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Tommy Dew's Walking History Tour

188 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)
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Ranked #32 of 162 activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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Waco, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

We love walking tours...good walking tours...and Tommy Dew delivers one of the best. Even with a crowd of 15 visitors, he delivers an interesting, thoroughly knowledgeable, and proud of his home city tour. We like that he does not talk while walking but gathers everyone together at a good spot and speaks to the group. That certainly works well for... More

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Dublin, Ohio
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Tommy Dew's walking tour gives an insight into the historical, political, economic factors that converged to precipitate the War Between the States and Charleston's pivotal role. Not only does Tommy take you to places of interest but his presentation gives the "story behind the story." I particularly appreciated Tommy's challenging conventional presuppositions and accepted unquestioning historical narratives. This tour was... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We asked our concierge if we wanted to take one tour in Charleston, which one would it be to sum up the history. He recommended this tour! My husband and I took this walking tour today! WOW what a great tour guide! He really knows his history! A must Dew (do) tour in Charleston!!!!

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Columbia, South Carolina
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

While Tommy Dew knows his stuff and articulates it in fine firm, there is an onslaught of highly edited history which more or less ignores the impact of slavery and Afro American culture on the southern economy and how the North had to stop the inhumane purchase and selling of human flesh in order to bankroll the plantation economy. It... More

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48 reviews 48 reviews
18 attraction reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014 via mobile

We took this tour as our first venture in Charleston. It provided a great foundation for the rest of our sight seeing. Tommy was both personable and knowledgeable about the area. We took the 11:30 tour and although it was a nice time - it was HOT!! Dress lightly and bring cold water. Tommy did try to plan most of... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Our walking tour with Tommy Dew was excellent. Great story teller and knows his history. He is a little biased toward the Southern perspective on the war. But, not in an offensive way.

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Owasso, Oklahoma
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Tommy Dew is a personable, knowledgable guide through the city. He did give an interesting perspective of the Civil War era southerner, inspiring me to think. Interesting how he presented John Calhoun as a smart, passionate leader while our Gullah guide said Calhoun is referred to as "KILLhoun" in his culture. Tommy has a pleasant tone in his voice and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Tommy Dew gives a fantastic tour. He's knowledgeable and gives an interesting perspective on Southern history as well as the specific history of Charleston. I highly recommend this tour!

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Cincinnati, Ohio
3 reviews 3 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Tommy's tour was highly recommended to us through a much regarded concierge in Charleston, and it became a highlight of our vacation. Tommy's thorough knowledge of the history of Charleston gave this tour such a unique perspective. He gave us more than history, insight, facts, and humor - he made us feel the " Southern charm" of this fascinating city,... More

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Lexington, Kentucky
1 review
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

Hands down the best tour you will ever take in any city! Tommy is knowledgeable of this city's history and does not disappoint in his delivery. He is an incredibly entertaining orator. We have taken this tour several times. When he is aware that guests have taken it before, he takes a different direction and gives just as excellent of... More

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