Charleston: Citadel of the Lowcountry
June 22-24, 2007

The SFA traveled to the port city of Charleston, South Carolina, citadel of Lowcountry culture and cookery, for our seventh annual field trip. Early arrivers toured Middleton Plantation, took a foodways tour, and enjoyed the oldest landscaped gardens in the nation. We tasted she crab soup, shrimp and hominy, stewed okra, and Carolina Gold rice. We sipped Charleston-style Madeira and sparkling wine from Carolina at the Thomas Rose House. We supped at fabled and funky haunts, like the Old City Jail and Bowen’s Island, and dined at swell restaurants, like McCrady’s and the Wreck. We celebrated Gullah and soul food cooking from the likes of Martha Lou’s, Bertha’s, and Gullah Cuisine. The region’s best scholars showed us the way, providing context and amplification, sketching the intertwined histories of people and place.