Destination Education

NuCor Steel Tour

Nucor is a 25 billion dollar company. We operate 22 steel mills. Nucor Steel Berkeley is the largest. We make flat roll (sheet steel or coils) and we make beams.

Last year this plant melted 3.3 million tons of steel. We are one of the most productive plants in existence. Of interesting note, is we have the highest wages in the steel industry and the lowest payroll costs per ton in the industry.

We serve a lot of markets. Certainly non residential construction is huge. We sell to automotive, about 400,000 tons last year, with GM, BMW and Mercedes large customers.

The tour will follow our production from raw materials of scrap to be recycled through to finished processing for shipment. We use electric arc furnaces to melt (recycle) the scrap and the liquid steel is about 2,900 degrees Fahrenheit when melted.

The tour will be an introduction to Nucor, a video overview, putting on PPE and then having the tour, followed by Q and A for as long as your folks like.

Nucor is North America’s largest recycler.

Explore the Grounds of Fort Sumter

Stand on the grounds where America’s deadliest war began at Fort Sumter National Monument. The first shots were fired here, igniting a conflict that saw more than 700,000 casualties. Experience the opening battle of the American Civil War and explore its origins with a National Park ranger. Your approximate one-hour visit to Fort Sumter allows ample time to explore well-preserved fort ruins and browse Museum Shop souvenirs.

The Fort Sumter National Monument sits prominently at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, a strategic location that was crucial to its defense. Your tour vessel will cruise to Fort Sumter from Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or from Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant. The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge provides the backdrop for all Fort Sumter cruises, with Charleston’s stately Rainbow Row and Battery homes clearly seen from onboard. Those departing from Mt. Pleasant will enjoy views of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier from up-close, while tours embarking from downtown will see Aquarium Wharf as they depart and return. Approaching Fort Sumter National Monument, graceful sailboats and playful dolphins add to the photogenic scene.

Firefly Distillery Tour & Tasting

When Jim Irvin & Scott Newitt started their all-American, nationally recognized and distributed Firefly brand, there were just over 2,500 people on Wadmalaw Island and about twice as many gators. These days, Firefly Distillery is a destination for locals and visitors alike. All kinds of kinds come to taste fine, quality spirits, peek into the innovation behind flagship products like the Original Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and Moonshines, and experience true, genuine southern hospitality. While the business has grown, and long after Jim and Scott influenced state laws to pave the way for other distilleries in South Carolina, Firefly has stayed true to its roots and humble beginnings. Once you’re here, you’ll meet our Firefly family, discover exclusive Distillery specialties not available anywhere else, and get a tour of the process from our Head Distiller Jay Macmurphy. If you’re lucky, he might even share a trade secret or two. Even the road out to Firefly Distillery is veiled with Southern nostalgia and Spanish moss hanging from hundred year old oaks, making for one quintessentially Lowcountry excursion. Come see us and experience the spirit of the Lowcountry, we can’t wait to meet y’all!

This will culminate in a tasting of our products. Everyone will choose 6 of the 25 spirits and keep their souvenir shot glass.

Mayor Riley

Joe Riley is widely considered one of the most visionary and highly effective governmental leaders in America. He served ten terms as Mayor of the City of Charleston from 1975 to 2016. In his time as Mayor, Charleston transformed from a decaying urban center to a top cultural destination. He is known for his innovative redevelopment projects, carefully crafted to add to the overall quality of life in the city. Under his leadership, Charleston increased its commitment to racial harmony and progress.

Joe Riley will discuss his 40 years of rebuilding the heart and soul of the city with a focus on leadership, innovation, creativity, and a commitment to excellence.

American College of the Building Arts

The American College of the Building Arts is unique, unlike any other institution of higher education in America. It’s not a trade school. Nor is it a traditional liberal arts college. It is the only four-year nonprofit college in the nation that merges a liberal arts core curriculum with professional training in the traditional building arts. With a solid base in the liberal arts, ACBA graduates not only understand how to do things, they understand the history, science, cultural and aesthetic concepts behind preserving our nation’s architectural and historical treasures, as well as creating new work worthy of preservation for future generations. ACBA graduates are not only prepared to do, they are also prepared to lead. ACBA is nationally accredited by the ACCSC with specializations in the following fields:
Architectural Carpentry
Architectural Stone
Classical Architecture and Design*
Forged Architectural Iron
Plaster
Timber Framing
Traditional Masonry

Charleston Strolls Walking Tour

Enjoy an adventure into the past on a two-hour history tour through the streets of Charleston. This walking tour takes you where motor coaches and carriages are not allowed, giving you an intimate glimpse into our historical city. As you walk through cobblestone streets and quaint alleys, past antebellum mansions and private gardens, Charleston Strolls immerses you into the most charming — and the best — city in the world. Hear all about Charleston’s rich and colorful past — from stories about old Charles Towne from 1670 to the Civil War to present day. You’ll get historical highlights and behold famous and important landmarks, including Rainbow Row, the Battery, the French Quarter, and the Old Exchange Building. A visual tour of Fort Sumter will explain its role in the history of our country, while countless hidden gardens, courtyards, churches, and graveyards will serve as backdrops for an oral history of the city during the Revolutionary and Civil wars.

Charleston History & Home Tour

Join us for a unique historic Charleston walking tour, where an up-close and personal guide will take you to points not accessible to motor-coaches and carriages. This fascinating tour is filled with stories and traditions revealing Charleston’s rich history and colorful past. This 2.5-hour walking tour through America’s most charming historic includes a 30-minute guided tour of the Heyward-Washington House and garden. Once the home of Thomas Heyward, one of South Carolina’s signers of the Declaration of Independence, the house also played host to President George Washington during his week-long stay in the “Holy City.”