After our morning of shopping and a fantastic lunch at Husk, we were fully refreshed and recharged and ready for our walking tour around Historic Charleston.
Historic Walking Tour
Normally on our girls trips, we like to really get to know the city. One of the ways that we feel like we do that is by walking around and exploring the city, the other way is by taking a tour because you can learn some really valuable information from a knowledgeable tour guide. So obviously, the best of both worlds is a walking tour.
When we were doing our research for our trip, Stacy stumbled across the Highlights of Charleston with Oyster Point Historical Walking Tours. Not only would we get to know the historical part of Charleston, but we’d also get to walk down to the Harbor and see the famous Rainbow Row. The tour was only $20 which also made it very affordable too.
Our tour guide was fantastic, and we really learned so much about Charleston during the tour. I really had no idea that Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States, I mean obviously I knew that it was part of the 13 original colonies, but I didn’t know that it was founded in 1670. I also didn’t know that Charleston was actually founded by a company, and not by people that came over for religious freedom like the pilgrims. I actually makes a lot of sense, considering that Charleston is a huge harbor (I can’t remember if our tour guide said that it was even bigger than New Orleans).
One of the things that I thought that the tour guide did a great job of was talking about slavery and its effects in Charleston. Because Charleston was a major port, slavery was one of the principal imports in Charleston, and families were routinely ripped apart at the slave auctions. The tour guide also did a great job of explaining what it was like for slaves in the rice plantations, which was a major crop in the low country, where Charleston is located. The slaves were forced to work in the most horrible conditions (working in water of the rice plantations, getting bit by mosquitos carrying terrible diseases, and just all around toughness) where they would most likely die at a very early age because of the extreme conditions they were forced to work in. It’s not the normal idea that we have in our heads of slaves picking cotton in the South.
After we explored the historic parts of Charleston, we made our way towards the Harbor, but not before taking a stop at Rainbow Row. If you can believe it, Rainbow Row was created because one woman decided to paint her house pink, and now it’s one of the most recognizable places in South Carolina!
As we made our way along the Harbor, our tour guide pointed out some of the more famous houses along the way, but all I could do was just imagine living in a house as beautiful as some of those and waking up to the beautiful harbor every day!
Historic Charleston City Market
After our tour ended, we had some time to kill before dinner, so we decided that we needed to do some more shopping, and the Historic Charleston City Market was just the perfect place for us to explore! While King Street is known for some amazing shops and boutiques, the Charleston City Market is known for more local and handmade gifts and souvenirs. Unfortunately, some of the shops were starting to close up when we got there, but we still managed to find some adorable magnets with Rainbow Row on them, of course!
We still had a while before dinner, so we decided that it was time for some ice cream! There was a Ben & Jerry’s close and we all grabbed a cone for a snack. Since it was starting to warm up the ice cream was melting pretty fast, and I was eating the ice cream in the most unladylike of fashions when all of a sudden a guy with a camera literally walked up to me and flashed his camera in my face and took some pictures. I’m pretty sure that I had my mouth wide open and might have had a chocolate mustache, which made for a very unattractive picture. We were all so shocked that we didn’t have a chance to say anything to the guy! It was definitely the craziest thing to happen to us during the trip!
And on that crazy note, I’m going to make y’all wait until next week to hear about our Saturday night dinner and our trip to the beautiful Boone Hall Plantation! I’m linking up with Lauren of Lauren on Location, Van of Snow in Tromso, Isabel of The Sunny Side of This and Marcella of What a Wonderful World for Wanderful Wednesday.
Other Charleston Posts:
6 Things I Learned While Visiting Charleston
Charleston: Shopping On King Street
Eating Our Way Through Charleston
Experiencing Beautiful Boone Hall