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Strong Women of the South History Tour

Charleston, United States

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Experience hosted by Larry

2 hours
Includes tickets
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

The Strong Women of the South History Tour is an exploration of historical Charleston from the perspective of the founding mothers and women of every color who contributed to our Great American Dream. Along the way, you will discover the beautiful truth: Charleston is the matriarchal capital of the western world, a city once owned and controlled by women.

Rated as a top Airbnb experience by Charleston Weddings Magazine, this tour is perfect for bachelorettes, couples, locals, and tourists who are looking for something more than a generic city tour.

Our exploration begins at the alleged execution site of America's First Female Serial Killer. We stand in the spot where she met her fate and hear her story. Then, you get to decide: was she really a serial killer or a woman protecting her rights!

Next, we visit the homes and sites of the “Old Maids," Women’s Rights Activists, Printers, Artisans, Madams, Shopkeepers, and Plantation owners while discovering their contributions and conundrums, all written over by modern history. Together, we will roll back time, and see the world from the perspective of women in their time.

Last, we visit the homes and shops of the women who built this great city. We will hear their stories in the contemporary voice of their times. Together, we will smash the myth of the "Fainting Southern Belle," the "Woman behind the man," and Chattel Slavery.
Other things to note
The tour lasts between 90 minutes and 2 hours.

Food, drink, and transportation are not included, but refreshment stops will be made along the way.
The Strong Women of the South History Tour is an exploration of historical Charleston from the perspective of the founding mothers and women of every color who contributed to our Great American Dream. Along the way, you will discover the beautiful truth: Charleston is the matriarchal capital of the western world, a city once owned and controlled by women.

Rated as a top Airbnb experience by Charleston Weddings Magazine, this tour is pe…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    As an add-on to this tour, the entrance fees for the Philip Simmons House a...
From $29
/ person
Mon, Jan 18
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person
Mon, Jan 18
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person
Wed, Jan 20
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
$29 per person
$29 per person

Meet your host, Larry

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 131 Reviews
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After decades in the financial industry and a stint in academia, 9 years ago, I became a licensed Charleston Tour Guide and 6 years ago an independent operator. I am your Ambassador to a greater understanding and a good time. Once a walking guide, a ghost tour guide, and for 2 years, one of the city's most requested Carriage Drivers, today, I am a writer, a storyteller, and a social activist on the lookout for the hidden messages, overlooked events, and heartfelt meaning of the world around us, dedicating myself to sharing stories of empowerment: The stories of the Strong Women of the South.
After decades in the financial industry and a stint in academia, 9 years ago, I became a licensed Charleston Tour Guide and 6 years ago an independent operator. I am your Ambassador to a greater understanding and a good time. Once a walking guide, a ghost tour guide, and for 2 years, one of the city's most requested Carriage Drivers, today, I am a writer, a storyteller, and a social activist on the lookout for the hidden messages, overlooked events, and heartfelt meaning of the world around us,…
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Where you'll be

We start our experience in the Harleston Village neighborhood at the Old City Jail, exploring around some of the grandest palaces still standing in the city. Next, we stop at the homes of Women’s Rights Activists, Old Maids, Artists, and Shopkeepers. Last, we move into the business district where women controlled and influenced the shops and bordellos of the old city.

Rated 4.95 out of 5 from 131 reviews.

Emily
December 2020
We loved our experience with Larry. He is very passionate about the history of Charleston and did a great time portraying how woman impacted it! Lots of interesting facts!
Shawn
November 2020
Larry was an incredible host and guide to the great city of Charleston. I learned a lot, even as a public history academic. This was awesome!!!
Maggie
November 2020
Larry is an exceptional storyteller with a passion for Charleston. His deep understanding of women's history and it's connection to the city made the experience fun and super informative. I'd recommend for all ages!
Stephanie
October 2020
This tour was very insightful and special to Charleston’s history. Larry knows what he’s talking about and he has the gift of story telling. This tour was a nice little adventure learning about significant women who lived in Charleston. I really enjoyed it
This tour was very insightful and special to Charleston’s history. Larry knows what he’s talking about and he has the gift of story telling. This tour was a nice little adventure l…
Jasmine
October 2020
A must if in the area! Larry was a fantastic storyteller and tour guide! Exceeded all my expectations and never I tuned out because of his exciting and animated personality. I would have paid much more for the loads of information I received on this trip and Larry was an added bonus. He even set aside time for my group to stop at a local coffee shop and we had no idea that was planned but it was just what we needed! Highly recommended!
A must if in the area! Larry was a fantastic storyteller and tour guide! Exceeded all my expectations and never I tuned out because of his exciting and animated personality. I woul…
Candy
March 2020
We had three adult women, a teen, and a five-year-old in a stroller on the tour. We agreed this was one of the highlights of our vacation. Larry shared his passion about our nation's history through the lens of strong, brave women (and the men who emboldened them). There was so much information that we hung on every word. Larry is a lively storyteller who invited us into the discussion. Loved the advice and encouragement to our young girls. Don't think twice about booking this tour! You'll leave thinking more about history's power of the pen.
We had three adult women, a teen, and a five-year-old in a stroller on the tour. We agreed this was one of the highlights of our vacation. Larry shared his passion about our nati…

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 13 and up can attend.

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