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September 26, 2016
Charlotte is considered a region, as well as a city. Sixteen counties, including four in South Carolina, make up the region known as Charlotte, with the city of Charlotte as its hub. visit NC Concierge‘s trip to Charlotte will focus on its history, particularly its history since the Civil War. Upon arrival in the city we will go directly to The Duke Mansion, one of the best examples of Colonial Revival architecture in North Carolina. James B. “Buck” Duke profoundly influenced the region and the state from his home where his most lasting legacies, including Duke University, Duke Power Company, and The Duke Endowment took shape. Following lunch a step on guide will point out highlights of North Carolina’s largest city before dropping us off at The Levine Museum of the New South. Following a tour of the museum, we’ll re-board the bus for our return to Raleigh, stopping for a casual dinner along the way.
- Transportation via motor coach
- Informative scenic tour of Charlotte
- Tour of the Duke Mansion
- Lunch at the Duke Mansion
- Tour of the Levine Museum of the New South
- Casual dinner
- All fees, taxes, and tips
DETAILS & ITINERARY
Named in honor of Queen Charlotte, wife of King George of England, and chartered in 1768, Charlotte is older than the United States. British General Cornwallis called Charlotte a “hornet’s nest of rebellion” in 1780, and ever since rail connections first linked Charlotte to global markets in the 1850’s, the city has never seen a decade without population growth. From about 3500 people at the close of the Civil War in 1865, the city’s population today exceeds 772,000.
Upon arrival in the city our first stop will be The Duke Mansion. Built in 1915, it was once the family home of James Buchanan Duke, whose legacies in the Carolinas include Duke University, the Duke Endowment, and Duke Energy. The Mansion is approximately 32,000 square feet and sites on 4.5 acres of lush gardens and foliage. Following our tour we will enjoy lunch in the mansion.
After re-boarding the bus to drive through the city’s core, a step-on guide will point out sites and share information of the city’s storied past. Our afternoon’s destination, The Levine Museum of the New South, traces the city’s history following the Civil War. The museum’s centerpiece exhibition, Cotton Fields to Skyscrapers, teaches how the New South reinvented itself from field to factory to finance. This interactive history museum houses the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of the post-Civil War Southern history, exploring the meaning of the New south through stories of people – men, women, and children, black and white, rich and poor, long-time residents and newcomers – who have reinvented and shaped the region since the end of the civil War. You’ll be inspired, educated, challenged, and entertained by the dynamic stories of the New South.
On the return trip to Raleigh, we’ll stop for a casual dinner.