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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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Ed is a gem

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
BermudaCarolinaGirl
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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Jackson, Tennessee
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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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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

On our second trip to Charleston, we took a walking tour led by Ed Grimball. My husband and I had been on one led by another tour guide two years earlier, and we wanted our teenage boys to have as enjoyable experience as we did. However, this was not the case. Ed Grimball was not nearly as good a story... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Ed's walking tour of Charleston is like a living history lesson. His knowledge of the city and its history was outstanding. He related the wonderful history of Charleston and interspersed the history lesson with colorful antidotes from personal experience. If you really want an interesting and informative tour of Charleston, Ed's tour is not to be missed. Three hours were... More 

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new york
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014 via mobile

Ed's a down to earth pro and gives a great tour with personal insights. We met some of the five people in charleston who did t know him, all the rest know him by name <smile>

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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

We were part of Dennis Stiles' walking tour of Old Charleston, through his company - Old Charleston Walking Tours - in March 2014. The tour exceeded all of my expectations! Dennis is knowledgable, engaging and personable. He is articulate and interesting. There is no question he could not answer yet he is not pompous. Old Charleston comes alive on this... More 

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Kingston, MA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

My wife and I always get a tour guide to help us when we visit a historical place - Ed Grimball was informative, fun and paced us to do what we wanted. The sign of a good tour is how much one remembers - and after our tour, i think i could have given a tour. Ed was fabulous, charming... More 

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Salinas, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Ed was extremely cordial, but the amount of historical information was limited. Compared to another walking tour, this was too drawn out. Would have preferred more relevant history of Charleston. I feel bad about posting this, but speed it up and put more meat in this sandwich.

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