Without historical tours, time travel would only be possible by building a boat out of history textbooks and sailing into the nearest event horizon. Enjoy a much less risky trip to the past with today’s Groupon: for $20, you receive admission for two to the Civil War walking tour from Jack Thomson (a $40 value). Children younger than 12 can join the tour for free.
Jack Thomson’s informative Civil War walking tour reveals to history-curious bipeds the wealth of war memories still clinging to the streets and buildings of Charleston. Commencing promptly at 9 a.m. in the Mills House Hotel lobby, the same room once frequented by Robert E. Lee, Jack Thomson’s tour leads visitors down cobblestone sidewalks for a relaxed 1.25-mile stroll.
For two hours, Jack peppers the air with enlightening and candid quips about Charleston’s role in the Civil War, from its assemblies and battles to its fabrication of high-quality musket scopes. For further education about the past, visitors are invited to thumb through photographs taken in 1865, matching up the war-torn and old-timey portraits with the buildings, streets, and Civil War soldiers of the present day.
Civil War Walking Tours
The Ordinance of Secession was signed in 1860, setting off a chain reaction that led to the bloodiest war America had yet seen. Charleston faced a bombardment of fighting from day one and fought back against Union troops and cannon fire for five difficult years. Civil War reenactor and local history consultant Jack Thomson relates these events through a combination of storytelling and period photographs on tours through the historic downtown area.
Often speaking in first person, Thomson narrates the walking tour as his he and his audience have stepped back in time. Throughout his tours, he introduces characters from the time including Gus Smythe, a Confederate signal corps sergeant who views the bombing of Charleston Harbor, and Jane Wightman, a free person of color who owned a brick house on Chalmers Street. Thomson's knowledge of the period is unparalleled. He penned Charleston at War, comparing the old city to its current incarnation, worked as a reenactor for 40 years and appeared in several films, served in the Army as a motion-picture photographer, and has amassed a collection of 118 Civil War photographs that remind tourists what life was like before Scrunchies became en vogue.
115 Meeting St.
Charleston, South Carolina 29401Get Directions