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Guided Civil War Carriage Tour of Charleston

  • Charleston Civil War history tour by horse and carriage
  • See where Civil War history was made as you ride through town
  • Cover more ground by traveling by horse and buggy
Guided Civil War Carriage Tour of Charleston
From US$26.00
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Guided Civil War Carriage Tour of Charleston
From US$26.00
Learn about Charleston’s pivotal role in the Civil War as you travel by horse and carriage to antebellum neighborhoods and historical monuments commemorating the war. Your guide narrates every minute of the tour and paints the town in a historical light, bringing tales of secession to life. Though Civil War history buffs especially love this tour, it’s also a hit for anyone looking to learn about Charleston while traveling by horse and carriage.
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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Reviews (15)
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Reviewed 8 October 2018
Patrick, Bud, Civil War Tour...the best!

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
Thank Cindy A
Reviewed 1 October 2018
2nd to None Tour Guide Knowledge

Had reservations for 10 people. Easy going and accommodating! the tour guide, Ginger, was AWESOME! She painted a picture for every turn of this already picturesque city! Really made you feel the time and events in the descriptions and stories. I highly recommend the Civil...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Nick F
Reviewed 8 September 2018 via mobile
Carriage ride

What a wonderful experience. My friend and I booked a tour, but our schedule changed. The staff was wonderful and what I thought would be a big deal was no problem. We were able to switch our booking to a earlier time. Our guide was...More

Thank Vickiward
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile
Extremely informative

We chose the tour that focused on the history of slavery rather than architecture. Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable

1  Thank paulak610
Reviewed 1 May 2018 via mobile
Carriage tour

Very informative and beautiful views of the city on an amazing day! We could enjoy the weather and have a tour at the same time

1  Thank Kim R
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8 July 2018|
Response from Paul D | Reviewed this property |
About an hour and a half to two hours.