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Slavery to Freedom Carriage Tour of Charleston

  • Charleston horse and carriage tour with focus on black history
  • Explore the influence of African and African American cultures in Charleston
  • Guide sheds light on subjects that are often overlooked, including slavery
Slavery to Freedom Carriage Tour of Charleston
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Slavery to Freedom Carriage Tour of Charleston
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See Charleston sights, learn a bit of history, and discover the legacy of black history and culture in the Lowcountry on this Charleston horse and carriage tour. This tour specifically looks at the history of African and African American cultures in the Lowcountry, from the horrors of slavery to the creation of Charleston’s first free communities. Travel by horse and buggy to sights including Mother Emanuel AME while your guide shares pieces of history that are often overlooked.
What to Expect
This is a unique opportunity to get an honest and in-depth look into a very important yet very painful part of American history. 
Our guests may check in at the Old Brick Barn on Guignard Street, or you can just look for the green carriage in line on Market Street.  We ask that you please check in 30-minutes before your scheduled departure time.  When it is time for the tour to begin, you will be picked up by a clean, sturdy, and comfortable carriage with a fixed roof being pulled by one of our beautiful Percheron draft horses.  Once everyone is on board, the tour will begin.  The Slavery to Freedom Tour is the only carriage tour that follows a specific route.  You will travel north from the Historic Charleston City Market through Ansonborough, passing by Laurens Street, St John’s Reformed Episcopal Church, Mother Emanuel AME Church, the old Citadel, Marion Square, and you will pass through some of Charleston’s beautiful antebellum neighborhoods before returning to the Market.  The tour will end at the Old Brick Barn, the oldest active stable in the city of Charleston.
Due to the fact that this tour will give an honest look at the horrors of slavery, we do not recommend this tour for young children.
Reviews (6)
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Reviewed 3 July 2018
What A Great Tour!

This tour is a MUST DO while in Charleston! Our tour guide did an excellent job navigating the very sensitive subject of slavery not only as it pertained to Charleston but the impact on the rest of the country. He was well informed and taught...More

Date of experience: June 2018
4  Thank amygoggins
Reviewed 18 March 2018
A very interesting tour

I enjoyed being on the horse driven wagon. It was a relaxing tour and the tour guide was very very knowledgeable. It is worth the money.

Date of experience: March 2018
1  Thank Cassandra C
Reviewed 18 January 2018
Brings to life less-well-known history--highly recommended!

History comes alive on this tour, and this is a history many of us are not familiar with. Our guide was knowledgeable and passionate in sharing Important and fascinating details about the arrival and use of slaves, the economy, the rebellions, local landmarks. Although it's...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank CarolinaTravelers2
Reviewed 29 December 2017
Fun and Informative!!

Worth every penny and you must ask for John! His knowledge of Charleston is truly amazing and he makes the ride a fun history lesson. We waited just a few minutes. The tour takes about an hour and honestly don't think there is a bad...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank CDF65
Reviewed 4 November 2017
Ugly side of beautiful Charleston

This hour long tour with Mike was amazing and something everyone should do. It's important to acknowledge Charleston's role in slavery and we learned a lot about just how big that role was - more slaves entered the U.S. through Charleston than anywhere else. That...More

Date of experience: October 2017
3  Thank Katie32810
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