Preservation Society of Charleston

Save the Date for the 2nd Annual Preservation Picnic on May 20th!

Walking Tours

Doin' The Charleston

March 23 at 2 PM

In the early 1900s, Charleston experienced a renaissance fueled by artists, writers, musicians, poets, and preservationists. Alice Ravenel Huger Smith, Elizabeth ONeill Verner, and Alfred Hutty created lovely intimate scenes of the old city to sell to tourists. Charlestons Poetry Society, one of the first of its kind, was formed in 1920. Dubose Heyward collaborated with George Gershwin to transform his novel Porgy into the opera Porgy and Bess. Jenkins Orphanage jazz bands played in the streets of Charleston, then New York and London. The arts brought much needed attention to the rather beleaguered city and lent support to the budding preservation movement in Charleston.

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The Originals

April 6 at 10 AM

Charleston is a city of many firsts. See the first theater, learn about the earliest golf course, and hear stories about Charlestonians such as Robert Mills, Jonathan Jasper Wright, and Henrietta Johnston and how their accomplishments made them pioneers in their disciplines.

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Hidden Treasures

April 27 at 10 AM

See fascinating treasures hidden away in the center of Charleston's beautiful historic district. This two hour walking tour will lead participants into public buildings, graveyards, and churches to view beautiful art - oil paintings, marble sculpture, funerary art, stained glass, and architectural design.

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The Angel of Tradd Street

May 4 at 2 PM

What do preservation, women's rights, the South Carolina Interstate and West Indian Exposition, and the DuPonts all have in common? Susan Pringle Frost. Come spend the afternoon exploring Miss Sue's Charleston and experience how she transformed it for all.

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