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Guided Civil War Carriage Tour of Charleston

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    What to Expect
    Travelers may check in at the Old Brick Barn on Guignard Street, or can just look for the green carriage in line on Market Street. When it is time for the tour to begin, you will be picked up by a clean, sturdy, and comfortable carriage being pulled by beautiful Percheron draft horses.  All carriages are covered, so you won't have to worry about getting too much sun.
    Once everyone is on board, the tour will begin in the Historic Charleston City Market and will then cover about 20 to 30 blocks of the residential historic district. The main difference between the carriages is the experience of your tour guide, and at Classic Carriage the guides have an average of over 12 years of experience giving the Civil War tour.  
    The tour will give you a better understanding of the events that many locals refer to simply as the War, covering such events as the signing of the Ordinance of Secession, the firing on the "Star of the West", the Battle of Fort Sumtera and the devastating fire of 1861. The heroic actions of Robert Smalls, the charge of the 54th Massachusetts on Battery Wagner, the bombardment of the city by Union artillery, the tragic fate of the "H. L. Hunley", and the destructive march of William Tecumseh Sherman through the Carolinas will also be remembered.
    Union forces spent years trying to break through Charleston's defenses, by land, and by sea, resulting in the longest sustained campaign of the Civil War, and the longest siege in American history. 
    The tour will end at the Old Brick Barn on Guignard Street, the oldest active stable in the city of Charleston.  You are welcome to explore the barn after the tour, and you can even say hello to your horse while he gets his water break.  There really is no better way to experience Charleston.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago

    Patrick Spoon offered an impressive historical overview. It was well worth the time and money. We were happy to have taken this carriage tour.

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Dreamer110644
    Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

    Patrick and Chance provided us with a wealth of information about Charleston and the Civil War. Excellent tour! Definitely recommend!

    Thank Dawn H
    Reviewed 13 May 2019 via mobile

    Our carriage guide Patrick was very knowledgeable and informative. It is nice to have the carriage covered and Jackson our horse was very well behaved. The only thing I would say is that they try to fit 4 to a row and honestly that is...More

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank AMkM1234
    Reviewed 8 May 2019

    Our guide was quite knowledgeable and answered questions. The civil war history surely opens your eyes to the reality of the time. Excellent hour tour, highly recommend!

    Date of experience: May 2019
    Thank Chris3051
    Reviewed 7 October 2018

    Dear Classic and Patrick, thank you for an amazing, unscripted, unpretentious, brilliant, off-the-beaten path -- Civil War tour of Charleston for real people like me. Loved every minute of it. We were ready for more than the usual presentation of "facts" and appreciative of the...More

    Date of experience: October 2018
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    7 July 2018|
    Response from missygeorge |
    4 to a row sounds very crowded and uncomfortable. Can we buy an extra ticket so that we have "extra" room on our row?
    Pam C
    7 July 2018|
    Response from C1462LJpauld | Reviewed this property |
    About an hour and a half to two hours.
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