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USS Knox (DE/FF 1052) 2009 Reunion ITINERARY

Charleston, South Carolina
June 18 – 20

 Thursday, June 18, 2009

Welcome Reception at Hampton Inn Historic District
5:00pm – 6:30pm

Join your shipmates as everyone arrives into Charleston for a welcome reception on our first evening.  Cocktails and light hors d’ oeuvres will be available poolside at our host hotel, the Hampton Inn Historic District.  This will be a great opportunity to see old shipmates and get our reunion weekend off to a fun start!

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Evening Carriage Tour
6:30pm – 7:30pm

There’s no more charming a way to experience Charleston than via horse drawn carriages.  During the tour, you will be experiencing 25 – 30 blocks of Charleston’s historic downtown district. You will see houses, gardens, mansions, churches, and parks as you hear about the different buildings, history, architecture, flora and people.  Most importantly you will become one with all that Charleston has to offer the visitor.

Friday, June 19, 2009
Historic Charleston and Plantations Tour
8:30am – 2:30pm

A private motor tour will take you around the peninsula and share the history and stories that make Charleston the jewel of the southeastern United States and "America's Best-kept Secret." Through occupation, economic hardship, fires, earthquakes, and hurricanes, Charleston has exhibited a remarkable resilience. History is found literally around every corner, and the city is often called a living museum. 

Following the motor tour of Charleston, we will venture out to one of the grand southern plantations that sits along the Ashley River, Middleton Place.

Middleton Place

Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and a carefully preserved 18th century plantation that has survived revolution, civil war, earthquakes, and hurricanes. 

It was the home of many generations of Middletons, beginning with Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress; his son Arthur, a signer of the Declaration of Independence; his grandson Henry, Governor of South Carolina and an American Minister to Russia; and his great-grandson Williams, a signer of the Ordinance of Secession.  Middleton Place encompasses the Gardens, the House Museum, and the Plantation Stableyards; all three components of this extraordinary plantation can be experienced.

The Gardens at Middleton Place, which Henry Middleton envisioned and began to create in 1741, reflect the grand classic style that remained in vogue in Europe and England into the early part of the 18th century. Following the principles of André Le Nôtre, the superb master of architectural garden design who laid out the gardens at the Palace of Versailles, great attention was paid to woods and water.  Rational order, geometry and balance; vistas, focal points and surprises were all part of this garden design.  A garden of this magnitude was unlike any other in America at that time. In a sense, Henry Middleton was a pioneer in American gardening.

During your visit to Middleton Place, your guests will enjoy the signature Lowcountry Luncheon overlooking the greensward in the Pavilion.

Lunch Menu
Field Greens Salad with Middleton Vinaigrette
Okra Gumbo
Fried Chicken
Plantation Chicken Salad
Hickory Smoked Barbeque Pork
Collard Greens and Hoppin’ John
Corn Pudding and Sautéed Green Beans
Fresh Seasonal Whole Fruit and Pecan Pie
Freshly Baked Cornbread and Buttermilk Biscuits
Tea, Coffee, and Water

Charleston Harbor Dinner Cruise
6:15pm – 10:30pm

Spirit of Carolina

There’s no better way to experience Charleston and her history than from the deck of a luxurious yacht. The Spirit of Carolina offers a unique dining experience with breathtaking views of the Charleston harbor.

The Spirit of Carolina features two enclosed climate controlled dining salons, open observation decks and a full-service onboard galley. She is finely appointed with handmade bars, brass fixtures, oriental carpets, ten-foot ceilings, spacious, handicap-accessible restrooms and expansive bay windows.

Enjoy an unforgettable three hour harbor tour as you savor a four course gourmet meal choosing one of five entrees. All entrees are served with rice or potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables, rolls and butter, coffee and tea.  Live entertainment will also be featured during the cruise so your guests may enjoy themselves dancing the night away.

Evening History and Mystery Walking Tour*
8:30pm – 9:45pm
*Note: This tour is a walking tour. The tour covers approximately a one mile radius over ninety minutes. 

After dinner one evening, a History and Mystery tour guide will meet your guests at their dining spot and take them on a tour exploring the darker side of Charleston’s history!

