Above Calhoun Tours
Presented by Charleston Cavalier Tours
The weight of history enlightens us.*
*(Hat tip Lord Acton: History is not a burden on the memory but an illumination of the soul.)
Memory is a force, to touch the unremembered is to empower yourself. History from the ground up highlights everyday heroes and expands our personal sense of the heroic.
Our guides take a broad perspective to Charleston’s history. We focus on individual stories and their place in the wider national and global context across time. Our goal is to provide great value to your tour experience. We make history engaging, stimulating and captivating. Varied perspectives from multiple viewpoints is a guiding philosophy for our registered Charleston guides. They are enthusiastic about sharing Charleston’s history to stimulate, and perhaps challenge your understanding of our shared history.
Black, white and free person of color Charlestonians lived Above Calhoun street. Each neighborhood has its own charm, architectural treasures, and personalities. Each neighborhood has its own unique character, essence, and style. All of our tours provide a broad overview of the history of Charleston above Calhoun Street. However, each of our tours does find themselves with a particular focus. Each tour provides a little more historical insight of a specific type while still engaging you with historical context and overview. Each historic neighborhood has its own charm, architectural treasures, and local history. In many ways, each of the ‘burroughs’ is a small city unto itself, with its own charm and character. If you would be interested in experiencing all these places, please contact us about our bundled pricing for multiple tours.
Read our tour descriptions for a particular style of tour that best fits your personal historical interests.
“The Charleston History Tour”
“The Women’s History Tour”
“The Enterprise Tour”
“The Contemplative Spiritual Tour”
“Craftsmen, Laborers and industry Tour”
Cost & Included Benefits
We appreciate your interest in our tours and programs. We are proud to provide a unique perspective and stories of Charleston, South Carolina. Please use code Summer18 for a 10% discount / $5 off your ticket price.
All tours $25 for a 1.5-hour walking history tour with a registered Charleston tour expert.
Price includes an admission ticket to one of three sites Charleston Museum, the Heyward Washington House or the Peter Manigault house. It is part of our commitment to provide multiple pathways to experiencing history. Common objects, family dwellings and historical artifacts provide further insight into the past. Your guide will present your ticket at the end of your tour.
History embiggens the soul
Charleston’s history is dynamic and diverse. It is black, white and includes free persons of color. They all have played important roles in her maintenance, her institutions, and her culture. Enslaved agricultural labor enabled the accumulation of vast wealth which was the foundation of her economic success. Above Calhoun street, Charleston confronted the many changes of the 19th century and the challenges of the 20th. These neighborhoods were filled with everyday heroes working through the tumultuous forces that shaped our country and ourselves. Above Calhoun Street was a working, industrial city of mills, manufacturing, foundries, and factories. Movers and shakers of all races took on entrepreneurial adventures, built factories and organized professions. This is where folks like butchers, bakers and candlestick makers made history. These folks reveal the struggles, difficulties, and tragedy of the issue of enslaved peoples of the United States. A view of how women of all races were essential to the endurance and life of Charleston. As well as, the inventive and industrious spirit of her citizens.
The Upper King area of Charleston is filled with dynamic and diverse historic neighborhoods. The residents of these ‘
Choose a tour that meets your personal interests and discover a new perspective and alternative view of Charleston’s past.
A primary location for Charleston’s black population across the 20th century. It is filled with African American persons. They strove to maintain their communities and sought equality in the workplace and civic life. Municipal leaders and businessmen tried to enhance the city while struggling with the legacy of the past. Their rich and complex history is often overlooked and forgotten. It is a significant part of the city’s history and our national awareness. The shared memory of our past is powerful, challenging and empowering, especially from this most important and historic of American cities. Please select a tour and join us on a historical walking tour.
SPECIAL PROGRAM Tours
We also work to coordinate our walking tours with special programs for educational or corporate groups to enhance your experience in Charleston.
“A customized tour”
Contact one of our custom tour program representatives for a free 30-minute consultation. We will discuss our educational package designed for school groups or corporate outings. Our primary offering is a historic walking tour with a registered tour guide, admission to the Charleston Museum, and a sit-down museum program. The program will be specific to your particular historical interest or curriculum.
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