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“The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon”

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
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Charleston Ghost and Dungeon Tour
Ranked #27 of 238 things to do in Charleston
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Owner description: History comes alive as Colonial dressed guides talk about Pirates, Patriots and Presidents! Explore the location where pirates were once held and view a section of the 1698 fortification that once protected the Walled City. Completed in 1771 as the New Exchange and Customs House, recognized today as South Carolina's most historic building. Where Patriots were imprisoned, the Constitution was ratified and George Washington was entertained.
Charleston, SC
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon”
Reviewed October 1, 2012

One of only 2 buildings still standing with a direct connection to the Declaration of Independence and our Constitution! Built by King George and opened in 1770 as "The Royal Exchange and Customs House". It is said that you could stand at the front of the Exchange in 1770 (facing the harbor, and see up to 300 ships from eveywhere in Charleston for trade. And every ship had to send someone into the Exchange, go upstairs and pay theri customs. Then thy would come down to the main floor and announce to the crowd (...it was the busiest place in town) "I have a boatload of xxx, what am I bid?"

Visited September 2012
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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you for your review- you certainly paint a vivid scene of the bustling commerical activity that took place on the Exchange floor for decades. Appreciate you taking the time to visit and submit this review!
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Spring Hill, Kansas
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“Great peek into the past”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you want a peek into Charleston's colorful past, want to learn about pirates and patriots, take an hour or so to visit this site. Our costumed guide was witty, and full of historical stories which made Charleston in the 1700s come alive. The entry fee is reasonable and there is a nice collection of artifacts to view. George Washington attended a large ball on the third floor and it is fun to imagine what that event was like. .

Visited September 2012
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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, responded to this review, October 1, 2012
We appreciate you coming in to see us, and are grateful for your kind words! We are fortunate that our guides love what they do! I often imagine what the ball thrown for Washington must have looked like-he noted in his diary there where "256 women...elegantly and handsomely dressed in attendance."

Thanks for visiting!
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Jupiter, Florida
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“Fin makes history come alive!”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

This fascinating building was built in the early days of Charleston. Our guide was Fin, a former geography teacher who has certainly found his niche as a tour guide! We learned a lot about the early days of Charleston, it's expansion from its earliest boundaries, the Spanish attempted invasion, the building's use to store inventory and then its later use as a provost dungeon. My husband, who is bored silly by museums per se, said he could have listened to Fin all day. It's amazing to be in the building and be reminded that historical figures we read about in history books most likely walked along the very same bricks.

Visited September 2012
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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, responded to this review, October 23, 2012
Thank you for your review. Fin is one our best guides. I have listened to his tour several times and learnes something new each time. The fact he stays in character from the colonial period is a neat touch. I'm so glad your husband enjoyed the tour too, maybe we will make a museum person out of him yet! Thanks for visiting!
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Asheville, North Carolina
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“Hidden Gem”
Reviewed September 26, 2012

This is a fantastic little stop for history buffs and those who want to experience historic Charleston. We talked with several staff members, all of whom were very intelligent and passionate. Benjamin did a wonderful job with the guided tour of the dungeon. My husband was interested in book recommendations so we stopped by the next day and chatted with another guide ( I didn't catch his name, he said he was a retired teacher) and he was equally knowledgeable and helpful.

I hope that many more will add this to their itinerary. I'm definitely glad that we did!

Visited September 2012
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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you for your review. We will be sure to pass along your feedback to Benjamin. Benjamin is our youngest docent, but also a lifelong history buff. He is a reenactor of the Civil War, Revolutionary War, Golden Age of Piracy and is curently at work on a French and Indian War impression. He is currently enrolled in the history program at the COFC.

You probably spoke with Fin Smith, a retired Principal and teacher, who works with us at the museum. With this background Fin has an extensive knowledge of US & world history. He also does many of his tours in character as an 18th century individual- next time you see him ask about his merchant persona!

Once again, than you for writing!
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State College, Pennsylvania
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“So much history in one place!”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Our dungeon tour guide was a hoot! So knowledgeable about Low Country history. If you're visiting Charleston, don't miss this important historical venue. The DAR was having a meeting in one of the rooms, but we were invited to tour the museum nevertheless. I learned that the U.S. Constitution was signed in four cities, and Charleston was one. Much of the original building has survived the centuries. Don't miss this charming tour.

Visited September 2012
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Michael C, Public Relations Manager at Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon, responded to this review, October 8, 2012
Thank you for your review. You may be interested to know that the DAR helped preserve the OXB! They still meet several times a year in the building and one of the chapters, The Rebecca Motte Chapter, has permanent room set aside for their use

So glad that you came & you let us know what you thought!
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