Peek Into the Past

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As far as America’s top destinations go, you wouldn’t associate the mega-attraction of Disneyland with little old Charleston, South Carolina. They’re as different as chalk and cheese, in a good way. Interestingly, the visionary and creative genius, Walt Disney, is the one who said it best, “Tomorrow is a heck of a thing to keep up with.” So, we don’t try.

That’s one of the reasons why Charleston Carriage Works appeals to people by embracing the gentle spirit of the past. The clippety-clop of our gorgeous Percheron horse carriage tours brings to mind the days before fast cars, fast food and fast speed broadband.

By taking a tour from Charleston Carriage Works, visitors can embrace the well-preserved beauty and grace of our charming city. It also becomes a learning experience so visitors can re-discover our American roots and explore the history that still exists within our city.

The Past Lives On

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Historic preservation has so many positive outcomes. In addition to the obvious charm of relics from days gone by, we’re able to learn about ourselves by learning more about those who lived here generations before us, in these very houses. Investing in heritage tourism attracts visitors, provides good jobs and revitalizes neighborhoods. Therefore, the benefits are economical, educational and environmental: a win for everyone.

At Charleston Carriage Works, we work with partners such as the Historic Charleston Foundation, a nonprofit organization with a mission to preserve and protect the historical, architectural and material culture that make up Charleston’s rich and irreplaceable heritage.

Perhaps the best-preserved city in the U.S., Charleston is one of the few places in the nation where a span covering four centuries can be encountered within four city blocks.

Charleston’s Finest

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Get a glimpse of 1808. The Nathaniel Russell House Museum and formal gardens at 51 Meeting Street is considered to be one of America’s best examples of a well-preserved neoclassical residence. It even served as headquarters of the Historic Charleston Foundation for 37 years.

The Aiken-Rhett House Museum at 48 Elizabeth Street, built in 1820, remained within the original family’s ownership, including a South Carolina governor, right up until 1975. Acquired by The Charleston Museum, and afterwards, the Historic Charleston Foundation, both organizations have looked after this important house and its outbuildings with a careful conservation approach to interpretation.

Visitors will learn not only about the lifestyles of the wealthy individuals who occupied these homes, but also about the history of these prominent households. We all can benefit from peaking into the past to what heights and deep conflicts helped form our great American nation.

Book your historical Charleston tour today with Charleston Carriage Works. Our experienced guides are the best in the Lowcountry, and are ready to take your on a journey into the past.