Experience a carriage tour through the historical places of Civil War in Charleston. This 1-hour tour will give you an in-depth look at Charleston in the 1860’s and the pivotal role the city played during the War Between the States. Explore the reasons why the war was fought, the fighting that took place on land and sea, and the impact that the war had on the city, all while passing through some of Charleston’s beautiful antebellum neighborhoods. Do not miss this wonderful opportunity to learn about the Civil War in the city where it started, and there is no better way to see Charleston than from a horse carriage!
- Professional driver/ guide
- Live commentary onboard
- Carriage tour of the historic district
- Food and drinks
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
What to expect
Travelers may check in at the Old Brick Barn on Guignard Street, or can just look for the green carriage in line on Market Street. When it is time for the tour to begin, you will be picked up by a clean, sturdy, and comfortable carriage being pulled by beautiful Percheron draft horses. All carriages are covered, so you won’t have to worry about getting too much sun.
Once everyone is on board, the tour will begin in the Historic Charleston City Market and will then cover about 20 to 30 blocks of the residential historic district. The main difference between the carriages is the experience of your tour guide, and at Classic Carriage the guides have an average of over 12 years of experience giving the Civil War tour.
The tour will give you a better understanding of the events that many locals refer to simply as the War, covering such events as the signing of the Ordinance of Secession, the firing on the “Star of the West”, the Battle of Fort Sumtera and the devastating fire of 1861. The heroic actions of Robert Smalls, the charge of the 54th Massachusetts on Battery Wagner, the bombardment of the city by Union artillery, the tragic fate of the “H. L. Hunley”, and the destructive march of William Tecumseh Sherman through the Carolinas will also be remembered.
Union forces spent years trying to break through Charleston’s defenses, by land, and by sea, resulting in the longest sustained campaign of the Civil War, and the longest siege in American history.
The tour will end at the Old Brick Barn on Guignard Street, the oldest active stable in the city of Charleston. You are welcome to explore the barn after the tour, and you can even say hello to your horse while he gets his water break. There really is no better way to experience Charleston.
Where To Go
Historic Charleston City Market
Concludes at the Old Brick Barn stable, 10 Guignard Street, Charleston, SC 29401
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- The tour may be canceled if the weather is deemed to be unsafe (excessive rainfall, thunder, and lightning), or if the temperature is over 95°F
- If canceled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund
- Children 3 and under can ride on a lap for free
- Carriages can seat up to 16 passengers
- Please dress appropriately for the weather
- 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