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Re: Hawley/Williams Reunion
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First an above all DO ON SITE VISITS OF HOTELS. I went to Beaufort on a bus trip..there are only 2 hotels in the city. When you book by phone you are guaranteed one thing, on site will show you something all together different. We had two bus loads, 45 people per bus and stayed at the largest hotel there. The Continental breakfast was not good, bagels, juice some coffee, milk. It's a good thing we had bottled water. We did not do dinner meals in Beaufort. My tour guide has suggested that you not stay in Beaufort but stay in Hilton Head SC at the Holiday Inn and rent a bus to tour Beaufort. She went to a hotel to inspect rooms before making payments in Hilton Head that is located on the beach. I checked it on line as well. Both comments were some rooms were mildew smelling and not a place she would have taken any group trip to. The management was not courteous and did not want to give the same freebees to us that they would have given other tour buses, if you know what I mean. There are 2 'black owned and operated 'step on guides'. They come to your hotel and tell the driver what areas to drive to as well as tell the history from the black point of view while riding with your group on your bus. Emory & Morris Campbell, 540 Spanish Wells, Hilton Head SC 29926, 843 681 7066, Gullah@hargray.com. Mr Morris and his brother were our guides. We went to SC in May and there was a Gullah Festival going on in Beaufort. The Morris brother's were not with us at this point but another man who's name I can't seem to find at this point, who is also a 'black step on' guide who has his own operation. But I must say we only stayed 1 night in Beaufort. There isn't really much to do there. The Gullah Festival was going on in Beaufort. It's actually a city craft fair. The Gullah Festival of SC, PO Box 83, Beaufort SC 29901.
I suggest you talk to the Morris' and ask them about contacts and any more info you will need. They are very helpful and informative. BE ADVISED.. there is no public bus service available in Hilton Head and I am not sure about Beaufort.
I enjoyed our trip even more so because in 2006 I had just found information on the 1930 census that my grgrgrandma was born in Johnston SC and no one in the family knew that we had a SC connection. Order the African American Visitors Guide, from the Beaufort Co. Black Chamber of Commerce. It's very informative. I didn't know anything about Gullah language. The Morris' schooled us.
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