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Jack Thomson's Civil War Walking Tour

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Address: 179 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: (843) 270-2417
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Expert Knowledge in a Different Format

It is obvious that Jack knows what he is talking about, and welcomes (expects) questions. He came to Charleston in 1968 and has done a lot of research, he even wrote a book about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
Adam R
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Charleston, South Carolina

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Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

It is obvious that Jack knows what he is talking about, and welcomes (expects) questions. He came to Charleston in 1968 and has done a lot of research, he even wrote a book about it. Historical photography is his specialty. It is nice to have someone like this, besides a part-time college kid who has memorized a script. The tour... More 

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Ventura, California
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22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2015

My Husband and I had the privilege of taking a private tour with Jack. His knowledge and enthusiasm are priceless. He takes you down the nooks and crannies of the city and you visualize yourself as the city was in 1860. Jack has passion as well as a wonderful sense of humor. A must if you are interested in Civil... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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28 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We scheduled a Civil War walking tour with local historian/legend Jack Thomson. We were pleased when Jack himself walked through the door. It was a rainy, thunder and lightning day, but Jack was undaunted and off we went with just 4 people in the tour. Jack was informative, funny with a unique sense of humor and VERY receptive to questions... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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242 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My wife and I took this tour on March 3, 2015, with Paul Hedden as our guide. Paul was terrific. Like us, he is a "Federal." Although my wife and I were the only ones on the tour Paul went all out. We learned a lot. Be prepared to walk but it's worth every step. Before we said goodbye Paul... More 

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2 Thank AMB&JAS
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Chilly morning with 8 other people. Tour guide (not Jack) did not seem well organized, overly wordy in some places, and breezed by what could have been interesting sites, read from 3x5 cards at times. Unique to this tour were some old photos taken from the same vantage point as we were standing, and that was pretty neat. But the... More 

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2 Thank Jazzdog99
Hillsboro Oh
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36 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

My wife and I did Jacks tour today and liked it.I usually do not do tours but I enjoy that period of our history, so decided to do it. I have read quite a bit of Civil War history, but was not familiar with the Charleston aspect except it started here. We found Jack to be very knowledgable and he... More 

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2 Thank Hillsborotraveler
Charlotte, North Carolina
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27 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our tour lasted 3 hours and we walked all around Downtown. Jack is extremely knowledgeable and a fun character himself. We discussed the slavery and the free slaves that owned property of the time.

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Carlyle, Illinois
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My wife and I have been on many tours in many parts of the world. Jack Thompson was our tour guide and was the least likable guide we have ever had. He seemed bitter that the south lost the war, and he insulted the "Yankees" often. It was a good thing there weren't any "darkies", as he called them, on... More 

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3 Thank zebulon_terminus
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15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014 via mobile

Wow, how different perspectives can be on the same tour! My wife & I took Jack's tour on the recommendation of friends who visit Charleston often. We would probably not have taken the tour had we read the Trip Adv. Reviews beforehand. We found the tour extremely informative and well researched. Jack has personally researched, located and compiled both letters... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

I live in Charleston area, and wanted to take a weekend guest on a walking tour. I bought this tour through Groupon, thinking it would be of interest to my friend. As it turned out, we were the only two people who showed up for this tour on a Saturday morning. That should have told me something.When he took my... More 

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