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Strong Women of the South History Tour

Charleston, United States

Experience hosted by Larry

2 hours
Includes tickets
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

This 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.
This 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,…

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What's included

  • Tickets
    As an add-on to this tour, the entrance fees for the Philip Simmons House a...
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Sat, 17 Apr
$41 per person
$41 per person
Sun, 18 Apr
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$41 per person
Sun, 18 Apr
$41 per person
$41 per person

Meet your host, Larry

Host on Airbnb since 2018
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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.
Stacia
April 2021
WOW! What an amazingly special way to learn about the city of Charleston. Larry is an incredible storyteller and the way he shares his passion for the women of this city who helped shape history was stellar! THIS IS A MUST DO if you are visiting or even if you live here and want to learn more about the history of the remarkable women of the south. Hands down the best tour I've done and you don't want to leave Charleston without meeting Larry and doing this tour.
WOW! What an amazingly special way to learn about the city of Charleston. Larry is an incredible storyteller and the way he shares his passion for the women of this city who helped…
Zach
April 2021
Larry is a feminist king! He gave us a great tour of Charleston history through the lens of women's history, and it was so interesting. He was super engaging and knowledgeable and we learned so much!
Alli
April 2021
Larry’s tour was awesome! My mom, sister and I did the tour on a girls trip and greatly enjoyed it. Larry was engaging and knowledgeable and we all learned a lot. It’s so refreshing to hear about the badass women in history that are so often left out of textbooks. Larry’s stories really took us back in time and he helped bring the history of the city to life. Definitely recommend!
Larry’s tour was awesome! My mom, sister and I did the tour on a girls trip and greatly enjoyed it. Larry was engaging and knowledgeable and we all learned a lot. It’s so refreshin…
Ann
March 2021
Larry is extremely knowledgeable, personable, and considerate of special needs. Our group of four thoroughly enjoyed his guidance and we all share things we learned with family and friends. All of us highly recommend him.
Susannah
March 2021
Larry was a wonderful tour guide. Learning about the influence women of all colors had in building America was inspiring. Fun tour and not too overwhelming.
Heather
March 2021
Fantastic tour! Highly engaging storyteller that brings history to life. Loved learning about these amazing women who have not made it into the mainstream history taught in schools. Best tour guide I’ve ever had! Highly recommend Larry

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled 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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