Silent Cities – Cemetery Tours -
Please check back for dates and times. The popular excursion ‘Silent Cities’ offers a rare opportunity to travel on back roads to explore cemeteries at Brookgreen and learn about the historical burial customs of European and African origin. Tickets are $15 in addition to garden admission for this two-hour excursion and must be purchased at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Reservations are suggested; please call (843) 235-6038. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes. (Important Note: the Trekker travels over old Plantation-era dirt roads, which are quite rough and bumpy in many places. If you have a physical condition that may be affected by riding over rough terrain, we suggest you consider an alternate excursion.)
Here's a short video of Silent Cities.
The Oaks Plantation History and Nature Excursion
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Travel back roads with an interpreter and hear about the history of the prominent Alston family here in colonial and antebellum eras. Visit the location of the plantation house, the Alston family cemetery, grounds of the slave village, and other archaeological sites. Due to its remote location, transportation is by mini-bus. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children, in addition to garden admission. Purchase tickets at Keepsakes at least 10 minutes prior to departure time. Guests for this excursion will receive a discount coupon for same-day purchases at Keepsakes.
Children's Discovery Room
Saturday and Sunday January 7 - February 25
From noon to 4:30 p.m., the Children's Discovery Room features seven interactive stations for children ages 4 – 12 that afford opportunities to learn about the rich history, nature, and art at Brookgreen Gardens. Free with garden admission.
New Education Exhibit
January 9 through March 12
“Shine On, Gullah. Shine On.” an exhibit of Story Quilts, Fabric Collages, and Prints by Fabric Chronicler Dorothy Montgomery of Charleston, is displayed 12-4:30 p.m. daily in Learning Lab I at the Wall Lowcountry Center from. Free with garden admission.
Zookeeper for a Day
Guests age 12 and older gain a firsthand look at working in a zoo and spend the day helping zookeepers with their daily routine of feeding, cleaning, and animal care. Registration is $150 and limited to one person. Call 843-235-6049.
Gullah Geechee Program Series
Wednesdays, January 20 and 27
Gullah Geechee-mania!, an interactive cultural game show, will be presented at 1 p.m. in the Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Presented by Ron Daise, Vice President for Creative Education, the program informs viewers about the unique Gullah Geechee culture and heritage of the southeastern coastal United States. Each guest becomes a “contestant” who will gain “points” for answering questions about Gullah Geechee people, songs, history, culture, foods, and trivia. The program is free with garden admission.
Reign of Rice Lecture Series
Joseph Opala, historian and anthropologist, presents “Native American Shared Cultural Vestiges” at 1 p.m. in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium. Free with garden admission, seating must be reserved by calling (843) 235-6049.
Brookgreen’s Gullah Geechee Program Series
1 p.m. Wednesdays beginning January 18
Ron Daise and special guest lecturers give insight into Gullah culture. Presentations are in the Wall Lowcountry Center Auditorium and are free with garden admission.
Registration for Spring Break Camp
Begins January 23
Registration for Spring Break Camps for Georgetown and Horry County students in Grades K-1 and 2-3 begins January 23. Fees are $65 for Members and $80 for Non-Members. Call (843) 235-6049 to register. Sessions offer nature exploration, crafts, games, projects, and live animal encounters.
January 28 – April 23
Life in the American West is on display daily in the Rainey Sculpture Pavilion and is included in garden admission