The Best Charleston Walking Tours
Love Stories of Charleston
Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10AM
Unlock the romantic truths behind Charleston’s most notorious lovers. Historic downtown resembles a living Valentine’s Day card with its lovely architecture, fragrant flowers, and canopied trees draped in Spanish moss – an ideal setting to hear about everlasting unions (or love affairs gone wrong). 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. Stand beside the Old City Jail – last “love nest” of married murderers John and Lavinia Fisher. Touch the towering wall that a fifteen-year-old student at an elite girls’ boarding school scaled to run off and marry her sweetheart.
Oh, the scandals you’ll hear.
Friday at 2:00 PM
You’re cordially invited to attend a walking tour like no other featuring the lavish lifestyles of Charleston’s wealthiest historic residents. 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 one of the city’s most important Adamesque buildings – South Carolina Society Hall – where the hallkeeper conducts a private tour of the interior. Next, we’ll adjourn to the upstairs ballroom for refreshments of sweet tea and treats while listening to an intimate portrayal of the extraordinary life and letters of Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Charleston’s grandest lady.
Hoop skirts not required.
Ladies of Charleston
Monday, Wednesday, Friday at 10AM
This exclusive walking tour highlights many trailblazing women worth remembering. While 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. You can almost hear the desperate plea of captured lady-pirate Anne Bonny pleading for her life; lady politicians crashing through glass ceilings; badass women abolitionists, writers, entertainers and artists breaking down barriers; a young girl-spy’s quick-thinking cool under pressure; a pioneering preservationist; a female ghost’s sad story sure to make you weep; and an African-American leader worthy of her own national holiday.
Let’s face it. Girls rule.