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Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour provided by Tour Charleston

Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 20-10-29 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour
The City of Charleston requires travelers to wear masks during their walking tour. Walking tours take place entirely outside and our guides will make sure groups are remaining 6ft apart from each other. The check-in process will now be outside Buxton Books rather than inside the bookstore.
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Updated 20-10-29 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Hear the lost stories of African American residents during this unique walking tour of Charleston. Your guide shares forgotten tales of local heroes who were often left out of the history books. You’ll visit sites like the Old Slave Mart Museum and gain a deeper understanding of Charleston's role in the nation's history.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Buxton Books & Tour Charleston Headquarters
    160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Departure Point: Tour Charleston Headquarters (inside Buxton Books) Address: 160 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
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  • Pass by
    Tour Charleston
  • 1
    Charleston City Market
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • 2
    Heyward-Washington House
    Stop: 10 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 3
    Old Slave Mart Museum
    Stop: 15 minutes - Admission excluded
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  • 4
    Joe Riley Waterfront Park
    Stop: 30 minutes
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  • You'll end at
    Buxton Books & Tour Charleston Headquarters
    160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Departure Point: Tour Charleston Headquarters (inside Buxton Books) Address: 160 King Street Charleston, SC 29401
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Highlights
  • Walking tour of Charleston’s African American history
  • Licensed guide is a writer, historian, and educator
  • See historical sites such as the Old Slave Mart Museum
  • Hear powerful storytelling and be introduced to neighborhoods
Important Information
Departure Point
Buxton Books & Tour Charleston Headquarters, 160 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 2-hour Lost Stories of Black Charleston Walking Tour
  • Tours narrated by writer, historian, educator, and licensed tour guide, Damon Fordham
  • Experience Mother Emanuel A.M. E. Church stories that have faded from memory over the centuries.
  • Walk by historical Charleston sites such as Old Slave Mart Museum and the Heyward-Washington House
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Entry/Admission - Heyward-Washington House
  • Entry/Admission - Old Slave Mart Museum
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Additional Info
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Katherine J wrote a review Apr. 10
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Every native of Charleston should take this tour to get a more complete understanding of our city's history. Very grateful for Mr. Fordham's detailed research which allowed him to share with us stories reflecting both the injustices suffered and the successes obtained by
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Date of experience: April 2021
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Keith wrote a review Mar. 2021
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Loved the expert level of knowledge and story telling skills. Tour was incredibly engaging and fun!!
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Steph S wrote a review Mar. 2021
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We had already taken a few tours by the time we went on this one. The tour with Damon was by far my favorite part of the trip. It was quite the opportunity to hear stories about a history that isn’t always openly discussed in Charleston. But it is extremely important. Damon is
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Crystal B wrote a review Mar. 2021
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YOU MUST GO ON THIS TOUR!!! The tour guide is extremely knowledgeable in Charleston history. He was able to take you back in time with his detailed and extremely interesting stories of Charleston’s slave history. My husband and I went on quite a few tours while we were visiting
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Date of experience: March 2021
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Jane F wrote a review Feb. 2021
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Mr Fordham shares personal stories he has gathered from people whom have lived here . He is very knowledgeable about historical Black history surrounding Charleston. The
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Date of experience: February 2021
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Good for kids!
Fun tour, especially if you have an 8-year-old with you. Guide was good, but would have been helpful if he knew of
thekingsbelieve
thekingsbelieve
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We loved Simon & the tour
Simon really made the night so fun! His warm, friendly way, and his kind spirit are so endearing. Every guest and
shelby35571
shelby35571
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This tour is a must!!
Simon was amazing!! My family and I had an excellent experience on this tour. We weren’t sure what to expect, but S
6jacobh
6jacobh
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100% Worth it
Greg was a great guide! I learned so much about the ghostly history of Charleston. I would highly recommend taking
Rayhudgens
Rayhudgens
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Cemetary attend was awesome
Really awesome tour. You will be satisfied. The cemetary at the end was really neat. Stories were not the normal k
hsanderson3
hsanderson3
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Simon is the best
Our tour guide Simon was the best ever. He made the tour so fun and interesting! He was so personable and I wish I
Cord-69
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My teenager was scared
Simon was an excellent orator with an amazing grasp of historical events. He made a point to try to make a persona
jet23g
jet23g
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Greg rocked it! If you are thinking of bringing kids....
I went with my mother (I’m 23) and we had a great time! Greg was our tour guide, and he rocked it. My family grew u
Resort178279
Resort178279
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Thumbs down
We left after 30 minutes. Not what we expected. Was more like a history lesson- not a ghost tour. We stopped in p
Missy102699
Missy102699
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Simon was GREAT.
Loved all the dealings we had with Tour Charleston. Booking was quick and easy and staff was extremely friendly. Co
jenniferhE12YB
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Ghosts in the Graveyard
One word. Simon. Storyteller extraordinaire! He weaved a bit of history (backstory) into each story! Simply the bes
violetolive
violetolive
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Must do this ghost tour!
This was a huge highlight of our trip! Simon was a gentleman and a scholar. My husband and I have done ghost tour
Murrrrrdith
Murrrrrdith
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Worth every penny
The tour was awesome. Gave us a good understanding of the town. Tour guide was nice, funny and knowledgeable. Plan
zacharycX67TJ
zacharycX67TJ
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Greg was an awesome guide
Greg was awesome. Amazing tour. Enjoy all the sights and exclusive access. Make sure to get the book before the tou
Shaena Z
Shaena Z
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Great tour
Gggregg (ha ha) was a great story teller! I particularly enjoyed the graveyard at the end. Definitely recommend!
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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