Hobbton students explore Charleston

By: By Katie Vann - Guest writer

Have you ever thought of what careers are available in the area of tourism related to agriculture, foods, marketing, and business?

Many of our students dream of traveling and living in beautiful and exciting cities much different than life in the rural areas of Newton Grove and Sampson County. What more perfect setting than the city of Charleston with its rich historical and cultural diversity.

Thirteen Hobbton High School students and five school chaperones toured the city for two days, March 24 and 25. The students and staff of Hobbton High School would like to thank Simple Gifts for their financial contribution to fund this trip and the many trips afforded to the students and faculty of the Sampson County School system.

Students started the trip with a walking tour of the grounds and home of Middleton Place, the Inn at Middleton, and a Southern buffet lunch on the grounds. Personnel talked about careers in the operation and management of hotel, culinary, business, and marketing at Middleton.

Henry and Arthur Middleton were signers of the Declaration of Independence and the owners of the beautiful rice plantation. We saw an exquisite silver, art, book, and furniture collection. We spent the afternoon with a boat tour of Charleston that highlighted historical events of the city and pointing out significant sites such as Patriot’s Point, Fort Sumter, the haunted Old City Prison, the Battery, the Ports, and the Carnival Cruise port.

A city tour guide stepped onto the bus the second day to share the downtown sights as the bus traveled through the campuses of the Citadel, the Medical University of South Carolina, and the College of Charleston. The beautiful architecture of the homes was highlighted as we traveled from the Battery to Rainbow Row to all areas of downtown Charleston.

We saw quaint old homes with piazzas to eight million dollar homes! Students and faculty stepped of the bus to tour the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, walk on the campus of the Citadel, and walk along the riverfront at White Point Park. The guide pointed out many more significant sites along our route such as the Mother Emmanuel AME Zion Church, the different types of architecture, and the various plants and trees of the area. We parked out bus for lunch and walked to the City Market for lunch and a horse carriage tour of the city. Students and teachers enjoyed some shopping time in the City Market, watching the three generations of families weaving the beautiful straw baskets, and seeing the hustle and bustle of the downtown market.

Many career opportunities were explored during this trip while exploring the historical and cultural aspects of Charleston We saw the many varied careers in the tourism industry such as the family owned horse carriage business, unique gift shops, and the tour guide businesses. The hands-on approach of this trip opened our students eyes to many wonderful opportunities and to look beyond Sampson County and maybe one of the students will bring some of these ideas to life in Sampson

A group of students from Hobbton High School traveled to Charleston, S.C. as part of a Simple Gifts grant.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/web1_0325171030a.jpgA group of students from Hobbton High School traveled to Charleston, S.C. as part of a Simple Gifts grant.

By Katie Vann

Guest writer