Fall is Charleston’s best-kept secret. With pleasant weather and light crowds, what could be better than to take advantage of the many opportunities the Preservation Society has arranged? Whether it is one of our self-paced walking tours of private houses and gardens, a “Living in History” lunch lecture, a plantation tour, or an “Up-close and Personal” tour, there is something for everyone.
Based on the novel "Invention of Wings" by Sue Monk Kidd, you will walk in the path of the Grimke sisters and see, feel and hear how life in Charleston was for both whites and blacks during the 1800s. This tour will show you highlights from the book, divulge untold stories and will complete the tale of the Grimke sisters and how these two women shaped future generations.
Learn about Charleston's magnificent ironwork while strolling through the lovely historic district. Much of the early ironwork was destroyed in raging fires and many noteworthy gates and fences were donated to the Confederate cause to be melted down for cannonballs and "skins" for the ironclad boats. But, even with the losses, the city retains a wealth of impressive ironworks. Hear the story of Philip Simmons, Charleston's most famous ironworker, and of earlier blacksmith who crafted beautiful gates throughout the city.
Creating Intimate Garden Spaces lecture by Louisa Pringle Cameron addresses design mostly in small garden spaces but also in very large gardens, including hardscape, plants, and outdoor furniture. European as well as American and specifically Charleston gardens are featured, covering formal and informal ideas.
Life could be short in early Charleston, disrupted by disease, war, and a harsh environment. Charlestonians often coped with loss by adorning themselves with mourning jewelry. Learn about this haunting, but touching custom of the 18th and 19th century. Grahame Long of The Charleston Museum will discuss the mourning jewelry traditions and their collection at the museum.
“There is no more agreeable mode of passing a day, and thereby breaking in upon the tedium of a long summer’s residence in Charleston, than taking advantage occasionally of the opportunity now afforded for a weekly excursion on Cooper River.” Join us as we visit old plantations and a chapel of ease. Includes transportation, lunch, and refreshments.
Please join us for our annual meeting at Redeemer Church, 43 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC at 6:00 PM. Reception to Follow.
Stroll through beautiful mysterious graveyards where the dead have rested in peace for several centuries. View examples of finely crafted slate and marble funerary art showing the evolution from skull and crossbones to cherubs. Hear lively stories of some of Charleston’s most interesting personalities who now lie within the graveyard walls.
The Yemassee Indians: Native American and the Lowcountry lunch lecture at 82 Queen with Adam King and Eric Poplin.
"We Enter to Worship. We Depart to Serve." Graham AME Church lunch lecture at 82 Queen with Diane Hamilton.
“Churches of the Holy City” focuses on Charleston’s religious liberty, telling the stories of groups of believers that emigrated to Charles Town to pursue that freedom: Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, French Huguenots, and Lutherans, to name a few. Nine of Charleston’s historic churches will be highlighted on this informative tour; learn of the architects and architectural styles that influenced their designs, the disasters that befell these religious structures, and hear of their survival and renewal.
Please join us for our Member Shopping Night at 147 King Street - 6-8 pm.
Please join us for the 63rd Annual Carolopolis Awards - details to be announced. Belmond Charleston Place Riviera Theatre | 225 King Street, Charleston | 6 pm