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Gullah Tours

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Address: 375 Meeting Street, Bus Shed at the Charleston Visitor’s Center, Charleston, SC 29401
Phone Number: 843-763-7551
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture...

On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture of these mysterious people descending from way across da water. Gullah people are the direct blood descendants of the slaves brought to the Lowcountry regions of South Carolina and Georgia; including both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. These peculiar people were brought to Charleston by way of cargo slave ships. Charleston held the largest slave market in the United States where the Gullah culture & language continues this very day.

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My husband and I were privileged to take this tour. Mr. Brown is full of information and his tour was worth every penny. He told the history and the REAL history and we left with... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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Chester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I were privileged to take this tour. Mr. Brown is full of information and his tour was worth every penny. He told the history and the REAL history and we left with a lot of knowledge and look forward to visiting some of the areas he showed us. If you are in the area, please book this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

We had taken a walking tour but it was confined to the downtown historic district and was all white. The Gullah tour gave another perspective to a much more diverse audience. (About 3/4 of the 20 passengers were of African American descent.). We took it in the afternoon as a way if also avoiding walking in the midday sun. The... More 

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Edson, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

We did three walking tours, and a few tours with the preservation society in October. This tour was fantastic! Alphonso Brown is a linguist, a historian, and a comedian. After learning about where Washington had a beer, what constitution-signers were buried in this cemetery, and what wealthy industrialist built this house, it was wonderful to hear a bit of history... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016 via mobile

Mr. Alphonso Brown is a true storyteller! In a delightful and light-hearted way, he told the story of Charleston, African slaves, Philip Simmons, and so much more. I've lived in the Lowcountry for 20 years and still managed to see parts of Charleston I've never seen before! The 2-hr bus tour is air-conditioned and he even asked if it was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

Alphonso Brown's Gullah tour is so popular, I heard about at home in NYC. I booked 7 weeks ahead and still ended up getting my second appointment choice. Mr. Brown kicks off his tour of Charleston with a quick and humorous review of Gullah history, culture and, importantly language. The latter you will find immediately useful as Mr. Brown's narrative... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

This tour was such an incredible experience, that it is difficult to describe. Mr. Alphonso Brown, the guide and owner of the company, is so well informed that he kept us spellbound. In addition to his knowledge, he is also a singer and sang a few tunes representative of the Gullah tradition. He talked for 2 1/2 hours about Charleston... More 

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Laurel, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

This tour was FANTASTIC!! We took a bus around town learning about the important places in history and the amazing lives of the people here. Take it. You will learn not only African American history, but history of in general of the area.

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Fayetteville, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

The Gullah Tour that is conducted by Mr. Alfonso Brown, is truly one of the ‘required activities,’ any self respecting amateur historian must attend. It is a fun hearted way of learning about the Gullah language, the people who brought it to the America’s, and their influence and contribution to Charleston. To use a term coined by a famous reporter... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

In school, we learned about Charleston's history from a white point of view, we wanted to learn more about the African-American history of this beautiful and complicated city. Interactive, funny, tragic, and informative, this 2-hour guided bus tour was exceptional. Our guide, "Gullah Joe" was engaging and informative. We visited the historic home of master iron craftsman Philip Simmons, saw... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016 via mobile

Alphonso was excellent. He is well versed in the history of Charleston including the origins of the gullah people. I highly recommend this tour as a must see for everyone who visits Charleston.

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