Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens


Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens

Historic Charleston Foundation welcomes you to the 75th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens. Enjoy new Sip and Stroll Tours, which will provide guests with exclusive entry into some of Charleston's loveliest private gardens, perfectly paired with wine tastings. The popular Glorious Garden Tours on Fridays feature private gardens in the Historic District; and Garden Splendor Tours, which feature some of Charleston's most exclusive private gardens.

In a true celebration of Charleston’s culture, Gullah Spirituals; Food for Thought Luncheon Lectures with topics ranging from Charleston myths to the Gullah influence on Southern cuisine; Floral Demonstrations; Morning History Walks; themed walking tours that take a deeper look at areas of Charleston's history, and wine tastings will allow you to Live Like a Local and immerse yourself in the Lowcountry experience.

Since 1947, the Festival of Houses and Gardens has been Historic Charleston Foundation’s largest fundraiser and educational tool, and has provided intimate glimpses into some of the most beautiful homes and gardens in Charleston, SC. Come along with us for educational tours and events that explore the area’s significant cultural and architectural landscapes and historic events in the Charleston region, from 350 years ago to present day.

Vital support from Festival patrons, donors, and partners enables HCF to fulfill its mission through education, advocacy, and preservation initiatives.



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Location and Map


Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens
Historic Charleston Foundation

108 Meeting St
Charleston SC 29401
(843) 722-3405
Festival of Houses and Gardens Website


Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens 
Dates and Times


Date: March 16 - April 9, 2022
Time: Tours and events vary daily
Admission: Tickets:  $55 - $150


Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens
Events


Morning History Walks 3.16.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Stolen Charleston 3.16.22

Charleston, besides being a symbolic target for enemies of the 1780s and 1860s, was a fantastically wealthy one too. Thus, it seemed no church, business or private home was off limits to wartime looting. An exact tally of what and how much Charlestonians lost remains difficult to quantify. Most things are gone forever. Some, though, occasionally turn up centuries later–and in the unlikeliest of places. Join Grahame Long, Historic Charleston Foundation’s Director of Museums, for a look through Charleston’s lost and found.


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Tour South Battery 3.16.22

Construction of the postbellum era includes early 20th-century waterfront mansions, some of which overlook White Point Garden and Charleston Harbor, along South Battery and Murray Boulevard.


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Morning History Walks 3.17.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Maverick, Mothers, and Mavens 3.17.22

Throughout its 350-year history, courageous and innovative women have helped shape the history of Charleston. This fascinating lecture includes stories of Affra Coming, who arrived in Charleston aboard the Carolina in 1669 and helped settle a new colony; the Grimke sisters, Charleston natives who became fierce abolitionists; female pirates; Bathesheba Cattell, who was once enslaved and became a slave owner; preservationists; and ladies of the night. Join Valerie Perry, Manager of the Aiken-Rhett House Museum, who will paint a passionate and rollicking picture of women who helped make Charleston’s history.


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Tour Tradd Street 3.17.22

Said to be named after the first child of European descent born in Charles Town, this street and neighborhood contain a fascinating collection of early 18th-century houses. 


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Gullah Spirituals 3.17.22

The Plantation Singers, one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed a cappella groups, are back by popular demand. Clap your hands and feel the spirit during their energetic performances of Gullah spirituals and the sacred music of the Sea Islands. In addition, learn more about the rich Gullah culture through lively tales told by the performers. The Circular Congregational Church, c. 1892, provides an inspirational setting. The concert takes place inside the sanctuary.


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Morning History Walks 3.18.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Gullah Memories 3.18.22

The Gullah people descend from enslaved Africans and live in the coastal areas of the Southeastern United States, and their influence on Charleston’s culture – from cuisine to the arts to historic traditions – is indelible. When freedom came to the enslaved people who toiled on rice plantations in Lower Berkeley County, SC, many remained to farm the land and raise their families in settlements near the plantation gates. Charleston-based writer Herb Frazier, author of Behind God’s Back: Gullah Memories of Cainhoy, Wando, Huger, Daniel Island, St. Thomas Island, South Carolina, will share accounts of the experiences of Gullah people who struggled after emancipation, through the Depression and into the middle of the twentieth century to maintain their African-based lifestyles in rural communities near Charleston.


