston will focus on the area's unique place in American history and culture. We'll critically examine the issues facing Charleston and the Lowcountry and provide a list of suggested readings to aid in preparation for the journey. Roger Shinness '75 said of the Delta trip: "Hearing from experts and seeing the Delta in-person plus connecting with fellow alums and Lake and Kelly—a priceless experience.


The cost to attend is $350 per person and includes admission, lecture, and tour fees, an opening reception, a group dinner, and a real Lowcountry oyster roast. Pricing is also not negotiable and does not include the hotel. Hotel information is below.

Deadline & Capacity

The Alumni Trip is limited to 30 participants, and the registration deadline is October 20, 2022.

Cancelation Policy

Refunds will not be honored after the deadline unless there is a waiting list. 

Daily Agenda

    • 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.: Neighborhood Tour
      Meet at Washington Square Park (near the NE corner of Meeting and Broad Streets)
    • 5:15 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception
      Virginia's on King, 412 King Street (one block north of the Francis Marion Hotel)

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2022

    • 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.:  DISCUSSION: CHARLESTON REVIVAL
      Location: College of Charleston Student Center, Room 205
      Guest speakers include Charleston Post and Courier reporter Robert Behre and David Ginn, President & CEO of the Charleston Regional Development Alliance.
    • 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.:  LUNCH IS ON YOUR OWN
      Location:  College of Charleston Student Center, Room 205
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.: DINNER AT Virginia's on King (one block from Francis Marion Hotel)
      Returning Upstairs at Virginia's, we will enjoy what the restaurant is known for - traditional low country "comfort food."


    • 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.: A DAY AT Drayton Hall (lunch provided)
      • 10:30 a.m.:  Signature Tour of Drayton Hall
      • 11:45 a.m.:  Beak for lunch in the pavilion
      • 12:30 p.m.:  Landscape Audio Tour
      • 1:20 p.m.:  Explore the Gallery and Caretaker's House Exhibits in the Visitor Center
      • 2:00 p.m.:  Travel to the high ground and visit A Sacred Place for a self-guided walk of the African American Cemetery. This is one of the oldest documented African America Cemeteries in America.
      • 2:35 p.m.:  Depart Drayton Hall
    • 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.:  LOW COUNTRY OYSTER ROAST AT Salty Mike's 
      Location: 9 Lockwood Drive (lower level of the Marina Variety Store Restaurant at the Charleston City Marina).
      Chili and cornbread will also be available.

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2022

    • Depart Charleston

Hotel Information

Preferred lodging is available in Charleston's History District at the Francis Marion Hotel, with options to extend your stay. Named for Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion (the "Swamp Fox"), the Francis Marion Hotel became an instant Charleston landmark in 1924. Rising 12 stories above the Historic District, the hotel offers spectacular views of Charleston's church steeples, historic mansions, and famous harbor, providing easy access to the wealth of Charleston's attractions. Rates are $239 to $279 per night. 
Please register below to attend the alum trip.
Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email with a unique link and a discount code to book your stay in Charleston.

Special Recognition

The Nichols Alumni Lifetime Inquiry Endowment supports the Charleston Alumni Trip.

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