By Brandon Sears
The Madison County Farm Tour planning committee has been busy at work planning our upcoming trip. The dates for the tour are Sept. 23 through Sept. 28. As usual we will be traveling in a top-of-the-line bus from Bluegrass Tours.
This year, the Madison County Farm Tour will be traveling southeast to Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga., the last week of September 2013 for our annual trip. Our committee is planning an exciting trip of farm-, agritourism- and history-related stops.
On our way, we plan to visit Yon Family Angus Farm, a large purebred Angus producer, and then on to Charleston, voted the Top City in the US in 2012. In the area we will stop at Boone Hall Plantation, the oldest working, living plantation, started in 1743, for a tour of the home, farm, gardens and lunch.
The next day we will visit Charleston Tea Plantation, America's only commercial “tea farm” for a tour and tasting. Time permitting, we will tour Legaree Farm on Johns Island, settled in 1721, and currently a major agritourism site.
On the way, we will stop for photos at the famous Angel Oak Tree and then it’s on to Savannah – need we say more?
In Savannah, we’ll spend two nights in the Historic District with a tour and time for dining and shopping on River Street. Stops include famous Lady & Sons Restaurant and Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House or perhaps the Pirates House for a quick lunch.
Optional evening tours include the famous ghost tour by trolley or carriage or an evening dinner cruise. The next morning it is time to head home with more stops on the way including a tour of Lyons farm, home of the famous Vidalia onions, with tasting, and a stop at Ellis Brothers Pecans for a tour and shelling demonstration.
A deposit of $200 per couple is due ASAP if you would like to attend. The total cost per couple will be $1,300. Balance of payment will be due at the pretour meeting on Aug. 15. Give me a call at (859) 623-4072 if you are interested attending this exciting tour.
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