We signed up for a “Free” Charleston walking tour with Tours by Foot. http://www.freetoursbyfoot.com/charleston-sc-tours/ Its nice to walk a new city as you travel to get a good feel for the area.
We signed up for the Civil War walking tour for a Friday. The tour was offered at 3pm and you reserve your tour online. After you reserve you are emailed the meeting location and instructions.
We met our guide promptly at 2:55 on the corner, he and two other women were waiting for us. A group of five total was great! You could hear everything, ask questions and move easily. Scott was one of the best tour guides I have ever had. He had a notebook full of old pictures to show you the history he talked about. We started with the great fire and vote for succession. He was able to show us photos of the building the vote took place in and how the town looked after the fire.
He walked us to the buildings that were taken over during the war.
And at the same time gave us a architecture and history tour. Showing us how some buildings were updated over time. And information about the great earthquake in 1886.
And he did not gloss over the history of the area.
We visited Battery Park and saw pictures of the homes after the bombardment.
We saw the old Slave Mart and the grave of Calhoun.
It was a fascinating tour! We learned for almost two hours but it sure did not feel like it. And I appreciated that Scott stopped in the shade to talk whenever possible. You could tell he loved what he did!
I will definitely take another tour when them if we are in Charleston again!!!! I would be very interested in the architecture tour they offer. We paid what we felt was fair for the tour at the end.