The Richmond Register

June 4, 2013

Madison County Farm Tour to visit South Carolina, Georgia

By Brandon Sears
Register Columnist

RICHMOND — The Madison County Farm Tour planning committee has been busy at work planning our upcoming trip. This year the group is headed to South Carolina and Georgia. The dates for the tour are Sept. 23-28.As usual we will be traveling in a bus from Bluegrass Tours and there is room for people.

The Madison County Farm Tourwill be traveling south 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 U.S. 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 Farmon Johns Island, settled in 1721, and is currently a major agritourism site. On the way, we will stop for photos at the famous Angel Oak Treeand 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 Restaurantand Mrs. Wilkes Boarding House 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.

You may sign up for the tour at 8 a.m. June 19 the Madison County Extension Office, 230 Duncannon Lane, Richmond, in the conference room of the front office building. A deposit of $200 per couple is requested. The total cost per couple will be $1,300. Balance of payment will be due at the pretour meeting in August. If you have questions, call 859-623-4072.

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