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Tour Glorious Gardens 03.18.22

These garden tours are arranged so guests can stroll leisurely through approximately seven private gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material, and history. Colorful blooms are found in many of Charleston’s spring gardens, while others display elegant, limited palettes of green and white. Scale and proportion are deftly used to complement each house, whether it boasts a small courtyard space or a series of garden “rooms.” In addition to frequently favored plants, such as azaleas, camellias, climbing roses and tea olives, look for masonry walls, wrought iron gates, parterres edged with boxwood, water features, statues, and garden rooms with slight but changing elevations as you stroll through a selection of sophisticated Charleston gardens.


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Morning Photography Walkabout 03.19.22

Discover Charleston through your camera (or cell phone) lens! Photographer Richard Spencer will share information and techniques valuable to anyone wishing to capture Charleston’s charm, from beginner to expert, as he escorts the intimate group through Charleston’s most charming streets and hidden alleys. From stately wrought iron gates to vibrant window boxes, capture the city’s best and most “Insta-worthy” scenes. Private sites and interiors are not included on the walkabouts.


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Morning History Walks 3.19.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Tour South Battery 3.19.22

Construction of the postbellum era includes early 20th-century waterfront mansions, some of which overlook White Point Garden and Charleston Harbor, along South Battery and Murray Boulevard.


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Rosé and Roses 03.19.22

They say Rosé is a state of mind. Add spring flowers in the stunning garden of the Nathaniel Russell House, and you have a rosy celebration indeed! A talented violin/viola duo from Palmetto Strings will serenade guests during this relaxed gathering. Light bites and wine (white and rosé) as well as a stroll through the museum house, are included.


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Tour Tradd Street 3.20.22

Said to be named after the first child of European descent born in Charles Town, this street and neighborhood contain a fascinating collection of early 18th-century houses. 


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Morning History Walks 3.21.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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To Dress Macaroni 3.21.22

What do historical fashionistas, Yankee Doodle, and a favorite southern side dish have in common? They were all called ‘Macaroni’! Join public historian Carin Bloom of Living Herstory as she explores the revelation – and revolution – of macaroni and cheese, that beloved addition to generations of American families’ dining tables. She will talk about the evolution of the dish and how it was made, as well as make connections between fashion, independence, and pasta! Three centuries’ worth of macaroni and cheese recipes still exist in cookbooks, and Carin will show you where to find them. You will have the opportunity to sample some historical versions of the dish, so stick a feather in your cap and come ready to taste!


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Morning History Walks 3.22.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over-the-Top-Pots 03.22.22

In the spring, delightful containers bursting with colorful blooms punctuate Charleston’s entryways, paths, and porches (locally known as piazzas). Experts will share insider tips and helpful suggestions, while showing you how to create stunning seasonal garden masterpieces for your own house. 


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Charleston Gardens Past and Present 3.22.22

Charleston’s gardens have been lauded throughout the centuries for intricate designs and plant materials worthy of matching the architectural splendor of the city. From limited color palettes to the omni-present focal point, Charleston’s gardens are distinctive, sophisticated, and unique. Join Charleston native and noted author, watercolorist, podcaster, and lecturer Louisa Pringle Cameron for a look at the history of Charleston gardens. Her rich insight brings a thoughtful perspective on today’s Lowcountry garden landscape and those who influenced their design and composition.


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Wine by the Water 03.22.22

Join us by the beautiful Charleston Harbor for a wine tasting presented by a local certified sommelier. You will enjoy an unmatched view of the Charleston Battery and Harbor from the third floor of the Captain Missroon House. This is always a fun time.


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Morning History Walks 3.23.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Architectural Styles 3.23.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Tour Anson Street 3.23.22

Most properties on the Anson Street Tour will be gardens. We will also include experts at sites along your tour route who will highlight the stories of this unique neighborhood and how it went from an area threatened with “urban blight” in the mid-1900s to becoming a premier residential area on the Charleston peninsula through Historic Charleston Foundation’s first in the nation Revolving Fund and nationally recognized Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project. You will also hear the story of the 36 “Gaillard Graves,” an African American cemetery, unearthed during the construction of the present-day Gaillard Center. This is an intriguing neighborhood, and we know you will enjoy the tour we’ve put together for ticket holders.  


