2017 Heritage Cruise

February 25, 2017

Spring seemed to come early this year in the Lowcountry.  We had another beautiful weekend which was an awesome opportunity for our traditional Heritage Cruise

We started at the Cracker Barrel in Summerville for breakfast. We were delighted to have some folks from Aiken, SC, who got up at 5:00am to join us at Cracker Barrel for breakfast.

After breakfast, we cruised up Route 17 through Moncks Corner to the Old Santee Canal Park.   The Old Santee Canal Park is the site of America’s first summit canal which began operating in 1800.  While there, we visited the Berkeley County Museum and Historic Center and checked out some (not all) of the four miles of boardwalks and trails along the Biggin Creak and old canal.  (see http://www.oldsanteecanalpark.org).

After a couple hours of exploring, we all gathered for a short cruise and a bite to eat at  Gillagan’s at the Dock in Monck’s Corner where we enjoyed lunch while watching the other weekend cruisers go by on the river..

After “fueling up”, we headed to the awe inspiring Mepkin Abbey. If you have not been there before, you should because it is a treat!  Dating back to the late 1700’s, the allee of live oaks which welcomes visitors to Mepkin speaks of the history and legacy of this plantation.  We had been there before but somewhat unannounced.  Not this time. We visited the gift shop, toured the monastery and the church.  Mepkin Abbey is a community of Roman Catholic monks established in 1949 on the site of the historic Mepkin Plantation located on the Cooper River, north of Charleston, SC.  (see http://www.mepkinabbey.org).

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