The 1822

Charleston Walking Tour

Join our 1.5-hour historical walking tour in the central Historic District of Charleston, South Carolina.

The number of people on this tour is limited to 15

Use code 1822 for $5-off for our inaugural tour this summer.

There is a planned 30-minute discussion with your guide after the tour. The tour is focused on Charleston in the year 1822 and the intended insurrection of Denmark Vesey. Most of the stopping points on this walking tour will be locations that existed 200 years ago in the city.  It is designed to be an in-depth and highly focused tour focusing on the pivotal events and historical context of Charleston in 1822.

The tour begins at 9 AM, Wednesday through Sunday. The starting location is Meeting Street, across from the Nathaniel Russell House. First Scots Presbyterian Church is nearby. The starting meeting place is near the parking entrance sign to the First Baptist Church. Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled tour time.

We highly recommend comfortable walking shoes, sunscreen, a bottle of water, and insect repellent. We also suggest an open, inquisitive mind on matters historical from a variety of perspectives. 

This walking tour takes place in the Charleston historic district near Broad and Church Street. The 1822 Tour of Charleston focuses on the historical conditions of Charleston in the early American Republic. The pivotal event of the planned slave insurrection and resulting court records is a crucial element of this tour. This historical tour intends to examine this event by examining and looking into Charleston in 1822.

These are some of the locations on this tour:

  • Nathaniel Russell House
  • First Baptist Church
  • John Cordes Prioleau House
  • Poinsett’s Tavern
  • Fireproof Building



About The 1822 Tour

The 1822 Tour of Charleston will be slower and more focused. Your guide will dig a little deeper into the architecture, commerce, banking, and religious influences of Charleston. The conditions and lives of the enslaved, the slave trade, and the events concerning Denmark Vesey’s planned slave result will be  tour.  The events in Charleston will be discussed within the broader historical context of the United States.

Some topics addressed on this tour:

  • The architecture of Robert Mills and its relationship to historical context
  • Denmark Vesey and his 5 ‘lieutenants’
  • Key past issues and events, Panic of 1819 and the Missouri Question
  • Religious life and churches in 1822 Charleston
  • A sense of international contexts, such as 19th-century Caribbean pirates