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Morning History Walks 3.24.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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TOUR Architectural Splendor – Tour of Showcase Houses 03.24.22

Magnificent architectural treasures and their incredible decorative arts and furnishings collections will be interpreted by leading local experts during this once-in-a-lifetime tour. Guests will gather in small intimate groups to visit four select properties south of Broad Street in the Old & Historic District.


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The Lost Texture of Time 03.24.22

Paintings Conservator Joanne Barry speaks on “How Technology Shapes Perception.” Digging deep into the art historical record, we will look at paintings from different cultures throughout the centuries to see how emerging technologies have shaped art. Barry works to preserve individual artworks, but also speaks about broader aspects of perception and the preventative measures needed to preserve history.  This fun and thought-provoking lecture challenges preconceived notions about how humans create and raise questions of “What is lost with the passage of time?” Joanne Barry has worked in the field of paintings conservation for more than 20 years.  She will talk about the process of restoration for paintings she has conserved, featuring before and after treatment photographs.


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Tour Legare Street 3.24.22

Tour Legare Street Charleston

In the prosperous decades preceding the American Revolution, some of the finest mansions in the city were built on Legare Street. Magnificent Charleston “single houses” were constructed in the neighborhood into the 19th century.


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Gullah Spirituals Concert 03.24.22

The Plantation Singers, one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed a cappella groups, are back by popular demand. Clap your hands and feel the spirit during their energetic performances of Gullah spirituals and the sacred music of the Sea Islands. In addition, learn more about the rich Gullah culture through lively tales told by the performers. The Circular Congregational Church, c. 1892, provides an inspirational setting. The concert takes place inside the sanctuary.


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Morning History Walks 3.25.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Just a Cup of Joe? The Local History of Coffee 03.25.22

Coffee drinking is mainstream and ubiquitous in 2021.  Over 150 million Americans describe themselves as daily coffee drinkers.  Not too long ago, coffee drinking was considered a dangerous health risk, and there were serious attempts to wean Americans from their caffeine addiction.  Today, there are over 14,000 Starbucks locations in the United States.  Join Dr. Paul Roof, Assistant Professor & Sociology Coordinator at South Carolina State University, to learn the local history of coffee and the different claims and makers involved in the coffee debate.  


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Tour Glorious Gardens 03.25.22

These garden tours are arranged so guests can stroll leisurely through approximately seven private gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material, and history. Colorful blooms are found in many of Charleston’s spring gardens, while others display elegant, limited palettes of green and white. Scale and proportion are deftly used to complement each house, whether it boasts a small courtyard space or a series of garden “rooms.” In addition to frequently favored plants, such as azaleas, camellias, climbing roses and tea olives, look for masonry walls, wrought iron gates, parterres edged with boxwood, water features, statues, and garden rooms with slight but changing elevations as you stroll through a selection of sophisticated Charleston gardens.


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Morning Photography Walkabout 03.26.22

Discover Charleston through your camera (or cell phone) lens! Photographer Richard Spencer will share information and techniques valuable to anyone wishing to capture Charleston’s charm, from beginner to expert, as he escorts the intimate group through Charleston’s most charming streets and hidden alleys. From stately wrought iron gates to vibrant window boxes, capture the city’s best and most “Insta-worthy” scenes. Private sites and interiors are not included on the walkabouts.


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Morning History Walks 3.26.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Tour Anson Street 03.26.22

PLEASE NOTE: Most properties on the Anson Street Tour will be gardens. We will also include experts at sites along your tour route who will highlight the stories of this unique neighborhood and how it went from an area threatened with “urban blight” in the mid-1900s to becoming a premier residential area on the Charleston peninsula through Historic Charleston Foundation’s first in the nation Revolving Fund and nationally recognized Ansonborough Rehabilitation Project. You will also hear the story of the 36 “Gaillard Graves,” an African American cemetery, unearthed during the construction of the present-day Gaillard Center. This is an intriguing neighborhood, and we know you will enjoy the tour we’ve put together for ticket holders.  


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Rosé and Roses 03.26.22

They say Rosé is a state of mind. Add spring flowers in the stunning garden of the Nathaniel Russell House, and you have a rosy celebration indeed! A talented violin/viola duo from Palmetto Strings will serenade guests during this relaxed gathering. Light bites and wine (white and rosé) as well as a stroll through the museum house, are included.


