Original Charleston Tours

With Travel Writer Jill Paris

Fun Things To Do In Charleston - Where To Eat, Drink, Shop, Sleep, Walk, Gawk, Repeat.

Charleston Shutters: A Closer Look

Shutters are common on the many glorious homes you’ll find throughout the Charleston Historic District. Many of the guests on my walking tours enjoy spending time photographing the various window boxes and windows found at ground level. If you’re passing by in a horse drawn carriage or bus, you’ll miss the exquisite detail just waiting to be noticed. These beauties are changed seasonally and are meant to be admired. The shutters provide shade, privacy and protection from hurricanes. Typically, the first floor shutters are solid paneled to provide maximum privacy and additional security. Shutters on the upper floors are louvered to allow ventilation and hopefully, a welcomed breeze in summer months. Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review requires that all shutters on historic buildings be operable and made of wood. Shutter dogs are decorative metal elements used to hold the shutters open. The earliest shutter dogs in Charleston are called “rat tail” shutter dogs. “Propeller” shutter dogs are another early

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Best of Historic Charleston

This is the perfect walking tour for the first-time visitor or repeat guest. We’ll cover iconic landmarks such as St. Philip’s Church, the French Quarter, the Dock Street Theatre, Rainbow Row, The Battery, White Point Garden, Calhoun Mansion, and so much more.

TV & Movie Tour by Van

I’m proud to present this exclusive driving tour starring dozens of locations from popular TV and movies filmed around Charleston. This jam-packed route covers the entire peninsula in a climate-controlled van that seats 10 passengers comfortably.

Love Stories of Charleston

Tread carefully inside the graveyard said to be haunted by the subject of Edgar Allan Poe’s poem Annabel Lee. Glimpse the former brothel house once owned by a madam loved by many.

Amazing Ladies of Charleston

Strolling down the charming streets and hidden alleys of the French Quarter and South of Broad, you’ll be privy to the secrets of local characters and learn about the southern culture through heartfelt tales, not lectures.

High Society

After meandering down the tree-lined district where landowners spared no expense learning of their wild and decadent tastes, we’re granted special access inside South Carolina Society Hall.

High Society II: Art & Wine

This unforgettable walking tour features artists, artisans, architects, and more whose contributions are responsible for the rich beauty of Charleston.
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