Charleston, South Carolina audio tour: Jewel of the South: A local's guide to historic Charleston

Jewel of the South: A local's guide to historic Charleston

Walking Tour

120 mins

About the Tour

Travel back in time from Charleston’s colonial beginnings, through the American Revolution and Civil War, to the present on a walking tour around the former walled city.

You’ll have the opportunity to explore the most popular parts of America’s first designated historic district, along with its key locations. You’ll see where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired and the spot where Robert Smalls, an enslaved African American, made the most daring escape of the Civil War. We’ll also pass the stately homes along High Battery and Meeting Street, and take in their beautiful gardens.

I’m Evans Byrd, a Charleston native with deep roots in both Charleston and the Carolinas since 1787, and I’ll be the voice in your ear. Our tour starts at Charleston’s hive of tourist activity, the City Market, takes you through the French Quarter, South of Broad, Rainbow Row, and ends at White Point Gardens.

You’ll hear everyone’s story, from enslaved African Americans, to our founding fathers, and those of the great women of Charleston. I invite you to experience my love of American history, nature, botany, and architecture, all of which I’ve combined to tell you the story of Charleston, one of my favourite cities.

Tour Producer


Evans Byrd

I’ve been conducting tours of Charleston for more than 25 years. I’m a certified tour guide, by the city, and a Charleston native whose family came to the Carolinas in 1787.

Major Landmarks

  • Rainbow Row

  • The Battery

  • The City Market

  • Washington Square Park

Directions to Starting Point

Head to the City Market. Our tour will beginning the small plaza in front of Palmettoville. Best way to find the starting point is to look for the horse and carriage tours and walk to the opposite side of The Market. There is a break between the building to cut through.

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Places to stop along the way

If you want to take in a great museum tour, I recommend stopping at the Old Exchange. The tour is mostly self guided, except for the Provost Dungeon. You can also get bottled water there as well. Next door to The Exchange, on your way to Rainbow Row is an interesting little liquor store that is a must see. It is in the oldest structure standing in Charleston 1686.

Best time of day

Anytime of day is a good time to walk the city. during the heat of the summer I would recommend earlier in the day or maybe walk during the early evening when it is less crowded


None of the sidewalks are level in Charleston. Please be aware of your footing. When you get to White Point Gardens the path is dirt and shells. There are roots in the path and low hanging limbs on the Live Oak trees. Please use the crosswalk wherever possible, and make sure there is no traffic or it has stopped when you cross. Pedestrians have the right of way, but there are also a great many drivers from out of town unfamiliar with our roads, and they may not know the rules.


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Jewel of the South: A local's guide to historic Charleston