The Preservation Society of Charleston will host its Fall Tours October 4-28, 2018. The beauty and historic charm of Charleston come alive as friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston welcome you into the private interiors of some of the nation’s most exquisite historic homes where you will experience firsthand the rich history of Southern culture, architecture and hospitality. Discover the stories of these magnificent residences and the people who have lived in them for centuries and learn why visitors from all over the world are still drawn to this special place today.
The Fall Tours begin on Thursday, October 4th with the “Spotlight: Award Winning House Tour” from 2-5 pm. In 1953, the Preservation Society created the Carolopolis Awards to recognize outstanding achievement in both interior and exterior preservation, restoration, rehabilitation and new construction in the City of Charleston. Since that time, over 1,300 awards have been given. Guests will go inside four of those exceptional properties and learn the lengths which homeowners and architects went to bring the house up to current living standards while retaining the integrity of the historic residence. Tours of Charleston’s historic neighborhoods and boroughs continue through October 28th.
On October 28th, tour goers are invited to “Spirits Among Us.” Known as the Holy City for its numerous houses of worship, Charleston is also known for the presence of its many spirits. Many people who live in the historic district claim resident ghosts and have learned to live quite comfortably with them. In addition to learning about architecture and history while visiting properties, come experience an additional side of our culture and learn about some notable spirits still living here.
A variety of tours are offered each morning at 10 am, and back again this year, “Invention of Wings: The Grimke Sisters of Charleston” completes the tale of the Grimke sisters and gives a glimpse into the lives of both black and white Charlestonians in the 1800s. Interiors are not included, and tickets are $25 per person.
Your afternoon tour experience will allow for access into several homes or gardens each day where trained docents will explain the history of these structures and spaces. Pleasantly warm afternoons and crisp evening air make fall the ideal season for a walking tour in Charleston.
Tickets for tours and lectures may be purchased through the Preservation Society of Charleston at www.preservationsociety.org, the Book & Gift Shop at 147 King Street or by calling 843-722-4630. Weekend packages and group rates are also available.