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History Tour with local Jeff Zimmerman

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 119 reviews.Charleston, United States

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Experience hosted by Jeff

2 hours
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This two hour walking tour provides sightseers a personal touring experience that captures the essentials of Charleston from local historian Jeff Zimmerman. Through Jeff's unique narrative, you will learn about and discover the many aspects of the city that time forgot. Starting at scenic Waterfront Park, Jeff will give a opening narrative that retrace Charleston's wondrous history from the city's founding in 1670, to the present day. After the introduction, Jeff will lead you into the oldest surviving section of the city where you will get closer to our most beloved landmarks and explore less touristy nooks and alleyways that are off limits to carriage and bus tours. Photo enthusiasts will enjoy the numerous opportunities for breathtaking images of stately architecture, lush gardens, and splendid ornamental iron work. The natural world is also a big part of Jeff's narrative. Depending on the season, Charleston's botanical world is an ever changing kaleidoscope of color. Through the lens of a local, you will also learn about the city's unique culture and the many ethnic groups that have contributed to make Charleston the distinct great city it is today.
This two hour walking tour provides sightseers a personal touring experience that captures the essentials of Charleston from local historian Jeff Zimmerman. Through Jeff's unique narrative, you will learn about and discover the many aspects of the city that time forgot. Starting at scenic Waterfront Park, Jeff will give a opening narrative that retrace Charleston's wondrous history from the city's founding in 1670, to the present day. After…

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Fri, Oct 23
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Sun, Oct 25
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Tue, Oct 27
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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Meet your host, Jeff

Host on Airbnb since 2018
  • 119 Reviews
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I would describe myself as being a certified history nut. My forefather Johann Christian Zimmerman left the province of Nassau-Dillenburg Germany and arrived in Carolina in 1758. As an eight generation Carolinian, it is my passion to present the unique story of this historic city to visitors from around the world. I have been a licensed tour guide for the city since 1997. I studied American History at Lord Fairfax College, architecture at the college of Charleston, and hold a Bachelor Science from Charleston University.
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Where you'll be

Tour starts at Waterfront Park. The park provides unobstructed views of the U.S.S. Yorktown, the Ravenel Bridge, and Fort Sumter. Next, we visit iconic Rainbow Row, the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in America. Here, you will also see a portion of brick from the wall that once enclosed the city. We then visit the city's oldest surviving section including Ryan's Slave Mart and the Dock Street Theater in historic French Quarter.

Rated 4.93 out of 5 from 119 reviews.

Clifford (Chuck)
March 2020
Jeff shares a personal pride in Charleston's personality and charm. We learned a great deal about the history and architecture of Charleston on our very first visit.
Steve
February 2020
Jeff is knowledgeable, articulate, and friendly. I got a real feeling for the city and a lot of interesting information. This was a great way to start the visit.
Kang
February 2020
We’re very happy with the tour and learned a lot about the history of Charleston. The tour gave us a overview of the historical district of Charleston , there are a lot of details that could be missed if we have not participate the tour. Jeff is very knowledgeable and passionate about the history and nature beauty of Charleston. I highly recommend the tour.
We’re very happy with the tour and learned a lot about the history of Charleston. The tour gave us a overview of the historical district of Charleston , there are a lot of details…
Francisco
February 2020
Jeff was super knowledgeable and engaging, welcoming from the start. He kept us interested for the two hours and even down to details of types of greenery in the courtyards which are very characteristic of Charleston. He had scheduled breaks for water and restrooms with a well-paced tour. He didn’t shy away from some of the tough history in the city, offering perspective on some of the past. Would definitely recommend!
Jeff was super knowledgeable and engaging, welcoming from the start. He kept us interested for the two hours and even down to details of types of greenery in the courtyards which a…
Laura
February 2020
Wonderful walking tour of Charleston. Learned a lot about the history and made a list of several places to come back later to visit.
Kevin
February 2020
Jeff has a deep and thorough knowledge of Charleston, from its founding to present day. An enjoyable experience I’m very glad I went in. Worth every $.

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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 8 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

More tips

Tour size is very limited. To better get your desired tour date I recommend booking early. We generally go rain or shine, but we do not tour during severe weather.

What to bring

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