Explore the beautiful architecture and amazing history of Charleston up-close and on-foot with the Old Charleston History and Homes Walking Tour. This exciting tour explores the rich history of the oldest city in the state, which was originally founded as Charles Town back in 1670. The city played a vital role in the American Revolution, the Civil War, and other key aspects of American history. The Old Charleston History and Homes Walking Tour is the definitive tour of historic Charleston where you'll venture down popular streets and hidden alleys to explore a city that our experienced tour guides can show you best.
Detailed Tour Itinerary
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Tour Stop at Old Exchange Building
Formerly a customs house with a waterside entrance, this structure was used by the British to house prisoners during the Revolutionary War, an ordeal detailed in an exhibit. Costumed interpreters bring history to life on guided tours, and kids are both fascinated and scared by the period mannequins on display in the dungeon.
Drive By St. Michael's Episcopal Church
One of the finest Colonial American churches in the country, St. Michael's Episcopal Church is a National Historic Landmark. Visitors to the church will admire the original decor of the church including original pews made of local cedar, clock and bells, chandelier, and house organ.
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Tour Stop at Dock Street Theatre
The original Dock Street Theatre was destroyed by the Great Fire of 1740. A number of notable persons worked and patronized the Planter's Hotel including the noted 19th Century actor Junius Brutus Booth (father of Edwin and John Wilkes Booth). Robert Smalls, an African-American Civil War hero, who stole a steamboat in the harbor and sailed it out past the Confederate held Ft. Sumter and turned it over to the blockading Union Fleet, served as a waiter in the hotel's dining room prior to the war.
Drive By DuBose Heyward House
The Dubose Heyward house was built in 1790 and combines two post-revolutionary houses into a single unit. This house was the second home of Charleston authors Dorothy and Dubose Heyward in the 1930s.
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Tour Stop at Washington Square Park
Washington Square, located at the corner of Broad and Meeting streets, is one of the Charleston's debut parks. The park, with its mature canopy of live oaks, is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a quiet moment. The shade is a welcome relief to visitors and locals alike who want to take a break from the summer heat and humidity.
Stops may change due to traffic, weather, maintenance, etc.
On this tour, you will pass by many of the city's most famous landmarks, including historic churches and religious sites as well as famous battle monuments. You will also walk down the scenic waterfront and along sidewalks in front of Civil War mansions with gorgeous gardens and impressive architecture. Your tour guide will share historical facts and little known stories about the attractions you pass by, and you will learn more about the incredible architecture that the city is known for . This is the most intimate and intelligent historical tour available and includes an interior tour of one Charleston's most interesting homes. The Old Charleston History and Homes Walking Tour is the perfect way for your whole family to learn more about the city in a fun and exciting way. Reserve your space on this unique walking tour today!