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Slavery to Freedom Carriage Tour of Charleston

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    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.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    1: 10 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    2: 54 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    Departure Time
    1:00 PM
    Return Details
    10 Guignard St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
    • Live commentary
    • Professional guide
    • One hour carriage tour of the historic district
    • Gratuities
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • This tour will give an honest look at the horrors of slavery, and therefore it is not recommended for young children
    • Please dress appropriately for the weather. The tour may be cancelled if the weather is deemed to be unsafe (thunder and lightning), or if the temperature is over 95 degrees
    • This specialty tour is only offered once per day, so please make sure you check in at least 30 minutes prior to your scheduled departure time
    • Our carriages can seat up to 16 passengers
    • You are welcome to bring drinks (non-alcoholic) on the carriage
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    We took the Slavery to Freedom Tour and we’re glad we did. Not an easy topic for some but we think it’s important to learn about tragic and horrific periods in history. Guide Patrick provided insight we didn’t have before from the beginning of slavery to a century after its
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    This is an amazing tour!! Our guide was well informed & I seriously didn’t want it to end. I plan to go on it again
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    I recommend that anyone coming to Charleston or living in Charleston that doesn’t really know it’s his take this tour! Everything about it was amazing!
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    Had an amazing experience . I would recommend if at all possible to request John (AKA 5⭐️John and Ben ) . You will not be disappointed.
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    It was s great tour. I learned more history about the area and what really happened than I did when I was in school.
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    About the operator
    By: Classic Carriage Works, LLC
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    Washington DC, District of Columbia
    Excellent Tour
    Some friends and I took a carriage ride with Betsy as our tour guide and she was EXCELLENT! She is so
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    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    A trip through time
    With Elwood, providing the horsepower, the star of the show and Scott to provide the running commentary, we were
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    Windsor Locks, Connecticut
    The Best Way to See Historic Charleston
    This sounded like a great way to see Charleston and it was every bit as good as we thought it would be. The horses
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    Charleston, South Carolina
    Great Day
    Went on the tour with my grand daughter. Will and Berry were great. He was great with the kids. I would have
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    Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
    Great tour!
    Wonderful tour with Betsy and her sweet horse Barry! Betsy was knowledgeable and fun! Highly recommend!
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    Carriage ride
    Classic Carriage ride in Charleston was the best. We did the Early bird residential tour and our guide, Scott,
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    Glenn M
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida
    best family time
    The guide ,"Scott",and his fine pampered horse "Chance" took us on a most memorable afternoon cruise around the
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    Betsy and Barry
    Amazing experience with a very knowledgable tour guide who brought the history of Charleston to life while touring
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    Fredericton, Canada
    Slavery to Freedom Tour in Charleston
    We took the Slavery to Freedom Tour and we’re glad we did. Not an easy topic for some but we think it’s important
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    Betsy & Berry
    Great experience! My kids loved the history and presentation style of Betsy and the skills of Berry the horse!
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    Enjoyable, informative tour
    We learned a lot of details about Charleston's history and buildings with Scott and Jackson. We also laughed at
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    Southold, New York
    An inspiring and reverent tour of historic Charleston
    We went on a wonderful horse drawn carriage ride today, in the beautiful city of Charleston. Our tour guide was
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    Absolutely thrilling experience
    We went on the Civil War Tour with Patrick and Bill. Patrick was insanely knowledgable, and very fact based which
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    Wilmington, Delaware
    New Years Ride
    Billy & DiBlasio (you read that right) make for a lighthearted yet informative tour duo of the city.
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    Classic Carriageworks tour is fun & info-rich
    Josh (our guide) and Elwood (the horse) were both amazing. We learned so much about Charleston. Philadelphia
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