If you are a follower of my blog you know my husband (Dave) and I are history nerds - so this weekend when our parents came to visit from out of town we jumped at the chance to take them on our favorite tour of Charleston!
I think the best way to see a city is by walking through it and getting to know it intimately, and this is exactly what the tour we went on does. When Dave and I went on our "Mini-Moon" trip back in August '15 we were referred to Tommy Dew's Walking Tour by the amazing concierge at Courtyard Marriott in Historic Charleston and we LOVED it.
We've been talking him up for months, so my parents (and one of my sisters) were very excited to see what all the fuss was about! (no pressure Tommy....)
We parked at the garage up by the Mills House (Wyndham Grand Hotel) and walked down to the City Market to meet the tour. Obviously we were a little goofy on the way. Mom and Dad were trying to remember where they'd had great oyster shooters the last time they'd been to Charleston. (Turns out it was at Grill 225 on E. Bay St. in Charleston)
We started the tour at the foot of the Daughters of the Confederacy building at the front of the City Market.
Toast was the first stop on our tour, because it is also the North-West corner of the former Charles Town wall. We love Tommy's tour because at every stop he gives such a full account of the history of the location it's amazing.
Since we are from the North Tommy's tour gives a very different perspective of history as we know it. I'd never really thought about the Civil War from a Southern perspective (honestly, I thought it was stupid that some southerners were still upset about a war that happened in the 1800's) but Tommy gives a very interesting viewpoint from which to consider American history.
We saw so many different historic places that I can't even really explain them. The best way is for you to just give Tommy Dew a call and go on a tour! They're so worth it.
Tommy laying down some history for our tour group
The walking tour we did this time was actually (almost) completely different than the first one we went on. When I called to book the tour I told Tommy that we'd been on a tour with him already, and since we loved it so much we were bringing our family back to do one with us - I think because he knew we'd already seen one route he decided to take us through a whole new one - amazing!
Checking the dirt for relics that may poke up through after rainstorms. Dave found a cool alabaster piece, and Tommy picked up a porcelain fragment. He said he finds a lot of bones (animal usually) as well as things as crazy as old slave tags.
Every time I've walked through the city I've wished I could just "delete" the cars from view - how much prettier would this place be?! But then again, every once in awhile we see a beauty.
Our tour ended on the Battery Wall, and then we had to head back across town to the parking garage. For $25/person I'd say taking the tour is well worth it!
For more information on Tommy Dew's Walking Tours check out his website:
Our walk back to the car was a little chilly since the sun was going down, but so beautiful!
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