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Tour Legare Street 03.27.22

In the prosperous decades preceding the American Revolution, some of the finest mansions in the city were built on Legare Street. Magnificent Charleston “single houses” were constructed in the neighborhood into the 19th century.


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Morning History Walks 3.28.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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South Carolina’s Liberty Trail 03.28.22

During our nation’s war for independence, critical battles were fought everywhere, from the shores of Charleston Harbor to the hills and forests of our back country. South Carolina’s Liberty Trail project links more than 70 Revolutionary War sites across the state of South Carolina and preserves thousands of acres of battlefield land. Join Doug Bostick, author and Executive Director and CEO of South Carolina Battleground Preservation Trust, to learn more about this remarkable preservation initiative to promote the Palmetto State’s leading role in the founding of the United States.


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Morning History Walks 3.29.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over-the-Top-Pots 03.29.22

In the spring, delightful containers bursting with colorful blooms punctuate Charleston’s entryways, paths, and porches (locally known as piazzas). Experts will share insider tips and helpful suggestions, while showing you how to create stunning seasonal garden masterpieces for your own house. Demonstration class. This demonstration takes place in the garden of the Nathaniel Russell House at 51 Meeting Street. This class does not include a tour of the house museum.


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Sentimental Jewelry: Exploring the Art of Hairwork 03.29.22

Before modern photography, a lock of hair was a familiar gift of love between two people; a corporeal connection that transcended distance, time and even death. Delicate strands tied with ribbon were often exchanged by family members and close friends, as a tangible memento of the relationship. As Europe and their colonies industrialized, the rising middle class began to preserve these precious tokens in works of art and jewelry. Simple curls and knots soon became intricate designs made by young women across Victorian America. Join modern hair worker Gina Iacovelli for a look into these historic techniques and her research into the evolution of the artistry in Charleston.


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Wine by the Water 03.29.22

Join us by the beautiful Charleston Harbor for a wine tasting presented by a local certified sommelier. You will enjoy an unmatched view of the Charleston Battery and Harbor from the third floor of the Captain Missroon House. This is always a fun time.


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Morning History Walk 03.30.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Prehistoric Giants of the Lowcountry 03.30.22

Over the last 70 million years, South Carolina has seen drastic shifts in sea level. These shifts in environment were a driving force behind the evolution of some of Earth’s most terrifying land-dwelling behemoths and sea conquering leviathans. As paleontologists uncover more of their remains in the Lowcountry, we learn more about their ecology and behavior. Join Matthew Gibson, Curator of Natural History for The Charleston Museum, as he discusses the various prehistoric giants that once called the Lowcountry home.


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Tour Church Street 03.30.22

Often called “the most romantic street in America,” Church Street is a visible record of Charleston’s history. Colonial and Georgian period dwellings stand beside charming gardens and historic churches. Please note: this tour runs from 5-8 pm.


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Morning History Walk 03.31.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Tour Garden Splendor – Tour of Showcase Gardens 03.31.22

Passionate gardeners and horticulture devotees will savor four spectacular gardens in the historic district. Enthusiasts will gather in small, intimate groups to learn the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of designing and maintaining a select group of Charleston’s most celebrated gardens.


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Lowcountry at High Tide: Flooding, Drainage, & Reclamation in Charleston 03.31.22

Join Christina Butler, professor of historic preservation and chair of general education at American College of the Building Arts, adjunct faculty at College of Charleston, and owner of Butler Preservation L.LC. for an illustrated overview of her recent book, chronicling the methods and motives for growing and developing Charleston over time through filling and reclamation, and how residents and the city government have dealt with flooding in the past and present.


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Tour East Battery 03.31.22

Colorful 18th-century dwellings, which once housed shops on the entry level, intermingle with grand antebellum mansions. Panoramic views of Charleston Harbor further enhance the allure of this area.


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Gullah Spirituals Concert 03.31.22

The Plantation Singers, one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed a cappella groups, are back by popular demand. Clap your hands and feel the spirit during their energetic performances of Gullah spirituals and the sacred music of the Sea Islands. In addition, learn more about the rich Gullah culture through lively tales told by the performers. The Circular Congregational Church, c. 1892, provides an inspirational setting. The concert takes place inside the sanctuary.


