We took the tour this afternoon, and were very glad we did. I had heard it was one of the best house tours in the city, and was not disappointed. It lasted about 30 minutes, and the docent made it a very informative and fun experience. Not only did she focus on the history of the house and family (fascinating!) but also included some interesting tidbits about Charleston's history.
The only thing I had issue with (in her presentation) was that she made mention that the architecture of the house was similar to that of the homes of Georgetown, Virginia. Georgetown has never been part of VA -- but originally was MD, and then later annexed to DC. She may have gotten confused with Alexandria, VA, across the Potomac River. Of course I realize I am being very nit-picky.
I still feel the tour deserves the high rating I gave it and would definitely recommend it to others.
No photos allowed inside the house. There are secure lockers (keys provided) for all bags, knapsacks, purses, etc. This is actually very good thing because some of the spaces are tight. Also, check online for discounted entrance tickets. I got $1 off of each ticket, which isn't a whole lot, but every little bit helps!
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