Please note the extensive measures we are implementing to help ensure the safety of our homeowners, volunteers and guests.
- No interiors are included
- Face coverings/masks are required for all tours
- Sanitation stations will be available at each house
- Social distancing observed
- Reduced daily capacity
- Only clear bags allowed
Where do guests gather for the morning History Walks and Talks?
The morning walking tours will meet and depart from Washington Park at 80 Broad Street, at the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. Guides will hold up a PSC sign and will distribute parking coupons to those requesting them.
Are box office/outlet sales available? Hours of operation?
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we plan to have more details and tickets for sale by August 1, 2020. Please check back soon!
Is there an age restriction for attendance?
Children over six may participate if they have a purchased ticket and are supervised. Neither strollers, car seats, back packs, nor children strapped in any manner to an adult may enter private residences. Adults with children under six may participate if one adult waits outside with the child while the first adult goes through a property and then takes the child upon exiting so that the second adult may enter.
Will my ticket be mailed?
A map and tour ticket will be emailed at least one week prior to each tour.
Can I buy my ticket in person?
Yes, but we strongly encourage online sales since only five guests are allowed in the shop at any one time. Tickets can be purchased at the Preservation Society headquarters, 147 King Street, at the corner of King and Queen Streets.
How far in advance should I purchase my ticket?
We recommend purchasing tickets as early as possible. The number of guests per tour is limited.
Where should I park?
Preservation Society shop and the tours are accessible from the public parking garage at 93 Queen Street. The fee for ticket-holders is $5 per car per day with a city-issued coupon. Coupons are available at each property and from tour guides.
Is public transportation available?
The City of Charleston has public transportation options. Please visit their website for more information. http://www.ridecarta.com/
Photography is permitted only within the public right of way. No photos may be taken on private property.
Food and beverage:
Other than bottled water (with a cap) no smoking, eating, or drinking is allowed on private property.
Does the venue sell food and beverages? Does the venue sell alcohol?
What is the dress code?
Dress comfortably but respectfully. Guests should wear comfortable walking shoes – those wearing high heels or shoes that could damage floors may be required to remove their shoes prior to entering a private property.
Are the tours handicap accessible?
The tours require walking six or more blocks, often over uneven streets and sidewalks. Private residences are not handicapped accessible; some, but not all, guests with mobility limitations have felt the tours met their expectations.
Is cell phone use permitted?
No. Please silence and put away cell phones and do not take calls or use mobile devices on tour.
Are there restrooms located throughout the tour?
Restroom facilities are not readily available in Charleston’s historic residential neighborhoods. Your map will indicate the location of the nearest public restroom, which may be a substantial walking distance away. Please plan accordingly.
How close together are the houses?
Tour footprints cover six or more blocks.
Are these museum houses?
No, most are private houses and gardens owned by supporters of the Preservation Society of Charleston. There may be a public building such as an historic church included on each tour.
Are tickets refundable?
Tours take place rain or shine. NO REFUNDS. You may exchange your ticket for another time/event if space is available
Do we get to go inside the houses?
Due to the uncertainty of the pandemic, guests are not allowed inside private residences.
Are all of the houses old?
There can be a great range in the age of the houses on each tour, from 18th century dwellings to modern interpretations.
What if it rains?
Tours take place rain or shine and there are no refunds for inclement weather. You may exchange your ticket for another tour/date if space is available.
What is the weather like in October?
October in Charleston can bring a range of weather experiences. Days can be hot and evenings can be cool. Guests may be more comfortable with a jacket or sweater.
How do I decide on a tour? Which tour is better? Tell me more about a tour.
Neighborhoods and streets differ. Please note the description of each. The houses will vary from 18th century houses to modern interpretations and will include numerous architectural styles.
Can I volunteer?
Yes. Please EMAIL or call Susan Epstein 843.405.1050
Are tickets tax deductible?
If you are unable to use your ticket(s) please call the PreservationSociety at 843.405.1050 BEFORE your tour begins. We will issue a donation letter provided we have been notified as described. Donation letters cannot be issued after the tour date.
Where should I stay and eat? Hotels, B&B, restaurants etc.
For more information on attraction, hotels, and restaurants in and around Charleston, visit the Charleston Visitors Bureau website at EXPLORECHARLESTON.COM