Charles Towne Black History Tour
Take a look beneath the veneer of the colony of Charles Towne as you recreate the atmosphere of the 17th and 18th-century South. Explore the African-American experience on a guided tour.
What You Will Do
- Go back in time to uncover the history of African Americans in Charleston on a guided tour
- Zip around in a comfy touring van, uncovering the old colony of Charles Towne and the landmarks from the 17th and 18th century
- Hear stories of the area's rich history, beginning with the era of slavery and leading up to emancipation and beyond
- Discover the history behind Gullah culture and learn about the underground railroad's role in the city
- Guided tour
- Tour is not wheelchair accessible
- No smoking or eating in the van
- No alcohol
- Service pets are allowed
- This is an interactive tour
- Come casual
Full refunds for cancellations made at least one hour in advance.
- 37 Ratings
Franklin's tour is about the people who actually did the work in antebellum Charleston—the black slaves and free people—rather than just those who profited from their labor. The homes, churches, community and history. A lot of it, unfortunately, is of a disappearing Charleston, as the blacks, their houses and their communities are being ever-more-rapidly displaced by gentrification as better-off whites return to the city and remake it in their own image. Supplement this tour with the McLeod Plantation tour and you will learn more real history than hours spent touring the homes of the sea island cotton and rice plantation owners in the "historic" district!