Colonial Charleston during the early 18th Century was bright and alive during the day.  The city was known for its magnificent architecture… fashionable shops… and fastidious manners.  Under the murky cover of night, however, a darker side could be found… lurking just beneath the glossy veneer of this most cosmopolitan of towns.

Charleston… the acknowledged grand Dame of the New World, has seen her share of prosperity and peril; of success and sadness.  Its waterfront has witnessed the gallows from which pirates’ lifeless bodies twisted in the afternoon breeze; the Old Jail has been the residence of countless fiends… one of which, Lavinia Fisher, who, before her execution, offered to the audience to take a message to the Devil as she and he would soon be in communion.  Why did the otherwise charming Mrs. Fisher receive the ultimate sentence?  She and her inn-keeping husband made it a practice to rob their guests… murder them… then bury their bodies.

Hear stories of Charleston’s shadowy past – some heart wrenching; others gruesome – on an evening walk through this historic port city.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Fort Sumter and Patriots Point

8:45am – 3:15pm

View of Fort Sumter Today

Imagine the excitement!  South Carolina had seceded from the Union, yet Union forces still occupied strategic Fort Sumter at the entrance of Charleston Harbor.  The South demanded that Fort Sumter be vacated; the North refused.  Finally, on April 12th, 1861, from nearby Fort Johnson, South Carolina troops of the Confederacy fired on the Fort – the start of a two-day bombardment that resulted in the surrender of Fort Sumter by Union troops

With the North’s withdrawal, the South held the Fort until it was finally evacuated on February 17th, 1865.  During that time the Fort experienced one of the longest sieges in modern warfare – for almost two years 46,000 shells, estimated at over seven million pounds of metal, were fired at the Fort.

Today, Fort Sumter is a National Monument, administered by the National Park Service of the United States Department of the Interior.  It is located on a small man-made island and is accessible only by boat.  On the Fort is an excellent museum containing priceless artifacts; your personal City of Charleston-licensed guides will remain with you to guide you around Fort Sumter, explaining the history and artifacts. 

Located on historic Charleston Harbor, Patriots Point is home to USS Yorktown (CV-10), the “Fighting Lady.”  The first USS Yorktown (CV-5) sank at the battle of Midway on June 7, 1942.  Onboard the decks of this famous World War II aircraft carrier, a momentous time in America’s history is relived.  The “Fighting Lady” contains all the evidence of her past; one can see, touch, feel, and smell the past… where young Americans fought and died to turn the fortunes of war in the Pacific.

Moored next to her is USS Laffey (DD-724), a World War II destroyer.  Laffey survived the onslaught of Japanese kamikaze attacks while off Okinawa as Radar Picket Station #1 on April 16, 1945. She became known as “the ship that wouldn’t die.”

Also moored alongside are the United States Coast Guard cutter Ingham (WHEC-35), which fought in the convoy battles of the North Atlantic and sank a German U-boat, and the diesel attack submarine USS Clamagore (SS-343).

Onboard the Yorktown are dozens of displays devoted to maritime and naval history, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s museum and headquarters, and more than two dozen historic military aircraft are on exhibit. 

Following the tour of Patriots Point and the USS Yorktown, you will be escorted to a private luncheon in the CPO Mess Galley aboard the ship.

Lunch Menu:
Baked Herbed Chicken
Carolina Rice and Sautéed Vegetables
Chef’s Selection of Dessert
Rolls and Butter
Iced Water and Lemonade

Group Dinner at the Holiday Inn Riverview
6:30pm – 9:00pm

Fisheye view of the ships at Patriots Point, Laffey, Ingham, Clamagore, Yorktown and the Cooper River bridges in the distance

Enjoy breathtaking panoramic views from the top floor of the Holiday Inn Riverview.  Our final group dinner this evening will be held atop the only circular hotel in Charleston offering endless scenes of the Ashley River and many bridges of Charleston.  A full buffet dinner will be available for all to enjoy and libations will be available with a cash bar.  This will be a perfect setting to end our wonderful weekend in Charleston together!

Printable Registration Form, click here.

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