Original Charleston Tours

With Travel Writer Jill Paris

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

Thomas Elfe: Charleston’s Most Famous Furniture Maker (You’ve Probably Never Heard Of)

While most of us have probably heard of Thomas Chippendale (1718-1779) who was born in Otley in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England, and went on to become the most famous cabinet-maker in London, designing furniture in the mid-Georgian, English Rococco, and Neoclassical style, I’ll bet over 99% of the population is less familiar with another man named Thomas: Thomas Elfe. Thomas Elfe was born one year after Thomas Chippendale in 1719 London, England. He was an accomplished and extremely deft furniture and cabinet-maker craftsman of the American Colonial Period. Elfe, who happened to be a contemporary of Chippendale, was considered Charleston’s best furniture craftsman of the eighteenth century. Spanning close to thirty years, his working career provided wealthy Charlestonians with the most beautiful home furnishings, established his personal fortune of over 6,200 English pounds. (An insane amount of money for the time at just over $1 million dollars.)   In the mid-eighteenth century, Charles

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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 Private Car

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 comfortable luxury sedan and makes several stops for photographic memories.

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: Walking Tour + Historic Building

You’re cordially invited to attend a walking tour like no other featuring Charleston’s wealthiest historic residents.

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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