Variety of Tours Available for Charleston Conference Attendees

In addition to all of the fantastic conference sessions, the Charleston Library Conference also has a number of culinary and walking tours available at discounted rates for our attendees. See our schedule for full details and reservation information. Reservations are required, and participation is limited.

CHARLESTON CULINARY TOURS

culinaryTour Descriptions (Register at the links below)

Culinary Tour
Cost: $60

This 2 1/2 hour tour explores Charleston’s Old and Historic District, offering the best of Charleston’s history and food! Showcasing some of Charleston’s traditional favorites, as well as recent innovations, this tour highlights the cuisine of our favorite locally owned and operated restaurants in the Holy City! It is a journey that is informative, delicious and fun!

The Charleston Culinary Tour visits 3-4 different restaurants and combines elements of a historical tour with a culinaryadventure! The food on your tour will provide a broad range of samples which will provide insight into Lowcountry cuisine.

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • All food and non-alcoholic beverage tastings
  • Enough food to make a meal for most

PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • Tours are held rain or shine
  • These are walking tours, and historic Charleston has a number of very uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing
  • Each tour is unique as destinations rotate according to restaurant availability.

Mixology Tour
Cost: $30

Think of this tour as a mobile cocktail party in beautiful Charleston!  This 1 1/2 hour tour introduces you to some of Charleston’s best Mixologists! Each Mixology Tour stops at three watering holes where guests will meet the magicians behind the bars that are mixing Charleston’s most exciting, innovative and delicious drinks. After discussing the art and craft of mixing cocktails and gaining insight into how Charleston’s mixologists are embracing traditional techniques and are taking ingredients from farm to tumbler, tour participants will have an opportunity to sample a specialty craft cocktail at each of the three stops! While walking between stops, your guide will provide insight into Charleston’s cocktail culture, both past and present.

TOUR INCLUDES:

  • One specialty craft cocktail at each of the tour’s three stops.
  • An opportunity to meet and interact with mixologists.
  • A narrated tour by a licensed tour guide between stops.

PLEASE REMEMBER:

  • Tours are held rain or shine
  • These are walking tours, and historic Charleston has a number of very uneven cobblestone streets and sidewalks. Please wear comfortable shoes and clothing

SCHEDULE

Wednesday, November 2

2:00 PM – City Market Area Charleston Culinary Tour  REGISTER NOW

3:00 PM – Upper King Street Area Charleston Culinary Tour REGISTER NOW

5:30 PM – Mixology Tour REGISTER NOW

Friday, November 5, 2016

3:00 PM Upper King Street Area Charleston Culinary Tour REGISTER NOW

 

WALKING TOURS

broad_street_bizBroad Street Tours will be offering walking tours again this year.  Thanks to those who participated last year in making the tours a success. Lee Ann Bain and Carol Ezell-Gilson will be your guides for the following tours.  The daytime tours are two hours in length and cover about a mile distance.  The Ghostly Stroll in the evening is about an hour and a half, covering less distance.

All tours are $20 per person and payment may be made in cash or check at tour time.  Daytime tours (except for the Grimke’ Sisters Tour) start at Washington Park, 80 Broad Street, behind City Hall.  The Grimke’ SistersTour and the evening Ghostly Strolls begin at the Library Society, 164 King Street.  Reservations for all tours may be made at broadstreettours.comTours must have a minimum of 6 people to go.

Wednesday, November 2:

9:30-11:30 am – General History

This tour gives a general overview of Charleston’s history from the colonial era onward – through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, to the city’s rediscovery and revitalization of the past 40 years. Participants will gain insight into Charleston’s early wealth and culture, viewing the city’s impressive public buildings and private mansions. Visitors will learn of architectural influences and other factors that resulted in modifications to original structures, with explanation of the single house, the double house and dependencies. (2 hour tour)

4:00-6:00 pm – Lady Lore (Women’s History)

Meet Septima Poinsette Clark, Cleclia Peronneau McGowan, Eliza Lucas Pinckney, Susan Pringle Frost, Theodosia Burr Alston, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, Alicia Rhett, Anne Bonny, Mary Boykin Chestnut, Rebecca Brewton Motte, Amarinthia Snowden Yates, and the Pollitzer sisters. This group of courageous innovative women includes civil rights activists, social reformers, preservationists, suffragettes, a historical diarist, an artist, a planter, an actress, a pirate and a mystery. In changing their world of feminine stereotypes, they opened doors and provided important opportunities for women that followed. (2 hour tour)

7:30-9:00 pm Ghostly Stroll

Charleston is believed to be a most haunted place. The city has experienced numerous natural and manmade disasters in its long history; stories and legends of great fear, suffering, and death abound. The historic district with hundreds of old buildings provides familiar settings for spirits to revisit and haunt. Charleston, called the “Holy City”, is known for its beautiful historic churches – whose graveyards hold many secrets and horrors. Beguiling tales will take you back to a time when life was tenuous, survival uncertain. Come hear legends from the past and take in the beautiful ambiance of Charleston at night. (1 1/2 hour tour)

Thursday, November 3:

