Charleston–The Fall Tours
Last Saturday I had the pleasure of going on a walking tour in the lovely city of Charleston, SC. My friend, Julie, had invited me to go with her and I jumped at the chance. The tours are an annual event that goes on in October each year.
We chose the ABC tour which stands for the amazing buildings of Charleston. The tours start at the Preservation Society of Charleston on King Street.
Our tour guide, Ms. Sallie, is a Charleston native and is obviously very knowledgable and proud of her hometown. We walked down King street and our first stop was the John Lining house. This house was built around 1715 and is now used as a law office. The attention to detail was amazing. The home is one of the oldest in the city and was spared through numerous fires, hurricanes, and earthquakes. Our tour continued across Broad Street and around to view some of the gorgeous ironwork and garden architecture that surrounds many of the homes.
We continued around the block and ended up at what is called the Four Corners of Law. This is an intersection that is characterized by the oldest continually used state courthouse in the country, a gorgeous church, a federal courthouse and a county court building. It is said that you are surrounded by the laws of man and God at this intersection.
We continued down Tradd Street, Church Street and around to Queen Street which intersects with King at the Preservation Society headquarters. We were able to view small homes dating from the 18th century to new construction that blended seamlessly with the surroundings.
The weather was remarkable and the information riveting. The tours are varied on the different days in the Fall and one can take a tour each day they are offered and see something new an exciting every time. Our architecture tour wound around the oldest part of the city. We were able to view the Powder Magazine. This is the one of the oldest buildings in Charleston, built in 1713. It is now a museum and is the oldest surviving public building in the city.
The gorgeous window box flowers and the fall decorations were astounding. The homes looked so inviting and I imagined what it must be like to live in this piece of history.
As we stopped and viewed the amazing architecture, I saw numerous people going about their daily lives. How lucky they are to live in such a place.
Our tour concluded that the Circular Congregational Church. This church and graveyard is home to many prominent Charlestonians, both living and dead. The earliest grave is from 1695 and Charleston’s first mayor is buried there. The headstones are remarkable and made from marble, slate and stone.
Click here for the Circular Church website.
We finished our lovely morning with brunch at 82 Queen restaurant. This establishment has been a Charleston staple for many years.
Click here for 82 Queen
We sat in the garden and had the most incredible food. I had an Angus burger with pimento cheese and an egg on it served with house made chips. Julie had a seafood and grits dish that was to die for. I am definitely going back soon.
Even if you are a Charleston native, you must make the time to take a walking tour with the Preservation Society. Get a glimpse of the Charleston that most of us are too busy to stop and see.
Click here for the Preservation Society website.