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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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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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Incredible walk in Charleston!

My family and I truly enjoyed Ed's walking tour. Ed is engaging, friendly and extremely helpful (we had to call before the tour to get directed to parking... he was so patient... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 20, 2016
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Lake Charles, Louisiana

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2016

My family and I truly enjoyed Ed's walking tour. Ed is engaging, friendly and extremely helpful (we had to call before the tour to get directed to parking... he was so patient with us!). It is 3 hours, but time really flew. Ed truly loves his city and is very knows so very much about her! He is meticulous about... More 

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new jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016 via mobile

We were treated to a private walking tour with Ed. For 3 hours we walked and had a glorious conversation with Ed about his beloved Charleston. If we say something that interested us we asked and he answered. His stories were cute and his explanations excellent, especially for the Earthquake bolts. This is not a scripted tour and covered more... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2016

There are a number of walking tours of the beautiful historic district of Charleston. From my perspective, Ed's is the best. This is not a pre-scripted lecture to a group of tourists. It is more like strolling through the heart of Charleston with a native son while listening not only to its history and descriptions of its buildings but down... More 

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Concord, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015 via mobile

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 via mobile

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 8, 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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