The Abbeville Institute was founded in 2002 in order to explore what is true and valuable in the Southern tradition. In that time, many of our students have received advanced degrees, our affiliated scholars have written dozens of books, while our educational programs have reached millions of people around the globe. We have much to celebrate as an organization, but little did we know in 2002 that the culture, traditions, symbols, and history of the South would become the main focus of the current culture war. What does the Southern tradition mean for the 21st century? What value can modern Americans find in the American South?
Join us at beautiful Callaway Resort and Gardens in Pine Mountain, GA for fellowship, celebration, and answers to these questions. Callaway Gardens embodies the spirit of the Southern tradition. With 2500 private acres of nature, walking, hiking, and biking trails, the Cecil B. Day Butterfly center, the rustic Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel with beautiful stained glass and a working pipe organ, Robin Lake Beach, world class golf, and exquisite Southern gardens, Callaway Gardens is a destination that combines the best elements of the South. The azaleas will be blooming in April, making the Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl one of the highlights of the property.
We will spend time in the gardens along with first class lectures and Southern fellowship.
The $400 conference fee covers all lectures, a reception on Thursday, April 13, and lunch and supper on April 14 and 15 along with all day refreshments and snacks. A schedule and comprehensive speaker list will be forthcoming.
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens is a certified four diamond hotel with an award winning restaurant. Guests to the event are encouraged to make room reservations as soon as possible. You can reserve a room by calling 855-706-4317. Room rates are $229 plus $30 resort fee and taxes per night. Guests have access to the Gardens.
Don Livingston President Emeritus, Abbeville Institute
Clyde Wilson, M.E. Bradford Distinguished Chair, Abbeville Institute
Paul Gottfried, Editor, Chronicles Magazine
Brion McClanahan, President, Abbeville Institute
Tom DiLorenzo, Author of The Real Lincoln and The Problem with Lincoln
Thomas Fleming, President, The Fleming Foundation
Chad Prather, Comedian and Host of The Chad Prather Show, Blaze TV
Guests interested in traveling to the event via aircraft should fly to Atlanta and rent a vehicle. Callaway Gardens is about 1.5 hours from Atlanta via I-85.
Nearby attractions to the Gardens include FDR State Park and FDR's Little White House. Columbus, GA is an hour from Callaway Gardens. Columbus is home to Fort Benning, the National Infantry Musuem, the Port Columbus Civil War Naval Museum and Westville.
A schedule of events is forthcoming.