Are you ready to experience the beauty and fascinating history of Charleston? We will take you beyond the most well-known historical sites.
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? 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.
Adult – $20 (13+)
Children – $10 (7-12)
6 and under are free
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
Some of the most beautiful formal gardens in the city
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.
Family owned and operated from the beginning, Walks of Charleston is passionate about the history, architecture and culture of Charleston and is dedicated to sharing it with you for a memorable experience on every tour.
“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time”
– Steven Wright