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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

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Address: 122 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-727-2165
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Description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates...
History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore the location where pirates were once held and view a section of the 1698 fortification that once protected the Walled City. Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where Patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained.
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Historical Charleston Tour with Optional Joseph Manigault House...

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history abounds

I loved the tale of George Washington staying there I coul just feel the history all around me, also the dungeon was very interesting

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
Ali T
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Holly Ridge, North Carolina
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Pompton Plains, NJ
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38 reviews 38 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Lots of interesting history in the Provost and dungeon. Rest of the building is okay - some nice-looking rooms and interesting artifacts

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Holly Ridge, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I loved the tale of George Washington staying there I coul just feel the history all around me, also the dungeon was very interesting

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Erwin, Tennessee
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32 reviews 32 reviews
13 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Had a nice time learning some historical facts regarding the city, the exchange and the dungeon. It doesn't take very long to go through the tour.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Our perception was obviously that we would get to tour the main floor and view other items. Right away we were asked if we wanted the tour with no explanation of what it covered, so thinking that the tour was everything we shelled our $20 over and were sent to the dungeon. While this building is steep in history, that... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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34 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

This building is quite interesting. The tour guide for the dungeon provided lots of information. In the dungeon you can see a part of the original city wall of Charleston. Be sure to visit the other floors; lots of history.

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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

We were visiting Charleston from the UK, and spent a day walking around the city, and taking in as many of the attractions that we could. We got a combined ticket for this attraction and the slave market - this was $30 for two adults and represents great value. The first floor details Charleston during the time of the English... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

This tour gave a great overview of the city. Relief map of the city helped one to understand how the city started. The masonry work was interesting.

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Chico, California
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58 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

If you love history, you will love this tour. Whether it is pirate history or Revolutionary war history you are interested in, you will find new points of interest during this tour. A small section of the original walled city is part of the basement of this building. On the second floor of the building is my favorite part. A... More 

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Arlington, VA
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Most of the self-guided exhibit space is not well curated. Hap hazard artifacts and wordy, unclear signage. Best part is the old photos of downtown lining the stairwell. Dungeon tour is only on a guided basis. Takes about 20min. Very cool to see the portions of original city wall down there, but otherwise the cheesy pirate manikins ruined it for... More 

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Lexington, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Did the 5pm tour with family on recent trip to Charleston. Ended up corresponding to anniversary of South Carolina signing of Declaration of Independence, pretty cool (also the kids were allowed to sign their names to a copy of DoI. Tour is two part: Provost Dungeon guided tour and Self-Guided Customs House tour. In reverse order, the Customs House tour... More 

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