Historic District, Edmondston-Alston House & Ft. Sumter
Explore the Holy City's history, lore and legends from the ground up.
Get to know the City from the unique perspective of Charleston-native Brian Simms, who will guide you on a memorable tour that includes an introduction to some of our most celebrated landmarks and hidden gems that make this such a special place to visit. We will tour Ft. Sumter, where the Civil War began. We will also tour the Edmondston-Alston House, where Gen. Beauregard watched the Ft. Sumter bombardment, cover architecture, preservation efforts, overall history of the Charleston area and much more!
Pickup: 8:30-8:45am at your place of lodging.
Boarding at Ft. Sumter Tours begins at 9:15am most of the year. December 1-February 28, begins at 10:45. Tour time lasts a total of 2 hours (30 minute boat ride to fort, one hour on fort and 30 minute boat ride back to dock)
After our Ft. Sumter tour we can get lunch at any restaurant of your choice. There are many casual and quick spots to eat as well nearby.
During our combined driving and walking tour we will enter the Edmondston-Alston House for an inside look into a town house of Charleston's elite during the 19th century.
Some sights on our tour include The Old Exchange Building, St. Michael's Church, Dock Street Theatre (America's first), Four Corners of Law, Rainbow Row, Antebellum Mansions, Historic Waterfront Battery, Revolutionary and Civil War history
End time: 3:00-4:00pm at place of your choosing (hotel or central location)
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet at the location of your choice. A central meeting point would be Washington Square Park behind City Hall. This building is at the intersection of Broad and Meeting Streets, "Four Corners of Law".
End location: We will end the tour in a central location around King, Meeting,and East Bay St. near shopping, restaurants and other activities.
Duration: 6 hours
Transportation will be provided by guide in a comfortable SUV.
Entrance into Edmondston-Alston House and Fort Sumter is included in price.
Any food on this tour is extra. Lunch spots can range from $10-20 person average.
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Brian was extremely knowledgeable, clearly loved his job and knew all the locals. One of our best tours ever!