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Founding Women: the Backbone of the South History Tour

  • 2hr

About this experience

What You'll Do:
The Strong Women of the South History Tour is an exploration of historical Charleston from the perspective of the founding mothers and women of every color who contributed to our Great American Dream. Along the way, you will discover the beautiful truth: Charleston is the matriarchal capital of the western world, a city once owned and controlled by women. Our exploration begins at the alleged execution site of America's First Female Serial Killer. We stand in the spot where she met her fate and hear her story. Then, you get to decide: was she really a serial killer or a woman protecting her rights!  

Next, we visit the homes and sites of the "Old Maids," Women's Rights Activists, Printers, Artisans, Madams, Shopkeepers, and Plantation owners while discovering their contributions and conundrums, all written over by modern history. Together, we will roll back time, and see the world from the perspective of women in their time. Last, we visit the homes and shops of the women who built this great city. We will hear their stories in the contemporary voice of their times. Together, we will smash the myth of the "Fainting Southern Belle," the "Woman behind the man," and Chattel Slavery.  

Why we love it for your party:
As an additional option outside the tour timeframe, we include entry into both the Halsey Gallery of Contemporary Art location at 161 Calhoun Street and the Phillip Simmons House Museum at 30-1/2 Blake Street.  

About this experience partner:
Holy City History Tours has been dedicated since our founding to telling the stories of the women and men who were written out of the history books. We bring the stories of these forgotten figures to life with informative entertainment. Each tour showcases Charlestonians who endured enormous hardships, overcame nearly impossible circumstances, and helped propel society into the future. Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you cry, and sometimes you feel awe-inspired. With each tour, we aim to give each guest a real and authentic experience of Charleston and its history.  

Additional Information:
Optional gratuity for your guide is not included.
Walking shoes and a bottle of water are highly recommended.

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  • Public Tour (Up to 20 guest)

    Starting at$35per person

    2hr

    Groups sizes up to 20 are included.

  • Private Group (up to 10 guests)

    Starting at$280per party

    Up to 10 people for your own private tour.


Location

21 Magazine St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA

Cancellation Policy

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generous Cancellation Policy

Full refund on cancellations with 7+ days notice. No refund within 7 day window.

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Public Tour (Up to 20 guest)

Starting at$35per person

2hr

Groups sizes up to 20 are included.

Private Group (up to 10 guests)

Starting at$280per party

Up to 10 people for your own private tour.

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