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Gullah Tours

#38 of 210 Tours in Charleston
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Address: 375 Meeting Street, Bus Shed at the Charleston Visitor’s Center, Charleston, SC 29401
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843-763-7551
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09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture...

On our GULLAH TOUR we give an interesting glimpse into an ancient culture of these mysterious people descending from way across da water. Gullah people are the direct blood descendants of the slaves brought to the Lowcountry regions of South Carolina and Georgia; including both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands. These peculiar people were brought to Charleston by way of cargo slave ships. Charleston held the largest slave market in the United States where the Gullah culture & language continues this very day.

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informative and insightful tour

I chose the Gullah tour for my family (2 adults, two teens) as an alternate view of the civil war /confederacy. And while we expected a good tour after reading reviews and also... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
wendcher
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Midlothian, Virginia

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Midlothian, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I chose the Gullah tour for my family (2 adults, two teens) as an alternate view of the civil war /confederacy. And while we expected a good tour after reading reviews and also getting a concierge recommendation, we were surprised to get a great tour .The tour guide /owner Alphonso was a wealth of information and gave facts about people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Today we experienced a different city tour of Charleston. This tour was done from the point of view of a Gullah speaking tour master who showed us the City of Charleston with emphasis on history from a black man's point of view. He was very knowledgeable and interesting.

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1 Thank Barry B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We took the tour on 12/17/16. It was better than any history class that I've attended. It was just awesome!! Mr Browne is so informative. He took the time to share information about history that I never heard of. I would recommend this tour to anyone.

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1 Thank Tanya C
Asheville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A friend and I took Mr. Brown's tour this afternoon. We were with a small group, but he was enthusiastic, personable, and engaging throughout. I highly recommend this tour for people who are interested in a different perspective on Charleston's history. Book a space and enjoy!

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Alphonso has a wonderful way of introducing you to some of the history of Charleston that you might have otherwise missed, like the stories of Richard DeReef, Denmark Vesey, and Phillip Simmons. It was a good tour, aside from the woman who talked incessantly from the rear of the bus (if any of you have good ideas on how, to... More 

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Chester
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were privileged to take this tour. Mr. Brown is full of information and his tour was worth every penny. He told the history and the REAL history and we left with a lot of knowledge and look forward to visiting some of the areas he showed us. If you are in the area, please book this... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We had taken a walking tour but it was confined to the downtown historic district and was all white. The Gullah tour gave another perspective to a much more diverse audience. (About 3/4 of the 20 passengers were of African American descent.). We took it in the afternoon as a way if also avoiding walking in the midday sun. The... More 

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Edson, Alberta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We did three walking tours, and a few tours with the preservation society in October. This tour was fantastic! Alphonso Brown is a linguist, a historian, and a comedian. After learning about where Washington had a beer, what constitution-signers were buried in this cemetery, and what wealthy industrialist built this house, it was wonderful to hear a bit of history... More 

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Charleston, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

Mr. Alphonso Brown is a true storyteller! In a delightful and light-hearted way, he told the story of Charleston, African slaves, Philip Simmons, and so much more. I've lived in the Lowcountry for 20 years and still managed to see parts of Charleston I've never seen before! The 2-hr bus tour is air-conditioned and he even asked if it was... More 

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New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

Alphonso Brown's Gullah tour is so popular, I heard about at home in NYC. I booked 7 weeks ahead and still ended up getting my second appointment choice. Mr. Brown kicks off his tour of Charleston with a quick and humorous review of Gullah history, culture and, importantly language. The latter you will find immediately useful as Mr. Brown's narrative... More 

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