Charleston 101


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City, Museums / Culture, Hiking and Walking


Kid Friendly: No.

Friendly: No.

Maximum travelers: 4



English (fluent)

Let a 4th-generation Charlestonian walk you through the city's history, architecture and culture!

While exploring quiet alleys as well as busy streets, you'll see the beauty that is the Charleston of today while hearing about its fascinating past.
You'll walk along the same streets, see the same buildings, and hear some of the same sounds that have been a part of Charleston for 300 years.
You'll learn about the customs that are so special to our residents and the stories told to me by my relatives long-gone. We'll dip into important public buildings and peer into antiquated churchyards.
We'll stop to visit the interior of a lovely mansion that was once home to some of Charleston's aristocracy and now serves as a historic house museum.
As we meander through the city, you'll begin to share my passion for a place, a history and a culture that has been part of my family for more than 160 years.



Based upon your interests, I will determine specific stops and streets for strolling. However, most tours will included The Battery (aka White Point Garden), Rainbow Row, Stoll's Alley, Tradd Street, King Street, Broad Street, Church Street, Dock Street Theater, City Market, Washington Park, Meeting Street, St. Michael's Church, St. Philip's Church, and the French Huguenot Church. There will also be a tour of the interior of a historic house museum. The pace is very leisurely and we can stop and rest if necessary.

Meeting Location + Tour Duration

Meeting location: We will meet in the heart of the historic district at a time and place that is convenient for you.

End location: We will finish up at a historic house museum where a museum docent will take over and complete your tour. From there, you are within easy walking distance to where we began our tour. Or you may wish to visit one of the great restaurants nearby, since you will undoubtedly have worked up an appetite.

Duration: 4 hours

What’s Included

In this four-hour walking tour, admission to a historic house museum for up to four people is included.

What’s Extra

The cost of meals, snacks and beverages is not included, although we can stop and grab a bite to take along if you wish.

A Recent Review of this tour

Mary knew the history of Charleston well from both being a life long resident and having continued her own personal research. She was courteous, well spoken and sensitive to fully answering questions. She was very good at establishing connections between her life experiences and ours including family connections to Ohio. Mary was a delightful guide who met our every expectation. A great day!!
Douglas Zemke

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