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Morning History Walk 04.01.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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No Really! Charleston’s Myths, Legends, & Lore 04.01.22

Get the skinny on what we know (or don’t) about some popular–and oftentimes misunderstood–relic tales of old Charleston. Exactly how many duels took place in Philadelphia Alley? Why do single houses look like that? And, has anyone seen Lavinia Fisher’s head lately? Join Grahame Long, Historic Charleston Foundation’s Director of Museums, to look at some of the city’s oldest legends.


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Tour Glorious Gardens 04.01.22

These garden tours are arranged so guests can stroll leisurely through approximately seven private gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material, and history. Colorful blooms are found in many of Charleston’s spring gardens, while others display elegant, limited palettes of green and white. Scale and proportion are deftly used to complement each house, whether it boasts a small courtyard space or a series of garden “rooms.” In addition to frequently favored plants, such as azaleas, camellias, climbing roses and tea olives, look for masonry walls, wrought iron gates, parterres edged with boxwood, water features, statues, and garden rooms with slight but changing elevations as you stroll through a selection of sophisticated Charleston gardens.


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Morning History Walk 04.02.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Tour Church Street 04.02.22

Often called “the most romantic street in America,” Church Street is a visible record of Charleston’s history. Colonial and Georgian period dwellings stand beside charming gardens and historic churches.


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Rosé and Roses 04.02.22

They say Rosé is a state of mind. Add spring flowers in the stunning garden of the Nathaniel Russell House, and you have a rosy celebration indeed! A talented violin/viola duo from Palmetto Strings will serenade guests during this relaxed gathering. Light bites and wine (white and rosé) as well as a stroll through the museum house, are included.


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Tour East Battery 04.03.22

Colorful 18th-century dwellings, which once housed shops on the entry level, intermingle with grand antebellum mansions. Panoramic views of Charleston Harbor further enhance the allure of this area.


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Morning History Walk 04.04.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Favorite Gardens of Charleston 04.04.22

Charleston’s formal and favorite gardens incorporate myriad landscape designs. These decorative patterns can incorporate boxwood-lined pathways and border plants, as well as intricate combinations of lovely herbs, roses, flowers or, in some cases, vegetables. Join acclaimed local landscape architect Glen Gardner for a look at some of his favorite Charleston gardens from past and present.


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Morning History Walk 04.05.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Container Gardening: Charleston’s Over-the-Top-Pots 04.05.22

In the spring, delightful containers bursting with colorful blooms punctuate Charleston’s entryways, paths, and porches (locally known as piazzas). Experts will share insider tips and helpful suggestions, while showing you how to create stunning seasonal garden masterpieces for your own house. Demonstration class. This demonstration takes place in the garden of the Nathaniel Russell House at 51 Meeting Street. This class does not include a tour of the house museum.


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Fact or Fable: Fascinating Secrets (& Fabrications) of Old Houses 04.05.22

The 19th century philosopher and critic, John Ruskin, wrote of the “deep sense of voicefulness, stern watching, [and] mysterious sympathy…we feel in walls that have long been washed by passing waves of humanity.” Architectural historians must be attuned to this “voicefulness,” which makes us privy to fascinating secrets and outright fabrications. Join Trish Smith, Drayton Hall’s Curator of Historic Architectural Resources, as we separate fact from fiction, and explore some tantalizing mysteries along the way.


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Tour Architectural Splendor – Tour of Showcase Houses 04.05.22

Magnificent architectural treasures and their incredible decorative arts and furnishings collections will be interpreted by leading local experts during this once-in-a-lifetime tour. Guests will gather in small intimate groups to visit four select properties south of Broad Street in the Old & Historic District.


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Wine by the Water 04.05.22

Join us by the beautiful Charleston Harbor for a wine tasting presented by a local certified sommelier. You will enjoy an unmatched view of the Charleston Battery and Harbor from the third floor of the Captain Missroon House. This is always a fun time.


