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Tommy Dew's Walking History Tour

188 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29401 (Downtown)
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Ranked #38 of 170 Activities in Charleston
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Kevin the invaluable concierge at Courtyard Charleston Historic District recommended my nephew and I begin our visit with this walking tour. I had no doubt that we would appreciate it since our knowledge base of Charleston was weak. However, this was the highlight of a trip already filled with fascinating experiences including Forts Sumpter & Moultrie, Patriots Point Naval Museum,... More

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New Jersey
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191 reviews 191 reviews
37 attraction reviews
217 helpful votes 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

How good can a walking tour be? If you are fortunate enough to reserve a spot with Tommy Dew, you will walk away with more than a better appreciation for the beautiful city of Charleston; you will have a better appreciation for past and present Southern perspectives and how they have shaped, and been shaped by, our collective history. Tommy... More

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
17 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We enjoyed this tour of Charleston. I would not say that Mr. Dew is "rewriting history". He is telling it as it has been passed down from his ancestors. While I am a "northerner", I would never take offense to any of his stories, and I enjoyed hearing the other side of the story of the Civil War. I rated... More

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Dallas, Texas
5 reviews 5 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Great Walking tour. Lots of history. Done it twice and looking to go on our third.....we have never gotten a "duplicate" of a previous tour. Thanks Tommy, we so enjoy your tours.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Very quickly you realize that booking a walking tour with Tommy Dew was a very good move. Tommy is a very personable guide, has lived in Charleston for 29 years, hence much of his expertise, and manages in a short 1 hour and 45 minutes to explain a variety of perspectives and influences on the Charleston you witness today. He... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Tommy Dew's tour was less than satisfactory, to say the least. I am a teen girl, and I personally had a terrible experience. Tommy "Don't" had many remarks bashing Lincoln, proclaiming that the whole state of South Carolina hated him then, and said that they still hate him now. He possessed such a shocking candor with his highly conservative political... More

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Huxley, Iowa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We visited Fort Sumter, took a carriage ride, went to various plantations, but Tommy Dew's walking tour was by far our favorite. We learned more about the history of Charleston on this tour than anywhere else, but there was nothing dry or dull about it; rather, it was fascinating, and gave us a deeper appreciation for one of our favorite... More

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Waco, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
10 helpful votes 10 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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