The Preservation Society of Charleston will host its Fall Tours October 5-29, 2017. 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 5th with the Rutledge Tour from 2-5 pm. One of Charleston’s most historic neighborhoods, Charleston Village began developing in 1770, along large boulevards named after both American and English war heroes and politicians. Located around Colonial Lake, one of the hippest parks in the city, this area is quickly becoming one of the most popular residential areas in the city. Tours of other historic neighborhoods and boroughs continue through October 29th.

On October 27th, tour goers are invited to “A Plantation Picnic,” where guests will explore the island of Edisto. The $125 admission includes a delicious picnic and transportation. 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.thefalltours.org, the Book & Gift Shop at 147 King Street or by calling 843-722-4630. Weekend packages and group rates are also available.