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Morning History Walk 04.06.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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History Meets Historical Fiction: The Grimke Sisters & The Invention of Wings 04.06.22

The novel The Invention of Wings was inspired by the daring real-life abolitionists Sarah and Angelina Grimke. Valerie Perry, HCF’s Manager of House Museums, will describe how she assisted author Sue Monk Kidd in her research. Lee Ann Bain, certified tour guide, will discuss how she separated fact from fiction to develop The Original Grimke Sisters Tour with her colleague Carol Ezell-Gilson.


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Tour King Street 04.06.22

Untouched by the great fires that ravaged Charleston, this neighborhood boasts architecture from early Georgian to late Victorian, from modest artisans’ houses to grand townhouses.


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Morning History Walk 04.07.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Archaeology of Charleston & The Colonial Cattle Economy 04.07.22

Decades of archaeological excavation in the colonial city of Charleston, particularly at its historic house museums, demonstrate the importance of cattle in the local economy and in the local diet. Animal remains are among the most common artifacts retrieved from beneath modern Charleston. Faunal samples from urban sites and those from rural coastal South Carolina suggest that cattle thrived in the Lowcountry and soon became the colony’s first profitable export. Join Charleston Museum curator of historical archaeology, Martha Zierden, for a closer look at the history of Charleston’s cattle industry and what cutting-edge technology is being used to trace the sources and impacts of it.


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Tour Garden Splendor – Tour of Showcase Gardens 04.07.22

Passionate gardeners and horticulture devotees will savor four spectacular gardens in the historic district. Enthusiasts will gather in small, intimate groups to learn the trials, tribulations, and triumphs of designing and maintaining a select group of Charleston’s most celebrated gardens.


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Gullah Spirituals Concert 04.07.22

The Plantation Singers, one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed a cappella groups, are back by popular demand. Clap your hands and feel the spirit during their energetic performances of Gullah spirituals and the sacred music of the Sea Islands. In addition, learn more about the rich Gullah culture through lively tales told by the performers. The Circular Congregational Church, c. 1892, provides an inspirational setting. The concert takes place inside the sanctuary.


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Morning History Walk 04.08.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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The Charleston Tea Party 04.08.22

A parliamentary duty on a common grocery item? This taxation-without-representation enactment led to the destruction of three shiploads of tea in one of the colonies’ largest ports. Charlestonians were irate. Join author John R. Young for a close examination of the circumstances that brought colonial America’s favorite non-alcoholic beverage center stage in a face-off between the mother country and one of her obstreperous colonial cities?


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Tour Glorious Gardens 04.08.22

These garden tours are arranged so guests can stroll leisurely through approximately seven private gardens. Guides are stationed at each location to provide information about garden design, plant material, and history. Colorful blooms are found in many of Charleston’s spring gardens, while others display elegant, limited palettes of green and white. Scale and proportion are deftly used to complement each house, whether it boasts a small courtyard space or a series of garden “rooms.” In addition to frequently favored plants, such as azaleas, camellias, climbing roses and tea olives, look for masonry walls, wrought iron gates, parterres edged with boxwood, water features, statues, and garden rooms with slight but changing elevations as you stroll through a selection of sophisticated Charleston gardens.


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Morning Photography Walkabout 04.09.22

Discover Charleston through your camera (or cell phone) lens! Photographer Richard Spencer will share information and techniques valuable to anyone wishing to capture Charleston’s charm, from beginner to expert, as he escorts the intimate group through Charleston’s most charming streets and hidden alleys. From stately wrought iron gates to vibrant window boxes, capture the city’s best and most “Insta-worthy” scenes. Private sites and interiors are not included on the walkabouts.


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Morning History Walk 04.09.22

Led by Charleston’s most experienced certified guides, these two-hour walking tours of the Old & Historic District provide the perfect background for the afternoon or evening house and garden tours. Private sites and interiors are not included on these tours.


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Tour King Street 04.09.22

Untouched by the great fires that ravaged Charleston, this neighborhood boasts architecture from early Georgian to late Victorian, from modest artisans’ houses to grand townhouses.


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Rosé and Roses 04.09.22

They say Rosé is a state of mind. Add spring flowers in the stunning garden of the Nathaniel Russell House, and you have a rosy celebration indeed! A talented violin/viola duo from Palmetto Strings will serenade guests during this relaxed gathering. Light bites and wine (white and rosé) as well as a stroll through the museum house, are included.


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