Charleston Architecture and decor

DECEMBER 10 - 14, 2014                    OR                           January 21 - 25, 2015


Named one of Conde Nast's Top Cities in the U.S. for both 2011 and 2012, Charleston has been remarkably well preserved and restored.  It draws over a million visitors a year with its beautiful mansions with their exquisite architectural details and interiors.

The city was founded in 1670 as Charles Town in honor of Charles I of England.  The name was shortened to Charleston in 1783.  

By the mid-18th century it had become the South Atlantic trade hub for commodities such as rice, tea, silk, and deerskin.  Indigo dye and cotton were its major exports.

African slaves played a significant part in the success of the region and contributed to the extensive wealth of plantation owners.

On our tour, you will get a deeper look at the history of Charleston through both its art and architecture.   

Hibernian Hall,

A National Historic Landmark, Hibernian Hall was built in 1840 for the Hibernian Society, an Irish benevolent organization founded in 1801.  It was the first public building built in the pure Greek style and the only one in Charleston designed by Thomas U. Walter of Philadelphia.

Dock Street Theatre

first opened on February 12, 1736, with a production of The Recruiting Officer. It was the first building in the US to be built specifically as a theater, but was lost to the Great Fire of 1740.  Rebuilt as the Planter’s Hotel in 1809, the theater only returned to the site in 1935, when it was constructed within the shell of the old hotel. It has recently undergone an extensive renovation, and reopened in March of 2010.

The Old Provost Exchange & Provost Dungeon

was built in 1767 and completed in 1771. It has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a customhouse, mercantile exchange, military prison and barracks, and even a brothel. The U.S. Constitution was ratified in the Great Hall, and the Provost Dungeon used to imprison pirates. The building was badly damaged, once by Union artillery fire during the Civil War, and again as a result of great earthquake of 1886.

Also on the itinerary are

St. Philip's Church, French Huguenot Church, First Scot's Presbyterian Church, St. Michael's Church, Confederate Home, South Carolina Society Hall, Nathaniel Russell House, Battery Row, and Calhoun Mansion, and various buildings on Queen, Church, Broad, Meeting, and East Bay streets.

$1,458 per person in double occupancy

  $ 1,958 single occupancy  

$ 888 participant not staying in hotel

Included in the price:

Hotel, 2 dinners, 3 lunches, reference books, insurance,

private guides, entrance fees to sites

Participants need to arrive on the 21st before 6:30PM

so the group can assemble for dinner together.

Departure any time on Sunday.

Middleton Place:

The house is now a museum with a fine decorative art collection.  It was built in 1755 with gardens designed according to the principles of Andre Le Notre who also laid out the classical gardens surrounding the Palace of Versailles. Middleton Place's gardens are recognized as the oldest landscaped gardens in the nation and are a National Historic Landmark.

Drayton Hall

John Drayton began construction of this gem of Georgian Palladian architecture in 1739, and it has survived the American Revolution, when it was used as a staging post, earthquakes and hurricanes, largely intact. Drayton Hall was not just home to seven generations of Draytons, but to seven generations of African Americans, first brought to the plantation as slaves.

The McLeod Plantation House  

Located just outside of Charleston, the plantation first appeared on a map in 1695 but is named after William Wallace McLeod who bought it in 1851.

Its 60 acres feature an antebellum plantation house built in the Georgian style and one of the most remarkably preserved rows of slave quarters in existence. Its outbuildings include slave homes, kitchen, cotton warehouse, dairy and carriage house, all of which have been impeccably restored.

Old St Andrews Church

Built in 1706 , Old St. Andrew's Church is the oldest church South Carolina that still hosts regular services.  It is a beautiful example of Colonial architecture.

Fireproof Building

Also known as the County Records Building, it was designed by Robert Mills in the Palladian style. It was completed in 1827 and built so well that a fire burned up the top floor but the records  on the ground floor were not touched.  It is the oldest building in the U.S. to have been constructed with the specific objective of being fireproof.

4 Nights    -    Group limited to 12 people     


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Middleton Place

Drayton Hall, the most Palladian house in the US.

Highlights of our tour

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JEAN RENOUX has organized tours worldwide for over 30 years.  Nothing compares with the intimate small group experience and depth of local knowledge Jean offers his guests on his extraordinary vacations.



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