DISASTER! CHARLESTON TOUR
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“Thrice in a generation Charleston was nearly obliterated. The Civil War left it in ashes, the earthquake left it in ruins, a few years subsequent it was visited by a cyclone …. Yet despite all these disasters her brave people have risen …”
-Paul Pinckney, 1906
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Charleston was bought with the blood and sacrifice of its settlers. Come and learn how disasters, natural and man-made, have shaped the Holy City over the centuries. Retrace the path the small walled city on the far-reaches of the English empire took to become a world-class destination.
Your way is filled with tales of hurricanes, fires, wars, disease, insurrection, earthquakes and siege.
As you walk you will encounter heroes, men and women, from the past whose bravery has insured the future of Charleston for the ages to come.
Disaster! Charleston is a unique tour. The rich history, architecture and culture of Charleston is explored by examining the disasters endured since first settlement in 1670.
An expert guide will narrate the 2-hour walking tour, using a multimedia approach. See dozens of historic photographs, hear audio from survivors, and see newsreels from the time Charleston's survival was in doubt.
On the tour, you will survive...
1698 Pestilence, Fire and Flood nearly consumed colonial Charleston.
1718 Nearly fifty pirates were executed and laid to rest in what is now a public park.
1740 Flames roared across the waterfront, devastating the financial district
1752 Two hurricanes strike within months of each other
1780 Charleston endures the longest siege of the American Revolution
1861 Fire razes over 500 acres, nearly 600 buildings lost
1863 Confederate Charleston is the target of the longest bombardment of the Civil War
1886 Massive earthquake, estimated between 7.2 -7.5 decimates the city
1893 SC enacts its own form of prohibition, triggering a violent crime wave
1938 Tornadoes touch down on Market Street
1989 Hurricane Hugo, a category four hurricane slams into the coast
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