Are you ready to experience the beauty and fascinating history of Charleston with a native whose passion for his hometown will take you beyond the most well-known historical sites in Charleston? Book online in advance, tour space is limited!

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Child (7-12)
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Points of Interest

  • Randolph Hall and the Victorian homes on the College of Charleston campus
  • The Wentworth Mansion
  • The Old Charleston District Jail
  • Several Urban Plantations including the Jenkins Mikell House, The Gaillard Bennet House, The Mott Dart House and the The Trenholm House (home of the real Rhett Butler)
  • St John’s Lutheran Church
  • The Denmark Vesey House
  • The Unitarian Church
  • Colonial Lake
  • Some of the most beautiful formal gardens in the city

What to Expect

Start your tour by meeting your guide on the steps of the Charleston Library Society building located at 164 King Street. From there discover an often overlooked path between the historic buildings which will lead you through the gardens and graveyard of the Unitarian Church and St. John’s Lutheran Church. Head on over to the Old City Jail where you will learn about the infamous criminals that were housed there including Lavinia Fisher and prisoners of war during the Civil War. Discover the story behind the Jenkins Orphanage band and their role in launching the international dance craze known as “The Charleston”. Explore Harleston Village, one of the most charming neighborhoods in the Historic District and home of the famous Wentworth Mansion, as well as many other grand antebellum residences including the Isaac Jenkins Mikell House, frequently featured on the Bravo television show, “Southern Charm” and the Gaillard-Bennett House with one of the most impressive formal gardens in the city. Stroll along Colonial Lake before concluding your tour exploring the College of Charleston campus with its massive live oaks draped in Spanish moss. Your tour guide would be happy to lead you back to the starting point or provide directions if requested.

Reviews

Booked tour for two college girlfriends and myself. We were expecting the run of the mill, fast talking and memorized speech. Wowza, were we ever wrong when we met up with Evans our tour guide. Evans was born and raised in Charleston, he had the most wonderful attitude and was full of so many historical facts and amazingly knew many of the people that lived in or had lived in the homes we viewed on the tour. We went through alleys and side streets and Evans answered all our many questions!! Being a history and antique buff I couldn’t have asked for a more delightful and enriching experience. The three of us agree that our walking tour with Evans was certainly the highlight of our trip to Charleston with the exception of the shrimp and grits at SNOB!!!! Thank you ever so much!!

-Google Review from Lucie Elwell

Did you know that most tours of Charleston show you only a quarter of the Historic District. There is another side to Charleston’s Historic District with urban plantation settings, beautiful formal gardens and neighborhoods that survived the Civil War intact. Join skilled storyteller and native Charlestonian, Evans Byrd on his “Off the Beaten Path Charleston” walking tour as you discover the truly “hidden gems” of Charleston.

Book Now
Adult
$20
Child (7-12)
$10
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Book Now
Adult
$20
Child (7-12)
$10
Book Direct
This site is the only place to book directly with us and see live availability