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JUL-AUG 2017

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T 2 0 1 7 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E • ARRIVAL IN SAVANNAH • DEPART FOR LIBERTY COUNTY • MIDWAY MUSEUM • GEECHEE KUNDA • DINNER AT SUNBURY CRAB COMPANY Guests traveled from throughout the United States to Savannah, the largest city on the Georgia coast, by air and by car, and met at the local Tanger Outlets to start the tour. The first item on the agenda was a 30-mile trip south from Savannah to Liberty County, a charming rural destination rich with cultural heritage. The group got to know the history of the area at the Midway Museum before taking a fascinating look at the local African- American tradition at Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Center. That was followed by a short walk down the scenic Historic Baptismal Trail, which was an important part of religious culture in the area. The day ended at Sunbury Crab Company, where guests enjoyed an authentic fresh seafood dinner with local hosts. MIDWAY MUSEUM Liberty County is in the heart of Georgia's plantation country, and the Midway Museum was established to depict the lifestyle of the men and women who lived on and worked the area's farms during the Colonial period. A re-created planter's house is filled with antiques, artifacts and exhibits outlining the area's history. The museum site also has a 1700s church, where visitors can explore distinctive architectural touches and see how locals worshiped during the 18th century. GEECHEE KUNDA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER One of the great treasures of Liberty County is its African- American heritage. The Geechee Kunda Cultural Arts Center show- cases the culture of the African groups that lived on plantations in the area. The center is on the site of a 4,000-acre rice plantation and features numerous displays on plantation life and the Geechee culture that developed in coastal areas of Georgia and South Carolina. The center offers a number of interactive experiences, including oppor- tunities to try traditional medicinal remedies or weave sweetgrass baskets. But the highlight for this group was a visit with a Geechee storyteller, who captivated the audience with her interpretation of Geechee dialect and tales from life in the area. 1 Day I found Savannah to be an excellent destination for a girls' weekend! Lots of shopping, restaurants, river boat cruises and nightly entertainment. The architecture and layout of Savannah make it a perfect destination to walk around and explore." — LEZLIE HARPER, NIAGARA BOUND TOURS STEAMED CRABS AT SUNBURY CRAB COMPANY GEECHEE KUNDA CULTURAL ARTS CENTER

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