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“Ask a Tour Guide” with Bill Stanton

At LowCountry Walking Tours, we want you to make the most out of your trip to Charleston. Some of you have only a few days to spend here and want to see the best that Charleston has to offer without wasting your time. Others of you have visited before or live here and would like…

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Charleston, probably more than any other American city, was the setting for numerous “affairs of honor,” a euphemism for the abhorrent practice of dueling. According to Dr. David Ramsey, a respected physician and noted historian in the late-18th and early-19th centuries, the propensity for dueling in Charleston was mostly to due to the climate because…

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Charleston Movie Sites

Thanks to Charleston’s rich history and emphasis on preservation, several movies and TV shows have been filmed here…too numerous to mention all. Two movies (fairly recent) in particular seem to strike a note with people on my tours. These are The Patriot and The Notebook. Early…

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The H.L. Hunley, Then and Now

On the chilly night of February 17, 1864, an odd looking, submersible vessel, slipped through Breach Inlet between the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island toward the United States Navy’s blockading squadron about 5 miles beyond the mouth of Charleston Harbor. It was the H.L. Hunley, and when it had completed its mission, it would…

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My Favorite Charleston Alleys

I decided a while back to create a “Charleston Alleys and Hidden Passages Tour” because there are so many out of the way, narrow, and beautiful passages in Charleston’s Historic District.  There is a wealth of history with each alley and, as no two alleys are adjacent, there’s a wealth of sites and stories between…

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Charleston’s Hidden Gems

I am frequently asked questions concerning the “must dos” on a Charleston vacation. While I’m happy to name several attractions that should be on everyone’s Charleston itinerary, I also like to point out a few excellent, but lesser known, attractions as well. I’ve listed a few of my favorites below, in no particular order. I…

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Martin Ufford’s Photos of Charleston

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The Strange, True Story of Dr. Francis Kinloch Huger and the Marquis de Lafayette

Every student of American History should know the name, Lafayette, the French nobleman, who accidentally landed at the Huger (pronounced “You-Gee”) plantation 50 miles north of Charleston. Major Benjamin Huger invited the Marquis to stay the night at his plantation (some sources say several nights). The story was passed down through generations of Hugers. From…

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ROBERT SMALLS – 1839 – 1915

Although born and raised a slave, Robert Smalls became the most famous African-American Charlestonian during the Civil War. Robert was born slave in Beaufort, S.C. and went on to become a most talented ship pilot. His talents were needed in Charleston during the Civil War and his owner, a Mr. McKee, sent Robert to work…

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