Charleston Walking Tour

It was a hot and sunny morning in Charleston. The crew of the Harvey Gamage was getting a little extra sleep before we gathered for a Saturday morning brunch.  I woke up, put on my swimsuit and headed up on deck to start my day off with a morning jump into the river.  I filled up my coffee cup and sat on deck, enjoying the sunshine and the feeling of salty water drying on my skin.

After enjoying a delicious brunch prepared by our cook Shanna, we all set out for an historical walking tour of Charleston.  We walked into the heart of Charleston to meet our tour guide at Washington Square.  We sat under the shade of a beautiful live oak tree and started a game of charades while we awaited the beginning of the tour.

Our tour guide, Brad, led us around the city, pointing out historic buildings and the city’s influential impact on United States history.  He also regaled us with stories of growing up in Charleston, his time in a grunge rock band, and living on “rainbow row.”  “Rainbow row” is a series of thirteen colorful historic houses, which is the longest cluster of Georgian row houses in the United States.  Our tour wrapped up with lemonade in the courtyard garden of our guide’s home in the heart of the city.  This was southern hospitality at its best, and I felt fortunate to experience Brad’s passion for this lovely city.

— Claire Grist, Program Coordinator