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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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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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Chicago, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2016

Jack Thomson came well recommended and I was very excited to book the private tour for my mom and boyfriend's first visit to Charleston. We all love history, learning and walking so thought this would be perfect. Sadly, Jack didn't show up and instead Paul did and it was a disaster from the start. He was very unorganized, forgot quite... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

Spent a good morning with Jack Thomson walking the streets of the historic district of Charleston. Very knowledgeable about Civil War history and Charleston, learned a lot in the 3 plus hours on the tour. If history is your thing, I highly recommend this tour.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 158 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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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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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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Hillsboro Oh
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 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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Charlotte, North Carolina
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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
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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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