As the owner and licensed tour guide of Eclectic Tours of Charleston, I offer five different walking tours that highlight the incomparable beauty of Historic Downtown Charleston and one exclusive tour by private car that features the Outer Banks Film Locations in Charleston and Mount Pleasant. Having been a background actor on several TV shows and feature films over the past few years, (including three scenes on Outer Banks), I can not only tell you where to go, but also share some behind the scenes stories nobody else knows.
1. Kildare County Sheriff’s Station
This is really a condominium building located at 218 Venning Street in the Old Village of Mount Pleasant. A quick visit to this utterly charming neighborhood is a must. And, don’t forget to pop in the Pitt Street Pharmacy Soda Fountain just across the street for a milkshake and grilled cheese sandwich.
2. The Ocean Course at Kiawah Island
*This location not included on my tour
3. Dunes West Golf & River Club
Talk about the inside scoop. I actually LIVE here. The club’s main address is 3535 Wando Plantation Way, Mount Pleasant. Who can forget that cute outdoor theater set up for OBX Summer Movie Series? Although this is a private, gated community, if you really want to see this gorgeous location next to the main club house, why not visit The Grille Room for lunch? The food is crazy-good, y’all. And, the public is welcome. (A neighbor of mine recently saw Austen from Southern Charm golfing here.)
*This location not included on my tour
4. Washington Square Park
When John B and Sarah get off the ferry and head to a fancy store to get cleaned up, they pass through this historic area called Washington Square Park. You can, too. One of the entrances they enter is located at 80 Broad Street in Downtown Charleston. Not long ago, I was sitting on a bench inside this park in between tours and captured this darling little girl and her mother.
5. Ben Silver/Exterior
Yep. There is a Ben Silver. That’s the real name of this high-end shop in Downtown Charleston located at 149 King Street. Do visit the inside of this beautiful retail establishment. It’s a wonderful store both inside and out.
6. Ben Silver/Interior
7. Gaillard Center
8. The Wreck
9. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church
Right before Sheriff Peterkin gets killed, she meets with Lana, Scooter’s widow, at this little church called St. Paul’s Lutheran in Mount Pleasant. It’s located at 604 Pitt Street in the Old Village. Maybe you can burn off that milk shake and grilled cheese with a short walk to it.
10. Old Bethel AME Church
Note: To find the Old Bethel AME Church, take Highway 17 north from Charleston. As you come to the town of McClellanville, turn right on N. Pinckney Street. Then turn left on Dupre Road. The church will be up about 3/4 of a mile on the left set back behind the trees. (If you type in the search “Old Bethel AME Church in McClellanville” on your GPS, you will wind up in front of the red brick church on Society Road that is the NEW Bethel AME Church. And, P.S. Bring bug spray.)
PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL WHEN VISITING THIS HISTORIC AND SACRED PLACE. PLEASE DO NOT VISIT AFTER DARK. AND, PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING AT ANY TIME. THANK YOU.
True fans of the series can book my Love Stories of Charleston walking tour to see some of these locations on foot, or for a more comprehensive experience, book my Outer Banks Film Locations Tour by private car and we’ll cover a lot of hidden locations not listed here as well.
So, what are you waiting for? Now there’s an even cooler reason to visit Charleston. Come see these stunning film locations to recreate some of the iconic scenes yourself.
Please visit my Tours page to book a tour online, or call me directly at 843.806.9915. I look forward to showing you around Charleston.
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