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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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Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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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Good but not great

tour is guided through the lower level Provost Dungeon. Good with a lot of information on early Charleston. Upper level "the Great Hall" had a lot of history including information... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
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Medinah
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92 reviews 92 reviews
27 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

tour is guided through the lower level Provost Dungeon. Good with a lot of information on early Charleston. Upper level "the Great Hall" had a lot of history including information on George Washington and others who were there. Main level you could only access one half of the area. The other half you could only look into. I'm thinking that... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We took the tour of the Provost Dungeon and also the self guided tour of the Old Exchange. I would recommend this to anyone who would like to find out how important this building was in Charleston's history.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

The guided tour on the lower level gives a good understanding of the outline of the old city. A portion of the original wall is visible.

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Louisburg, Kansas
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 NEW

We learned a lot about Charleston history and about the Provost Dungeon. Not good for little children.

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Sweetwater, Tennessee
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36 reviews 36 reviews
15 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I love history! This place is FULL of history! Amanda, who was our tour guide, did an awesome job! If you love American history, you need to go here. Just to know that I stood in the same Great Hall that George Washington stood in...sent shivers up my spine!

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South Plainfield, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015 via mobile

There are many great tours and museums but this one was disappointing. The dungeon tour was with an older gentleman dressed in costume which was a bit much. He was knowledgeable but lacked emotion. The rest of the tour you do on your own, a lot of reading, but the place lacks warmth and emotion. It would be better if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015 via mobile

Our visit was very interesting and enjoyable. We spent over 2 hours here and read every sign. The history of the building is amazing and the guides/docents did a very good job.

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Savannah, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The 30 minute tour is a must for anyone interested in the history of Charleston but also American history in general. The docents are very knowledgeable and cater to adults and children alike. It is obvious from their presentation that they love what they do and want to share their knowledge with everybody. Very friendly docents and staff who are... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We took a tour and the guide let us know that the main floor still has its original stone work from 1771, meaning we walked on the same floor that George Washington did when he came to visit Charleston in 1791. This building is where merchant ships paid taxes, you could buy slaves, and eventually the constitution was ratified here.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Being a local, I never took the time to visit the Dungeon or Old Exchange, even having passed it many times and also a great little parking lot behind/beside the place (just remember to feed the meters every 2 hours) This tour was well worth my time. Very historic and interesting. Found the dungeon especially interesting with its smells and... More 

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