Tours are an ideal way for anyone to learn more about a new city without resorting to drastic measures such as running for mayor. Get acquainted with Charleston the easy way with today's Groupon to the Preservation Society of Charleston. Choose between the following options:
- For $45, you get a walking tour of Radcliffeborough for two, held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 7.
- For $45, you get a walking tour of Broad Street for two, held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, October 14.
The 35th annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens highlights Charleston's unique heritage with an intimate glimpse at the city's most significant private homes, gardens, churches, and public buildings. Spanning between six and eight blocks, the self-guided tours traverse districts featured in the National Register of Historic Places, with guides at tour stops providing informative historical tidbits and realistic dramatizations of a dystopian future. Mid-19th-century residences dominate the tour of the Radcliffeborough neighborhood, built on land once owned by Thomas and Lucretia Radcliffe and filled with fine examples of the Charleston single house.
Bordered by a bustling business district and an elegant residential area, the Broad Street tour allows visitors a peek at Greek Revival and Victorian buildings, many built after the Great Fire of 1861. Tourgoers can also stop at the Preservation Society's shop, featuring books on Charleston history, authentic sweetgrass baskets, and maps to John Rutledge’s buried treasure.
Visitors must avoid wearing high- and low-heeled shoes, which can cause damage to floors. Sweaters, jackets, and flashlights are encouraged, but backpacks, tank tops, T-shirts, and cut-off shorts should be left at home or sewn into a realistic cloth companion.