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Ed Grimball's Walking Tour of Historic Charleston

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Address: Pineapple Fountain - Concord Street, Charleston, SC 29412
Phone Number: 8437620056
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Description: Ed Grimball is a 12th generation Charlestonian whose family settled on...
Ed Grimball is a 12th generation Charlestonian whose family settled on Edisto Island in 1682 and has been here ever since. Ed opened his walking tour business in 1996 and would consider it a privilege to personally show you his city.Your tour will explore the cracks and crevices of old, beautiful Charleston, touching on many subjects such as the Civil War, the Great Earthquake, the Preservation Movement, and our magnificent architecture. Must sees on your tour include the Four Corners of Law, the Battery, and Rainbow Row.
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Wonderful tour!

Ed was a soft spoken, knowledgable Charlestonian filled with delightful tales regarding the history of the Lowcountry. Midway our 3 hour tour, we had a short break from the heat... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Ed was a soft spoken, knowledgable Charlestonian filled with delightful tales regarding the history of the Lowcountry. Midway our 3 hour tour, we had a short break from the heat inside the Mills House Hotel. He welcomed all questions & has the perfect personality to guide guests through the city's history.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Ed gives a good tour, but it seems to focus mostly on the architecture which is not really my thing. I prefer the history and stories of the people. There are a lot of other better story tellers who give tours such as Tommy Dew and Ed Macy. However, Ed is a super nice guy and he does give a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I am the kind of traveler who spends a lot of time researching our vacations. The Mr and I love history and we love walking tours. After careful consideration, I chose Ed Grimball's Walking Tour of Historic Charleston. The tour was everything I hoped for and more. Ed is engaging, knowledgeable, and interesting. His tour was a conversation among friends... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Our family group recently spent an afternoon with Ed's on his walking tour of the Charleston Historic District. Ed is engaging, knowledgeable, entertaining and generous with his time. Clearly he is a bit of a celebrity around the historic district of Charleston as so many of the locals acknowledged him on the street, My advice to other travelers would be... More 

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We spent a wonderful time with Ed on his terrific walking tour of Charleston, he is a terrific, informative guide & genuinely seems to enjoy the time he spends with you, highly recommended!

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Hickory Hills, Illinois, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

There are many walking tours of Charleston, and though I've never taken them, I can imagine--based upon my experiences with other walking tours--that they are slick, professional, and packed with history. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but really, you can just as easily google map a route and read the history at your leisure and get probably the... More 

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Greensboro, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My husband and I took Ed's tour of Charleston and really enjoyed it. After reading a bunch of reviews, including the negative ones, I would conclude that just be aware of the slant of your tour guide. Ed is more slanted to the history of the city and the architecture. You might have someone else with a slant in another... More 

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Englewood, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Ed Grinball's walking tour came highly recommended by friends, and the online review were great. His tour lived up to the hype! His family has lived in the area for five generations, and he is passionate about sharing the city's history. He is incredibly knowledgeable. He shows you EVERYTHING! I hate to miss out on seeing things, and you will... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I took Ed Grimball' s walking tour of Charleston on 10/15/14 and had a wonderful time. Ed is both charming and knowledgeable, a true southern gentleman. We learned a lot and the time just flew by. I would highly recommend this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We toured with Ed on 06/18/14, and absolutely loved the experience. Ed loves his hometown of Charleston, and it is very evident as you spend time with him. We learned so much about the history of Charleston and about the city's unique character. During our tour, we passed by two other tours, and both of the other tour guides stopped... More 

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