9:30-11:30 am – Doin’ the Charleston Renaissance (Arts and Literature)

In the early 1900s, Charleston experienced a renaissance fueled by artists, writers, musicians, poets, and preservationists. Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth O’Neill Verner, and Alfred Hutty created lovely intimate scenes of the old city to sell to tourists. Charleston’s Poetry Society, one of the first of its kind, was formed in 1920. Dubose Heyward collaborated with George Gershwin to transform his novel Porgy into the opera “Porgy and Bess”. Jenkins Orphanage jazz bands played in the streets of Charleston, then New York and London. The arts brought much needed attention to the rather beleaguered city and lent support to the budding preservationist movement in Charleston. (2 hour tour)

4:00-6:00 pm – General History

This tour gives a general overview of Charleston’s history from the colonial era onward – through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, to the city’s rediscovery and revitalization of the past 40 years. Participants will gain insight into Charleston’s early wealth and culture, viewing the city’s impressive public buildings and private mansions. Visitors will learn of architectural influences and other factors that resulted in modifications to original structures, with explanation of the single house, the double house and dependencies. (2 hour tour)

7:30-9:00 Ghostly Stroll

Charleston is believed to be a most haunted place. The city has experienced numerous natural and manmade disasters in its long history; stories and legends of great fear, suffering, and death abound. The historic district with hundreds of old buildings provides familiar settings for spirits to revisit and haunt. Charleston, called the “Holy City”, is known for its beautiful historic churches – whose graveyards hold many secrets and horrors. Beguiling tales will take you back to a time when life was tenuous, survival uncertain. Come hear legends from the past and take in the beautiful ambiance of Charleston at night. (1 1/2 hour tour)

Friday, November 4:

9:30-11:30 am – General History

This tour gives a general overview of Charleston’s history from the colonial era onward – through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, to the city’s rediscovery and revitalization of the past 40 years. Participants will gain insight into Charleston’s early wealth and culture, viewing the city’s impressive public buildings and private mansions. Visitors will learn of architectural influences and other factors that resulted in modifications to original structures, with explanation of the single house, the double house and dependencies. (2 hour tour)

1:30-3:30 pm – Tombstone Tales

Stroll through beautiful mysterious graveyards where the dead have rested in peace for several centuries. View examples of finely crafted slate and marble funerary art showing the evolution from skull and crossbones to winged skulls to cherubs to portrait stones. Hear lively stories of some of Charleston’s most interesting personalities who now lie within the graveyard walls. (2 hour tour)

7:30-9:00 pm – Ghostly Stroll

Charleston is believed to be a most haunted place. The city has experienced numerous natural and manmade disasters in its long history; stories and legends of great fear, suffering, and death abound. The historic district with hundreds of old buildings provides familiar settings for spirits to revisit and haunt. Charleston, called the “Holy City”, is known for its beautiful historic churches – whose graveyards hold many secrets and horrors. Beguiling tales will take you back to a time when life was tenuous, survival uncertain. Come hear legends from the past and take in the beautiful ambiance of Charleston at night. (1 1/2 hour tour)

Saturday, November 5:

9:30-11:45 am – Grimke’ Sisters Tour

Sue Monk Kidd’s bestselling novel, The Invention of Wings (Jan. 2014), has brought the story of the Grimké sisters to light. Though infamous abolitionists and feminists in their day, Angelina and Sarah Grimké have remained obscure in American history and (mostly) unrecognized in Charleston, city of their birth. The popularity of Kidd’s novel led to the creation of this walking tour by Lee Ann Bain and Carol Ezell-Gilson as part of the Preservation Society’s Fall Tours this past October, 2014. The tour sold out every offering. For more information please visit The Grimké Sisters Tour.

4:00-6:00 pm – General History

This tour gives a general overview of Charleston’s history from the colonial era onward – through the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, to the city’s rediscovery and revitalization of the past 40 years. Participants will gain insight into Charleston’s early wealth and culture, viewing the city’s impressive public buildings and private mansions. Visitors will learn of architectural influences and other factors that resulted in modifications to original structures, with explanation of the single house, the double house and dependencies. (2 hour tour)

7:30-9:00 pm – Ghostly Stroll

Charleston is believed to be a most haunted place. The city has experienced numerous natural and manmade disasters in its long history; stories and legends of great fear, suffering, and death abound. The historic district with hundreds of old buildings provides familiar settings for spirits to revisit and haunt. Charleston, called the “Holy City”, is known for its beautiful historic churches – whose graveyards hold many secrets and horrors. Beguiling tales will take you back to a time when life was tenuous, survival uncertain. Come hear legends from the past and take in the beautiful ambiance of Charleston at night. (1 1/2 hour tour)

All tours are $20 per person and payment may be made in cash or check at tour time.  Daytime tours (except for the Grimke’ Sisters Tour) start at Washington Park, 80 Broad Street, behind City Hall.  The Grimke’ Sisters Tour and the evening Ghostly Strolls begin at the Library Society, 164 King Street.  Reservations for all tours may be made atbroadstreettours.comTours must have a minimum of 6 people to go.

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