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Charleston Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens

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Charleston Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens

I've read what I can find about this annual event (runs through mid-April), but I'm wondering how it works.

A pass is apparently $40 a person. What does that get you? I wonder if it's anything like the British National Trust Pass I had for visiting historic houses and gardens around England.

Is the pass good until the last day of this festival event? Can you visit any participating home with it? Are you unlimited with respect to how many places you may visit or what?

If anyone has any familiarity with how this works, would appreciate if you'd kindly clue me in. Thanks!

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1. Re: Charleston Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens

I just returned from Charleston where we had a ticket to the Festival of Homes and Gardens. It wasn't exactly what I expected. You purchase a tour for a particular group of homes at a specific time. For example, we toured King Street homes on a Saturday night. It started at 6:00 pm and we were given a booklet that described the 8 homes on the tour. You could start at any of the 8 homes. There were guides and docents at each home.

I guess I was expecting to see the whole house. You only got to view a couple of rooms in each one. We saw a lot of parlors and dining rooms. We did see homes built Pre-Revolutionary War.

I probably wouldn't do that again. I would rather see fewer homes, but more of the home.