Laura Hipp's tour was both informative and personal. She shared both her extensive knowledge of her fair city, and personal stories, based on her research and experience. Even though she was having a big party at her house in just two days, she gave us her full attention and demonstrated true "Southern Hospitality." She picked us up from 204 Ashley, an apartment she had rented for our group, and drove us to her house where she picked up the rest of the people going on the tour. we started with buffet full breakfast on the piazza (porch) of what was the home of a local dentist and I think still in the family, but now a Bed and Breakfast. It overlooked the Charleston harbor with Fort Sumter in the distance. After a satisfying breakfast and stories, we got back into the van to tour the gardens of another lovely house and carriage house. Then we drove to the home of the Doctor who attended her delivery and introduced to its occupants and ancestors through family portraits and family treasures. Finally, we returned to Laura's home where a lovely lunch awaited us and more stories. Although the group consisted of more women than men, I think it was equally enjoyed by all.
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