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Saturday Morning, May 3, 2014
This two-hour comprehensive tour of the historic area of Charleston, SC, covers everything from Rainbow Row to the French Quarter, complete with a stop at the famous Battery and its beautiful view of Fort Sumter. An air-conditioned bus will pick us up at our hotel, The Embassy Suites North Charleston (about ten miles out of Charleston’s downtown and historic district), and an experienced guide from Charleston Tours, Inc., will accompany us and narrate the tour. (If you have an afternoon flight, we should be back at the hotel before noon.) Some of the sights we’ll see include: the Charleston Museum (the oldest museum in the United States); the old Citadel; the first municipal college in the U.S. (the College of Charleston); and many historic homes, churches and gardens.
We’ll visit The “Four Corners of Law” – the intersection of Meeting and Broad Streets, with Charleston’s main historical public buildings from the 18th and 19th centuries. The French Quarter, part of the original plan of Charleston in 1680, has many old buildings, restaurants, and shops, and wonderful street views. Rainbow Row is a street of pastel-colored 18th century historic mansion houses (one of which houses a ghost dog!). The Battery, a seawall and promenade, is lined with antebellum homes, gardens, and parkland.
Located on the Battery, overlooking Fort Sumter, is an historic private mansion, The Palmer House. Also known as "The Pink Palace," The Palmer Home was built in 1848 by John Ravenel; his son designed "Little David," the first semi-submersible vessel and forerunner to the submarine. Now operated by third generation owner Francess Palmer, The Palmer House is furnished with 200-year old antiques and filled with southern charm. This antebellum house is steeped in history. It’s also not normally open to the public, so this is a special treat. Includes FREE refreshments: have your tea on the piazza and enjoy the fabulous view of Charleston Harbor!
When the tour is finished, you may remain in downtown Charleston to do some more sightseeing on your own; the tour bus will deliver the rest of us back to the Conference hotel.
Space is limited! The bus can only carry 25 people, so make sure to sign up soon.