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“Trip in history”

Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
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Charleston Ghost and Dungeon Tour
Ranked #25 of 247 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.
Reviewed December 1, 2013

This is a building that was used for merchandise that was coming in from Europe to Charleston for years. Then when the British controlled Charleston the basement was used as a prison. The architecture in the basement is incredible with the arch design. There are photos from the Civil War showing Charleston devastated from the war.

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Reviewed November 27, 2013

On the first floor are period furniture, garments, and documents. Interesting to peruse these while waiting for the tour. The tour involves visiting the vaulted brick basement and hearing about the history of the building. The original brickwork and original seawall of the town is shown. Some history of the location of the building, its uses over time, and of the town are given. Also, tales of the prisoners are mentioned. The mannequins reflected various time periods, which was slightly confusing.
On the upper level is a large room where George Washington attended several functions. The flag, maps, and other documents were intriguing. The guide on that floor was very passionate, knew a great deal of supporting history and shared his love of the artifacts.
Along the stairs, there were many interesting photos, and related documents to peruse. The small shop had some good books.

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Reviewed November 26, 2013

Excellent historical building/site where Charleston's rich rice industry was exchanged, famous pirates jailed, slaves were brought in and the Constitution was ratified. The first major and most important building in early Charleston. The facility is staffed very knowledgable and engaging guides in period clothing.

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Reviewed November 20, 2013

As a Charleston resident, I took this tour with a friend on a rainy day. We decided it would be worthwhile to continue checking out some of the rich landmark history in our city.

Tickets do not need to be purchased beforehand. Upon arrival, the friendly greeters will guide you to that. If you are a student, be sure to say so/ provide ID, and you'll get a discount!

The main floor allows visitors to walk freely amongst the rooms and have a sort of self-guided tour. Tours start every (20?) or so minutes, and that was plenty time to get a quick roundabout upstairs before joining the group and guide downstairs for the tour. The guide went on to highlight the many changes and transformations that the building has undergone throughout its extensive history, as well as some of its more famous and infamous inhabitants. This Revolutionary War era building was a focus in Charleston back in its prime, and is worth investigating if that period strikes you.

It was the informative, "not too long", engaging tour that leads me to highly recommend the Old Exchange & Provost to any Charleston visitor or to any local looking to learn more about their great city.

1  Thank Natalie R
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Reviewed November 16, 2013

This is one of those local historical sites that really helps to put the rest into perspective. The museum has some fine artifacts, but the tour of the dungeon makes it special. The guide - in costume - was excellent and took time to describe things in detail without being boring. Unlike some who repeat some canned speech, he knew about the history of the building and could answer questions readily.

Young people would find this interesting, as long as they aren't on museum overload!

Thank Bill R
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