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Prehistoric Plantation
Cruise

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What do paleontology, fertilizer, and Reconstruction all have in common? Come uncover the answers as you experience Charleston like never before on this scenic river boat cruise!

What to expect:

Tour length: 2 hours

Capacity: 6 people

Rec. Ages: 8+

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your Adventure. The boat departs promptly at the trip start time.

Enjoy the wild side of the Ashley River as we wind through the heart of the historic plantation district and you are transported back in time. In a timely response to the financial hit of the Civil War, paleontologist Francis Holmes kickstarted the economic boom of phosphate mining in Charleston. What started as a fossil collecting expedition wound up transforming the landscape and propelling Charleston to be the world's leader of phosphate fertilizer by the mid-1880s.

 

 As we cover the history about this short-lived southern industry, enjoy the scenery and views of Charleston's historic plantations from a different perspective. During the two hour cruise, we'll glide past:

  • Middleton Place (1741)

  • Runnymede Plantation (1705)

  • Magnolia Plantation & Gardens (1676)

  • Drayton Hall (1747)

 

Artifacts and hands-on displays will be passed around during the presentation.

This cruise takes place on an open air boat. As such, we encourage you to be prepared for all weather types.

Recommended items to bring:

  • Camera (DSLR or cell phone)

  • Binoculars

  • Sunglasses

  • Windbreaker

  • Weather appropriate clothing

Oct-April: Warm layers strongly recommended during faster boat speeds. ​

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BUNDLE THIS TOUR WITH A FOSSIL ADVENTURE TO RECEIVE 15% OFF EACH CRUISE TICKET!

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